We’re just starting October, so it’s time for another reading challenges update! My laid-back reading challenges are continuing along in a laid-back way, with more re-reading and a few more checked off on the random-criteria-challenge.
On the rereading front, I finished my reread (via audiobook) of Harry Potter. It was a lot of fun, though I do notice some cracks in the story as an adult that went right past me as a kid…still a good read though! I reread the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, plus Extras, the fourth book that may actually be my favorite, about the “reputation economy.” Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster was another good reread–the first time I read it, I’d only read Pride and Prejudice, so I got a lot more out of it on the second time, when I’ve read all of Austen’s novels. I’ve just started a reread of the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace; I’ve about finished their childhood and am excited to go on to the high school years, my favorite of the series.
Then we have the random-criteria-challenge…
I completed 29 of these in the first half of the year, and a few more these past three months:
- A classic romance: The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer (published 1928)
- A book with a number in the title: The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie by Kirsty Murray
- A book your mom loves: Francis: The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
- A memoir: Home, a Memoir of My Childhood by Julie Andrews
- A book set in the future: Future Crime, edited by Cynthia Manson and Charles Ardai
- A graphic novel: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
- A banned book: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
That puts me at 35 down, 15 to go before the end of the year. I started actually paying some attention to this challenge in late August, and will need to do a bit more to hit those final, more elusive ones.
Let me know if you’re curious to know more about any of these books…and I’d love to hear if you have any reading challenges going on for the year too!