Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Year in Reading Challenges 2014

This is going to be my wrap up for my year long reading challenges that I completed. I will be following a similar layout to last year. If you are interested in my Spring or Summer Wrap Ups they can be found by clicking on Spring or Summer here. My Triple Dog Dare Challenge Wrap Up can be found here.

The seasonal challenges are a lot easier for me to participate in. I have chosen a number of interactive challenges for 2015 that I hope to keep up with. As announced earlier this week I will not be hosting any year long challenges on the blog, but the Library Books Read-A-Thon will be back in June.

I'm going to stick with the same goal as last year. All challenges that are going to be completed must be completed by November 30th, 2014. This will exclude the TBR challenges as I will still read off my TBR pile in December. I plan to spend December curled up with my holiday reads as I have done this year.

These stats are through an O'Brien Family Christmas by Sheryl Woods since I want to get this up before the end of the year.

Books Read: 69
Pages Read: 19713 as of Nov 30th
Chunksters (450+): 7
In The Middle (300 to 400 pages): 29
Quick Fix (under 300): 32

Men: 6
Women: 39
New: 31
I read 45 different authors this year. I think Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, and Jodi Meadows were my favorite new authors of this year.

Star Rating
5 Star: 48
4 Star: 13
3 Star: 8
2 Star: 0
1 Star: 0

Publication Dates
1952 1
1996 1
1998 1
2000 1
2003 1
2004 1
2005 1
2006 4
2007 1
2008 1
2009 1
2010 3
2011 5
2012 8
2013 18
2014 21
I read a variety of publication dates this year, but I prominently focused on the releases I missed from 2013 and the New Releases of 2014. Here's the funny part is even though I read 18 books published in 2013 I still feel like I'm missing quite a few releases and I still see a lot of 2013 books popping up in 2015. I read 21 new releases this year which is a lot, but I didn't get to every one I wanted to read. Landline and Isla and the Happily Ever After for two.

Joined: 28 + Reading Challenge Addict
Completed: 24 + Reading Challenge Addict
Did Not Complete: 4

I'm disappointed to have not completed Monthly Keyword, Kristin Hannah, and the Chunkster Challenge. I'm not that concerned about the Dystopia reading challenge. I picked out a lot of reading challenges in 2014 and I have picked out quite a few for 2015 also. I think I did well this year with completing the challenges and I'm excited for another year of Reading Challenges. 

Goal: 12
Read: 7
Status: Did Not Complete
Joining in 2015: Yes

Despite being the hardest challenge it is the one I find most rewarding so despite not completing it this year I will be trying again in 2015. 

Months Completed
January: Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
February: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
May: Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James
June: True Colors by Kristin Hannah
July: Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey
August: True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
October: The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

 Hosted by Literary Escapism

Goal: 25
Read: 31
Status: Completed August 16th, 2014
Joining in 2015: Yes

1. Cameron Dokey
2. Donna Jo. Napoli
3. Kasie West
4. Jodi Meadows
5. Carolyn Turgeon
6. Jenni James
7. Haruki Marakami
8. Rainbow Rowell
9. E.B. White
10. Katie Cotungo
11. Robyn Carr
12. Todd Burpo
13. Emery Lord
14. Theresea Rizzo
15. Jamie Campell
16. Alyssa B. Sheinmel
17. Esther Friesner
18. Ann Hunter
19. Anita Valle
20. Ashley Elston
21. Robin Sloan
22. Kailyn Lowry
23. Maya Van Wagenen
24. Malinda Lo
25. Gwendolyn Heasley
26. Erin Morgenstern
27. Sarah Stromeyer
28. Jenny Han
29. Siobhan Vivian 
30. Lauren Graham

Hosted by Book Dragon's Lair  
Goal: Adult- 36
Read: 50
Status: Completed July 18th, 2014
Joining in 2015: Yes

Finishing the Series is Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews, 2014 Series is Hosted by Read, Sleep Repeat, Prequel & Sequel is Hosted by Novel Heartbeat and Writer Grrl Reads, and 2014 Series Enders is Hosted by Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love

Finishing the Series and 2014 Series
Goal: Finish 2 Series
Read: Completed 6 Series
Status: Completed December 16th, 2014
Joining in 2015: No 
I will not be joining these challenges in 2015. I did not find either too motivating as far as series finishing goes. 

