Finally, January is over and done with!
Why am I so happy about that? Because it also means that I am now completely exam-free – until mid-February, that is, when the usual school work starts back up and I’m back at having a test every other week (or so it seems).
However, that January is over, also means that it’s time to look back and see what I got done, Reading-Challenges-wise. As I just said, January was stuffed to the brink with exams, but luckily that also meant I had to get through a whole bunch of set reading – it’s basically the only thing I’ve read all month, but at least it’s something…
So let’s take a look at what, exactly, “it” is!
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First things first: I managed to read 21 books this month, 12 of which counted for my Goodreads Challenge (the ones in bold) – keep in mind, almost all the books were read in function of my classes, so I guess it’s just chance that I hadn’t already marked all of them as read…
- Northern Lights, Philip Pullman: 5/5
- The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman: 5/5
- The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman: 5/5
- L’Enigme Du Retour, Dany Laferrière: 3/5
- L’Ignorance, Milan Kundera: 3/5
- Nord Perdu, Nancy Huston: 3/5
- Persuasion, Jane Austen: 5/5
- Merlin, Robert de Boron: 4/5
- Le roman de l’histoire du Graal, Robert de Boron: 4/5
- Perceval ou l’Histoire du Graal, Chrétien de Troyes: 4/5
- Lancelot ou le Chevalier de la Charette, Chrétien de Troyes: 4/5
- Vita Merlini, Geoffrey of Monmouth: 2/5
- Don Quichotte de la Manche – First Book, Cervantes: 4/5
- Don Quichotte de la Manche – Second Book, Cervantes: 4/5
- Le Cinquième Livre, Rabelais: 4/5
- Le Roman De Brut, Wace: 3/5
- Les Laids, Marie de France: 4/5
- Moby Dick, Herman Melville: 2/5
The biggest advantage of having to (re-)read all those books, though, is that they really helped me along for the Reading Around the World Challenge.
Not only did I already “visit” 27 different places, I’m actually doing pretty well on the mini-challenges as well: I’ve visited 4 of the 7 continents, 2 of the 50 states, 2 of the 5 oceans and 12 different countries. What’s more, I’ve read books by authors from 5 different countries, ànd I’ve visited 10 places that had a different first letter – so only 16 more to go to finish the A to Z challenge!
Next up, there’s the challenges with specific goals: for the Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge, I’ve already read:
- A book you should have read in school: L’Ignorance, Milan Kundera
- A book published before you were born: Persuasion, Jane Austen (which is the first in my “Reviewing the Classics”-series!)
- A book that was banned at some point: Moby Dick, Herman Melville (although I guess this one could also count for “A book that intimidates you” – I’ll just have to see which other books I read that may fit this criterion 🙂 )
- A book you’ve already read once: Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
- A book by a female author: Nord Perdu, Nancy Huston
- A book you never got to read in 2015: Don Quichotte de la Manche – Livre 1, Cervantes (I was supposed to read this one for school – surprise surprise 🙂 )
- A book with short stories: Les Laids, Marie de France
- A book you haven’t read since high school: Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
- A book set in Europe: The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman
- A book at least 100 years older than you: Persuasion, Jane Austen
- A book that takes place on an island: L’Enigme du retour, Dany Laferrière
- A book that’s under 150 pages: Le Roman de L’Histoire du Graal, Robert de Boron
And you have no idea how proud I am that I’ve actually managed to keep all of those straight, because let me tell you: I have to save them in my own excel, in the Google Spreadsheet from Reading Around the World, ànd the Google Spreadsheet from itsallaboutbooks, where I keep track of everything I’ve read.
Finally, there’s the Rory Gilmore Challenge – this is basically the only challenge which I’m sure I’ll never finish – if only because I just don’t like Stephen King’s work, and there’s at least 5 of his books in that list… Anyways, at the beginning of this month I had already read 67 of those books, this month I added two more works to that: Don Quichotte de la Manche and Moby Dick – I’d like to do slightly better on that one next month, but I guess we’ll just have to see to what extent school actually allows for that… 🙂
Anyways, there you have it! This month’s update for my Reading Challenges – how did you do this month? What books did you read? Be sure to let me know below!