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Wrap Up: 2016 Goodreads, Reader Harder, Panels, and Surprise Me Challenges

Yet another reflection on my reading challenges of the past year. Looking back, I feel pretty satisfied with my reading accomplishments in 2016.


2016challengeGoodreads Challenge
This year, I upped my goal to 130 from 125 (my goal for 2014 and 15). I was able to surpass it, with a total of 137 books, just a few less than last year. I think I am going to stick with 130 again for 2017. If you want to see everything I read, here’s a link to My Year in Books, courtesy of Goodreads.


dnfRead Harder Challenge and Panels Challenge
I set out with good intentions to use these challenges to diversify my reading, and I lasted until about the summer before I stopped finding books to fit categories. I read 13 for Read Harder and seven for Panels. I guess these sorts of challenges are just not for me, so  doubt I will try participating in 2017.

 

1294462_610283705699430_153240590_oSurprise Me Challenge
This is a challenge just for me, to replace the Random Reads Challenge I did in 2015 that was not continued by the blogger who hosted it. I read 11 of the 12 books randomly chosen from my TBR list, and I only missed reading all 12 because one of the books is lost in the house somewhere, I can’t find it in a local library, and I’m not going to buy another copy. This challenge gave me the variety I was looking for, without having to follow someone else’s plan, so I will do it again for 2017.

How did you do in meeting your reading goals and challenges this year?

Wrap Up: Horror Reading Challenge 2016

g5790Horror is my favorite genre, but in the past I have not always taken time to indulge myself because of all the other reading I do for my professional responsibilities. Thankfully, Tracy of Cornerfolds and Lilyn G. of Sci-Fi and Scary hosted the 2016 Horror Reading Challenge to keep me reading more of what I love most.

My goal was to read 16 or more books, and I am happy to say that I surpassed it by reading 21 books! Thus, I earned myself a Horror Hound badge 😀

Here are the titles I read or listened to and the Goodreads ratings I gave each one:

5 Star Books

4 Star Books

3 Star Books

 

Surprise Me Challenge December ’16

In 2016, I am continuing to let random.org choose a book from my TBR list, to be read sometime during the month. I picked my random book a few days ago and lost the post-it with the exact random number and number of books that were on my TBR list at the time (it is since larger, of course). But I do, in fact, remember that I am supposed to be reading the following book. I also remember that a fellow middle school teacher who liked Ready Player One and is into gaming recommended it to me and my 14 year-old son.

Here is the Goodreads description for Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer:

Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin… and not, y’know, die or anything.

2016 Challenges: November Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 7 this month, 128 total
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: One this month, 20 total – CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): None this month– 13 total – ABANDONED
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): None this month-seven total – ABANDONED
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: One this month, nine total (I still can’t find the Shakespeare/Big Lebowski book…and I am still listening to Dead Man’s Song )

Surprise Me Challenge November ’16

In 2016, I am continuing to let random.org choose a book from my TBR list, to be read sometime during the month. My randomly generated number for November is 460 (out of 480 in my TBR list). SURPRISE!, I will be reading Dead Man’s Song by Jonathan Maberry. This is an adult title and is book two in the Pine Deep  trilogy, and I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook of the first book, so I plan to do that with this one, too. It would have been a great one for October, but I love horror any time.

 Here is the Goodreads description: 

Once an idyllic Pennsylvania village, Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting. Twice in thirty years the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madman…but if the residents think the death of serial killer Karl Ruger put an end to the carnage, they’re dead wrong.

THE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDS

Bodies mutilated beyond description, innocents driven to acts of vicious madness. A monstrous evil is preying on the living – and the dead – and turning the quiet little town into hell on earth. Their only hope is to find the source. But the secrets that lurk in the heart of Pine Deep are twisted into its very roots. This time the townspeople aren’t just fighting for their lives, but for their very souls…

2016 Challenges: October Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 11 this month, 121 total
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: Three this month, 19 total – CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): None this month– 13 total – ABANDONED
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): None this month-seven total – ABANDONED
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: None this month, eight total (I am about to start October’s book, Defending Jacob)

Surprise Me Challenge October ’16

In 2016, I am continuing to let random.org choose a book from my TBR list, to be read sometime during the month. My randomly generated number for October is 9 (out of 453 in my TBR list). SURPRISE!, I will be reading Defending Jacob by William Landay. This has been on my TBR list for so long that I don’t even remember what prompted me to add it. But it sounds great so I am glad I kept it there….

defendingjacobHere is the Goodreads description: 

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own–between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

2016 Challenges: September Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 6 this month, 110 total (start of school year slowdown)
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: Zero this month, 16 total CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): None this month– 13 total (I think I will be throwing in the towel on this one since I have lots of books I must read coming up)
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): None this month-seven total (see parenthetical reference above)
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: None this month, eight total (Amazon tells me we bought  The Two Gentlemen of Lebowski in 2011. It is somewhere in this house, but I have not found it yet. #bookhoarderproblems)