Category Archives: Reading Challenge 2015

2015 Reading Challenge – Round Up

Ok, so I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped but I enjoyed taking part in this personalised challenge and that’s what really counts, right?

For 2016 I am aiming to read 25 books and I’ll definitely be using the bingo chart to help diversify my reading choices. So without further ado, here are the squares I managed to cross off my chart in 2015.

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Reading Challenge – July Update

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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.

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Book Bingo Challenge Update! – January

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Apologies for the unimaginative display, I’m still trying to work out the best way to set up eBook cover photos!

My Book Bingo challenge got off to a great start in January. I managed to read three books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four and A Study in Scarlet. I’m currently reading The Valley of Fear, and while my progress was halted some what by an unexpected incident (see my last post for details), I am hoping to finish it over the next two weeks. This is my first experience of reading Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, and approaching the stories after having seen a number of television and film adaptations is quite interesting. My knowledge from the other adaptations is helping me to work through the stories, as there is a sense of familiarity there, but the stories are also presenting me with a new layer to add to the TV and film versions. A win win situation really!

But Lucy, why are reading so much Arthur Conan Doyle when the whole point of the Bingo Challenge is to read widely? 

The answer to that question lies with a website that I recently stumbled across called BookBub. BookBub is a great resource for anyone who uses an e-reader (or eReader?). You sign up with your email address, select  your genre preferences and they send you daily emails detailing free or heavily discounted eBooks. The first email I received contained the details of the British Mystery Megapack Volume 5: Sherlock Holmes Collection, which amazon were selling for 99p. This eBook contains four novels, forty-three short stories and extras including audio recordings, illustrations and articles. All this for 99p, it seemed a perfect way to start my challenge!

My idea with this absolute bargain of a book bundle is to finish reading the four novels, then dip in and out of the short stories while I check off the other squares on my bingo card. Let’s just hope university work is kind enough to leave me some time to read for pleasure, although at the moment I feel like I’m going to have to make the time myself!

This post was not sponsored in any way, I just really like the concept of BookBub, and it’s led me to some great finds!

2015 Reading Challenge! (Bingo Style)

Now that I am a proud owner of a Kindle named Percy, I thought that 2015 would be the perfect year to seriously attempt a reading challenge! I have started reading challenges before, but never devoted enough time to it and therefore never reached my target number of books.
So this year, inspired by the lovely Jean of BookishThoughts  I have decided to tailor the standard reading challenge to encourage me to read widely, and to finally attempt some authors and books that have been on my TBR for ages.

So here is  my reading challenge!

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As you can see there are some specific authors that I am determined to read this year, but otherwise the categories are very open. This is purely because I really want to broaden my reading horizons and I feel like not have super strict criteria will help me do that. Oh, and let me explain the ‘A book written in French that isn’t Harry Potter’ box. I want to read more French literature in French. At the moment the only books that I have read cover to cover that were written in French are Harry Potter books.  Harry Potter was a great place to start, it’s familiar, comforting and, you know, it’s Harry Potter, but I need to break out of my comfort zone. This comes after I wimped out and bought No et Moi in English when I should have faced the challenge head on and read it in French. Yup, I can be a reading wimp.

So what do you think of my tailored reading challenge? Is there anything I’ve missed that you feel should absolutely be on there? Are you attempting any challenges this year?
Check out Jean’s 2015 Reading Goals video below, and also check out my friend Charlotte’s reading challenge. Her blog is awesome and she’s already doing so well with her challenge, definite motivation for me to get a move on!

 

Update!

So year two of  university is over, and with that comes some free(ish) time.
While I do have to spend the upcoming summer months sorting out important and exciting things I do have a lot of time for reading, which has lead me to buy a number of new books to add to my shelf at home.

These new purchases are:

– Looking for Alaska by John Green
-Blindsighted by Karen Slaughter
– The Reverend Guppy’s Aquarium by Philip Dudd
– Maus by Art Spiegelman

I have made a start on Blindsighted and Maus, and so far they are both looking promising. I heard a lot about Maus online and it’s my first graphic novel so I’m really looking forward to diving further into that.

I hoping to use this time to really focus on the content of this blog to make up for the neglect it receives during the year!