Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2011 Reading Challenge Update - July

Another month in the books and we’re (Evan) so close to completing several of our reading challenges that we can almost taste it.  Although, if we’re honest, the flavor could also be a bit of peach cobbler stuck in our teeth from lunch.  Any whooo...

Statistically speaking, July resulted in the lightest reading month of the year.  As we typically like to pass blame onto others, we’ll highlight Jean Valjean as the primary reason for our weak stats.  Les Misérables is a monster of a book (although quite enjoyable so far) that took us half the year to finally work up the courage to start.  Jean Valjean might also be to blame for a light August.

With titles like The Woman in White, The Help, Radical, and The Phantom of the Opera July was a worthy reading month.  The jury’s still out on Rabbit, Run (possibly for awhile) though Northanger Abby was a delightful read.   

Here are the reviews that we posted in July that fit into our 2011 Challenges.
Jamaica Inn – Daphne Du Maurier

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls

Here’s an update on our 2011 Challenge.  All the inspiring details can be found HERE.
Books to Movies Challenge – 2/6
Gothic Reading Challenge – 7/8
Back to the Classics – 7/8
What’s in a Name Challenge – 5/6
2nds Challenge – 19/20
100+ Reading Challenge – 76/100

As we look ahead to August, there is reason for considerable enthusiasm.  Something Rotten, One Hundred Years of Solitude, A Pale View of Hills, Three Men in a Boat, and Pippi Longstocking should provide us with a banner month!  How’s everyone else doing in their 2011 reading endeavors?  Send us a link so we can check out your progress!


  1. I purposely didn't set any official reading challenges this year, after nearly killing myself in the last 36 hours of 2010 to get to 100+ books, but I am pleasantly surprised to find that I'm on pace to read 100 books again this year.

  2. Do you two actually read the same books at the same time? The only time my husband and I do that is when we listen to audiobooks in the car together. Sounds like you are doing great.

  3. Anne,
    Alas, as much as we try to read the same books this is not always the case... The reading challenge update only tracks Evan's progress... Maybe next year Erin will have a page!

  4. Very nice month! I agree about Rabbit, Run. I wasn't that taken with it either. Here's to an encore success in August :)