Monday, August 31, 2015

Challenges and goals update: How did I do in August?

August is almost gone and I can't believe we are officially entering the last quarter of 2015. Where did this year go? I am happy with my 8 reads this month considering that I spent 2 full weeks at the lab, every single day of the week. It was exhausting, but seems like it was worth it. How was my reading this month, you ask? Let's dive in.

Diversifying 2015: Of the 8 books I read this month, 3 had a POC author and those 3 had POC main characters. My POC reading has been stable at about 30% of what I read, so I am happy. The books where: Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins (beautiful story), After Dark by Haruki Murakami (confirming that I do like the author) and finally, Long Live the Music by Andrés Caicedo (a Colombian author that I had been meaning to read for a long time.

Read Harder: For this challenge I tackled the "Read a micro-history" part with The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig. It was well researched piece of nonfiction and you can read my review here.

My goals:

Read at least 1 POC author per month: As I mentioned, I read 3 this month.

Read at least 1 book in Spanish per month: Listened to Long Live the Musical.

Read CanLit book per month: I read the last book in the Maddaddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood, so except a review of the trilogy coming soon. (spoiler alert, it was amazing)

Read at least 1 book of nonfiction per month: The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig

Finished series: Madddaddam by Margaret Atwood

Read more already owned books: Off the 8 books I read this month only 1 was from the library!

Read the picks of the month for each book club: The Sword and Laser pick for this month was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It's the second book I've read from her and I can tell you I like her style. In this book in particular I really enjoyed the Polish influences. Hello Hemlock didn't have a pick this month.

Besides the books I already mentioned I also listened to Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, a book I kept hearing being referenced on S&L. It was ok, but it's really not my cup of tea. A LOVED it and he is continuing the series. Oh and I also listened to The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It reminded me a lot of The Elite but with much better characters IMO. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Well that was it for August. How was your reading?

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