2016 Reading Challenges Update #2

It’s halfway through the year, which means (among a million other things), that it’s time for another reading challenge update! Basically, this is where I tell you all how my reading challenges are going, because there are a lot of them. Overall, I’m doing really well, although I definitely saved a lot of the bigger, more difficult books for the second half of the year. Oops. Also, since there are a lot of books, I’m not mentioning all of them, but you can click on each of the challenge links to see what books I’ve read for what challenges.

Here is my progress so far:

Let’s start with the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year, I set myself the goal of reading 100 books. As of right now, I am at 87 books! I have included some short stories, etc, because I use Goodreads to keep track of what I read in general, but still. 87 books. I am 38 books ahead of schedule, which is awesome. At this rate, I will definitely have read at least 100 novels by the end of the year. So I’m pretty happy with how it’s going. I’m going to go ahead and say I met my goal of reading more books in general.

Next up is the PopSugar Reading Challenge. Out of a total of 40 challenges (which equates to 41 books), I have completed 33 challenges (which means I’ve read 34 books, because I completed the challenge with two books). I have really enjoyed most of the books I’ve read for this challenge so far. Though, to be fair, almost all the books I’ve used towards this challenge weren’t read for the purpose of completing challenges – I tend to read things and then fit them in wherever I can. Still, most of the books I have left to read are books I wouldn’t be reading if not for this challenge – like Mary Poppins and Love in the Time of Cholera – so it did get me reading a bit out of my comfort zone.

Moving on to the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge. This is probably the most challenging challenge I’m doing – obviously, since it says “read harder” right in the title. That said, out of the 24 challenges, I have completed 20. I have, naturally, left the most difficult books for last. One book that I read for this challenge that I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise is The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, which was for the challenge to “read a book by or about someone who identifies as transgender.” I think I liked the movie a little bit more, but I’m still glad I read it.

The Reading New England Challenge is one of my favorites – I love the one book per month structure, and I love New England, so reading books set there is kind of my favorite thing. So far, I’m right on track, having read 6 out of the 12 books. My favorite so far is The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which I’ve been meaning to read for years. I’m also really glad I ended up reading Henry David Thoreau’s Walden as part of this challenge. I have some great books coming up for this challenge, including Moby Dick, which I’ll be reading in July.

Next on the list is the Mount TBR Challenge. Basically, this challenge is to read books you own prior to 2016. I am not the best at the whole “reading my own damn books” thing, but, because I am obsessive about these challenges, I’ve been much better at it this year. Realistically, I think my goal for the year is 60 books. Unrealistically, it’s 150, but that’s just because I’m an overachiever. Either way, I’ve read 38 books for this challenge so far. Which isn’t bad.

Then we have the Series Challenge. I have so many unfinished series in my library, so I decided to do this challenge to finish at least some of them. So far, I have finished three out of the six series I planned to finish: the Red Rising trilogy, the Percy Jackson series, and the Don Tillman duology. I still need to finish the Saga series (there’s another installment coming out in a week, so I’m including that one), the John Dies at the End duology (I’m planning on reading This Book is Full of Spiders in October), and the Grisha trilogy (I still have to read the last two books).

And finally, I am doing the Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge, which I am doing out of order and whenever I feel like it (sorry, but I just didn’t think I’d do well with the one a week thing). So far, I have completed 47 out of the 52 challenges, which I’m really happy with. One book I read for this challenge that I wasn’t not expecting much from, but ended up really enjoying was The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre, which I read for the “a book you’re embarrassed to reading public” challenge.


I think I’m in a really good place with all my reading challenges, and I might have a few of them finished by the time I update you next.

Are you doing any reading challenges this year? Which one is your favorite?

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4 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenges Update #2

  1. You are in great shape with Reading New England! Doing Moby Dick as an audiobook is a good idea, I think … hope you have a good narrator.

    I’m getting behind in my other challenges but I hope to get some in for Back to the Classics this summer — Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton will count for both challenges, always a plus.

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    1. Thanks! There were a lot of options, but I think I picked the best narrator (which happens to belong to the shortest unabridged version, so that’s a plus). I want to read Ethan Frome, too. Maybe if I can’t get through Moby Dick, I’ll pick that one up. Good luck catching up on your challenges!

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  2. 100 books is a huge Goodreads goal, I can’t believe you read quick enough to have read 87 already! I’d love to be able to read that quickly haha 😆 My goal is 50, and I’m at 43 so I’m definitely going to finish that goal before the end of the year! Well done with your challenges 😀

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