I keep forgetting that Roof Beam Reader, who hosts the 2014 TBR Pile Challenge, has check-in points around the 15th of each month so we can summarize how we’re doing. I haven’t done one since March, and since that time I have completed (all links are to my reviews):
Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, and God by Michael Kelley.
The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis.
Crowded to Christ by L. E. Maxwell.
Walking From East to West: God in the Shadows by Ravi Zacharias.
Loving the Church by John Crotts.
Out of the 12 books I chose for this challenge, that completes 8, and I have started two more, so I am feeling pretty good about this challenge.
And while I am here I may as well update the other reading challenges I am participating in this year:
The Back to the Classics Challenge has a mid-year check-in. I’m happy to say that after completing My Man Jeeves by P. D. Wodehouse, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, and The Brothers Karamazov yesterday,
though it will take me a few days to get a review together, I’ve completed all of the required books I chose for this challenge and all but two of the optional ones. Here are my completed choices (links are to my reviews):
- A 20th Century Classic: My Man Jeeves by P. D. Wodehouse
- A 19th Century Classic: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- A Classic by a Woman Author: The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
- A Classic in Translation (A book originally written in a different language from your own.) The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky.
- A Classic About War The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.
- A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- An American Classic: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, the first Sherlock Holmes book
- A Historical Fiction Classic: I will Repay by Baroness Orzcy, part of The Scarlet Pimpernel series. (Not completed yet)
- A Classic That’s Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. (Not completed yet)
- Extra Fun Category: Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4 (Not completed yet).
For the The Cloud of Witnesses Challenge.I completed Mere Christianity and Crowded to Christ. I had planned to read four books in this category of nonfiction books written by a Christian who has passed one. I’m also reading Traveling Toward Sunrise by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, a devotional which which be completed by the end of the year, and just started The Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer. While it looks like I’ll have no problem completing my goals for this challenge, now that I have started reading this type of book again, I want to continue.
And in the Nonfiction Reading Challenge in which I am aiming to read 11-15 nonfiction books, I have completed 12. But I have other nonfiction books to complete for some of these other challenges, so I’ll be adding more to this list.
It helps a lot that many of these challenges overlap. That’s one reason I decided to participate in them all – otherwise I would have had to choose just one or two. And audiobooks have helped a lot, too, particularly with the classics.
It’s funny how just having these on a list of goals to complete for the year have been driving me towards completing that goal. Sometimes I don’t like that driven feeling, but that’s probably because I gravitate more toward…not fluff, exactly, but lighter reading. Yet I am glad for the impetus to incorporate some reading I would not otherwise get to.