Reading List Challenge Update: October 2017

The end of the year is getting closer, and it’s time for another progress check on my 2017 Reading List challenge.

I reached my 2017 Reading List Target in September, so find out how many books I managed to add to it in October.

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As I guessed might happen, I’ve really backed off on reading this month. That’s partly because I’ve already hit my 45 book target, and partly because I’ve been so very busy!

I’ve had some technical challenges to deal with over the last month, including a move to a new webhost. I’m in the middle of a site redesign that should go live in January 2018, and I’ve also been preparing for World Travel Market next month (click here for tips if you’re also visiting!)

So reading has really had to take a back seat during October while I’ve been dealing with other things. And as a result I’ve only added two books to my tally this month. I actually started one more book, but found that I just couldn’t get along with it. That’s quite a rare event for me, especially considering that it was a book that I was looking forward to reading. Read on to find out which books I added to my 2017 Reading List, and which one went on the reject pile.

Stories for Homes Vol 2 by Various Authors

The first book I read in September is this anthology, published in aid of Shelter. It’s a collection of stories written by 55 authors on the subjects of housing, poverty, crisis and home. Each of the stories looks at home and housing from a different viewpoint, and it’s an emotional read at times.

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Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse* by Lilly Bartlett

The other book I read this month is a novella by one of my favourite rom-com authors, Lilly Bartlett. It’s a short read, perfect to snuggle down with on a cold winter’s afternoon. The story revolves around a tumble-down B&B, which single mother Lottie has to patch up to get the review that her aunt desperately needs. Of course, there’s a touch of romance, a sprinkling of Christmas festivities, and a suitably happy ending.

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The other book that I started was We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel. I bought this book in March, and had really been looking forward to settling down to reading it. After clearing my TBR list down, I settled down…and just found it very disappointing. I was expecting a meaty read about women’s rights and how women can have a more equal voice in the world. But this felt like just another self-help book, and that wasn’t what I was looking for. So unfortunately this book doesn’t make it onto my Reading List, because I barely read 10% of it.

So that’s just two more books to add to my list this month, which takes me up to a total of 53 for the year. Will I add more than two books to my list next month? To be honest, it already looks just as hectic as October, so check back at the end of November to find out how I get on.


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