It’s been nearly a year since I started this blog and once again I have a little time on my hands because it’s Christmas, so it’s time for an update. I’ve been very busy with general life but I do have another 3 knocked off the list!

Firstly, and not very interestingly, I’ve read 20 books since I started the challenge. Well I’ve actually read 22 and counting but what’s a few books between friends?? The current list is below and if you want to know whether any of them are worth a read, then just get in touch. I like comments on my blog, so always happy to respond πŸ™‚

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling
2. Go Went Gone – Jenny Erpenbeck
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling
4. Between Silk and Cyanide: A Code Maker’s War 1941 – 1945 – Leo Marks
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
6. The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
7. Women and Power – Mary Beard
8. Eat, Drink, Run – Bryony Gordon
9. Falling – Julie Cohen
10. Scaredy Cat – Mark Billingham
11. The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver
12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
13. Normal People – Sally Rooney
14. Googlewhack – Dave Gorman
15. How to stop time – Matt Haig
16. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
17. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling
18. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – JK Rowling
19. Transcription – Kate Atkinson
20. Let Me Lie – Clare Mackintosh
21. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
22. I Am I Am I Am – Maggie O’Farrell

You’ll notice that a lot of these books are Harry Potter which brings me onto the second challenge I’ve completed – I’ve finally finished the Harry Potter series. I loved revisiting the early books and reacquainting myself with Harry and his friends, I didn’t enjoy the last few books quite as much as they were a lot darker and scarier and sadder but I’m pleased I’ve read them all now. All that remains is for me to watch the films again now as I love those too!

And then on to the third challenge completed since my last update. My triathlon – whoop!! I chose to do a Go Tri as my entry to the world of triathlons and it was ace. It was the Go Tri in Skipton, I had to be there at 6am in the morning (not so ace) and completed all the elements in less than an hour which was my target. I was so pleased and proud of myself and what a great thing to try. I would recommend it to anyone as if you’ve got a reasonable level of fitness, you should be able to do one of these Go Tri events. It’s a 200m swim, 9km bike ride and 2.5km run. All of which would be do-able individually by most people and when done together, created a good challenge for someone of my ‘reasonable’ fitness level.

Me doing the swimming leg
With my bike for the long, long, hilly ride
Running – just like riding a bike, it’s so easy these days πŸ˜‰
Me at the end, I’m a triathlete now πŸ˜€

I was very lucky to have my lovely sister there as a photographer and supporter and she got up at stupid o’clock to be there with me – thanks little sis!!

And if you’re wondering (which I’m sure you are as I look so amazing…) where my tri-suit is from, it’s from Sundried: