Erin’s 2013 reading challenge – quarterly update

FallFall. 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!

missing targetI 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…

My next book...

My next book…

Despite my dismal progress I have read some great books since July:

Winter of the World   orange_new_black-216x326   13414676

Winter of the World by Ken Follettas discussed in this post.

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:

  1. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  2. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  3. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières
  4. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed – Jared Diamond
  5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
  6. Inheritance (Inheritance, #4) – Christopher Paolini
  7. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  8. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  9. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
  10. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  11. Mistress of the Sun – Sandra Gulland
  12. Our Daily Bread – Lauren B.Davis
  13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
  14. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
  15. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  16. The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker
  17. The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe
  18. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  20. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  21. They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers – Roméo Dallaire
  22. Web of Angels – Lilian Nattel
  23. When God Was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman
  24. Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) – Ken Follett
  25. World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2) – Ken Follett

About Erin Hopkin

I am a graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management, with a specialization in International Studies (yes that may be the longest undergraduate degree title ever). Essentially it means I was trained to work in international policy making for the government – but that is not where I ended up. I actually work writing proposals and winning lots of business for a facility project management firm. I have always been a reader; however, my book choices have changed over the years. In university I read a lot of fantasy or books with happy endings because I was studying political science and international relations – often there are no happy resolutions to those conflicts. I now read more contemporary fiction novels with some classics, non-fiction, political and YA (a guilty pleasure) thrown in. I was drawn to the Unputdownable Book Club by my love of reading, wine and food and I am never disappointed!
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2 Responses to Erin’s 2013 reading challenge – quarterly update

  1. Julia Kent says:

    I just want you to know I believe in you! And absolutely believe you can prioritize the challenge books and get through them. Maybe you’ll have to skip a book club book or two!!!


  2. Pingback: Erin’s 2013 reading challenge – the final chapter | The "Unputdownable" Book Club

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