Julia’s 2013 reading challenge – quarterly update

Where the heck did the last three months go?!

I can’t believe it’s almost April and we’re through the first quarter of 2013. I was looking at my calendar and realized it was already time for my first quarterly update on my reading challenge!

I introduced our readers to the concept of an annual reading goal in this post, way back in December. Now it’s time to give you an update on my progress.

In short, this girl is on fire. Like Jennifer Lawrence or Alicia Keys.

I have read five of the 12 books on my list – that’s almost half, and we’re only three months into the year! I am quite proud of myself, but need to keep the momentum going. At this rate I could be done all 12 books by July (which would be ideal, but is not likely).

So far, I’ve read:

  1. Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad
    This was a big, fat disappointment, especially since it was longlisted for the Giller. I was expecting something along the lines of the movie Life as We Know It with Katherine Heigl. What I got was a depressing story about a couple’s relationship falling apart, leaving me with little hope for  the institution of marriage. I don’t think I’d recommend it to anyone, really. Especially not people who have experience with fertility issues, marriage troubles or the loss of a loved one.
  2. The Whole Truth by Kit Pearson
    I talked all about this fabulous young adult novel in this post (which includes a tribute to my oldest friend Brigitte).
  3. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
    It’s shocking that I’ve never read this, for a few reasons. First, as a little girl I was always compared to Anne Shirley. Secondly, I played Marilla in the musical. Thirdly, I’m from the east coast. It was high time I got around to tackling this classic, and I am so glad I did. Even though it’s a century old, the story resonated with me as a modern adult. I laughed, cried and rolled my eyes at Anne’s antics. It was a pleasure to read and I think I’ll even read Anne of Avonlea next year!
  4. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    Oh the infamous Audrey. I wasn’t sure about reading this one, mostly because I’d seen the movie and absolutely loved it, but also because my experience with Her Fearful Symmetry (as Erin recapped here) was quite strange. However, I was pleasantly surprised and could definitely understand why The Time Traveler’s Wife was so popular and critically acclaimed. It’s a beautiful, creative and heart-wrenching story everyone should experience. The only downfall was seeing the movie first – I kept comparing the two!
  5. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
    I’m not going to say much about this one because it will be the subject of a future post, but I will direct you to a little blurb I wrote about it on my other blog, The Domestic Blonde. In three words: Just buy it.


I should also mention that right now I am currently reading The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, which is another from my 2013 reading challenge. I’m saving a few titles (The Forgotten Garden, Room and To Kill a Mockingbird) for a cruise with my mom in April.

I’ll leave you with the updated list. Be sure to let me know how you’re doing with your reading challenge!

Julia’s 2013 reading challenge:

  1. The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
  2. Everybody Has Everything – Katrina Onstad
  3. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  4. Fall On Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald
  5. Room – Emma Donoghue
  6. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  7. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
  8. The Whole Truth – Kit Pearson
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  10. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
  11. The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
  12. Me Before You – JoJo Moyes

About Julia Kent

Julia is an outgoing and energetic writer and food blogger from Halifax. Five years ago, Julia started The Unputdownable Book Club and her food blog, The Domestic Blonde. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Julia currently works in Ottawa in public relations. As a former broadcast journalist and with a background in musical theatre, she is a natural presenter. In her free time, she recipe-tests, reads, runs, hosts a podcast called Young PR Pros, watches bad television and plays competitive soccer. She’s addicted to Canadian Living and Chapters Indigo. Her favourite books include A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pride & Prejudice and The Book of Negroes. Twitter: @kentjulia
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