This year is three quarters of the way over. It’s officially fall (despite the 100-degree weather in Southern California), and soon I’ll be able to read snuggled up in a sweater with a cup of tea. Which is my favorite thing ever. That also means it’s time to update you on my reading challenges for this year. I am doing seven of them, and they’re all going pretty well. Two of them have been completed – yay! – and I don’t have very many books left to read. Keep reading to see which challenges I’m doing and how I’m doing in each one, and click on the links if you’re interested in what books I’ve read for each challenge and what books I’m planning to read for the remaining challenges.
I’m going to start with the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year, I set myself the goal of reading 100 books. As of right now, I am at 113 books, which means I’ve completed this challenge! I have been in a bit of a reading slump, so my reading has slowed down a bit, but I am definitely going to see how many books I can finish this year (since it’s probably the last year I’ll be able to read this much, having to get a real job and all after I graduate).
Next up is the PopSugar Reading Challenge. Out of a total of 40 challenges (which equates to 41 books), I have completed 39 challenges (which means I’ve read 40 books, because I completed the challenge with two books). I’m really enjoying this challenge, which I also took part in last year. Most of the books I’ve read for this challenge are books I haven’t read specifically for this challenge, but I have liked most of them. Some relatively recent highlights are The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Persuasion by Jane Austen.
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 21. I have, naturally, left the most difficult books for last. I’m currently reading a biography of J. R. R. Tolkien for this challenge, and am really enjoying it so far. I’m also looking forward to reading The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which I picked up for this challenge.
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 on track, having read 9 out of the 12 books. This challenge was a great excuse for me to finally read two books that have been on my TBR for years – Walden and Moby Dick – both of which I really enjoyed. I also just read my first Lovecraft – The Case of Charles Dexter Ward – for the September prompt of this challenge. I’ll have a review up for it soon!
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 49 books for this challenge so far. Not bad. I think 60 books is an achievable goal.
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 (I still need to read the most recent installment), the John Dies at the End duology (I’m planning on reading This Book is Full of Spiders next month), 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 book a week thing). I HAVE COMPLETED THIS CHALLENGE! I really enjoyed doing this one, and it was probably one of the easiest of the challenge in that each category had a lot of books to choose from.
Actually, I lied, that’s not the last challenge. I just remembered that I belatedly decided to participate in the Banned Books Challenge. I also did this challenge last year, and I love it, because literally all you need to do is read any banned or challenged books. Which is A LOT of books. As of right now, I have 20 books – which is what I read last year for this challenge – but it’s currently banned books week, so I will probably (hopefully) add a few more books to the list by Sunday.
I think I’m in a really good place with all my reading challenges, and I feel good about being able to finish the rest of them by the end of this year.
Are you doing any reading challenges this year? Which one is your favorite?