Prequel & Sequel 
Goal: Ametur 25-50 pts
Earned: 75 points with 26 books (Right on the border of the Advanced level)
Status: Completed June 22nd, 2014
Joining in 2015: Yes (earning points for reading is fun)

Series Enders
Goal: 1-5 series enders
Read: 6 
Status: Completed December 16th, 2014
Joining in 2015: Yes

The Points are for the Prequel & Sequel Challenge
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth 
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

6 Rainier Drive by Debbie Macomber
74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber 

The Queen's Army by Marissa Meyer 
Cress by Marissa Meyer 

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 

Little City by the Lake by Celia Wilkins 

Golden by Cameron Dokey 
Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey 

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks 

Pivot Point by Kasie West 
Split Second by Kasie West 

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston 
The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston 

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Asunder by Jodi Meadows 
Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows 
Infinite by Jodi Meadows 

Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James 
Sleeping Beauty by Jenni James 
Rumpelstiltskin by Jenni James 

Bun for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

The Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge Hosted by The Book Vixen

Goal: First Date: 1-4 books
Read: 1 (True Believer)
Status: Completed February 13th, 2014
Joining in 2015: No

Hosted by Coffee Bean Bookshelf 
No picture of books for this one either. 

Goal: As Many as Possible
Read: 48
Status: Completed December 21st, 2014
Joining in 2015: No
I'm actually disappointed that this challenge will not be returning in 2015. It was a fun challenge, but the blog has shut down or I can not find the new link. This was a fun challenge to see how many books I could knock off my tbr list. I still managed to read quite a few 2014 releases also. 

Hosted by Books and Iced Coffee
Goal: As Many as Possible
Read: 45
Status: Completed December 31st, 2014
Joining in 2015: Yes

I wasn't planning on making a picture for this one, but it is one of the only way to showcase the books that I read that I owned this year.

Fairy Tales Retold is Hosted by Debz Bookshelf and 2014 retellings is Hosted by The Nighttime Novelist.

Goal: Mountain Troll: 10-12 and Not so Easy 6-12
Read: 16
Status: Completed July 18th, 2014
Joining in 2015: Yes and No
I will be rejoining the Fairy Tales Retold Challenge on his new home on Mel's Daily Prophecy. I will not be joining the 2014 retellings challenge due to lack of availability.

I love fairy tale retellings and I feel like I read a lot this year, but I of course would love to read just as many next year and work on getting my TBR pile down. Fairy Tale fortnight always has great suggestions and always overflow my goodreads TBR list.

Hosted by caffeinatedlife
Goal: Ocassional Rereader 1-4
Read: 2
Status: Completed May 19th, 2014
Joining in 2015: No

I reread The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah for this challenge. I will not be joining next year because I don't have any books that I specifically want to reread just yet. 

Hosted by Rachael Turns Pages. This picture is used with written permission from Dandelion Mom. 

Goal: Evening Stroll 3-4
Read: 2
Status:Did Not Complete
Joining in 2015: No
I read True Colors and Firefly Lane for this challenge. 
This challenge will not be available in 2015. There was not much participation in the challenge and I wasn't even able to complete it. Although I will continue to read Kristin Hannah novels and I'm glad I was able to spread the word through this challenge. 

Hosted by Jessie's Book Place.
Goal: Paperclips 15 books
Read: 32
Status:Completed May 22nd, 2014
Joining in 2015: No

I'm sad to see this challenge go. I read a lot of books for this challenge over the 2 years I joined it and I enjoyed participating in the challenge. It was one of the main reasons I decided to not host The In the Middle Challenge in 2015. I read a total of 6,013 pages for this challenge this year. 

Hosted by Rachael Turns Pages. 
Goal: Never Stop Reading 20+ books
Read: 29
Status:Completed July 22nd, 2014
Joining in 2015: No

I have really been on the fence as to whether or not to host this challenge. I don't think I promote the challenge enough throughout the year and I have found so many awesome interactive challenges to join. My challenge is very easy to complete since it is only page numbers. I will miss this challenge in 2015 and it is with a heavy heart that I have decided not to host The In the Middle Reading Challenge in 2015. I may bring it back in 2016. I read 10,448 pages for The In the Middle Challenge.

