Sophia’s Challenge Wrap-Up Post for 2016

Posted December 31, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reading Challenge / 12 Comments


Amazing year of reading for me and I hit several wonderful goals thanks to the many challenges that helped me explore new books, complete my review commitments, and got my competitive spirit involved in finishing even when I wasn’t in the mood at times.

I would like to thank all those bloggers who put together the reading challenges and maintenanced them throughout the year.  So many clever themes, categories, and ways of doing a challenge.

Here’s my end results.

Year-Long Challenges

Austenesque Lovers (GoodReads Group) 

Goal:  Anne Elliot Level 21 Books

Result: 59 books COMPLETE

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes

Goal: Level 3 50 books

Result: 46 books

Delighted Reader’s Series that Never Ends (Eileen Wilks’ World of the Lupi series)

Goal: Level 1  10 books

Result:  12 books COMPLETE

Addicted to Romances’ Oldies But Goodies

Goal:  Level 1 10 books

Result:  12 books COMPLETE

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers

Goal:  Pro Picker 99 books

Result:  99 books COMPLETE

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR

Goal:  Mt Toro 75 books

Result:  121 books COMPLETE

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s New to Me

Goal: 75 books

Result:  144 books COMPLETE

The Book Nympho & Hot Listen’s Audio

Goal:  Social Addict 20 books

Result:  60 books COMPLETE

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame

Goal:  50 books

Result:  50 books COMPLETE

Delighted Reader’s Bad Boys of Romance

Goal:  15 books

Result:  44 books COMPLETE

Under the Covers’ Romance Roundabout

Goal:  5 books in 12 categories

Result:  12 categories  COMPLETE

Brazen Babes’ Diversity

Goal:  50 books

Result: 48 books


Mini or Quarterly Challenges

Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Take Control of Your TBR Pile

Goal: 10 books

Result:  25 books

Caffeinated Book Reviews’ and Addicted to Happily Ever After’s Clean Sweep

Goal: 16 books

Result: 24 books

Delighted Reader’s Sun N Fun Literary Pickers

Result:  45 books/points

Berls, Michelle, and Stormi’s COYER Summer Vacation

Goal:  35 books and BINGO

Result:  60 books and BINGO

Caffeinated Book Reviews’ Ho Ho Ho Readathon

Goal: 6 books

Result:  6 books

Perennial Challenges

Herding Cats Burning Soups’ Read All the Books (Nalini Singh)

Goal: 40 books

Result: 5 books

So, there you have it.  My reading challenge year in review.  😉  Did you participate in any of these?  How’d you do?

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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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oh Congrats on all of these challenges Sophia!! It looks like you did such a great job with so many of these here. I just love reading challenges, they can be so fun and they really push you which I love. Glad to see you had a great reading year. 🙂 Happy New Year.

Sophia Rose

Thanks, Renee!

I agree. They are fun and they push me all at the same time.


You did well, Sophia! I love challenges, but I’m trying to do a few less this year 🙂 I love the Blogger Shame challenge, though, because I somehow end up having old ARCs that fall through the cracks. And of course, the Audiobook challenge is a must, too 🙂
Good luck on your challenges for 2017!
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Sophia Rose

I do love my challenges, but there are sure to be years and times of the year when I’ll have to slim down on the challenges like you have with your thesis coming due.

Oh yes, the Blogger Shame is a great one to help motivate toward those older review books. The Audio Challenge was a good one to get me more into audios. Chores around the house aren’t so bad now. 🙂

Thanks, Lexxie, and good luck to you on your challenges.

Melanie Simmons

Wow! You’re amazing. So many challenges and you did so well with them. I don’t do many challenges because I’m horrible at tracking them. I do the Goodreads Challenge and of course, Audiobook Challenge. Good luck on all of your challenges and Happy New Year!

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

Sophia Rose

Thanks, Melanie! It was fun. I’m addicted, but I was careful to make sure there was a lot of overlap.
Yes, the linking is what gets me every time. I do alright reading and reviewing the books- even tallying, but I stink at actually linking back to the host sites for the updates.

Good luck to you as well and thanks for co-hosting the fun audio challenge.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Holy cow, Sophia. You totally rocked your challenge. Goodness! Good luck with your 2017 adventures!

Sophia Rose

I really did. Sh, don’t tell anyone, but my big one was your Blogger Shame. I just had to get back on track with all those old review books sitting there and your challenge really helped me do it. I have a little ways to go on that, but oh so much closer.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Yeah seeing how well you did on that one definitely has me motivated for this year. I bombed it last year but already got my first for it out of the way. Woots! Might just read another one next. Thanks for the motivation!

Sophia Rose

Yes, its a great feeling to get those old commitments off the shelf. I found that two things happened. Some were still left sitting for a reason (so I read more meh stuff and DNF’d more often), but I also figured out a good ratio of old to new so I could keep up with both ends of the review pile (and it soooo helped that I said no more often last year).


Neat! You did really well by finishing your goals for almost all of these with so many challenges you joined. And even the ones you didn’t reach your goal you did well. You did so well with the Blogger Shame! I totally failed that one and I set my goal low at 6, but I only read two books that counted, oops. Maybe this year when i don’t set it as a goal I’ll do better ;).

Sophia Rose

Yes, pretty good when all’s said and done. The Blogger Challenge was the one I really set as my priority, but by doing it I also got books toward a few of the other challenges.

Sometimes, not setting goals can work, too. Takes the stress and pressure off. Hope you knock out several this year from your older review pile.