Reading Challenge Wrap-Up!

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Bout of books is over and it’s time for a reading challenge wrap-up!  I looked over my reading challenge list carefully and found 7 books that would fit 7 different categories.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, I think that says something about the state of my TBR bookcase.

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up -- A Man Of The People

The first book I read was A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe.  I haven’t read another Chinua Achebe book since Things Fall Apart and it was such a mistake!  I love the way Achebe can put you right into the middle of a culture in a manner that lets you experience it for yourself.  There’s very little exposition about African culture, yet you get the feel for it through his characters and their experiences.  I really love the way he writes!

This book checked off the “book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you” requirement from my Pop Sugar reading challenge.

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up -- The Japanese Lover and Bronze Gods

The next book I read was Bronze Gods (An Apparatus Infernum Novel) by A.A. Aguirre.  This was a gift from my husband for our ‘bronze’ anniversary! (He gets me!)

I wasn’t really into this book.  I’m not a huge fan of steampunk in general, this book was technically steampunk but I didn’t get that feel.  That coupled with figuring out the mystery less than half-way through the book left me feeling blah.  Oh well, I checked off the “a steampunk novel” with this one.

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende was fantastic.  I loved it so much.  It was so moving.  I felt every manner of emotion while reading this. There were incredibly sad parts, funny parts, ridiculous parts, loving parts, and even horrific parts.  She magically weaves the seemingly unrelated stories of different characters together in a way that makes it seem impossible to think they were ever separate.  I highly recommend this book to everyone!

I checked off “a book you got from a used book sale” with this one.  Totally unglamorous but another box checked off.


Reading Challenge Wrap-up -- The Dry Grass of August

This book, The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew, was completely NOT what I thought it would be.  I bought this book at a library book sale and the only reason I picked it up was because it’s set here in Charlotte.

The horrific things that happen in this book remind us of how far some of us have come, and where we NEVER want to go back to again.

One thing bothered me about this book, there’s a significant sacrifice by a character that is not mentioned at all.  It’s acknowledged in the moment and then never mentioned by anyone after.  It upset me because it means that the sacrifice was not understood by anyone but the person who made it.

What a wonderful reminder that whoever you bring into your home will become your family, and it’s important not to take that for granted.

This book was the only on on my shelves that fit this box: “a book with a month or day of the week in the title.”

Reading Challenge Wrap-up -- Good Omens

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman has been sitting on my shelf since 2011!  I found the receipt still in the book.  There’s this weird thing I have a with Neil Gaiman books.  I love them all so much that I don’t want to read them because then they won’t be there as a possibility to read in the future.  It doesn’t make any sense.

This book was so confusing but so funny.  I can see why people read it over and over.  I feel like I need one of my British friends to read it with me and explain the jokes I missed for not being British.

Good Omens was perfect for “a book with two authors.”


While I didn’t make the overall goal of 7 books in 7 days, I did finish 5 books this week!  I used my reading tracker app, Leio, to keep track of all my reading.  This app is so great.  You can track your reading sessions, which helps you figure out your reading speed and gives you a cumulative look at your reading for the week, month, or even year!

Here’s a look at the week in reading.

Reading Challenge Wrap-up -- Reading Statistics


Almost 24 hours of reading this week!  I am happy with how much reading I got done, even though my husband was away for two days on business and I was getting over a cold.

I didn’t read on Wednesday at all, I don’t know what happened but I couldn’t get it together.  It’s so unfair to get sick when something cool is going on!  Okay enough whining!

These dense books required a lot of attention.  I’m happy to have a reading speed of under 60s/page.  I’m actively trying to improve my reading speed, so it’s great to be able to see how that is changing with each book.


Unfinished Business

Reading Challenge Wrap-up -- Beloved and Changing Planes

These are the two books I didn’t get to during the read-a-thon.  I read the first 80 pages of Changing Planes by Ursula Le Guin and didn’t get to Beloved by Toni Morrison at all.  The plan is to read these books this month and be back on track.  My confidence is high that May is going to be a good month for reading!


Did you participate in Bout of Books? How did your reading challenge go?

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  • Karsyn @ KaKiJoKoJa
    May 15, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    That App is super neat, thanks so much for sharing! I’m getting it on my Mini now. I always just round my reading time to the nearest hour, by how long the Fire says that is left in the book, or it’s more accurate on my audiobooks of course. But I love tracking so I think I’ll love the app. Though my pretty journal will be sad if I quit using it completely.

    Glad you had an enjoyable BoB!

    • Candace
      May 15, 2017 at 1:38 PM

      You’re so welcome! I love the tracking and stats. I add them to my book journal when I add each new book. I don’t use it on all of my reading but most of the physical books, and some of the e-books. It’s too hard with comics and graphic novels. I wish the Kindle was a little more precise with reading statistics.