As we’re now halfway through the year, it’s time for an update on my 2022 Reading Challenge. How am I doing so far? Let’s revisit the challenges I set for myself at the start of the year and assess.
- A Piece of Brontë-Inspired Fiction. I completed this task by reading the wonderful Wildfell Summer by Tracey Neis, The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis, and The Full Brontë by Victoria Connelly.
- A Book First Published in 2022. Task completed by reading Boy, Missing by Sophie McKenzie, the spectacular A Catalogue of Catastrophe by Jodi Taylor, The Pennymores and the Curse of the Missing Quill by Eric Koester, The Asparagus Bunch by Jessica Scott-Whyte, The Sky Over Rebecca by Matthew Fox, As Night Falls by Tiffany Armstrong, and the amazing A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Iriwn.
- A Title from a Genre I Don’t Normally Read. Another ticked off the list courtesy of The Asparagus Bunch which is a refreshing and funny read about the struggles of an autistic teenager settling into yet another school, encountering bullies, and making friends.
- A Book by an Author Who Shares My Initials is a task I’ve not yet managed to complete.
- A Book by a Debut Author. I’ve read a few books by debut authors this year: The Asparagus Bunch, The Sky Over Rebecca, As Night Falls, and A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting.
- A Book with a Number in the Title is a task not yet completed.
- A Book with a Colour in the Title is a task not yet completed.
- A Book Entirely Set in Europe (not the UK). This year I’ve read The Women of Troy by Pat Barker and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller which are both set in Ancient Greece. Additionally, The Sky Over Rebecca is set in Sweden.
- A Book with the Weather in the Title is another task I’ve not yet completed.
- A Piece of Translated Literature. I completed this task by reading The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa.
- A Book Narrated by a Child was completed by reading The Asparagus Bunch, The Sky Over Rebecca, and Boy, Missing.
- Start a New Series. The Vanished Bride is the first in the Brontë Sister Mysteries series.
- A Book Chosen For Me by My Partner (eek!). This one was also completed by reading The Cat Who Saved Books.
- A Book with an Item of Clothing or Accessory in the Title. I haven’t managed to completed this task.
- A Story Based on an Historical Event. Although several books I’ve read have featured historical events quite heavily including The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale and A Catalogue of Catastrophe, I can’y quite say they’re entirely based on one historical event.
Additionally, I’ve currently read 20 books out of the target of 30 I set for myself in 2022 over at Goodreads. Happy reading!
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