Summer Slimdown Challenge – Check In #1

July 8, 2010

We’re now a little over one week into the Summer Slimdown Challenge and I thought it was time to write a post and go for our first check-in.

How are you doing with the challenge so far? Are you reading mostly from your piles of already-owned-but-unread books? Or have you already fallen off the wagon, and need a little reminder to get back in there? What have you read so far? What’s next on your list?

Personally, I’m doing pretty good so far. The only books that have come into my house in the past two weeks have been books that I won or was sent as review copies, with the exception of two books (Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods and Real Food Has Curves: How to Get Off Processed Food, Lose Weight, and Love What You Eat) that I bought. I’m okay with having bought those two, though, because I need something light to read during the summer, and I’m making an attempt to work towards eating more local, sustainably grown, harvested, and prepared foods, and I’m hoping that these two books will help me with that. At least, once I get them off my window ledge … which is why I’m not letting myself buy any more books until I clear out some of the backlog!

I’m behind my self-imposed goal of one book per day, but that’s okay: I knew that it would be hard to do. So far, I have read (and reviewed):

  1. Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
  2. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
  3. The Wars by Timothy Findley

I’m currently in the middle of reading Wolf Hall (about 1/2 finished), The Lives of Girls and Women (about 1/2 finished), Crime and Punishment (only a few chapters in), and Dreams From My Father (a few chapters in). Next up on the pile to get to are probably The Art of Eating In, What is Stephen Harper Reading?, Oryx and Crake, and The Book Thief. I’m also participating in a read-a-long of The Brothers Karamazov starting this weekend.

So … like I asked above, how are you doing so far? Feel free to write (and link to) your own post, or to simply reply in the comments. What have you read? What’s coming up next?

If you haven’t heard of this challenge before, you can read more information on the Summer Slimdown. There’s no deadline to sign up – feel free to join us anytime!

6 Comments

  • smellincoffee July 9, 2010 at 1:13 am

    I…keep buying boxes of books on eBay, because I just discovered it and can’t resist a bargain. Plus, the books I’m going after are out of print short story and essay collections by a favorite author.

    eBay is a BAD place to go if you’ve too many books to read already. 😉

    I just finished “Walking Across America”, and am almost done with “The Andromeda Strain”. Next up…”Travels with Charley”.

    • Carina July 9, 2010 at 10:15 am

      Boxes of books! :-O

      *resists*

      *tries to resist*

      Must. Stay. Away!

  • Iris July 9, 2010 at 3:26 am

    I’ll start participating once finishing up this university semester breakdown is over 🙂 I think you’re doing really well! And halfway into Wolf Hall, wow!

    • Carina July 9, 2010 at 10:15 am

      Yay!

      Heh. It’s taken me about 2-3 months to get that far! I rarely seem to be in the mood to read it. It’s good so far, just that it’s freaking huge, which is daunting.

  • Melody July 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I did NOT just hear “boxes of books”! Gah! *plugging ears and humming*

    I’m doing pretty good so far, I haven’t gotten a whole lot read, but haven’t bought anything either. I do have some ARC’s coming my way though, so I need to get some reading done.

    I’ll be posting an update on my blog soon!

  • Melody July 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I finally posted about my progress (if you can call it that). I need to get focused!

    http://fingersandprose.blogspot.com/2010/07/of-book-hops-and-slimdowns-and-lovely.html

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