100+ Reading Challenge

May 7, 2010 at 6:25 am (100+ Reading, fiction) (, , , , , )

Just an update on how I am going .  I started the year so well.  In January I read 8 books.  That was great.  Since then I’ve read 11.  19 books.  A little off my target of 40 by the end of April.  Admittedly, I’ve been really distracted this year so far and things are only just settling down.  But at least I’m reading again, and for the most part I’m reading books I’ve never read.

Okay, I reread 100 Years of Solitude but I hadn’t read it in nearly three years so it was kind of like reading it for the first time.

I did, however find a delightful YA novel by Scott Westerfeld called “Specials”.  It is the third book in a series but there is enough backstory interspersed throughout to fill you in and it isn’t done in an info dump that just annoys people who have actually read the previous two books so that doesn’t really bother it.

I really enjoyed reading it and it reminded me how much fun reading could be.  There is depth to the story if you want to look at the bigger issues but you can also just glance over them and enjoy the story.  At times you may want to ditch Tally, the protagonist, in favour of one of the more interesting characters but for the most part the story works well at keeping you drawn in.

I may not succeed at the 100+ target but I am enjoying the journey.  Hope everyone else who took on this challenge is enjoying it as well.

By the way, I’ve had First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde sitting on my desk for nearly two days and I still don’t know whether I want to read it or not.  Has anyone read it before?



  1. AlexJ said,

    Not read that one.
    Happy reading, Cassandra!

  2. Stephen Tremp said,

    100 books … wow! I read about two a month and I think that’s a lot. I used to read at least one a week but that was before I had kids. Happy reading.

    Stephen Tremp

  3. Joanne said,

    I’ve reread books in the past. On a few occasions, I’ve reread them immediately after finishing them the first time. The writing was that good, and I knew there was more to be gleaned from the story. There’s always something new to be taken away from a reread, so I’d definitely count yours as part of your goal.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      Over the last few years I’ve done too much rereading and haven’t really introduced new material. I really was trying to embrace something new this year – though rereading definitely brings enjoyment and usually you find something new in the story that has been overlooked previuosly. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Elizabeth Spann Craig said,

    No, haven’t read anywhere close to 100 books! 🙂

    But I’m about to start reading a few books soon as research for a possible series that’s in the works. Fingers crossed.

  5. Carol Kilgore said,

    I haven’t read as many as you, but I’m going good at my own rate.

  6. Carol J. Garvin said,

    Nineteen is better than none even if it doesn’t hit your goal. It’s more than I’ve read, by far! While I’m writing I tend to read less and it takes me longer to get through something when I’m picking it up and putting it down all the time, especially if I’m reading critically, evaluating the writing as I go. I usually read a lot more during the summer months, too, more recreational reading that lets me skim along and lose myself in the story.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      When I’m really writing I tend to just re-read things. I don’t have the attention span for something new.

  7. Amanda J. said,

    I read the first book in that series, and I have to say that although I liked it, I haven’t bothered to pick up any of the others. Maybe one day I’ll get back to them. But I’ve read Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan, and it was absolutely fantastic. 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying the reading!

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I have Leviathan on my to be read list but when I got to the book stores it was unavailable. Hence, I ended up with Specials. Thanks for the comment.

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