2015 Reading Challenges: Quarterly Check-In (Claire) & My First Month in London


A quarterly challenge inspired by Nikki’s brilliance. I’ll also write about why I’ve been so absent for a bit too.

So some of you may know that in early March I moved country yet again and took up in London. I’ve since been here 3 long, long weeks and it’s been immensely busy and sometimes, very lonely. I’ve got to deal with the cold, which I don’t complain about but I did forget how much I dislike it. I was staying by family till a temporary let became available and it was in horrible conditions when I turned up, so that was some drama. A few tears were involved and I managed to get cleaned but I was misled about the flatshare so I’m only staying for 5 months, and come September, the search starts anew! My job is… OK, but I can put up with it for a bit. London is nice is a nice but very quick and busy place. I am so sorry that I’ve been distant but I didn’t have net where I was and everytime I thought of Bitches With Books it reminded me of the life I so willingly gave up, and it reminded me of family and warmth and friends, and it made me a bit sad to be honest. But now I am visiting my bestie in Canterbury so I have net to blog and stuff, as well as inspiration. Yay! Prepare for a number of book reviews in the upcoming weeks and some fun.

I do want to give a massive shout out to Nikki for holding down everything when I was spazzing out and disappearing. She’s amazing and I shall make sure that she has a million cookies shoved in her hands next time I see her (which I hope is soon!).

OK, back to the books. I’ve read some amazing stuff recently and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on all of it! Now to my challenge updates.

Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

Dilettante: 5 books

  1. The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay

Claire’s 5-Cents: This might be a difficult challenge to complete, sigh.

Women Challenge

Level 3: SUPER GIRL – read 16 to 20 books written by a woman author.

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
  3. The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1) by Malinda Salisbury
  4. The Buried Life (The Buried Life, #1) by Carrie Patel
  5. The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent, #3) by Marie Brennan
  6. The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay

Claire’s 5-Cents: I’m not including all of the manga I’ve read this year (which is something like 25 manga books) in this list because then I’d have completed it. For the sake of a novel based challenge, I’ll keep this one as a “book” based thing, without short stories or manga or graphic novels. I miiiight reconsider the graphic novel portion. Maybe. That’s mostly for this challenge and the Diversity one as well. I’m not including it for Dragons & Jetpacks or my Goodreads Challenge.

Diversity on the Shelf Challenge

Third Shelf: Read 13 – 18 books with POC protagonists or written by POC.

  1. Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory (Goodreads Author)

Claire’s 5-Cents: I am really not doing well on this challenge… I thought it would be easy but it’s startling to see that it isn’t. This troubles me.

GoodReads Reading Challenge

Level: 75 Books

Completed: 42 books.

Claire’s 5-Cents: I’m including graphic novels, short stories, manga and novels in this section because regardless of shortness or how swiftly read, I read it and therefore I shall add it.

Dragons and Jetpacks Reading Challenge

Level: 30 books

Completed: 16 books.

Claire’s 5-Cents: I’m actually not sure how my progress in this is going, because I’ve read quite a few books but not all that can hit the categories. That being said I’ve read 16 sci-fi or fantasy related books, so that’s why I’ve included that number.

Are you doing any challenges this year? How’s it going?



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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8 Responses to 2015 Reading Challenges: Quarterly Check-In (Claire) & My First Month in London

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  2. writersideup says:

    Claire, I am SO sorry to hear you’ve been having such difficulties since your move. It will get better! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to hearing how things gradually improve for you πŸ™‚

  3. annfes says:

    You are SO LUCKY!!! As a rabid anglophile I do nothing but save up to fly there! It is the most beautiful and learned city in the world. The cradle of modern civilization!! And people are so nice, So never forget you’re blessed!

  4. HOLLY says:

    Wow, you have a lot of challenges! I think I would feel the same way if I moved far away from my family- best of luck, and I hope everything goes well!

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