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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.


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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?

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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 September ’16

Better late than never edition….

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 September is 93 (out of 438 in my TBR list). SURPRISE!, I will be reading Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: A Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance by Adam Bertocci. Sounds like fun!

Here is the Goodreads description: 

What if . . .  William Shakespeare had written The Big Lebowski?

The Dude has met the Bard—and he doth abide.

Join “The Knave” and Sir Walter on a wild tale of mistaken identity, kidnapping, bowling, and a rug that, in faith, really tied the room together—in a sidesplitting Shakespearean comedy of errors and ninepins, told in five glorious acts of iambic pentameter and impeccable period prose.

Already a theatrical hit and a worldwide viral phenomenon, Two Gentlemen of Lebowski comes alive anew in this definitive and lavishly illustrated edition, featuring recently discovered historical engravings, scholarly annotations, and a revelatory afterword from the author.

2016 Challenges: August Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 10 this month, 104 total
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: One this month, 16 total CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): None this month– 13 total
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): None this month-seven total
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: One this month, eight total

Surprise Me Challenge: March ’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 currently have 340 books on this list. For those counting, that’s up 22 from last month…ensuring that I will get caught up, well, never….
howtosurviveanything
February’s randomly generated number is 219, so, SURPRISE!, I will be reading How to Survive Anything: A Visual Guide to Laughing in the Face of Adversity by Lonely Planet, which is sure to be fun, and possibly useful.

Here is the Goodreads description:

How to Survive Anything. A visual guide to laughing in the face of adversity. Earthquake imminent? Stuck in the middle seat on a long-haul flight? Here is a book that will teach you How To Survive Anything. Using the witty, graphic format it will help you withstand any challenge, from the extreme to the ordinary, that life might throw your way.

2016 Challenges: February Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 13 this month, 31 total
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: Two this month, two total
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): One this month, six total – category 1
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): One this month, one total – category 12
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: One this month, one total

Surprise Me Challenge: February ’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 currently have 318 books on this list?!?

thebasiceightJanuary’s randomly generated number is 142, so, SURPRISE!, I will be reading The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler, which is great since I have it on my bookshelf.

Here is the Goodreads description:

Flannery Culp wants you to know the whole story of her spectacularly awful senior year. Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe — Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all. But now, on tabloid television, they’re calling Flannery a murderer, which is a total lie. It’s true that high school can be so stressful sometimes. And it’s true that sometimes a girl just has to kill someone. But Flannery wants you to know that she’s not a murderer at all — she’s a murderess.

2016 Challenges: January Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 18 this month, 18 total — a whirlwind month of reading has put me ahead of schedule on this challenge, but I need to focus on a few of the challenges below
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: None this month, zero total
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): Five this month, five total – categories 2, 5, 11, 15, 24
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): None this monthzero total
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: None this month, zero total