The year has come to an end! So lets have a look at the reading challenges I set myself at the beginning of the year:
- To read my pre-ordered books.
- To get above 70% on NetGallery
- To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
- To read more pages in total than the 2016 total. To beat 2014 would be brilliant!
- To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
To Read My Pre-Orders: These are A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. I finally managed to read ACoTaR in November! Only 2 years after ordering it… I’m definitely going to read ACoMaF next year!
✓ To get above 70% on NetGalley: In December 2016 it was 64%. Thanks to doing ARC August, it’s now 70%.
I’m trying to be a bit more picky with the books I request with the hope that I’ll actually read them. This means I have some really great books on my shelf at the moment. Most of them are second books in series:
- Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
- Allegiant – Veronica Roth
- Age of Swords – Michael J Sullivan
- The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
- Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
- The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection: Last December I was 88% through with only The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I haven’t even picked it up this year.
✓ To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages): According to Goodreads, I have read 19113 pages= 18% more than last year!
✓ To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): I completed The Great Gatsby in March, Animal Farm in April and 1984 in December. I started Perfume: The Story of a Murderer but ended up putting it down. I’ll possibly come back to it again next year.
To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes – Nevernight, The Graces, The Diabolic: More were added to this because of this year’s Illumicrate boxes (February, May, August and November boxes.) I’ve completed the three below with dates next to them.
- Nevernight – Jay Kristoff (6/11/17)
- The Graces – Laure Eve
- Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
- Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
- Red Sister – Mark Lawrence (27/10/17)
- Truth or Dare – Non Pratt (2/6/17)
- The Walking Land – Callie Bates
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
- Nyxia – Scott Reintgen
- Artemis – Andy Weir
- The City of Brass – S.A.Chakraborty.
✓ To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.: (50/52 completed) I’m super pleased with this and will definitely be taking part in it next year. See the books I read for each challenged here.
Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) – Morgan Rhodes
Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi
Us – David Nicolls
Paris for One and Other Stories – Jojo Moyes
Anna and the French Kiss Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) – Stephanie Perkins
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (HP #1) – J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (HP #2) – J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (HP #3) – J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (HP #4) – J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (HP #5) – J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HP #6) – J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (HP #7) -J.K.Rowling
A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves #1) – Morgan Rhodes
Bridget Jones’s Diary (Bridget Jones’s Diary #1) – Helen Fielding
The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones’s Diary #2) – Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones’s Baby (Bridget Jones’s Diary #4) – Helen Fielding
Perfect (Flawed #2) – Cecelia Ahern
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
You’re the One That I Want – Giovanna Fletcher
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism – Naoki Higashida
The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves #2) – Morgan Rhodes
Dreamland – Sarah Dessen
On the Other Side – Carrie Hope Fletcher
Claude on the Slopes – Alex T. Smith
One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare
Truth or Dare – Non Pratt
When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
Claude Going for Gold! – Alex T. Smith
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
Love Hurts – Malorie Blackman + others
Mr Katz is a Zombie – M.C.Lesh
This Secret We’re Keeping – Rebecca Done
Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) – Michael J. Sullivan
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me – Lily Collins
Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin
Saga (Saga Vol.1) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Fables: Legends in Exhile (Fables Vol.1) by Bill Willingham
Parsnips, Buttered: How to win at modern life, one email at a time by Joe Lycett
How to be Champion by Sarah Millican
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Awakening + The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries #1-2) by L.J.Smith
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Saga (Saga Vol.2) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
1984 by George Orwell
My targets for next year to come soon…
How did you do with your yearly challenges?
Have you read any of the books that I have this year?