As usual, I participated in a pile of reading challenges throughout the year. I am a challenge junkie, no denial. I both enjoy the rush of checking books off my challenge lists, but also the very fulfilling feeling of tackling specific books or categories of reading in which I’ve been slacking off.
I do tend to bend the rules on one aspect of the challenges, mostly because it becomes a time factor. I don’t always do my review link ups or post specific lists each month for books read toward a challenge. What I do is create dedicated shelves for each challenge over on GoodReads so that if someone is interested, they can see what books I’ve read toward a particular challenge (though I only keep these shelves for the current challenge years or I’d be overrun by shelves).
So, how did I do (numbers reflect reading totals through 12.8.17):
- My Reader’s Block blog’s Mt. TBR Challenge hosted by Bev
My initial goal was Mt. Toro (75 books) and I advanced two levels to Mt. Olympus with 118 books older than a year from my TBR pile. I’ll pile on a few more finishes by the end, but I won’t hit the peak of 150.
- COYER (Clean Off Your E-Reader) Blackout from mid Dec 2016 to beginning of Mar 2017 hosted by Stormi from Books Movies and Reviews Oh My blog, Michelle from Because Reading Is Better Than Life blog, and Berls from Fantasy Is More Fun blog
My initial goal was 50 books. I hit 71 ebooks that were free or less than a dollar and also some audios that were free or less than five dollars. Fantastic way to get to those irresistible Kindle freebies and I loved participating in their wonderful Facebook group activities to go along with the challenge.
- Herding Cats and Burning Soup blog’s Read All the Books hosted by Anna
The goal is to pick an author (and all their alias writing names) that you have more than 40 books to read and spend as much time as it takes reading all their books. I chose Nalini Singh in late 2016 and am still working from the list. This year I caught up on her Psy-Changeling series including the short stories and novellas and I also kept up on her new release and caught up on the short stories from Guild Hunter. I still need to work on her contemporary books and some older historicals and fantasies.
- Caffeinated Reader’s March Take Control TBR Challenge hosted by Kimberly
My goal was 10 books and I reached 13 books from my TBR pile. This challenge comes right on the heels of the end of COYER and is perfect when I’m still on a role of taking care of older books from the shelves.
- Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile Challenge hosted by moi on Good Reads
My initial goal was 20 books, but I moved up two levels to finish with 50 books. Again, the aim is TBR pile. See a pattern here? LOL
- Caffeinated Reader’s May Clean Sweep Challenge hosted by Kimberly
My initial goal was to read 16 review books and I hit 25 books. I was totally working through my existing stack of review commitments and it felt fantastic. I think we might have even been able to turn on the blog review requests for a few weeks to take on new review submissions.
- UnConventional Bookviews blog and Books Movies Reviews Oh My blog’s New Release Challenge hosted by Lexxie and Stormi
My goal was Level 2 New Release Pro with 60 books, but it was my first time with this challenge and I aimed way too low. I just finished my 193rd new release just this week. Yep, I think I read a ton of new books each year and I have enjoyed trying new to me authors and series.
- Hot Listens and Caffeinated Book Reviews blogs’ Audio Challenge hosted by Kimberly, Loupe, and Melanie
My goal was Marathoner Level with 50 books. I made to 67 audios. This is my most ever in a year and shows I have picked up books on audio more and more. I’ve even established favorite narrators and book series that are ruined for me if I don’t have the narrator to tell me the story.
- Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes Challenge hosted by Shari and me
My goal was Level 3 Raging Rocker with 50 books. Each year I’ve missed finishing by a handful. At the moment I am sitting at 48 and you bet your boots I’m finishing this one up this year.
- Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers Challenge hosted by Shari and me
My goal was Level 3 Professional Picker at 50 books. I actually more than doubled that and found all the scavenger clues even that pesky book set in India that was stumping me for so long. Woohoo!
- Herding Cats and Burning Soup’s Sassy Reader Instagram Challenge for June hosted by Anna
My goal was a rather vague ‘I’ll do some” and hey, surprise, I hit that goal. I finished 19 of 30 book picture prompts. It was fun and got me involved on Instagram more.
- Delighted Reader’s The Series that Never Ends Challenge hosted by Shari
My goal was to finish catching up on Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. I completed books #4-18 including the novellas and short stories in between. Yay! I love tackling a series each year and attempting to catch up or, at the very least, read all the books from it that I have on my shelves.
- Delighted Reader’s Bad Boys of Romance Challenge hosted by Shari
My goals was Level 3 Taking the Bad Boy to the Altar 15+ books. I reached 26 books this year.
- Addicted to Romance’s Oldies But a Goodie Challenge hosted by Renee.
My goal was The Newbie with 10 historical romance books published before 2008. I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this one on time, but pushed really hard this past month and hit 11 books. I love going back to the older stuff that I might have missed or need a re-read after 30 years since the last time. I need to keep pulling these down off my own and the library shelves.
- Simply Angela’s Outlander Series Challenge hosted by Angela
My goal was 4 books. And this may seem easy, but two of my choices were well over 500 pages each. And at this moment, I’ve got 30 hours of listening left on one book and haven’t even started the last one which is an after Christmas read so maybe… I’ll hit 3 out of 4.
- Under the Covers blog’s Romance Roundabout Challenge hosted by Francesca, Suzanne, Annie, and Angie
My goal was 15 categories with 5 books in each category. I created a list ahead of time and really challenged myself to only count what was on the list. Well… I made it. My toughest categories were New Adult, Steampunk, Dystopian, and Fantasy. New Adult is a very iffy genre for me, but the other three it was just getting in the right mood.
- COYER Summer Challenge hosted by Berls, Michelle, and Stormi that ran from mid-June to the beginning of September.
My goal was 45 books and I hit 78 books. I chose to just read where the mood took me instead of sticking to a list and this obviously suited my reading habits.
- HoHoHoReadathon hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reader and Marlene’s Reading Reality
My goal was five holiday or winter themed books. I made it through six. I actually tacked on 3 more just after the event was over because I was still in the mood for the holiday smoochies.
- Herding Cats and Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame Challenge hosted by Anna
My goal was 30 books that had been on my review pile four months or longer. I hit 32 books completed and 6 DNFs that there was no way I was finishing. And folks, it feels mighty good. I have a Net Galley percentage of 98% with 17 left that are all future releases and I only have 3 hard copies left from the older pile. This challenge has made me very conscious of only taking reviews that I can truly read within the next month or two and still give me time for my personal stack of books. For the Win!
So there you have it. My year of challenges left me euphoric and excited about what I got accomplished and what I want to get read and done in the New Year. How did you do with your reading challenges? Do Tell!
Oh, and if you’re looking for some good reading challenges, please consider joining Shari and I with one or more of ours. We’d love to have you.
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