In re-organizing my bookshelves after my husband “tidied’ them up for me (with the best of intentions, I know), it struck me at how poorly I am doing on the reading challenges I was so motivated to start at the beginning of the year. Of course, it’s not that I haven’t been reading; I guess I’ve just been distracted by the new books that come my way. I’ve read a few challenge books, but I’ve not written reviews for most of the ones I have read, so that is a problem too.
So with the beginning of the second half of the year, I am going to make a mid-year resolution to focus on reading challenges and make a valiant effort to complete at least some of them by year’s end. I am taking my summer book buying embargo seriously, so I won’t have those distractions, at least for the short term (but I will see how long I can go without making a book purchase, just to test myself). I do have a few books I am scheduled to review in July and August, and I am participating in Paris in July, but apart from that no other reading obligations. I can do this!
Here are the reading challenges I started at the beginning of the year (with links to my intro posts) and my current status on each of them:
- The Southern Literature Challenge: I committed to reading four books set in the South, and actually this one I’ve almost completed! I’ve read and reviewed A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash, Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, and I’m almost done with Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, so I only have to complete one more; and thanks to Booktopia I have several choices to get that done.
- A-Z Book Challenge: I have completed five books I had listed for this challenge, but have only posted reviews for two of them – Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber and Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr. If I get desperate, I suppose I could change a few of the books I’ve listed for ones I’ve already read, but I will try to stay true to my original list.
- European Reading Challenge: Oops, I have not read any of the books on my original list 😦
- Wishlist Challenge: I have read three books for this challenge, but have only reviewed two – The Art of Eating In by Cathy Erway and Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen by Kate Taylor. A few of these books I do not yet have, so I will use the library for those ones.
- 2012 TBR Pile Challenge: I have read three books for this challenge, but have only reviewed one (again, Postcards from a Dead Girl).
- 2012 Back to the Classics Challenge: Another challenge with nothing yet read.
It looks like I have my work cut out for me. But I have six months, so anything is possible, right?