Better late than never… seeing how I’m doing on reading challenges: part 1

I had grand plans, people. Grand plans of being a Reader this year. Not just reading books but reading books to complete challenges, reading those books because they’d make me a ‘better’ reader. I thought. Good times, those grand plans were. I wished to complete a challenge or two. But, as they say

if wishes were horses, the world would be knee deep in horse shit

(I think it was Stephen King who said that, maybe? Don’t quote me on it. My grandmother said ‘beggars would ride’ so there’s a PG option to it too. You’re welcome.)

Anyway, life happened.

As it does.

I’ve read 41 books so far this year (one ahead of my Goodreads goal schedule, go me!), nothing to frown about at all, but I actually lost the list I was using to keep track of (in this case) the PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge. Then I forgot about the challenge until I rededicated myself to… this.

So here we are, seeing how I’m accidentally faring at the PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge by reading whatever the hell I want when I want. Should be fun, right? Hmm…

There are, strictly speaking, 50 prompts on this challenge – 40 regular and 10 ‘advanced’. There’s no way that I’m even close to all 50 so it’d be silly of me to type them all out when I could be, you know, reading. And you would not want to read a list of my… not failures but… things I didn’t do. I hope.

So here’s the plan. I’ll look at the list and give you, should you actually care, only the list of things I did do. It won’t be a rose-colored glasses, make myself look like Super Reader sort of thing because I already told you there are 50 and you’re about to see the paltry number assigned to what I did do. Good deal?

Good. Now, without further ado…

Prompts I Can Accidentally Check Off

  1. the next book in a series you started – Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (book 2 in the Kat Holloway Mysteries)
  2. a novel based on a real person – Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar (based on the life of Helene Hanneman)
  3. a book set in a country that fascinates you – The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  4. a book with a time of day in the title – After Nightfall by A.J. Banner
  5. a book by an author of a different ethnicity than you – How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs
  6. a book about mental health – Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly
  7. a book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift – Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (I adore you, Jaclyn, my parabatai!)
  8. a book about or involving a sport – Brave Enough by Kati Gardner (ballet counts as a sport!)
  9. a book that’s published in 2018 – Bunburry – Murder at the Mousetrap by Helena Marchmont
  10. a book set in the decade you were born – Entangled Lives by Imran Omer
  11. a book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to – Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  12. a microhistory – Seven Sovereign Queens by Geoffrey Trease (7 microbiographies of 7 queens)
  13. a book about a problem facing society today – The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward (illegal immigration)

Hey! Thirteen! That’s not bad at all, if I do say so myself. And I do.

I’m not stressed about completing the challenge, we’ll just pretend I’m going to try harder for their 2019 challenge, but I will check back in at the end of the year for sure.

What about you? How are your 2018 reading challenges going?

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