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.
Dilettante: 5 books
The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay
Claire’s 5-Cents: This might be a difficult challenge to complete, sigh.
Level 3: SUPER GIRL – read 16 to 20 books written by a woman author.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1) by Malinda Salisbury
- The Buried Life (The Buried Life, #1) by Carrie Patel
- The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent, #3) by Marie Brennan
- 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.
Third Shelf: Read 13 – 18 books with POC protagonists or written by POC.
- 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.
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.
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?