Reading Challenges 2017 Update

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Well, I was cruising along pretty well writing about my 2017 Reading Challenges until last May when life began getting in the way. Between work and home life, all my writing time was sucked away by unforeseen circumstances, particularly some family illnesses and changes at work and church. Fortunately, I was able to keep reading during those times, but I got behind in posting about the books I finished. The really good news is that most of those challenges have been resolved and life is starting to return to what passes for normal.

And now that things are settling down a bit, I’m hopeful that I can not only get back to blogging more regularly, but I can also catch up on writing about the books I read over the summer and early fall. And just as important, I hope to get back to reading my favorite book blogs and commenting on them.

With about three months left in the year, I feel pretty good about meeting all of my reading challenges, though there are some that have me concerned.

Challenges I’m not too worried about:

  • I finished Brona’s Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Readalong, though I missed out on a lot of discussion by not being able to write this summer.
  • I’ve only got two books left each in the Color Coded Reading Challenge and the Wild Goose Chase Reading Challenge, so those challenges will be no problem.
  • I fell very confident about finishing the eBook Reading Challenge, since I only have four books left.

Challenges I need to kick into high gear in order to finish:

  • I’ve still got to read eleven books for the Alphabet Soup Challenge, and that has me a little worried.
  • I’ve only read half of the fourteen Classics Club books I’ve planned on, and several of them are fairly weighty books, especially Kristin Lavransdatter. Still, I think I can fit them all in before the end of December.
  • Surprisingly, I still have six mystery books left to read for the Follow the Clues Challenge. Fortunately, most of the books left are of high interest to me and I should be able to finish them fairly quickly.

You can see the details of my progress on the 2017 Reading Challenges page or get a quick glimpse by checking out the sidebar.

And if any of my reading friends are still out there reading this blog, look for me to resume commenting on your posts very soon, and accept my apologies for disappearing without warning.

For now, it’s back to reading Romola, George Eliot’s classic novel set in Florence, Italy.

Deacon Nick

Nick Senger is a husband, a father of four, and a Catholic school teacher, vice principal and technology coordinator. He taught junior high literature and writing for over 25 years, and has been a Catholic school educator since 1990. In 2001 he was named a Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the National Catholic Education Association.

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