Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2011 Reading Challenge Update - April

For us (Evan), April showers brought a whole lot more than just the prospect of increased May vegetation... we dominated our reading challenges.  In fact, the Back to the Classics reading challenge is on the mat in a complicated submission hold and the 2nds Challenge just received a reverse piledriver to the top of the head.  What’s in a Name is still rather elusive, but we’ve identified some weaknesses that we plan to exploit in May (Okay, we’ll be done with the wrestling analogies).

In truth, April was filled with plenty of highlights (The Haunting of Hill House, The Looking Glass Wars, Love Wins, and Carry on, Jeeves) along with a few mediumlights (A Passage to India, The Pickwick Papers, and Titus Groan).  We also posted 2 more episodes of our wildly UNpopular meme, Book Blogging Videos, and as of last week booked a landmark guest star.

Here are the reviews that we posted in April that fit into our 2011 Challenges.
Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President – Josh Lieb
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
March – Geraldine Brooks

Here’s an update on our 2011 Challenge.  All the unpleasant details can be found HERE.
Gothic Reading Challenge – 5/8
Back to the Classics – 7/8
What’s in a Name Challenge – 2/6
2nds Challenge – 14/20
100+ Reading Challenge – 46/100

Our TBR list for May is filled with plenty of excitement!  And Then There Were None, The Princess Bride (finally), The Waste Lands, and ArchEnemy.  How did everyone else do in their April reading endeavors?  Send us a link so we can check out your progress!


  1. You will love And Then There Were None! The only challenge I have for this year is to read 50 books, which is nothing compared to your list. :)

  2. Loved the recap - excellent progress on your challenges! I am excited for you to read The Princess Bride, I don't know how it is that I still have not read that book!

  3. I'm excited to read your posts on And Then There Were None and The Princess Bride! Happy reading! :)

    Here's a link to my April recap post:

  4. Congrats on an excellent April! I'm failing miserably in my challenges this month. I'm doing the Books to be Read challenge, with twelve set books for the year, and missed that fourth book that would have kept me on track, and I've only read one classic so far, and a short one at that! Must do better this May!