Last January, I posted about my personal goals for my reading in 2018. It's time to look back and see how I did.
My five-year deadline was the end of August 2018. I was really hoping to finish my list before my daughter arrived in June. With planning and persistence, I finished my last book (Daniel Deronda by George Eliot) on May 3!! I wrote a post about my Classics Club journey with plenty of fun stats, if you'd like to read more about it.
I created my TBR Bingo card in August 2017. At the beginning of 2018, I still had 19 books to read. I made great progress during the year, and I'm now down to 6. Maybe by the end of this year?
I made a goal that 50% of the books I read would be books I own. I (just barely) succeeded in reaching this goal in 2017, so I knew it was possible. This year, I didn't count audiobooks and ebooks, since the only way I could access those was through my library and that seemed to unfairly tip my number towards library books. So just counting physical books, 52% of the books I read this year were books I owned. Yay!
Since we're five days into a new year, I figure I should probably post my wrap-up of my remaining 2018 reading challenges. I was a little disappointed that I didn't quite complete my Mount TBR Challenge. However, the rules of that challenge state that it only includes books bought before January 1, 2018. I read more than my goal of 36 books that I own last year, if I include the ones that I bought during the year. I was pretty pleased that I read 9 books that I bought. It sounds small, but that's a better number for me than normal! So even though I didn't technically complete the Mount TBR Challenge, I think I'm satisfied.
Hosted by My Reader's Block
Goal: Mt. Vancouver (36 books)
1. Mail Obsession by Mark Mason
2. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
3. Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein
4. Torrent by Lisa Tawn Bergren
5. Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell
6. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
7. A Devil to Play by Jasper Rees
8. A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes
9. The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood
10. A Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes
11. The Maiden's Bequest by George MacDonald
12. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
13. Edward Trencom's Nose by Giles Minton
14. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
15. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
16. It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist
17. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
18. Birth of the Chess Queen by Marilyn Yalom
19. The Pirates! in an Adventure with Communists by Gideon Defoe
20. A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes
21. Drenched in Light by Lisa Wingate
22. Dreaming in Code by Scott Rosenberg
23. An Alphabetical Life by Wendy Werris
24. The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure
25. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
26. The Unmapped Sea by Maryrose Wood
27. Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
28. Love on Assignment by Cara Lynn James
29. The Journey that Saved Curious George by Louise Borden
30. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
31. An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
32. The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett
Hosted by Doing Dewey
Goal: 15 nonfiction books
1. Mail Obsession: A Journey Round Britain by Postcode by Mark Mason
2. A Devil to Play: One Man's Year-Long Quest to Master the Orchestra's Most Difficult Instrument by Jasper Rees
3. Efronia: An Armenian Love Story by Stina Katchadourian
4. Full Moon Over Noah's Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond by Rick Antonson
5. Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber
6. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
7. Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine
8. Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O'Hanlon
9. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
10. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
11. Birth of the Chess Queen: A History by Marilyn Yalom
12. Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software by Scott Rosenberg
13. How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber
14. The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie
15. The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure
16. An Alphabetical Life by Wendy Werris
17. Me, Myself & Bob by Phil Vischer
18. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
19. West with the Night by Beryl Markham
20. I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel
Hosted by Becky's Book Reviews
Goal: As many of the 104 categories as I can complete
70 out of 104 categories complete
(It helped that you could count one book for two categories,
but I was still pleasantly surprised by this number!)
Reading challenges are definitely one of the areas where I can overcommit myself. With a new baby arriving in June, I knew when I started this year that I needed to limit the number of reading challenges that I signed up for. It sort of worked. I only signed up for 6, instead of my usual 10+. And I'm happy to report that I did fairly decently! I'm still working on a couple, so here are the first three reading challenges that I completed this year.
Hosted by @maximoffs on the Litsy app
Goal: 6 countries
Armenia: Efronia: An Armenian Love Story by Stina Katchadourian
- Full Moon Over Noah's Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond by Rick Antonson
Benin: Thread of Gold Beads by Nike Campbell-Fatoki
Brunei: Tribute to Brunei and Other Poems by John Onu Odihi
- Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O'Hanlon
Ireland: Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Kiribati: The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
Tokelau: A Deviation from the Norm: A Pilot's Story by Norm Sanson
Hosted by Me!
Goal: Avi level (45-59 points)
1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (3 points)
2. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (2 points)
3. Doll Bones by Holly Black (2 points)
4. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (3 points)
5. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (3 points)
6. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (3 points)
7. One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (2 points)
8. Paperboy by Vince Vawter (2 points)
9. M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton (3 points)
10. The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (3 points)
11. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien (3 points)
12. Sounder by William Armstrong (3 points)
13. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (2 points)
14. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes (2 points)
15. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (3 points)
16. Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary (2 points)
17. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (2 points)
18. The Grey King by Susan Cooper (3 points)
19. Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (2 points)
20. Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson (2 points)
21. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (3 points)
Hosted by Becky's Book Reviews
Goal: All 104 categories!
104 out of 104 categories complete
Book Club Reads from 2018
Even though I've been pretty much MIA here since June, I have still been participating in my real-life book club. It's been so nice to have one night a month to escape the craziness of my house and talk to adults for a while. These are the books that we read this year.
January - Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin
February - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
April - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
May - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
June - A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
July - The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
September - Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
October - News of the World by Paulette Jiles
November - Circling the Sun by Paul McLain
Our Favorite Books: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. A couple of our members were reading it for the first time, and the rest of us loved revisiting this classic. Also The Nightingale. Such a powerful and well-written story.
Not-So-Favorite Book: News of the World wasn't quite what we were expecting. It was very well-written, but maybe not as gripping as we thought it would be.
Best Food Served: This is one of the best parts! We always have good food, but at our November meeting, we had warm, fudgy brownies for dessert, topped with peppermint ice cream and chocolate peppermint sauce. We all decided that we could easily eat that every time!
Welcome to another year of the Newbery Reading Challenge! Newbery and Caldecott books are fun to read - whether it's our first time experiencing them, or we're revisiting them from our childhood. If you want to challenge yourself to read more Newbery and Caldecott books this year, then you have found the right place!
Here are the rules:
Each book you read is worth points. You get:
In addition to that, you pick a level to aim for:
You can get to this level with any combination of points you want. You can read all Newbery Medal winners. You can throw in a few Honor Books. If you want, you can even read 75 Caldecott Medal winners! How you get to your point level is totally up to you.
Also, anywhere in the point range for your level counts as completing that level. So for example, if you signed up for the Avi level and read 46 points' worth of books, then you have completed that level!
List of Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books
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2019 Reading Challenge
Julie has read 9 books toward their goal of 75 books.