Sunday, 3 April 2016

Reading Challenges 2016 - Update 2

I guess you think I've forgotten about my reading challenges for this year ... but you would be wrong. I've made a little progress or a lot depending on the challenge, but haven't really had the time to blog about it. Plus I'm in the middle of changing over computers, and I have not yet been able to transfer over files.

So, here are the updates so far.

I did actually start the next 2 books in the Anne series before the end of the month, but finished them in the correct month. So I've finished:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anne of Avonlea
  • Anne of the Island
I was talking about this challenge with a new friend, and I decided to read as many books by L M Montgomery as I could this year, not just limiting myself to the Anne books and the ones I listed when I first posted about my reading, so I have also read:
  • The Blue Castle
So there you have it. I'm going well, in fact, you could say that I am ahead of things, having already finished 4 books. I'm in the middle of another series at the moment, but the next book I read will be Anne of Windy Willows (or Poplars, depending on which edition you happen to have).

I've been updating my Alphabet Soup page on my blog, so you may already know that I am already 50% through this challenge, with books for 13 letters read. The ones in bold I added since my first update.

A - Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
B - Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
C - Crime Scene Jerusalem By Alton Gansky
D - The Director's Cut by Janice Thompson

E - Every Storm by Lori Wick
F - Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter
G - Greetings From the Flipside by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay
H - A House Divided by Robert Whitlow
P - The Pounamu Prophecy by Cindy Williams

S - Seaside Blessings by Irene Hannon
T - Twice Stolen by Susanne Timpani
U - Undetected by Dee Henderson
W - Water's Edge by Robert Whitlow
Unlike a lot of people participating in this challenge, I am not planning ahead of time what books I will read for each letter. As I read a book that fits a letter that I haven't done yet, I add it to my list. I may need to plan a little for Q, X and Z, but so far I'm not having much trouble finding books. The book I'm currently reading will add another letter.
It's pretty good to be halfway through already and only be a third of the way through the year.

Finally, the Bethany House 2016 Reading Challenge.
This one is a little harder to find books to fit the categories, I think, than their challenge last year. However, I have got 6 of the 12 squares crossed off, so I am also up to 50% on this challenge too.

The corresponding books for this challenge are:
  • You haven't read since you were a teenager - The Blue Castle by L M Montgomery
  • Is set in a place you'd like to visit - Anne of Avonlea by L M Montgomery (yes, I know Avonlea is not a real place, but I would like to visit Prince Edward Island)
  • Has an animal as a significant character - Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne
  • Another author recommends - Against All Odds by Irene Hannon (recommended by Dee Henderson)
  • Ends a series - Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes by Robin Jones Gunn
That rounds out the books to date. I have a plan for the book found at a yard sale or a thrift store - I actually have 2 to choose from. My Mum keeps suggesting books for one that is at least 100 years old, but I haven't made up my mind which of her suggestions to take up (if any).

And that is the end of my update.
Happy reading!

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