Since posting my initial entry regarding the 888 challenge in April, I’ve finished some books and made some changes. The most significant change is the change in categories: I will no longer be trying to complete the Shakespeare category, and have since relabeled it as Books from my TBR Pile.” I was making zero progress with the Shakespeare, and so I think this was a good change.

I need to make a lot more progress overall, though. I’ve only completed thirteen books toward this challenge, and that leaves me with 51 to go! For now, I’ve decided to kind of clear out the books I *haven’t* read, so that it gives me a little more leeway when it comes to filling in the blanks and deciding what I’m going to read next.

Anyway, my updated list of categories is as follows:

1. 1001 Books (You Must Read Before You Die)
2. Books from the TBR Pile
3. British Classics
4. Books Released in 2008
5. Books by Authors I’ve Never Read Before
6. Young Adult Novels
7. Historical Fiction
8. Non-Fiction

1. Amsterdam, Ian McEwan
2. Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
3. The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
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1. Forget About It, Caprice Crane
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1. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster (in progress)
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1. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, Lauren Willig
2. Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen
3. Imagine Me and You, Billy Mernit (nearly complete, review coming)
4. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri (in progress)
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1. This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen
2. Keeping the Moon, Sarah Dessen
3. Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys, Kate Brian
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1. Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon
2. Voyager, Diana Gabaldon
3. Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon (in progress)
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1. The Hanged Man, Robert Bartlett
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Wish me luck on all this. I’m thinking of amending a couple categories to include a few books I’ve read this year but didn’t include in the challenge. There are three such books, and I may need them if I ever think I’m going to reach 64 (or even 56, if I take advantage of the ability to use 8 books in two categories each).

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