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Two weeks ago I was up to 11 titles, with grand plans for both adding more to the list and broadening my reading horizon by trying something I wouldn’t normally pick up. I still haven’t finished (well, started) either of the two books (Enchanted and Dodger) I mentioned last time, but I did quite enjoy Ultimate Comics Spider-man, v. 1, The Round House, and Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. Admittedly, those were all books I had every intention of reading anyway, so I don’t think they really fulfill my goal of branching out, but I do get to add three more titles to my total. On the other hand, I am now in the middle of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, which is not something I probably would have picked up on my own, rave reviews notwithstanding. So far I’m loving it.
Plus, I totally gave in and read Eleanor and Park, even though it’s new and doesn’t count. I have no willpower when it comes to shiny new books. But after Mr. Penumbra and I part ways I really am going to read Enchanted and Dodger, and I added a couple more titles to my library hold list that I definitely wouldn’t have on my radar were it not for the Reading Challenge. My mini goal for the next couple weeks is to try really hard to focus on challenge books, since, if my math is correct, we’ve just about reached the halfway point.
How are you all doing so far? Do any of you find it difficult to both keep up with new books and read “backwards” to catch great titles you missed? Have any of you instituted reading “rules” to keep yourself on track for the challenge? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
If you’ve completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list, let us know by filling out the form (which actually works now!) below. (The information you provide is what we’ll use to send you your Challenge Finisher badge, contact you about your reader’s response, and notify you if you win our grand prize drawing, so be sure to use an email address you actually check!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.
If you’re not done yet, happy reading and keep us posted on your progress! Tweet your reviews and progress with the #hubchallenge tag, and we’ll see you at next week’s check-in!