Six Months into the Reading Challenge

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It would be the understatement of the summer if I said that the last two months haven’t been the most productive when it came to reading. ESPECIALLY within the context of keeping up with my 2017 Reading Challenge. In between family, work, and just overall life, it was unintentionally put on the back burner and my pace slowed to a crawl.

Going off of my last updated post on the reading challenge, I had fallen behind by about two weeks, trying to finish The CleanSweep Conspiracy to satisfy the reading a ‘Self-published book’ criteria. I hope to give a full review on it when I finish but I’ve already stumbled through the initial thirty pages with the opening being a bit clunky to me. I’m hoping that this changes soon because I don’t plan on giving up on it. This is also while balancing a book I’m reading with my book club (The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay). But now to provide my update.

Six months and two weeks into the year and to break even I should have completed thirteen books. I am currently reading my eleventh (cue the state of emergency music). Being a glass half full type of person, I realize that this isn’t really as bad as it could be. Especially with as much talking as I’ve done on this blog concerning balancing all the spinning plates I have in the air. I consider this current book a simple bump in the road, that will hopefully be smoothed out in a matter of days (although I said that before, I really mean it this time).

I’ll be quite the busy reader over the next few months.

In the picture listed above, I’ve decided to go ahead and list the next ten books that I will be reading in order to hold myself accountable to some measure of organization. This would put me at a total of twenty books completed for the challenge, with only six left (or three months of reading if I complete everything on time). With this in mind and taking the time to ensure that each book corresponds to a specific criteria, I feel like I’ve got a plan in place.

  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois (A book you read in school)
  • Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (A book written by a female author)
  • Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It by Charlamagne Tha God (A book published in the last year)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (A book that became a film)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (A book with a number in the title)
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X (A book with someone’s name in the title)
  • Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition by Stan Sakai (A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year)
  • What Should I Do With My Life by Po Bronson (A book from your childhood)
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (A previously banned book)
  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (A book with over 500 pages)

As you can see, it’ll be a busy year but I’m game for it! I’m looking forward to finally trying all these different books.

Until next time.

Author: Mr. Nifty

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