Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2011 Reading Challenge Update - October

Another month in the books and another two challenges vanquished.  The 2nds Challenge was a worthy foe and the 100+ Reading Challenge... well, let’s just say we have a questionable year end video planned that will touch on this adversary...

October was our highest book completion month to date, highlighted by The Prince of Mist, Bag of Bones, Water for Elephants, Lost Boys, and Leave it to Psmith.  We didn’t have any lowlights to speak of, although Gormenghast and The Swiss Family Robinson didn’t shatter any literary ceilings.  We also made absolutely no progress in our Books to Movies Challenge, which probably deserves a separate post. 

Here are the reviews that we posted in October that fit into our 2011 Challenges.

A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
Leave it to Psmith – P.G. Wodehouse
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen
Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein

Here’s an update on our 2011 Challenge.  All the inspiring details can be found HERE.

Books to Movies Challenge – 3/6
Gothic Reading Challenge – 8/8
Back to the Classics – 8/8
What’s in a Name Challenge – 6/6
2nds Challenge – 20/20
100+ Reading Challenge – 109/100

On a loosely related topic, a Halloween Miracle occurred during last night’s quest for candy.  Midway through the evening our children came across a “take one” bucket full anti-candy (yo-yo’s, whistles, stickers, etc.).  Our son came running towards the street full of excitement and announced, “Look at this awesome bookmark!”  Ah, words that warmed our bookish minded hearts. 

Also, props to the very talented female Bibliomaniac on her splendid Angry Birds costume!!!


  1. Love the angry birds costume! I heard a dentist was buying Halloween candy from kids, and was going to send it to soldiers over seas. All kinds of creative stuff. I may have to get some bookmarks for next year! Love that.

  2. I read "The Swiss Family Robinson" this summer, and was also a little underwhelmed. Not exactly sure why it's a classic, but it was somewhat interesting and passed the time when we had no TV in Spain.

  3. Don't you love it when kids get excited about bookish things? Love the costumes!

  4. Lisa,
    I thought the book could have done with some of the elements from the movie - coconut bombs, pirate attacks, family races on various animals...