Mini-Challenges and Readathons Update for 2018

Posted December 27, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Challenge / 14 Comments


As many of you know, I love my reading challenges.  Mostly, I sign up for the year-long ones, but there are a few bloggers I follow who host shorter-term ones and readathons so I wanted to share my results for those.  The year-long challenges update is posted separately.

Because Reading’s COYER (Clean Off Your E-Reader) Winter Switch hosted by Michelle and Berls

Original Goal: 30 ebooks ($1 or less) and audios ($5 or less) between 12/6/17- 3/9/18

Completed:  67 books And, yes, it felt good to get to my freebies and older books on the Kindle/Audible shelf.

Caffeinated Reviewer’s Take Control Challenge hosted by Kimberly

Goal:  20 books released before March 1st, 100 pages or more between 3/1-3/31

Completed: 13 books.  Well, I didn’t get as many older ones as I wished, but I had a good time participating and I did get caught up on some review arcs that were languishing.

Because Reading’s COYER Summer Challenge hosted by Michelle and Berls

Original Goal: 60 books and each of the ten mini-challenges between June- August

Completed:  79 books and the goals I set for the mini-challenges.  This was a combo of working from lists and also grabbing any book you wanted whether it was older, bought or free, or whathaveya.  Again, this was great for whittling down what was on the TBR shelf and also getting social with other readers.

Caffeinated Reviewer’s Fraterfest Readathon hosted by Kimberly

Original Goal: 5 spooky books read between 10/11-10/16

Completed 6 books and had fun participated in the co-host games, too


Because Reading’s Spooky Readathon hosted by Michelle

Original Goal: I didn’t set a goal.  Just read spooky books from 10/21-10/28

Completed: 5 books

Caffeinated Reader’s HoHoHo Readathon hosted by Kimberly

Original Goal: 10 holiday/winter books from 11/9-11/18 plus participated in the elves’ games.

Completed: 11 books and participated in all four games.


Kai’s Comic and Graphic Novels’ Readathon hosted by Kai

Original Goal: 3 graphic novels between 11/23- 11/30

Completed: 3 books  Fun dip into a medium I don’t generally pick up.

Because Reading’s Can You Read a Series in a Month? Hosted by Michelle and Berls

Original Goal: last 3 books of Ani Gonzalez’s Banshee Creek series for the month of November.

Completed: 3 books  Woohoo! I have so many series I am working on so it was fun to finish one.

I enjoyed these shorter reading sprints that tend to focus more on themes and fun while still offering a challenge to get through the ever-growing book stack.  These shorter ones tend to encourage the social and fun side more through chats and games on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, incentives to visit potential new to me bloggers and reviewers.  They take time and effort and I am thankful for those who hosted. I want to do more of these and even some group reads in the new year.

What about you?  Did you do any shorter challenges or readathons this year?  Maybe an Instagram challenge or a group read? Are you planning to participate in any for the new year?

If you are interested, Winter COYER is started already this December.  Here’s the link:


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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I lack the discipline for most of these challenges, but you did a great job!

Sophia Rose

Thanks, Sam! I find these a lot of fun and they help me get motivated to read what I’ve got on the shelf. 🙂


I never knew what COYER stood for. NOW I GET IT! lol I only do the Goodreads challenge, otherwise I feel too pressured.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose

LOL, I try to fill in the acronym because I was confused for some time when I saw it crop up now and then. 🙂

Yes, there can definitely be a pressured feeling so I can understand keeping it simple when other areas of life are complicated. 🙂 Besides, you do fab getting through your stacks of books from the bookcons you attended.


Great job! Always a good thing to meet the challenges 😉

Sophia Rose

Thanks! I totally agree- especially, since most of these were the shelf-clearing types. Haha!

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

What a great job on your challenges. I did a few myself and in the Audiobook challenge, I read more than I thought I would. So that was fun. I hope this year we get even more reading done! =)


Sophia Rose

Oh, that is great to do well and surpass your challenge goal. Way to go, Mary. I know you had school so that’s doubly impressive. 🙂

Carole rae

You did well this year 😀

Sophia Rose

Thanks, Carole! I felt good getting through so many books.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Ooooh, I like the Can You Read a Series in a Month Challenge! Good luck with all of them, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose

That was a fun one. Thanks, Rachel!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

You did great with all of these, Sophia Rose. I did a few of the shorter ones this year. It is easier for me to focus during a shorter amount of time. I am looking forward to doing a few in 2019.

Sophia Rose

I’ve noticed the same thing about how much easier it is to focus and stick with my reading plan for the short distances.
Yes, we’ll have fun with more of these in 2019. 🙂 You’re welcome to join our January I Dare You to Read Thrillers week if you like. 🙂