Saturday, September 3, 2011

2011 Reading Challenge Update - August

The month of August will go down in the books as the month of the challenge!  In the past 31 day’s we’ve (Evan) managed to put a wrap on no less than 3 challenges!  Let’s take a moment or three to reflect on some of the great books these challenges inspired...

Technically, the Back to the Classics Challenge was the first to be closed out and finished in style with Les Miserables (which was a fantastic book).  We also encountered some of our favorite books of the year in The Count of Monte Cristo and Shutter Island.  The Gothic Reading Challenge came next and delivered some fantastic books in The Woman in White and A Pale View of Hills.  The latter kept us in suspense until the very last page – nicely done Kazuo Ishiguro!   And finally, the What’s in a Name Challenge was closed out with One Hundred Years of Solitude.  Even better were The Princess Bride and I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be your Class President.

This month also marked our very first
Graphic Review
, which introduced the Two Bibliomaniacs in full color illustrated form.  Yep, it’s just as weird as it sounds!

Here are the reviews that we posted in July that fit into our 2011 Challenges.
Enchantment – Orsen Scott Card
Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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 – 8/8
Back to the Classics – 8/8
What’s in a Name Challenge – 6/6
2nds Challenge – 19/20
100+ Reading Challenge – 85/100

As we look ahead to September, there is reason for considerable zeal.  A Game of Thrones, Night Watch, Kane and Abel, Her Fearful Symmetry,  and Trainspotting should provide us with one heck of a month!  How’s everyone else doing in their 2011 reading endeavors?  Send us a link so we can check out your progress!


  1. Congrats on reaching so many reading milestones! And FWIW, Les Mis is one of the best books I've ever read. Good choice!

  2. I loved Night Watch! Terry Pratchett is amazing.

  3. Well done! Enjoy Her Fearful Symmetry and try to drive out any comparisons to The Time Traveller's Wife. If you don't let that influence your feelings, it's actually a good book on its own.