Monday, July 02, 2007

Reading Update: June

Books Completed: (clicking on the title will take you to my review)
21. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
22. Tales from the Secret Annex - Anne Frank
23. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
24. Buddhism: Plain & Simple - Steve Hagen
25. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A bit of an eclectic mix this month, from Harry's adventures at Hogwarts, to hiding out from the Nazis in Amsterdam, to a (bad) introduction to Buddhism, to unrequited love in South America!

Favourite of the bunch?
I think I'd have to say Harry Potter and the Prisoner from Azkaban, call me what you will choosing children's fantasy over literary fiction or non-fiction!

Least favourite?

Definitely the book on Buddhism. I wanted a book that introduced me to the basic idea(s) behind Buddhism, but his writing style annoyed me so much it almost put me off the subject.

Reading Challenge Progress Report:
Both the Chunkster Challenge and the Banned Book Challenge finished at the end of June. (click on the links to see how I did)

Still in Progress: (click on the challenges for more info)
M&N's Summer 7 Challenge: 3 done, 4 to go (by Sept. 1st)
Non-Fiction Five Challenge: 2 done, 3 to go (by Sept. 30th)
Summer Mystery Challenge: 0 done, 6 to go (by Aug. 31st)
TBR Challenge: 5 done, 7 to go (by Dec. 31st)
Japan Challenge: 2 done, 10 to go (by Dec. 31st)
O'Canada Challenge: 1 done, 11 to go (by Dec. 31st)

Plus the Book Awards Challenge starts this month so for that I'll be reading 12 books by June 30th, 2008.

Reading plans/lofty goals for July:
-Finish reading the rest of the Harry Potter books, thereby completing M&N's Summer 7 Challenge
-Read a couple of mysteries for the Summer Mystery Challenge
-Read another NF book for the Non-Fiction Five Challenge
-Read an award winner for the Book Awards Challenge
-Read something Japanese for the Japan Challenge
-Reading something Canadian for the O'Canada Challenge

Something new?
I've been good so I've refrained from joining any new challenges since I already have my hands more than full with these 7! However, worth a note is Dewey's new, monthly Bookworms Carnival. I'm not sure yet whether I'll join in this time around but there's always next month. It looks like a lot of fun, check it out.
(click the button for more info)

6 comments:

  1. I'm thinking you are going to have to rush to finish the Summer Mystery Challenge. You can do it.

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  2. I wish I could say I've been reading as much as you have! But, with my thesis finished, maybe things will pick up. I still have a lot of year left to redeem myself, right?? lol

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  3. Wow. Some impressive challenges and you are doing so well! I seem to be failing miserably, but I love that I am reading different genres and great books. So I'm not too disappointed!

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  4. Kookie,
    You noticed that huh? Yup, once I finish Harry I'll have to focus on the mysteries. I'm thinking that they'll be pretty quick reads though. Thanks for the vote of confidence.

    Andi,
    Well, you've had a whole lot on your plate so I wouldn't beat yourself up about it. And yes, there's still 6 months left to fill with good reading. Lots of time!

    Stephanie,
    I'm failing pretty miserably at the year-long Japan and Canada challenges but do hope to finally get to some of those soon. I do love how the challenges are getting me to read books that have been waiting here for far too long.

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  5. I've come upon several posts today from people who do monthly updates like this. I really like the idea and might start doing it myself. It looks like so many books when you group them all together, doesn't it?

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  6. Dewey,
    A list of books completed is always nice! I only started doing a monthly review this year but it's kinda fun to note how I'm doing.

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