Reading Challenge Mid-Year Check-up

03 Jun

Happy June!  Summer’s Here and It’s Time for Reflection! 

As part of this month’s craziness, I wanted to do a mid-year check-up on my reading challenges.  I am so excited about the progress I’ve made in these five months, but I have a long way to go.  So what progress did I make?  And what still needs to be done?  Any changes?  Here we go… stay with me.

Progress Made:

I’ve made some great progress so far.  Finished one big challenge.  Close to finishing many others.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • Young adult 11/12
  • Steampunk 3/12
  • Outlander 0/7
  • Zombies 10/10 <— COMPLETED!
  • Georgette Heyer 1/5
  • Science Fiction 0/10
  • Contemporary Romance 9/10
  • Fantasy 9/12
  • 2011 8/20
  • Amazon Best of 2010 2/20
  • Page to Screen 3/10
  • Support Your Local Library 71/100
  • Historical Fiction 3/10
  • Vampires 16/20
  • A to Z: Titles 17/26
  • A to Z: Authors 13/26

Total entries made (not separate books) — 176 (56.8% done)

Progress to Make:

Obviously there are a few areas that I need to work on.  Specifically science fiction.  I’ve tried I swear, I just keep getting distracted by pretty library books.  J is going to kill me.  I promise to do better.  Really I will!    And I haven’t made at all a dent in the Amazon list.  Those books really don’t crossover much to other lists.  There’s a lot of nonfiction which I’m excited about.  I have just been on a fiction kick lately.  I have a few of these at home.  I should bump them up on the TBR list.

Total entries to make (obviously not separate books, but slots to be filled) — 134 (43.2% to go)


  • I decided to drop the Year of Reading Challenges.  They just weren’t unique enough to keep track of.  Sorry but they have to go.  So my last of those monthly challenges will be May.  I finished May.  I’m done.
  • I was wondering if I should increase my zombie challenge (basically double it to 20) but decided to keep it as a finished challenge and try to focus on other genres.  I’ll still read zombie books, I just won’t be counting them for a separate zombie challenge.
  • Overall, I updated some of the books to be read.
  • I decided to not allow a book to be listed in more than 3 reading challenges if one of those challenges is Support Your Local Library.  And only 2 challenges otherwise.  On top of that, they are 9 challenges that a book can’t be crosslisted in each other.  Confusing?  Sorry.  I have my own new method of listing and I think it will work better overall and specifically for crosslisting to get a variety.
  • I decided to create my own Fables series challenge.  Basically I read the first volume, Legends in Exile, and loved it so much I want to read the entire series, plus the Jack of Hearts series.  So I am creating my own challenge for it.  Look for the sign-up post coming soon.
  • I decided to join Book Chick City’s 2011 Summer Romance Reading Challenge  I read romance right?  And I’ve found myself buying some romance, so I thought a summer romance reading challenge was just the ticket!  Here’s my initial post and tentative reading list.  I think I’ll focus on Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance and I’ve decided to do 8 of each! What do I get myself into?

    Timeline: 1st June 2011 ~ 30th Sept 2011. Only books started on June 1st count towards this challenge.
    1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.
    2. 4 months, 8 books – that’s doable, right? Or if you want to push yourself further, double it to 16!!
    3. Any book format counts except audiobooks.
    5. The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
    6. If you decide to participate in this challenge with me, please use the link I have set up below with the button to post on your sidebar, this way others can find their way back to this post and join in the fun. Also, be sure to create a post telling others with a link back to this post so others can join in.

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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Reading Challenges


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