The first three months of the year are now behind us so I thought I would do an update on how my reading challenges are going. I'm only doing two this year, unusual for me to not to be doing half a dozen, although I have cut down a bit over the past couple of years and, to be honest, feel much the better for it.
I signed up for the 'Victorian Reader' level which is to read 5 books by the end of December. So far I've read 4 of the 5. These are they:
1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
2. Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
3. Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce
4. The Abominable by Dan Simmons
It looks like I'll have to up my level to 10 books, I must admit I did wonder if I was aiming a bit low. Also I perhaps need to head back a bit further in history, 3 of my 4 books are early 20th. century and although they're still classified as 'Historical' I did plan to go back a lot further than that when I first signed up. I am pleased however that each of the books I've read so far has taught me something about the time period in which it's set... which after all is the point of the exercise.
This is the Bingo 'card' to work from:
The idea is to form a line or go for broke and read a book from every category. I'm just reading books and seeing how it turns out. LOL
Books read so far:
SURVIVAL: Into the Planet by Jill Heinerth
RESTORATION: Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
IMMIGRANT: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
BREEZY: Gardens of Delight by Erica James
QUEST: Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce
TRIUMPH: The Abominable by Dan Simmons
RABBIT HOLE: Emma by Jane Austen (This category covers, 'A book you fall into, or a book that inspires you to read related books'. I felt that Emma was both of those.)
So, 7 books read and not a bad start I feel. In fact, I'm only 2 short of a Bingo! on the righthand side but I shall plough on as I'm having too much fun to stop.
So that's my challenge progress so far this year. Going pretty well I think and the main thing is I'm not stressed by either of them and they're 'fun'.