This may seem a bit redundant, recapping my year so far, and it is tedious, but it is good accounting and gives me a great sense of accomplishment!
Library Reading Challenge - 25 out of 25 read (see completion post)
Audiobook Challenge - 20 out of 20 read (see completion post)
Memorable Memoir Challenge - 4 out of 4 read (see completion post)
Harry Potter Reading Challenge - 7 out of 7 read:
* Sorcerer's Stone
* Chamber of Secrets
* Prisoner of Azkaban
* Goblet of Fire
* The Order of the Phoenix
* The Half-Blood Prince
* The Deathly Hallows
Graphic Novels Challenge - 3 out of 3 read:
* Smile - Raina Telgemeir
* Stitches - David Small
* Fun Home - Allison Bechdel
Read the Book/See the Movie Challenge - 4 out of 4 read:
* Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
* Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
* Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
* The Outsiders - S.I. Hinton
100+ Reading Challenge - 77 out of 100 read
E-Book Challenge - 3 out of 6 read
Twenty-Ten Challenge - 18 out of 20 read
TBR Challenge - 5 out of 12 read
Read From My Shelves Project - 14 out of 30 read
Vietnam: War Through the Generations Challenge - 2 out of 5 read
EW Summer Books Challenge - 1 out of 3 read
I hate to quit anything, but I have one challenge on my list that is never going to happen. The Random Reading Challenge sounded good on paper...I just had to read 12 books sitting on my shelves, picked at random. I have become very deliberate and focused in my efforts to knock out my other challenges though, and have only read 5 for this one. I'm not entirely sure when it ends, but I think I need to move on.
Beyond challenges, I've stayed below the radar this year. I did participate, for the first time, in the 24-hour read-a-thon with my kids, which was a blast. We're ready for the next one! I've not participated in any readalongs yet this year, but hope to participate in one for "Paco's Story" with the Vietnam group this month. There is so much temptation out there, but have tried hard to stay on track. My goal is to complete a large portion of my challenges this summer and early fall, in time for Carl's RIP Challenge in October. I also look forward to my second Book Blogger Appreciation Week in September.
I said this last year, and I'm saying it again this year...why on earth do I sign up for so many challenges? While everything I signed up for has broadened my horizons, it can also be stifling. It doesn't allow much spontaneous reading, you know? I'm going to have to give it some serious, strategic thought next time around (ha!).
How are you feeling about your year so far? Pleased with your results? Ready to throw in the towel, and go reading with reckless abandon?