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:
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!!
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!
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?