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)


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

  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

  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!

  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.

    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!

    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.

  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?

  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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