Okay, it's time for our first Official Update post! This is where you get to check in, discuss, commiserate, celebrate, and ask questions! I've also reposted the original linky here so you can maybe visit a few of the other challengees and cheer them on... A little motivation goes a long way!
If you haven't joined up yet, there's still plenty of time, never fear! Please don't sign up using the Linky on this post - it's just a copy - instead you can find all the challenge details, categories, guidelines and ideas, plus how to sign up, over HERE.
My First Two Months
Hmmm, well, I didn't dive headfirst into my challenges with quite the vim I'd expected, given my reading fever in December! I had about three weeks in January where I barely read a page, thanks to a flurry of music-listening and telly-watching that ended up consuming most of my time, oops... Not that it wasn't just as enjoyable in its own way, but it didn't get me off to a great start!
So far I've completed three out of my sixteen categories - all the easiest ones first, what a surprise! First up was my Children's/YA choice, which was Seizure by Kathy Reichs, the second in her Virals series. It was a kind of fusion of Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean, with powers... I tackled the Journalism/Humour category with the very funny How to Leave Twitter: My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop by Grace Dent, which I highly recommend to all the Tweeters out there! And finally, for my Modern Fiction category, I went for Christos Tsiolkas's debut novella Loaded, about a young gay Greek man in Australia. It was like a kind of modern Catcher in the Rye - cynical, intelligent, angry and explicit - and I really enjoyed it!
Over to you...
How are you getting on so far? Have any of your not-so-familiar genres surprised you? Have you had any particularly good (or particularly bad) reads already? Leave your comments below! Then if you have a few minutes spare, go and visit some of the other blogs on the Linky and show them a little encouragement. We all need a cheerleader once in a while for all these reading challenges!