Reading Challenge – July Update


Ok, so it has been a very long time since I have written an update on my Book Bingo challenge (six months to be precise) but maybe this is the best way to do it? Fewer updates but more reading? Honestly, I don’t know. What I do know is that it is summer now, and although I have work and a dissertation to contend with, there are more chances for me to sit down and work my way through the bingo card.

So without further ado, here are the boxes I have managed to metaphorically cross off and the books that allowed me to do that.

Pre-1900s –

Caitlin Moran – How to Build A Girl (currently reading)

A Mystery –

A Book I own but have never read –

Margaret Attwood –

Non-Fiction – All I know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

George Orwell –

A book that has been translated –

Poetry –

A Series – The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riodan (three books in)

A Children’s book –

Greek Literature –

Michael J Fox –

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four and A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear.

A Graphic Novel –

History not for University – Conceiving Revolution: Irish Nationalist Propaganda and the Great War by Ben Novick.

Book beginning with the letter L –

A French book –

Contemporary –

JRR Tolkein –

An Award Winner –

A Book with a Movie Adaptation – Paper Towns by John Green (re-read).

Overall, I feel like the challenge is progressing nicely and despite one re-read I have attempted genres and authors I would not normally go for. The category that has provided the most fun so far is the ‘series’ box, as I am really enjoying Rick Riodan’s incorporation of known characters from the Percy Jackson series into new scenarios containing new characters and challenges. The new characters feel just as developed as the old heroes from Camp Half-Blood and the continuation of the plot through each of the books means I keep coming back to finish the series.

One book that I will probably not be re-reading is All I know Now. For me, I found the book to be a little patronising and it didn’t draw me in, I had to really push myself to finish it. I am not willing to put this entirely down to the book, as I am aware that I am older than the intended audience and will obviously feel like some of the life advice was self-evident or straight forward as I have experienced much of what is covered.
Non-fiction is a difficult category to get right, so maybe I’ll attempt another factual book later on in the year.  Any recommendations?


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