Hello and welcome to your first 52 Book Challenge check in! Where are your book counts?
For those not in the know, the 52 Book Challenge is a way to challenge yourself and read 52 books in 2014, roughly one book a week. Books, e-books, short stories, novellas and graphic novels count but magazines, single issue comics and web articles don't. Last year I read 59 and a half books so my target is a little higher.
This week is the 15th week of 2014 (where does the time go, I ask you?) so you should have 15 books under your belt to be on pace. I'm at 15 right now, which puts me below where I should be if I want to beat my total from last year. I started the year off rough with a severe book ennui that left me with no desire to pick up a new volume of anything. That ennui has been shattered by an outpouring of incredible new science fiction novels that have been like a cattle prod to my imagination. I'm currently reading The Martian by Andy Weir, which Sara reviewed last week and I agree with her review. It's an intensely engrossing novel. It's so good that I nearly missed my train stop reading it... and then strongly considered continuing reading and missing my stop entirely because I literally could not put it down.
My other reading challenge is going incredibly well. On January 1st I started a re-read of all seven Harry Potter books. I haven't missed a day yet despite being laid low by a four-week long plague in March. I dutifully read a chapter every single night. It's actually a nice, relaxing activity that gets me ready to sleep. It hasn't been all shine and rainbows though. My sleeping habits are pretty poor and I've found myself staring down the barrel of a forty page chapter at 1am on a Tuesday night and regretted everything. Overall it's been really fun re-reading them and noticing things I completely missed when I was younger and noting the differences between the film and the novels. I just started on book 5, The Order of the Phoenix.
So how are you doing with the 52 Book Challenge? Only 37 weeks left!