For everyone taking part in the 2022 Reading Challenge, here’s an update on my January reading. I’ve read 10 books, which means I’m ahead of schedule for the 50 books total this year because I only need to read at 4 or 5 books per month.
The hardest part has been choosing which number of the challenge to assign to each book. For example, Melinda Gate’s book The Moment of Lift was on the New York Times Bestseller List (fulfilling #6), but I chose to listen to this one on audiobook (fulfilling #40). It looks like many of these challenges will overlap, but that’s ok. I’m planning to just pick the one that seems most relevant at the time.
The good part about a flexible reading challenge list like this one is that you’ve got unlimited options for books. My strategy is to pick books I want to read, and then figure out which part of the challenge they fulfill.
So, here’s the update! Enjoy and let me know what you’ve been reading this year!
#4- Part of a Series
To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo
This gets a 3-star rating for the good action and fight scenes, but a lack of character development. I will continue reading this series in the future.
#5- Should Have Read in School
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Well, all I can say is that I’m glad that’s over. I was not drawn in by the beloved Jane Austen’s Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. It took me an enormous amount of time to power through, but I did it.
#13- Released in the Year You Were Born
The Client by John Grisham
I actually had a lot of fun tracking down a book from 1993. I ended up going with a John Grisham book because he is so well-known, yet I’ve never read his works. The Client is his 4th book.
#15- Translated from Another Language
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
This was a breath of fresh air to me. Murakami embodies what I envy: he is an accomplished writer and he loves to run. He is remarkable in the way he approaches life.
#17- A Memoir
Yes, Chef: a Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
I’m a home cook and baker, so this memoir was really inspiring. Samuelsson has an amazing career as a chef and TV judge. I really enjoyed the way he talks about food with a wholesome passion.
#22- With a Music or Art Theme
The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth by Michael Spitzer
This one is a bit different from my usual reads, but as a musician, I wanted to increase my musical knowledge beyond playing instruments. I took almost the entire month to finish it while reading the other books at the same time. Interesting book with great research, but a slow burner.
#25- Set in the 1800s
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer is a classic Mark Twain character that was originally written in 1875 and set in the 1840s. Pleasant read because of its childish nature and simple pleasures. This gives some good perspective on how much society and culture have grown in the last 200 years.
#37- Murder Mystery
“A” is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
I’m loving this 1980’s murder mystery series! Perfect mix of suspense and investigation. I’m proud to say I guessed one crucial piece about halfway through.
#40- On Audiobook Read by the Author
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates
Excellent book and very nice job by Gates reading on audiobook. Inspiring and educational. She’s really doing some amazing work behind the scenes to empower women in practical and efficient ways.
#44- About Business
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras
I enjoyed this change of pace book that had a lot of neat information about the companies we all know and love. The research was as good as in Good to Great, another business-type book by the same authors.
BONUS…Book Journal Update:
If you’re a regular Spine & Leaf Books reader, you’ll know I wanted to start a book journal this year. I was planning a few ways to log my books including Goodreads.com and a handwritten notebook with some details about each book.
Then…I was gifted a wonderful bound book journal as a holiday gift! I was so amazed at the thoughtfulness and generosity.
So, it looks like this year I will be using a well-structured book journal to log all of my wonderful reads. So far the book journal has been motivating and rewarding. I’m glad to see I’m on track to read 50 books this year!