Sunday Salon: First Three Months

If I had to pick one word to describe how I feel about this month it would be good. I feel like I’ve been reading some good books these past three months and I’ve done a good job of sticking to my goals, especially the one about reading from my own shelves. Of the 56 books I have read this year, thirty-eight have been books I own. I’m hoping to keep this momentum going after I return home for the summer. It would love to read a bunch of 63 books I own that are currently sitting on my shelves!

I have also done well with my challenges considering there have only been three (and in one case two) months so far this year. In fact, I already finished one person challenge to read six books translated to English.

  • Chunkster: Six books of adult literature (fiction or nonfiction) of 450 pages or more. I have read four books that count for this challenge.
  • Lost in Translation: Six books translated to English from their original language. Completed.
  • One, Two, Theme!: Selected four themes (primates, natural resources, Queen Victoria, and Turkey) and reading ten books in total. I have read three books out of ten.
  • To Be Read: Twelve books, plus twelve alternates, I have yet to get around to reading. I have read ten books off my list (four from my original list and six from my alternates list).
  • Victorian Literature: Read one to four books from the Victorian era of my choosing. I have read three novels for this challenge.
  • What’s in a Name?: Six books that include a certain characteristic – number, jewelry or a gem, size, travel or movement, evil, and life stage. I have read three books out of six for this challenge.

Another goal for this year was to ‘visit’ more countries. I traveled to 55 countries last year through reading last year but that I was when I counted books that visited several countries. This year I only count books that are located primarily in one country so I have technically visited fewer countries. And while I’ve revisited places like the United States, China, and Poland, I have traveled to new places like Ireland, Botswana, Belarus, and the Congo.

Visiting all of the states in the US is not a personal challenge for me this year, but I love maps and thought I would make one examining which states I have visited through my reading this year. I seem to be clustering my reading around New York.

The personal challenge I have not done well with is reading The Bible. In fact, I haven’t even starting reading it! I’m not going to beat myself up about it too much, though. I refuse.

I do not have very big plans for the next three months. I will be finishing up the last of my textbooks this month. I am so looking forward to reading what I want to read again!

The Sunday Salon:

The Sunday The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.


  1. You did a great job with your challenges! I don’t think I’ve read a chunkster yet this year though I do have a few on my nightstand. I looked at your own-to-read shelf on Goodreas. There’s a Girl in the Boy’s Bathroom is a great read. I read it years ago as a teenager and cried like a baby at the ending. 🙂 I hope the next three months go as well as the last three. Have a great week!


    • I’ve read There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom (which is what I think you mean…) several times and I know that I loved it. I haven’t read it in a while, though, and I really just cannot remember. I should reread it soon!


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