Julia’s 2013 reading challenge – quarterly update

There’s basically only three months left of 2013.

This year has absolutely flown by!

And as you may recall, at the beginning of the year I established my 2013 reading challenge (my form of a new year’s resolution). I chose 12 specific books I’d been meaning to read for some time and set out to have them read by the end of the year.

Three months in, I gave you my first quarterly update on my progress. Then, half-way through the year, I gave you another update. And now I’m back for the second-last installment.

Little Women

So far, I’ve read 21 books in 2013. I’d say that’s pretty good.  And  I only have one book left to read on my reading challenge list – Little Women.

I’ve really been procrastinating reading Little Women. I’ve started it several times, stopped and switched to something else. It just seems juvenile and boring at the beginning. I know I will eventually, but I am taking my good ol’ time.

Since my last reading challenge post, I’ve only read one more book from my list – Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. This is my childhood best friend’s favourite novel, and she’s been telling me to read it for more than 10 years. I am so glad I finally did!

Fall On Your Knees

It’s an epic novel (and if it was a little shorter, I would have chosen it for book club), as the story spans over three generations. It’s set in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and follows the lives of women in a local family. It’s juicy – passion, desire, crime, mystery and all sorts of other fabulousness come into play. I was left feeling shocked, mesmerized and impressed once I’d finished it.  I highly recommend it for any book lover. And it’s an Oprah’s book club pick!

Only three months to go. I am now hoping to have read 30 books (and of course get through Little Women)!

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
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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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