- I should be half-way through my reading challenge for 2013
- It’s almost Canada Day!!! I love a long weekend, especially when I am celebrating the best country in the world’s birthday!
The last three months have been complicated and I have not made as much progress on my reading challenge as I would have liked. I am trying to sell my house and purchase a new one, and this takes up a lot of time – fixing up mine, moving half my stuff into storage, viewing new houses… In the end I will hopefully have a house that has a room I can make into a library, though!
My reading challenge, as I described in this post, is to read 45 books in 2013, including 25 specific books that I already own, but have not read. So at the mid-way point I have read 22 books in total, including 12 of my list of 25. Not bad, but not quite halfway – I guess I will have to pick up the pace for the rest of the year (which may be difficult since I will hopefully be moving!)
If you remember from my initial challenge post, I included 6 books that were beasts at about 900 pages each. Well, I have read two of them (Shantaram and Inheritance), but I still have four more to go (Anna Karenina, World Without End, Winter of the World, and Collapse). This isn’t promising, but two is better than none!
I have read some great books in the last quarter, some of my favorites include
Web of Angels – which I reviewed here and think would make an excellent book club pick (and its Canadian!)
Dark Places – which I reviewed here. A dark book with deeply disturbed characters, but an “unputdownable” read.
Me Before You (review here) – which left me with tears streaming down my face and a stuffed up nose for at least an hour. This is also this month’s UBC pick, so we will be discussing it at out next meeting!
I consider myself an introvert, so when I saw this book I absolutely had to read it. Now, I don’t mean I am socially awkward or painfully shy, but given the choice between a crowded party of people I don’t know and a quiet night at home with a book, I will always choose the night to myself. This book looks at both introverts and extroverts and discusses the strengths that both bring. It highlights how introverts are often overlooked in North American culture – for jobs, promotions, etc. – because we are a society that promotes the extrovert ideal. It was very well written and extremely interesting, especially for an introvert!
I discussed this book briefly in my post about my post on memoirs, but i just wanted to re-iterate that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a story of the loss of a mother, a divorce, some bad decisions, and an 1,100 mile hike. There was something about Strayed’s story that drew me in and kept me reading. I loved reading about her hike and the people she met a long the way and the background sections were tied in smoothly to the story. I felt invested, partly
I think, because I understand the pain of losing a parent and the way that this affects decisions for years to come – in my case the 1,100 mile hike was a 3-month stay volunteering in Costa Rica.
So hopefully I pick up my reading pace a little, or at least keep at the same pace! I haven’t given up hope, but I am starting to waver in my belief that I can complete my challenge this year!
My 2013 reading challenge list:
- Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
- Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières
- Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed – Jared Diamond
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
- Inheritance (Inheritance, #4) – Christopher Paolini
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
- Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
- Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
- Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
- Mistress of the Sun – Sandra Gulland
- Our Daily Bread – Lauren B.Davis
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
- Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
- Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
- The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker
- The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe
- The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
- The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
- They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers – Roméo Dallaire
- Web of Angels – Lilian Nattel
- When God Was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman
- Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) – Ken Follett
- World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2) – Ken Follett