A blog post two days in a row? What is this madness? I hear you cry! Well, it’s exactly a month until my 34th birthday (HELP!) so I thought I’d better check what progress I’ve made on my 35 before 35 list since my last check in – which was in January, apparently.
Number 13: Read (or re-read) 50 non-fiction books
I was up to 18 last time, and now I’m on a grand total of…. *drum roll* … 19. Yeah. I read A Sense of Style by Steve Pinker. I reviewed it yesterday.
Number 15: Read 30 books in German
Last time I was up to 22, and now I’m on 24. So a whole 2 for this category. Die Stille Braut by Barbara Wenken (okay) and Märchenwald by Martin Krist (really good!).
Number 21: Read all the books from the BBC Big Read that I hadn’t before starting this challenge
I’d read 46 last time and now I’m on 56! Finally some real progress. I’m not going to list them all, so you can see all the Big Read books I’ve read here. I have 67 left to read… theoretically it’s possible, as long as I stop reading everything else!
Number 30: Learn to crochet or knit (or both)
I haven’t written a post on it yet, but I did loom knit a bunch of tiny hats (too small for even a newborn, but recognisable as hats) and one and a half socks for myself. Loom knitting isn’t exactly knitting, but the items are made of wool and look knitted so I’ve decided it can count.
Number 31. Watch 35 films I’ve never seen before
I had made it to 29 last time… and now I’m finished! I’ve actually managed to watch all six of the films I still needed this year. I completed this item by watching Kajaki. You can see what else I’ve watched here.
Number 34: Drink champagne in Champagne.
Woohoo! I actually did this. Thank you Germany and your ridiculous amount of public holidays in the spring! I wrote about it here.
So, I have made some progress on the reading front, discovered a new hobby in loom knitting (because I totally need even more sedentary hobbies with the way the scales are looking!), crossed off one more travel item and actually managed to watch films for a change. With one year and one month to go, I obviously won’t manage everything (especially not all the travel-related items) but hopefully I will at least get all the reading crossed off. Wish me luck!
16 thoughts on “35 Before 35: Progress report 7”
Hi there, hope you’re well. I love your list idea – I think I will write one too. This sounds much more fun than other lists I write all day (and generally never get round to accomplishing).
Hello! How are you? It’s been a while?
I originally wrote my list in a turning 30-induced panic but it has turned out to be a really good idea. Even though I won’t complete the entire list it has made me get out and do things 🙂
I’m ok, thanks. I’ve been through a period of Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, as Bowie sang…. nothing mind-bogglingly original, but not compatible with humorous blogging. I’ve decided to get back to my previous pursuits and try to put a lid on the vortex of depressing international news that’s sapping my energy. Starting by getting my nose stuck in my old favourite blogs 🙂
You’re doing awesome! I’m so impressed at how many German books you have read!
Hey awesome progress! You definitely put my reading to shame this year.
Good luck! You’ve done well so far. I think I’ll write a list to, but since I’m already 33, I think it’ll be a 40 things by 40 list. 😀
You checked a few things off your list which is amazing! Especially the travel ones and the movie-watching one! Way to go!
OOOh, 18 non fiction books is impressive! I find them hard going!! Great impressive items you have ticked off!
That’s 18 non-fiction books in 4 years, so not that impressive 😉 I am useless at reading non.-fiction, which is why I added it to the list to encourage me.
Bev! I’m amazed that you are still blogging! Heartened, too. 🙂 Hello! I’m not sure you remember me though. I had to leave a comment to commend you.
Hi! Of course I remember you. Thank you 🙂
I love your list and I really want to drink champagne in Champagne – am I allowed even though I’m over 35?!
I don’t think there’s an age limit on it 😉
Ooooh champagne in Champagne sounds wonderful!