Reading Challenge

Summer TBR Wipeout Update, Part Two

Hey, y’all! It’s already time for the second update of the amazing Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge, hosted by Olivia at The Candid Cover!

In my first update, I explained that I had been doing well with reading the books I pledged to read throughout the challenge and I’m happy to report that I’m still making steady progress!

Over the past week or so, I finished three more of the ten books I committed to reading during the challenge. The first book I completed was the adorable cozy mystery A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander. Let me just say that I absolutely adore Alexander’s series, A Bakeshop Mystery; this is the second installment and I loved it so much! 

Next, I read Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, which I also totally loved – it’s part of a graphic novel series with which I’m in awe. The first graphic novel series I’ve ever read, it totally turned me on to the genre. 

Speaking of graphic novels, I finally had the chance to read the first in the graphic novel editions of Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club, Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier. Let’s just say I’m very much looking forward to reading more of Telgemeier’s work! [The first book I read by Telgemeier was Ghostsfor which you can find my review HERE.]

With my completion of these three books, I have four more to read in my quest to finish the challenge: The Secrets of My Life: A History by Caitlyn Jenner, Angus Oblong’s Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tales for Troubled ChildrenThe Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg, and The Vision, Vol. 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King.

Thus far, my strategy of choosing graphic novels and pretty short books has paid off well, as I’ve actually been able to finish more than half of my picks within a time frame of a couple of weeks. As I’ve mentioned previously, I have historically had much difficulty in actually completing reading challenges and *knock on wood*, this will be the first challenge I will see all the way through!

The only book I’m a little nervous about finishing is Jenner’s memoir, as I have it in audiobook format and I’m so bad about falling asleep while listening to books! However, I plan to persevere and save it for last, so as to focus solely on it while hoping I can find the time to listen during the day, ideally while I’m busy with housework or something along those lines.

In conclusion, I’m seriously proud of my challenge progress and look forward to completing the first reading challenge to which I’ve committed! Ending August 13, I’m pretty confident that I will finish this challenge!

Love, Maggie


  1. Olivia @ The Candid Cover

    You are seriously rocking this challenge! I should try those Bakeshop Mysteries because they sound like the perfect books for me. I hope that you enjoy the last few books that you have chosen for the challenge. 🙂

    01 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks, Olivia! 😀 I’ve really enjoyed the challenge a lot! I very highly recommend the Bakeshop Mysteries – I absolutely love them; such fun reads! 😀

      02 . 08 . 2017
  2. Angela

    I love the cover of The Glass Magician! I may have to check out that series.

    31 . 07 . 2017
    • Maggie

      It’s really good! Different, but good! 😀

      31 . 07 . 2017
  3. Cassandra Winters

    THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB! I literally own about 50-60 of the books in the misc. series based on it. Mainly from the main book series. It was my favorite thing growing up, but I wasn’t allowed to read it for various reasons. As an adult I bought it and Sweet Valley High. Sounds like I should read these graphic novelizations of the books!

    I bought the Jenner book myself during a kindle book sale. I need to get around to that one sooner rather than later. I am worried though my own personal feelings on her will come through too strongly as I read it. Then again, out of the group I work with I am the most supportive of her, so who knows. It may not be a problem.

    30 . 07 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Yes! The BSC is one of my all-time favorites! Do you remember the BSC Little Sister books about Karen? I loved them too! Yes, the graphic novels are amazing – you should totally read them! I never read Sweet Valley High – I don’t know why! I’d like to go back and find them now though! I’m really excited about the Jenner book mainly because I heard she shares some ‘dirt’ on the Kardashians that made them mad, so I can’t wait to see what she wrote! LOL! 😀

      30 . 07 . 2017
  4. Theresa

    Way to go!!!!
    I think a lot of times we tend to set goals that are just not reachable. I really think it’s more important to set some that are attainable, especially when first doing some of these challenges – it’s important to have that sense of accomplishment. There are so many other things in life that can bring us down.
    When you get to the audio book, I recommend that you do something while listening. I would drift off to if I wasn’t doing anything. Housework is the perfect time to listen!
    Good Luck!!!
    You got this!!!

    30 . 07 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much for your kind comments, Theresa! 😀 I totally agree about goal setting – I think I’m getting better about figuring out what I can and can’t do. In the past, I was bad to set really high goals and then be really disappointed when I didn’t reach them, so hopefully, I’m starting to do better on that front! 😀

      30 . 07 . 2017

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