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Six months ago I decided to take on not one, not two but FIVE reading challenges and in the interest of accountability I am handing in my six month progress report.
Challenge 1: War and Peace Read-Along
For this challenge I’m suppose to be reading War and Peace a couple of chapters per month in the hopes of finishing it by December 31st.
Unfortunately I’ve only gotten to chapter 14 which is nowhere near where I should be in July.
I tried reading it on my iPod and I kept falling asleep and going to shorter more interesting reads. However having listened to Pride and Prejudice as an audiobook I’ve since started listening to War and Peace and will hopefully soon catch up with the reading group.
Challenge #2: Read 50 Books in 2011
Since we’re half way through the year, I should have finished at least 25 books to be considered on pace with my goal. However I am 25% behind as I’ve only completed 12 books this year.
Sad but fixable…I think. I sure hope so. Lol!
Challenge #3: Fill In The Gaps
For this challenge I’m required to read 100 books that have slipped through the cracks in my reading career in the next five years. Out of the possible 100 I have read 3.
#30: A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Not bad so far right?
Challenge #4: Nicholas Sparks
For this challenge I picked the easiest level, First Date where I was supposed to read 1-4 Nicholas Sparks books over the course of 2011. Since January I’ve read 2, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.
This one I’m certain I can finish, I’m already right on track.
Challenge #5: Harry Potter
Sadly I haven’t read even one of the 7 books that I was supposed to re-read before August 31st. And truthfully I probably won’t get around to them before then. The problem is that I’ve already read those stories and so I know how it ends. When I have a plethora of other NEW material in front of me it’s kind of hard to go back.
I’m sorry I probably won’t do this challenge on time but I do promise to re-read these books at some point in my life.
Bonus Challenge: WordPress Post a Week
I’ve been really bad about posting once a week but I just haven’t had the time. I’m trying to get into the habit of posting a couple of times per week, just having some scheduled and ready to go but we’ll have to see how that works.
At the end of the year I do hope to have at least 52 new posts even if I didn’t post one per week.
So all in all I haven’t had a very good run at my challenges but then school, work and sleep have got in the way. Hopefully the next six months will be better.
How about you? How are your challenges going?
Let me know in the comments below.
For a more in-depth account of the challenges I signed up for and how to sign up these yourself check out my earlier post, A Year Of Challenges.
Until next time, happy reading!
Title: Pride & Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Description: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.” (Taken from Goodreads)
This book has been on my TBR list for ages now…AGES! And I have no idea why I haven’t gotten around to it sooner. Love story of the ages, great characters, and enough renditions to assure me of its awesomeness and it still wasn’t read. What hope is there for the other not so acclaimed books on my reading pile? O.O
Anyway in an attempt to try my hand at audiobooks again I picked up Pride & Prejudice. I downloaded the M4B format from Librivox and uploaded it to my iPod for 10 and a half hours of Old English bliss.
I loved this book, LOVED it! It was an instant favourite, INSTANT I tell you. From the very first chapter I realized there was something special about this book. Something that made me want to read more and experience more of their world.
The ten hours flew by so quickly as I just had to listen to it, every spare second of every day until it was complete. And then I missed it. I missed hearing about their lives. I wish there was more story, more words, more tiffs for me to hear about. *sigh* I suppose since Jane is gone all I can do is read her catalog of books and then revisit her great stories from time to time. Next up, Sense & Sensibility.
Elizabeth was a strong, independent character, she didn’t stand for any bull and Jane was the soft romantic type, always ready to think the best of everyone and find an excuse for the wrongs in the world. I loved them both. The men were equally lovable, Mr.Bingley lovestruck for Jane and Mr.Darcy the secretive lover.
There were so many delectable moments in this book. And even though I’ve heard the story and seen parts of the renditions on television there were still so many surprises. I didn’t know the whole story and for that I was very happy.
Jane Austen does such a good job writing it and the volunteer for Librivox, Karen Savage did such a good job reading it that I have to recommend that everyone give it a listen.
Audiobooks are great for reading on the fly and is a free venture if you use it to catch up on your classics. I recommend Librivox, you can download a zip file of all the chapters in MP3 format, or individually, the M4B file like I did or even the Podcast version which I tried before learning about the M4B format. I’m currently using it to help me get into War & Peace since it puts me to bed when I try to read it on my iPod and it’s going great!
I give Pride & Prejudice a whopping five out of five and a snazzy favourite sticker. If you haven’t read it, pick it up and if you have read it I think it’s time you revisit it. Yeah it’s that good!
Have you ever fallen in love with a book after the first chapter? Do you listen to audiobooks? Let me know in the comments below.
- A Few Words on Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski (dragonflyy419.wordpress.com)
- For the Love of Darcy (delooo.wordpress.com)
- Where next for the Jane Austen (guardian.co.uk)