We're now halfway through the year so I thought I would do an update on my reading challenges. I decided this year to only do two... also that both should be easy, books that I would read anyway. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself at the beginning of a new year by trying to do too many challenges that I haven't a hope of completing. So, this year, just two.
First up, The European Reading Challenge, 2018, which is being hosted by Rose City Reader.
This runs from the 1st. January 2018 to the 31st. Jan 2019. I'm doing:
FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries. So far I've read five books:
1. Summer in the Islands - Matthew Fort (ITALY)
2. A Climate of Fear - Fred Vargas (FRANCE)
3. Snow Blind - Ragnar Jónasson (ICELAND)
4. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - Laurie Lee (SPAIN)
5. Travellers in the Third Reich - Julia Boyd (GERMANY)
So, five books read which is enough to say I've finished but I haven't. I plan to read on and hopefully explore more countries. I have to say, this is definitely one of my favourite ever reading challenges.
My second and last challenge for 2018 is the What's In A Name? challenge, which is being hosted by The Worm Hole.
This runs from the 1st. January 2018 to the 31st. December 2018. These are the categories:
1. The word ‘the’ used twice.
2. A fruit or vegetable.
3. A shape.
4. A title that begins with Z
5. A nationality.
6. A season.
I'm not doing quite as well with this one. Two books read:
1. The Word 'the' used twice The Lost Book of the Grail - Charlie Lovett
3. A shape: The Cheltenham Square Murder - John Bude
I'm currently reading a third book for 'a nationality' which will put me at halfway through after half the year has gone so that's not too bad. I also have books for the other three categories, I just need to read them!