Reading Challenge – Update

Update on my 12-12-12 Reading Challenge

If you remember back in February I posted a challenge to read 12 books, in 12 months, 12 different categories.  I’m not sure I accomplished it but I am going to own up to my successes and failures on this blog.

I promised you an update and here it is:

A book published this year

I read several published this year but the one that, in my opinion was the most memorable was A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels.

A book you can finish in a day

For the first time I picked up a poetry book.  I really didn’t like it.  I’m not going to blame the book or the author because I’m sure it is totally my inability to understand poetry.  Milk and Honey by Kaur

A book you’ve been meaning to read

Another one I didn’t like My Beautiful Friend by Elena Ferrante.  I found it boring and, although I think I want to check the other three books in the series, I have not been able to do that….. it was bad.

A book recommended by local librarian or bookseller

I don’t think I was recommended any books by a librarian or a book seller.  I must ask for next year.

A book you should have read in school

Animal Farm by George Orwell.  I should have read it in Political Science and honestly I’m not sure how I made it 4 years of being a Political Science major and not reading it.  I didn’t like it and wound up giving it two stars.

A book chosen for you by someone you know (spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF)

Most of the books I read were suggested by people on GoodReads or YouTube.  I think I can safely say that most of them were.  The one I will refer to here is a recommendation from YouTube and it’s Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

A book published before you were born

Hmmm no idea.  Perhaps another one to wait for next year.  I’m really old, this may not exist 😉

A book that was banned at some point

hmmmmm don’t know what this would be.

A book you previously abandoned

I kept trying with Anna Karenina ….  still abandoned 😦

A book you own but have never read

I thought I was going to be able to unbox my books this year and put them neatly on my brand new book shelves but I never got the bookshelves so I will have to come back to this next year.  The books I read this year are all new acquisitions.

A book that intimidates you

This was supposed to be Anna Karenina by Tolstoy but ….. again…. I’m intimated enough that I never read it….. 2017 is the year.  I started it on 3 occasions and never made it through.

A book you’ve already read at least once

I don’t tend to re-read books but I will just so I can say this challenge is completed.  Not sure what it will be.


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