Challenges

Quarterly Challenges Check In

Hello bookworms!!

As I mentioned in my Quarterly Goals Check In post I am a bit late with posting the updates for the 3rd quarter but it’s better late than never. Today I am sharing my progress in all of my challenges for the year. I have 10 challenges I decided to participate in this year so lets see how I am doing so far. I am not going to go to in depth about each challenge in this post but if you want to know more about them you can click here. I am just going to be talking about my progress from January-September so lets see how I am doing.

1.) The StoryGraph/Goodreads Reading Challenge (Complete)

I completely forgot to get a picture of the Goodreads graphic before I started reading for October but I have already completed this challenge. I have actually surpassed it. By the end of September I had read 108/100 books. I am way ahead of schedule for this challenge and I actually think this could potentially be my best reading year yet.

2.) Bookbloggers 2021 Fiction Reading Challenge #BB2021FRC created by Lynne from Fictionophile

I finally made some progress in this challenge. I am halfway through it now which is pretty good but considering there were only 8 prompts I should have already completed this one. There are 2 months left in the year and I have 4 books left to read. I might go through all of the books I have read this year and see if by chance any of them will fit the remaining 4 prompts if so I will switch those out. If not I could potentially read these 4 books in the next 2 months but honestly none of them are calling to me right now except for Winter so we will see what happens. I still think 4/8 isn’t to terribly bad.

  1. title contains a man/boys name: Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  2. title contains the name of an animal: Sparrow by L.J. Shen
  3. title contains the name of a season: Winter by Marissa Meyer
  4. title contains the word secret or secrets: The Secret Note by Lauren Rowe
  5. title contains a number: Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks 
  6. title refers to time (hours, minutes etc.): Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
  7. title refers to a body of water: Sea Scope by Debbie De Louise
  8. title contains the name of a bird: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
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3.) What’s In A Name Reading Challenge hosted by Andrea from Carolina Book Nook (Complete)

Yay another challenge completed!! I picked these shorter challenges because I figured they would be easier to complete and I thought I could complete them quicker. I guess I am 1 for 2 on that.

In 2021, choose 6 books that have titles that contain a:

  1. One/1 (ex. One Second AfterThe 100): The One by Kiera Cass
  2. Doubled word (ex. In a Dark, Dark WoodWolf by Wolf): Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  3. Reference to outer space (ex. The Fault in Our Stars):  All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
  4. Possessive noun (ex. The Zookeeper’s Wife): The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  5. Botanical word (ex. The Language of FlowersThe Sandalwood Tree): Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  6. Article of clothing (ex. Bossypants): Little Black Dress, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler
What's In A Name Reading Challenge

4.) Husband Picks 

This is another one I haven’t made any progress on. Actually my progress is the same since the first check in. I have still only read one book from this list so far. I did start Roseblood as a buddy read but we decided to hold off on reading that one until later this year because we weren’t in the mood for it. However we have since started buddy reading something else so we probably won’t be picking that one up again. Honestly I don’t know why I keep getting my husband to pick books for me because I never read the ones he picks.

  1. Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost
  2. Slayer by Kiersten White
  3. RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
  4. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
  5. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

5.) The NetGalley Reading Challenge

I am doing really well with this challenge. I started the year off with 11 books on my NetGalley shelf and have added 3 more to it since then however I have been reading 1 a month this year. In June I decided to participate in the Summer NetGalley Challenge and my plan was to get through as many of my NetGalley books as I could between June and August because that was when that challenge was taking place. Because of that challenge I was able to get through all but 2 of the remaining books on my NetGalley shelf. I’ve read 12/14 and there are 2 months remaining in the year so I have no doubts that I can complete this challenge by the end of the year. I just have to say that I am really proud of myself when it comes to this challenge because I have been saying for years that I was going to read my NetGalley books and until now I never did.

