So rather than doing three individual halfway checkpoints for my 2013 Reading Challenges I thought I would tie them all together and then do the same thing for the remaining quarterly check in. Overall, I’m pleased with my progress. I’ve read 8 of a total of 14 books (57%) and have read an additional 10 books not listed. I’m definitely struggling with challenges this year, as I knew I would when I signed up, even with such a small number. As of now I have no intentions of abandoning any challenges, but we’ll see how the next few months go.
Mount TBR Reading Challenge
I’m quite pleased with my progress so far. For this challenge I have read 8 of 12 books (75%) which I committed to PLUS an additional TEN books from my TBR shelf (which would raise my percentage to 82%). To see my full list click here.
If I were actually climbing Pike’s Peak I would be roughly 10,586ft (3,226m) up the mountain in committed books, but with the extra ten books I would be just under half way up the mountain (saying I read 18 of 22) which would be approximately 11,548ft (3,520m) up the mountain.
In addition Bev has asked us to do one of a few options and I’m choosing the creative one:
Using no more than two words from a single title, compose a sentence (musical lyric, bit of poetry, what-have-you) from title from your conquered TBR stack. If you are short of inspirational words…you may use some from your intended reads if needed. Filler words (the, and, with, etc.) or alternate tenses of verbs used in titles are acceptable for clarity.
Tea & Books Reading Challenge
If there is one challenge I am neglecting I feel like it is this one. I have been sitting in the same place since April. I’m not disappointed in where I am, I’ve completed two planned books and an additional book. I just have not felt in the mood to lug a tome around or to read one book for that long. I am still very much looking forward to reading Les Misérables and No Name, I just need some sort of inspiration and a plan. I’ll sort it out soon though.
Back to the Classics Challenge
Overall for this challenge I am right on track having completed 6 of 11 books (55%), but similar to the Tea and Books Challenge I’m struggling to want to read any of these at the moment. I’ve completed three of the six required and three of the five optional.
I’m really looking forward to my re-read of Wuthering Heights and am saving that one for when I really want to read it. I’ve already got To Kill A Mockingbird lined up thanks to a read-a-long, but other than that I don’t have too many plans other than to try and wrap-up sooner rather than later. I’m not looking forward to War and Peace, but maybe that will change as the year progresses.