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Friday Reads: Reading Challenge Update – Q3 2018

… and we’re now 3/4 of the way through 2018. That seems crazy. I didn’t get as much done in the early part of this year as I had hoped. Will I be able to catch up toward the end of the year? Well, since November includes NaNoWriMo, probably not. Still, I’m aiming for a fun fall! I hope you are as well.

As a reminder, I had both my self-designed Reading Challenges (AKA the Bucket List Books Challenge and my Goodreads Reading Challenge) and the 2018 Backlist Reader Challenge this year.

Bucket List Books Challenge

Here’s a quick look at the Bucket List Books I read in Q3 2018:

  1. The Night Circus
  2. 1984
  3. Anne of Green Gables
  4. The Phantom Tollbooth
  5. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  6. Jane Eyre
  7. Emma
  8. The Pearl
  9. Merry Wives of Windsor

I’m glad I finally read Anne of Green Gables. I do wish I’d read it when I was younger, probably around the same time I was reading the Little House books. I think I would have connected to the characters and situation a lot more at that time than I did as an adult. Still, even though it didn’t live up to the charm I was expecting, it was still a good book and I’m glad I picked it up.

The Phantom Tollbooth was a re-read, but one I’ve been meaning to get back to for a while now. I couldn’t find my copy of the book, so I haven’t read it in ages before I finally decided buy a new copy of the paperback. It’s just as fun as I remember it. I still love the quotes, the artwork, and the message. So fun.

I am done with Steinbeck. Having just re-read The Pearl, I don’t think there is a single book of his that I have ever actually liked. They are bleak and depressing and I don’t feel they are written well enough to merit the praise they are given. Do lots of people love Steinbeck? Yes. By all means, they should continue reading his works if they so desire. I will not be among them.

2018 Backlist Reader Challenge

And here’s a quick look at the books from my backlist which I read in Q3 2018. I was aiming for 40, and so far I’m at 25. This isn’t looking good, numbers-wise. I’m over half-way to my goal… but three-quarters of the way through the year.

  1. Bathsheba Ironpaws: Zombie Fighter
  2. The Night Circus
  3. 1984
  4. The Paper Magician
  5. Anne of Green Gables
  6. Born A Crime: Tales from a South African Childhood
  7. The Phantom Tollbooth
  8. Are you There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  9. Jane Eyre
  10. Emma
  11. The Pearl
  12. Merry Wives of Windsor

As a reminder, the basic rules for this challenge (full rules linked above) are that the books had to have been on my TBR list before I signed up for the challenge, and had to be published before 2017.

The Paper Magician was enjoyable, if a bit annoying at times. When I finished it I was sure I’d be continuing with the series, but now I’m not as sure. I’ve seen a handful of reviews for the second book (The Glass Magician) which indicate that the things that annoyed me the most about book one are just as present in book two, if not more so. We’ll see. I haven’t written it off yet, but I’m not as convinced to continue with the series as I was initially.

Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime was a really fascinating listen. I especially enjoyed hearing him speak the various South African languages and switch into different accents depending on who he was quoting. His life has been incredible so far, and he doesn’t pull any punches in his memoir. Definitely worth a read, but I recommend you listen to it if you can.


How has your first 3/4 of the year been? Are you on track with your goals, if you make any annual goals for yourself? We’re heading into the holiday season, which is my favorite time of year — in no small part because it’s finally going to be cold enough that I can wear my knitwear again! I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the year!

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7 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Reading Challenge Update – Q3 2018

  1. That’s a pretty good list! I really enjoyed The Night Circus, and 1984 was a gripping read for me–equal parts “good” and disturbing! I’ve never read any Steinbeck and I’m not sure I want to now!

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