Wow. Just three months to go until 2022 is over and I’ve definitely not done as much reading as I was hoping to. I’m already promising myself that next year I’m not going to do any reading challenges (watch me break that vow in the time it takes to post this update!).
I’ve come to the conclusion that I love the idea of challenges, but I don’t actually like being under any kind of pressure to read a particular thing at a particular time. Then I cheat and wiggle round things so that I can carry on reading what I feel like reading.
That said, I’m not doing as badly all that…
The 12 Challenge
(Created by bookstagrammer Shadowbooker)
I finished The Conductors by Nicola Glover (recommended by the lovely Annemieke of A Dance with Books), I read Sistersong by Lucy Holland (recommended by the very cool Fabienne of Libri Draconis), and I’m currently buddy-reading This is Our Undoing by Lorraine Wilson with Ariana of the Book Nook (and have crossed it off in anticipation). That still leaves seven books to read in the remaining three months of 2022, and I suspect I’m not going to make it. Which is fine. The books aren’t going anywhere.
The TBR Reduction Challenge
(Created by Matt AKA Womble of Runalong the Shelves)
- July – You came, you read, you conquered a book you know will be challenging: I’m counting Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff as challenging because it was a challenge to actually start reading it. I just looked like it was going to be difficult to follow, with all the different documents that make up the story, but when I got going it was a breeze. And a heck of a ride too.
- August – Holiday! A book that takes you to another place: Not just another place, but another time too – 1980s San Francisco – because, yep, I’m counting Tea with the Black Dragon by R A MacAvoy for August’s prompt even though I read it way back in April/May time. Do you see what I mean by wiggling?
- September – Back to School Dark Academia, school setting etc: I keep meaning to read The Furies by Katie Lowe for this one, but I haven’t got round to it yet.
The Adult SFF Backlist Books Challenge
(Created by Bookish Valhalla)
- July – To sky: To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (thoughts incoming for this year’s SciFi Month).
- August – Sacrifice: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (from my library backlist, so a bit of a cheat, this one).
- September – Fire: The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay (Yeah, we read this in July. Just allow it, OK?).
Picture Prompt Book Bingo
- For the galleon I decided on Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. We wouldn’t have spaceships without sailing ships, after all.
- For the creepy looking house, I’m counting The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton because Blackheath definitely had that bad-things-happened-here vibe.
- And for the witch riding a broom I choose Sistersong by Lucy Holland. Riva, Keyne and Sinne aren’t stereotypical witches, but they are each of them powerful in interesting ways.
So that’s where I’m at. I’m more interested now in seeing what I don’t achieve by the end of the year. And I’m thinking of putting a request in for there to be more than twenty-four hours in a day.