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My 2017 Reading Pledge Update (Second Quarter)

    For my reading pledge results from the first quarter, CLICK HERE

    So, I’ve managed another 23 books in this second quarter,  exactly the same as the first quarter – so I’m pretty much on target to hit my 100 books this year … IF I keep this steady pace up. (I don’t think I should have any major issues, as in August I always read WAAAAY more, especially as I go on holiday with no WiFi for a week!).

    If you recall, my reading pledge this year was to read at least five: 

    • Writers of colour
    • Classic literary titles (or modern prize-winners, i.e. Pulitzer)
    • Non fiction titles
    • Fiction titles that aren’t crime, mystery or thriller (or classics, prize-winners or non-fiction!)
    • PLUS: a crime/subgenre I’ve never tried before

    I never have a ‘prescribed’ reading list — the above has to fit in with what I fancy at the time as well. So I gather books with the above in mind, but I don’t force myself … I don’t believe reading should ever feel like a chore, so I tend to do a lucky dip on my TBR. So, if I like the look of something, I will read it!

    So, this is what’s happened since the end of March:

    I don’t believe I’ve read any writers of colour in this quarter (though I could be wrong, I don’t know the race of every writer listed since Hidden Figures on my Goodreads reading challenge. That said, I have plenty more on my TBR and read four in the first quarter, so I feel confident I should hit this target in my pledge in 2017 very soon.

    As far as classics go, this is similarly a bit pants. I’ve only managed We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson and that’s very short (I LOVED it though!).

    I have managed two books that aren’t crime or classics, though: Beneath The Skin by Kyla Stone and Flux by Marissa Farrar – both YA titles.

    The good news is, I’ve SMASHED my non fiction target in this quarter alone – I’ve read 5 non fiction titles: Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test; Twenty First Century Horror Films by Douglas Keesey; Jaws In Space: Powerful Pitching For TV And Film by Charles Harris; How I Sold 80,000 Books by Alinka Rutowska; and The 6 Month Novel Writing Plan by Caitlyn Jans. I love books about psychology and writing, so I daresay I will read a stack more non fiction titles before the end of the year!

    For my results from my reading pledge for the first quarter, CLICK HERE.

    How are you doing on your reading challenge for 2017? 

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