Discard-pile Reading Challenge Progress Update

Namo Namaha friends. As you might know from my earlier post, I have decided to read all the books I DNF’d (Did Not Finish) or discarded earlier this year, to achieve some kind of closure. You could also call it my year-end cleanse. 

As part of the said Discard-pile year-end challengeI chose seven books and this post is my attempt at tracking and updating my reading progress. 

Though I started reading by the end of November and haven’t covered much ground, I definitely have managed to recover from the slump I was suffering from the past few months. Yiah! for me. 

Now, let’s jump right into the stats, shall we?

Discarded-Pile Challenge TBR (To Be Read)

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Let's Talk Money by Monika Halan
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Victor. E. Frankl



Books in Total


Books completed


In progress


Yet to Start

Reading Log

Week 1

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Progress 100%

It was good as a supplementary read. I do not have any strong feelings towards
this book. It was good. I enjoyed Tolkien’s reading immensely! It was so
nostalgic. Almost like reading an old letter from a friend/parent.

RRKReads Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
Progress 15%


The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
Progress 100%

This book, especially the ending, blew my mind.

1. India. My country and its culture is mentioned so liberally throughout the book that I would have loved it even if nothing else had been good about this book. But, fret not. This book has an amazing story, slow though it is.

2. Story and the Ending. I loved the story and I probably will need to read this book again just to better understand the ending and the nuances of this story as a whole.

I can’t say any of the characters appealed to me very much. They were neither likable nor unlikeable. This is a book that you might read if you want to be intrigued or if you are curious about the deeper questions of our existence. But if you want a character-driven story then this might not be the one for you.

It begins off fast, gets quite slow in the middle, and ends with a bang. But, throughout the book, I kept wanting to know what happened next and that’s an excellent indicator.

I am a person who reads the end of the story just to see if it’s a tragedy that I must discard or not. So, now you know that I don’t care a bit about spoilers. But, this was one book that I didn’t reach for the last pages right at the beginning. I was more interested in the journey than the end, for once!

Also, it took me a while to figure out why this book was named The book of M , quite silly of me really 😀.

Ideally, this book is a 4.5 ⭐s read for me. I did have problems with the pacing and characterization, but because this book is a strong contender for books that I might re-read (if you know me at all, I am a staunch no-re-read fan) I am giving this book 5 stars. I might revisit this rating once/if I re-read.

RRKReads Rating⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Man's Search for Meaning by Victor. E. Frankl
Progress 19%
Let's Talk Money by Monika Halan
Progress 29%
Circe by Madeline Miller
Progress 52%
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Progress 11%

So, that’s my reading progress for this week. 

As you might have noticed, I am yet to start Beartown by Fredrik Backman. Though I had started it long back, as is the case with all the books in this challenge, I have no clue where I had left it off. So, I am just going to read it from the beginning. 

If you would like to buddy read any of these books with me, do reach out to me via my SM channels @twitter, @instagram, or @goodreads.

That’s all from my end for this week. Hope to see you with more progress updates and new posts, next week. Till then, stay safe and blessed. Om Shanti.

Photo credit: Matias North on Unsplash

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