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2015 Reading Challenge, first quarter done

6 April, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s been three months and I’m still going strong. I’m 14 books in and I’ll probably finish number 15 tonight when I finally get done with A Christmas Carol. I really haven’t had the motivation to read that one, because come on, it’s a book about Christmas and we’re in the middle of spring. But I want to get it done while I have borrowed it from the library, so I’ll just have to get through it. It’s the same with Northanger Abbey and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Not exactly motivated to read them, because they were books outside of my usual reading preference that I added just because they fit a few categories. I’ve been putting it off week after week, but I should just get it done and read them.

Here’s some stat-wanking, courtesy of my overly ambitious excel chart for this challenge. 🙂

One problem is that I’ve read a bunch of shorter books, averaging about 260 pages. That means that I’m ahead in the number of books but behind in the number of pages. Apparently I have about 13700 pages left to read in nine months. About 8700 of those will be ordinary paper books. About 4100 will be in audio books, unless I make more switches. Then there’s about 900 left in ebook format. I just messed around a bit more and apparently I’ve read 23% of the total pages, so there’s 77% left.

Speaking of switches. My current list looks a lot different from the one I originally posted on this blog. A few of the changes have been to get a few books I wasn’t really excited about off the list, replacing them with more exciting books I’ve discovered. That’s probably the most annoying thing with this whole challenge and books in general. I constantly find more books I’m excited about. Oh well… The biggest change, though, has been that I happened to discover the Harry Potter books. I’ve listened to three of them so far and they’re excellently narrated by Stephen Fry. A pure joy to experience the story of the young wizard.

Also, speaking of audio books. According to my ridiculous excel sheet, I’ve “read” 2783 pages in audiobooks so far, while I’m only at 974 in paper books and 337 in ebooks. I need to pick up the pace with the paper books. But it’s also pretty obvious that I probably wouldn’t make this challenge without the audiobooks.

Time to get done with A Christmas Carol. I’m also 10 reviews behind. Need to get on that. 🙂 Here’s a list of the books I need to write about:

The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
Sex Criminals #1, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling
Five on Finniston Farm, by Enid Blyton
The Disaster Artist, by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Food: A Love Story, by Jim Gaffigan
The Birthday Party, by Harold Pinter
Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

Read on!