Fall. My favorite season – I love the changing trees, the fresh smelling air, the cooler mornings and pleasant days, Thanksgiving, Halloween (I am a candy fiend), crunchy leaves… I could go on. It’s also the beginning of fireplace season, and of course I enjoy curling up with a good book in front of mine!
Fall also means another three months has passed and it is time for a 2013 Reading Challenge update. I first blogged about my reading challenge here and then gave a mid-year review here, and let’s be honest, I am starting to sound like a broken record: “I am behind and I’m not sure I can catch up”
Well I am not sure this quarter is any different!
I have read 6 more books of my official challenge reading list of 25 and have 7 more to go – including two monsters: Anna Karenina and World Without End. Out of the 45 books I challenged myself to read overall, I have read 31. Soooo… I have 3 months to read 14 books, including 7 specific books, including 2 that are over 900 pages. In addition, I just bought a new house and will be moving in October!
I clearly need to add some picture books to my list…
Despite my dismal progress I have read some great books since July:
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman – the focus of my next book review, so stay tuned!
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Despite the subject matter hitting close to home and the real likelihood I was going to cry reading this book, I added this to my 2013 reading challenge list. I was looking forward to it, and in the end it did not disappoint. I found it slow to start, and started to wonder if it was going to take a preachy turn at one point (Will’s mother was quite religious), but in the end what I read was a unique look at one mother and son’s relationship through the last year of her life. There were parts I could relate to (I lost my own mom to cancer) and parts that were unique to their story. The outcome was a wonderful read that was so much more than a book about books: it was a book about love.
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