So as many of you noticed, my blog began to get stagnate around September. I started back to work and, though I was still reading, I didn’t review my books or log the books I read for my reading challenge. Since the beginning of the year, my household has been through a couple changes and I’ve been settling in to that as well. Now that I have finished (finally!) my first book of the year, I’m hoping to settle in and renew my reading challenge for this year and to restart my reviews.
I am again doing the POPSUGAR challenge. I’ve uploaded the information to my 2018 Reading Challenge page and hope to finish a few challenges by the end of the month. I was able to finish over half last year, which was more than my 2016 year, but still not as good as my 2015 year. However, with life comes distractions, so any improvement is a great step. I’m going to be marking books for multiple challenges if they fit, instead of just one. However, I plan not to have repeat books by the end of the year if I can manage it. This may be a pipe dream though since I found out that I’m pregnant (yes, planned and yes, good news 🙂 ). With a new baby arriving, my time will definitely be limited on how much I’ll be able to read.
Also, since I changed my theme back in September, I haven’t had a chance to ask you guys if you like the new image of the page. What do you all think?
Well here’s to a hopeful year! Feel free to let me know if you all are doing any reading challenges and, if you are, which ones. Talk to you soon!
I am excited to begin a new year and a new reading challenge. I was unable to finish the two challenges I tried last year, but I am going to work on the PopSugar 2016 Reading Challenge. It looks interesting and I am vowing not to re-read a book from last year to fit a challenge for this year. Also, I don’t want a book to count for two challenges. I am still working on a book for last year’s challenge and I am going to let that count towards last year. I like that I am pushing myself to try new genres and to read books that have been on my to-read list forever. You can following me on my ‘2016 Reading Challenge‘ tab at the top. Let me hear about your challenges! I am always looking for a new list of books to read, so let me know what you all are up to this year!
I think I was a little too hopeful in attempting to complete two challenges in one year. However, that being said, I really liked doing the challenges. I didn’t finish them, but I had fun. I have never done a reading challenge before and it really helped me expand my reading selections. It also helped me read some books that I had been intending to read but never got around to reading. The only thing I didn’t like about the challenges was that I found books that I normally would have just picked up and read, but since they didn’t fit on my challenge list anywhere I placed them aside for later. I think in 2016 I’m only going to do one challenge so that I can read these books as well. Also, for some of the challenges, I just could not find a book I liked for it at all. Therefore, there were certain challenges I just decided not to complete because I was not going to force myself to read something I didn’t enjoy or even like.
Top Five Books I Read for the Challenges:
Books I read that I ended up not liking:
- When the Wind Blows by James Patterson
- Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Jane Slayre by Charlotte Brontë and Sherri Browning Erwin
Book I was surprised by:
- However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy
- The Hobbit: Graphic Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, Adapted by Charles Dixon and Sean Deming, Illustrated by David Wenzel
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
- The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde