2017 Reading Challenges Progress

Posted June 26, 2017 by Lori in Books, Posts / 3 Comments Tags: ,


Since the year is about halfway over and I have been completely lacking on updating my reading progress and writing reviews, which makes those lists down there on the bottom of my blog a little behind, I thought I’d post about my progress to see how it’s going. I honestly have no idea where I stand on these challenges but am hoping it isn’t too bad. I know I’ve been reading more than usual up to this point in the year, so that makes me hopeful. So let’s go ahead and take a look at the challenges I signed up for and the books I’ve read for them so far.

The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is hosted by Andi’s ABCs this year and I set my goal at 21+books. Any YA, NA, or adult romances count but they have to be only contemporary romances. Here are the books I’ve read so far:


This Adventure Ends Love and First Sight The Hating Game Queens of Geek Long Way Home (Thunder Road, #3)

One Paris Summer The Thing About Love #famous Reckless Hearts (Reckless Hearts, #1) The Upside of Unrequited

Geekerella Alex, Approximately In a Perfect World Letters to the Lost I Believe in a Thing Called Love

How to Make a Wish Eliza and Her Monsters It Started With Goodbye The Names They Gave Us When Dimple Met Rishi

Once and for All Mayhem (Mayhem, #1) Riot (Mayhem, #2) Chaos (Mayhem, #3) Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone, #1)

Havoc (Mayhem, #4) Coming Up for Air

So I guess I’m doing okay with this challenge. I honestly had no idea I’d read this many romances this year! I just can’t stay away from them and I loved almost all of them!!



That Artsy Reader Girl

The Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this is one of the challenges I like participating in most and also have some trouble completing. The challenge is to read twelve. Here are the one’s I’ve read so far this year:

Love and First Sight Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) The Hate U Give Traveler (Traveler #1) #famous

The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy, #1) Cold Summer It Started With Goodbye When Dimple Met Rishi Royal Bastards

I’m pretty happy with my progress for this one so far. Ten read and a bunch more coming out that I want to read. I doubt I’ll make it to twenty but I’ll definitely make it to twelve! My favorites so far have been The Hate U Give, When Dimple Met Rishi and Royal Bastards!! What have been some of your favorite debuts this year?


The Diverse Reads Book Challenge is hosted by Chasing Faerytales and Read.Sleep.Repeat. This is a new one for me this year and I’m really excited because I’d like to make sure I’m reading and supporting books that feature diverse characters. (“We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”) The challenge is to read twelve books this year and I’m really hoping to read at least that many. Here’s how I’m doing so far:


The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen, #2) Love and First Sight Queens of Geek The Hate U Give The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

A Good Idea The Upside of Unrequited In a Perfect World I Believe in a Thing Called Love How to Make a Wish

Eliza and Her Monsters When Dimple Met Rishi The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Ok, so I had no idea I was doing so well with this challenge. I guess technically I’m done but there are so many more that I still want to read! And I’ll definitely continue to throughout the year. Maybe I’ll make it to twenty with this one! I HIGHLY recommend Queens of Geek, The Hate U Give, The Upside of Unrequited, How to Make a Wish, Eliza and her Monsters, When Dimple Met Rishi, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue!! I love that so many great books are coming out featuring diversity!!


The Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly. I set my goal at 25 fantasy books and honestly, this isn’t one I’m worried I’ll have trouble completing. I just love fantasy books! Here’s what I’ve read so far this year:


The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen, #2) Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) Simon Thorn and the Viper's Pit (Simon Thorn #2) The Castle in the Mist The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)

Hunted The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy, #1) Howl's Moving Castle Prisoner of Ice and Snow Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1)

Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2) A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) The Girl with the Ghost Machine Royal Bastards Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell, #3)

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes, #1) Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell, #4)

I have a few more I already know I want to read for this challenge this year so I don’t think it’ll be a problem at all to make it to 25. But I also really need recs for this one because I’ve read a bunch but I haven’t loved most of the YA ones I’ve read. I did really enjoy Prisoner of Ice and Snow, Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, Royal Bastards, and the Arcadia Bell series. So yell out your favorite YA fantasy books from this year!



The NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge is being hosted by Bookish Things & More this year. I participated in this one last year as well but didn’t actually end up reaching my goal, which could very well be a problem this year too. I signed up to read 25 books again this year but only made it to 20 last year. I really want to bring my NetGalley percentage up this year as well so I’m really hoping to reach my goal. It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard but last year for me, it was. Here’s how I’m doing this year:


Long Way Home (Thunder Road, #3) The Hate U Give The Thing About Love Space Battle Lunchtime, Volume 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion! Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe for Disaster

#famous Hunted The Upside of Unrequited Prisoner of Ice and Snow Geekerella

Alex, Approximately Cold Summer How to Make a Wish Eliza and Her Monsters It Started With Goodbye

Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone, #1) The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Coming Up for Air

So I guess I’m doing much better with this challenge this year than last. I think it helps that I’ve been reading more this year than last and that I got a Kindle this year, which makes reading eARCs way nicer than on my old iPad. Now all I have to do if I want to bring up my percentage it seems is to STOP requesting them in the first place! And also go back to some of the books I got way back in my first couple of years of blogging when I requested everything. Seriously, I still have eARCs unread on NetGalley from like 2013. I’m the worst.


The Rock My TBR Challenge is hosted by The YA Book Traveler. I signed up to read 24 books this year and I don’t think I’ll actually have any problem making this. I don’t know why but I’ve been reading a lot of backlist books this year. A few of these are actually reviews books I hadn’t read before the pub date, which is really bad, but the rest are ones I’m pretty happy that I’ve finally read!

This Adventure Ends The Hating Game One Paris Summer The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1) Killer Instinct (The Naturals, #2)

All In (The Naturals, #3) Bad Blood (The Naturals, #4) Reckless Hearts (Reckless Hearts, #1) March: Book One (March, #1) Howl's Moving Castle

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1) Scrappy Little Nobody Letters to the Lost Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1) Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell, #3) The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes, #1) Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell, #4) That Summer

Mayhem (Mayhem, #1) Riot (Mayhem, #2) Chaos (Mayhem, #3) Havoc (Mayhem, #4) City of Saints & Thieves

I’m really happy with my progress on this challenge! I think binge reading a few series has really helped out! Two of them weren’t even on my radar at the beginning of the year but I’m so happy I read them! (Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett and Mayhem series by Jamie Shaw) They were a fun break from review books and definite guilty pleasure books! It’s so refreshing to take a break from all of the ARCs sometimes. I really hope to keep up this progress through the end of the year and add a lot more books that I actually already own and need to read to this list! I’d be thrilled if I could reach 50 backlist books read this year!

So I guess technically, I’ve already completely some of my challenges. I honestly had no idea they were going well. Usually I don’t do very well with reading challenges because I sign up for them at the beginning of the year and then forget about them. But I tried really hard to pick challenges this year that I wanted to work on so I’m really happy to see I’m actually making progress on them. Plus, I’m on pace to read more this year than I have in the past several years, which helps a lot. If I can keep up this pace, which I think I can since the kids are heading back to traditional school this fall and I’ll have more free time than I did with homeschooling, I’ll be able to complete all of my challenges with no problem and maybe even double a couple of them. That would be truly exciting! (Which is probably only something a booknerd would find exciting.)

Did you sign up for any reading challenges this year? How are they going so far?


3 Responses to “2017 Reading Challenges Progress”

  1. Sam

    I am doing a bunch of those: Contemporary Romance, Debut Author, Diverse Reads, NetGalley/Edelweiss. I should be truthful with myself, reading contemporary romances is what I do, so not really a challenge, but I am killing it (92 read). There have been so many amazing diverse reads released this year, that this is also an easy one for me. I have been doing the mini-challenges and have racked up 40 books for this challenge. I have been able to get a bunch of debuts as well (32 read) and have read a bunch of DRCs (79 for NGEW). I love challenges, they just make my reading that much more fun. Great job with your challenges!
    Sam @ WLABB
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