Can you believe we’re halfway through 2016 already? I can, actually…it’s been a busy year. With lots happening in and out of books! 🙂 But today is time for an update on the in-books news. Here’s where I am for my reading challenges, with titles read in the previous quarter in gray…
Newbery Medal Winners
Goal: 15 Newbery Medal Winners, to bring myself to half of the total list
Host: Smiling Shelves
I’ve been enjoying these more this quarter, having hit several good ones. My faith is becoming restored in the Newberys! Suggestions are still welcome though.
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (best of the bunch)
- The Grey King by Susan Cooper (very disappointing)
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (pretty good)
- The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (enjoyable, but unrealistic)
- Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (the poor man’s L. M. Montgomery)
- A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (uncertain start but grew on me)
- Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (cute and surprisingly silly)
- The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (fascinating historical fiction with Biblical connections)
- Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (delightful and surprisingly deep)
- A Gathering of Days by Joan W. Blos (distant, but entertaining)
Goal: 12 books
I continue to have a wonderful time with parallel universes and parallel lives, and have managed to break out of the YA universe that marked my first-quarter reading.
- Pivot Point by Kasie West
- A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
- Parallel by Lauren Miller
- Here, There and Everywhere by Chris Roberson
- Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Diversity On the Shelf
Host: The Englishist
Goal: 18 books
I’ve made some good progress here as well, and happily, I’ve actually managed to stumble on more non-Caucasian protagonists by pure chance! Four this time, a big jump from the single one in the first quarter of the year. I’m still hoping to review a few more of these than I have so far, but here’s the current list.
- Otherbound by Corrinne Duyvis (Hispanic)
- Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (African-American)
- Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (Unspecified Asian)
- Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (Indian)
- Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (Pakistani)
- Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana (African-American)
- Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (Indian)
- Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham (African-American Muslim)
- Bridge of Time by Lewis Buzbee (Chinese)
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (Native American)
- Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen (Vietnamese)
The Bardathon: Shakespeare Plays
Host: Samantha Lin
Goal: 5 plays read or seen (but ideally, read 5 comedies, read 5 tragedies, and watch 5 movies)
I’ve lost sight of Mr. Shakespeare a little this quarter, compared to the other challenges, but I did fit in a couple movies. Hopefully, more to come later in the year!
- Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon production)
- Comedy of Errors (read)
- Comedy of Errors (BBC production)
- Measure for Measure (read)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1996 production)
- Coriolanus (Gerard Butler production)
Carl’s Seasonal “Challenges”: We just finished out the Once Upon a Time Challenge, which I reported on last week!
So at the midpoint of the year, I’m actually past the midpoint on most of my challenges, which is nice if I get side-tracked somewhere in the second half of 2016. I’m having the most fun with the parallel universes one, but I’m feeling good about all the others too, which is a nice place to be halfway through the project. 🙂
How has your reading been going for 2016? Are you pursuing challenges or reading whatever sounds fun? 🙂
2 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenges – Halfway Update”
Well done, Cheryl! It always amazes me just how many reading challenges there are out there, and I always spot things half way through the year that I would have liked to do! I am also ahed n most of my challenges, but I must spending more time editing this autumn, so less time for reading then.
Love your comments on the Newberys, and maybe I’ll pick up some of your Parallel universes 🙂
Well done on how much progress you’ve made on your challenges 🙂 I also took part in the wonderful Once Upon a Time event and I am now taking part in the 10 Books of Summer challenge. Then through out the year I will continue to take part in the Women’s Classic Literature event and The Classics Club; scarily it is my last year!
I look forward to your thoughts on The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, as I am excited to read that myself 🙂