  1. The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson
  2. Tangled Threat by Heather Graham 
  3. The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan
  4. Extinction of All Children by L.J. Epps
  5. Journey to Territory M by L.J. Epps
  6. Journey to Territory U by L.J. Epps
  7. The Lost Wife by Anna Mansell
  8. Guilty by Laura Elliot
  9. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
  10. Beautifully Broken by Laura Lee
  11. The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash by Candace Ganger
  12. When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting 
  13. The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee
  14. How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan

6.) 21 Books In 2021

I have read 11/21 books from this list which is halfway through this challenge. Since my last check in I have only read 2 books from this list so I’m not making as much progress as I would like. This is another one I don’t know why I keep doing because I never complete it either however I do have to say I am happy with the progress I have made with this one and if I don’t manage to complete this one which lets be honest at this point I know I won’t be completing it I will be totally ok with that.

  1. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  2. Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
  3. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
  4. A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  6. The One by Kiera Cass
  7. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  8. The Edge of Great by Micol Ostow
  9. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
  10. Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
  11. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  12. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  13. Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
  14. Still Me by Jojo Moyes
  15. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
  16. Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
  17. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  18. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Marry Ann Shaffer
  19. Lucky in Love by Kasie West
  20. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  21. Winter by Marissa Meyer

7.) Beat the Backlist #BeatTheBacklist #BeatTheBacklist2021 #BTB2021 Hosted by Austine & Katie from Novel Knight (Complete)

My goal for this one was to read 25 backlist books and I actually completed this one is the first quarter of the year but I wanted to continue with the challenge. I didn’t set a TBR for this one. So far I have read 93 backlist books and of those 93 books 48 of them were books that I owned. I’ve never been able to complete this challenge before so the fact that I finished this one early on is a huge accomplishment for me. I am still going to keep up with this challenge and see how much more I manage to read for it.

BTB 2021

8.) Buzzword Readathon/Reading Challenge created by Kayla from BooksandLala

My goal for this one was to just read one book a month that fit the prompt so at this point I should have read 9 books but I have only read 7. Unfortunately I didn’t get around to reading the book for March or August. Considering I’ve only missed 2 months so far I am really happy with my progress here.

  1. January (dream) Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
  2. February (a color) Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler
  3. March (time) As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
  4. April (space/galaxy terms) All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
  5. May (house/home) Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh
  6. June (name/title) The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  7. July (last) The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  8. August (time of day) Midnight Sun by Stephani Meyer
  9. September (dark) A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  10. October (elements) Sea Scope by Debbie De Louise
  11. November (lost) The Lost Wife by Anna Mansell
  12. December (day/month/season) Winter by Marissa Meyer

9.) The Swoon Sisters Book Club hosted by Nicole from Who Picked This Book? & Daijah from Daijah’s Book World

I am loving participating in this book club. We read one book a month and so far I have read every one of the books. They have picked the last 3 books of the year so I have shared those below. Unfortunately I am only going to be able to read Decembers book because the other 2 aren’t available on Scribd and I can’t get them from the library and I always said I would only participate so long as I could get them free from somewhere. 10/12 isn’t bad though and honestly I will be counting that as a success at the end of the year.

10.) 20 Books of Summer created by Cathy from 746Books (Complete)

20 books of summer

If you want to see all of the books I read for this challenge you can check out my 20 Books Of Summer Wrap Up Post. Here I am just going to tell you that my goal was to read all 20 books this year and I ended up reading 15/20. I could have easily switched out those last 5 books but I decided not to because I wanted to see how I could do with the original TBR I set for myself. Now I know I technically didn’t complete this challenge since I said I wanted to read the full 20 however I am counting this as complete because out of all of the years that I have participated in this challenge this is the best I have ever done.


So far I have completed 4/10 of the challenges I decided to participate in this year. Some of them I still feel like I can complete but I know I won’t be completing some of the other ones which I am totally ok with. I always say the fun is trying and considering this is probably going to be my best reading year yet I am really happy with everything I have accomplished on top of everything I have had to deal with this year. Plus it’s all just for fun. Are you participating in any of these challenges this year? How are you doing?

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