2017 Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

As we finish up this year, it is time to look back at the Reading Challenges I tried to complete and see how I did!  Overall, I think I did a good job even though I don’t think I fully completed any of them.  I read a lot of great books this year, and got better at tossing aside the duds.  Because of my involvement on the Morris Book Award Committee next year, I won’t be discussing many (if any) books at all after February.  Also, I’ll have limited control over what I read for at least half the books I’ll read next year (if not more) so it is not in my best interest to join as many challenges in 2018.  I’ll do the TBR Challenge because if I get a break from Award contenders, I want to read off my shelf.  I’ll also do the next Back to the Classics Challenge too, because I think I’ll need to toss a classic in between all the YA I’ll be reading.  The Classics Club and Reading ALL Around the World are long term projects, so those are still in play.  Geez, that still is a lot, isn’t it?  Oh, well.  I’m sure it will all be just fine.

So what about the 2017 Back to the Classics Challenge?

Back to the Classics 2017  (7/12)

The Categories:

  1. 19th Century Classic:  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  2. 20th Century Classic:  Giovanni’s Room
  3. Classic by a woman author:  Little Women
  4. Classic in Translation:
  5. Classic published before 1800:
  6. Romance Classic:  Persuasion
  7. Gothic/Horror Classic:
  8. Classic with a Number in the Title:
  9. Classic about an Animal/Animal in the Title:  Lord of the Flies
  10. Classic set in a place I’d like to visit:  Wide Sargasso Sea
  11. Award Winning Classic:  From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  12. Russian Classic:

I finished a little over half the categories, which I think is pretty good.  These were all GREAT books!  I did hope to read a Russian Classic as well, but I may fit one in next year for the Classic in Translation prompt.


A rundown of the other challenges:

Popsugar Challenge:  35/40 of the main prompts, and 9/12 of the advanced prompts.

Reading ALL Around the World:  This is the first year, and I read 8/50 books.  Not a bad start to a 5 year project!

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks:  44 books read!!!  So proud of this.b2cf4-readmyowndamnbooksbutton

Book Buying Ban:  I broke the ban in June, and purchased 7 books for myself between June & December, not counting 6 with birthday gift cards.  And then I just ordered 13 more books for myself on a Boxing Day sale.  Still, I read more off my shelf than I bought to put on, so that’s a win!

1001 Books to Read Before You Die:  I read 4 more, bringing my total to 84.  I wonder if they will be updating this list anytime soon?

Classics Club:  I finished out my first 5 years and started a new list for the next 5 years.  Then, I read 7 books…  pretty good start!

In early January, I’ll crunch the numbers to see how diversely I read this year.  I know I’ll be limited in how much control I’ll have in changing it next year, but I still want to know.

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  1. You did great with buying less books! I don’t even want to give a number of how many I bought this year but it was absolutely ridiculous. I plan to have a full ban in 2018. I was thinking the same thing about the 1,001 Books To Read Before You Die! I think I’ve only read 30-something since I just started keeping track. I’d definitely be interested in an updated list. Good luck with 2018!


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