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January 2017 Reading Challenges Update – A Great Start!

My favorite January Reading Challenge Book Ruler of the Night


A Great Start for 2017 – Seven Books Read – Three in Progress

So at the start of January I wrote a post outlining my proposed reads for the  month. Typically, I read the number of books that I have proposed to read, but often the books read are not those which were proposed. I usually find and  sneak in one or two books that I discover or think of during the month. But so far in 2017, I have done well, reading four out of the five books that I had proposed. Here are the five books that I said I was going to read in January. (Links are to My Reviews)

How to Run the World – Parag Khanna

The Lazarus War:Artefact -Jamie Sawyer

The Killing Kind – Chri Holm

All That Man Is – David Szalay

Ruler of the Night – David Morrell.

 All That Man Is. is the only book on the list that I haven’t finished yet. I have only read about 50 pages in it.

In addition to the four books that I proposed to read in January and have completed, I have read three others. That brings my total books read to seven! Which books me about two books above the pace to read 60 for the year!!  The additional three books that I’ve read are……

The Critic – Peter May

A Puzzle in a Pear Tree – Parnell Hall

In the Midst of Death – Lawrence Block

Looks like I still have some

 My Reading Challenges Table…..

2017 Reading Challenge Kindle Bookshelves Library Total Goal % of Goal
2017 Literature Reading Challenge
General Fiction 0 0 0 0 2 0.00%
Classics (Books I should have read but didn’t) 0 0 0 0 2 0.00%
Award-Winners 0 0 1 1 2 0.00%
2017 Mystery/Thriller Reading Challenge
New Series that I have meant to read 0 0 1 1 6 16.67%
Series that I am behind on (i.e. Gabriel Allon) 1 1 0 2 6 33.33%
Current Mystery Authors (series or non-series) 0 1 0 1 12 8.33%
New Mystery Authors 0 0 0 0 12 0.00%
2017 Science Fiction /Fantasy Challenge 0 1 0 1 6 16.67%
2017 Nonfiction Reading Challenge 0 1 0 1 12
Totals 1 4 2 7 60 11.67%
2016 Kindle/Bookshelf Challenge 20 20 20 60


How My January  Reads fit into the Reading Challenges

Award-Winner  (1)- The Killing Kind – Chris Holm – Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel

New Series  (2) – The Enzo Files – read The Critic – Peter May Book #2 in the series

Books from Series that I am Behind on: (2) In the Midst of Death – Lawrence BLock – Matthew Scudder, A Puzzle in a Pear Tree – Parnell Hall – The Puzzle Lady

Current Mystery Series – (1) Ruler of the Night – David Morrell – Thomas De Qunicey Book #3

Science Fiction (1) – The Lazarus War – Jamie Sawyer

Non-Fiction (1)- How to Tun the World – Parag Khann

Currently Reading

Black Widow - Chris BrookmyreSo with six days  left in January I am reading away  I am still trying to get into – All That Man Is – David Szalay but I really haven’t made that much progress. Yesterday I picked up Black Widow a book from an author who is new to me – Christopher Brookmyre. The book won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Book of the Year and was a finalist for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award. So far it seems pretty good. The final book that I am currently reading is Livia Lone by Barry Eisler I have enjoyed several books that Eisler has authored including books from the John Rain series.

Hopefully, I can finish at least one of the before  the end of the which would make it a truly great start to 2017! Wish Me Luck!.