Hosted by Chunkster Challenge

Goal: 10
Read: 7
Status:Did Not Complete
Joining in 2015: No

I will be joining a cummlative page challenge in 2015, but since the Chunkster challenge is the only other page number challenge available I will be forgoing this challenge also. I read quite a few big books this year. At the beginning of the year I was reading one a month so I thought I would pass the goal easily. Then about summertime I slowed down on the Chunksters. I read 3,838 pages for the Chunkster Challenge. Regardless of this challenge I still hope and plan to read quite a few chunksters in 2015. 

Goal: Complete the Card
Read: Completed the Card
Status:Completed November 21st, 2014
Joining in 2015: No
So far this challenge is not available. I would love to join again in 2015. I give this challenge credit for being the reason I started this blog. 

TBR Pile
1. Golden by Cameron Dokey
2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
3. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
4. Four Friends by Robyn Carr
5. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
6. Family Affair by Debbie Macomber
7. Heaven Changes Everything by Todd and Sonja Burpo
8. Through a Tangled Wood by Various Authors
9. Attatchments by Rainbow Rowell
10. Swan Sister edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
11. Cinderella is Evil by Jamie Campell
12. Maelyn by Anita Valle
13. Mr. Pnemubra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
14. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
15. On the Fence by Kasie West

Mix It Up
Adult Fiction: True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
Young Adult Fiction: How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Reread: Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Free Square:  Norwegian Wood by Haruki Maurakami 
Contemporary: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

New Releases
1. Cress by Marissa Meyer 
2. Split Second by Kasie West
New Authors: Zel by Donna Jo Napoli, Pivot Point by Kasie West, The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon
3. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
4. Just Destiny by Theresa Rizzo
5. Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
6. Deception's Princess by Esther Friesner
7. The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter
8. The One and Only by Emily Giffin
9. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
10. The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston
11. Pride Over Pity by Kailyn Lowry
12. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Fantasy: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
Free Square: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Fairytale Retelling: Ash by Malinda Lo
Complete a Project: Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
Favorite Author: True Colors by Kristin Hannah

1. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
3. Asunder by Jodi Meadows
4.  Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James
5. 6 Rainier Drive by Debbie Macomber
6. 74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber
7. Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows
8. Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey 
9. Sleeping Beauty by Jenni James
10. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
11. Rumplestiltskin by Jenni James
12. Little City by the Lake by Celia Wilkins
13. Four: a Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
14. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
15. Bun for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian 

Hosted by Blog of Erised

Goal: 7-12
Read: 5
Status:Did Not Complete
Joining in 2015: No

I had fun with this challenge, but don't see the need to join it next year. 

1. Pivot Point by Kasie West
2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
3. Cress by Marissa Meyer
4. Split Second by Kasie West
5. Four: a Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
Goal: 18+
Completed: 24
Status: Completed
Joining in 2015: Yes

With a total of 24 challenges completed it is obvious that I need this challenge in my life next year because I'm still a Reading Challenge Addict. 

1. Triple Dog Dare Hosted by Ready When You Are C.B. Finished April 1st, 2014. 
2. A Year of Rereading Hosted by caffeinatedlife Finished May 19th, 2014
3. Spring Sequel Hosted by Words in a Teacup Finished June 20th, 2014
4. Spring Into a Good Book Hosted by Book Dragon's Lair Finished June 20th, 2014
5. Spring Reading Thing Hosted by Musings of a Book Addict. Finished June 20th, 2014
6. Once Upon a Time VIII Hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings Finished June 21st, 2014
7. Summer Library Challenge Hosted by The Book Monsters' Finished July 31st, 2014
8. Summer Library Program Hosted by Katie's Book Blog  Finished August 1st, 2014
9. Summer Reads 2014 Hosted by My Heart Hearts Books Finished August 27th, 2014
10 New Authors  Hosted by Literary Escapism Finished August 16th, 2014
11. Library Challenge Hosted by Book Dragon's Lair  Finished July 18th, 2014
12. Finishing the Series  Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews Finished December 16th, 2014
13. 2014 Series  Hosted by Read, Sleep Repeat Finished December 16th, 2014
14. Prequel & Sequel Hosted by Novel Heartbeat and Writer Grrl Reads Finished June 22nd, 2014
15. 2014 Series Enders Hosted by Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love Finished December 16th, 2014
16. Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge  Hosted by The Book Vixen Finished February 13th, 2014
17. 2014 Rewind Hosted by Coffee Bean Bookshelf Finished December 21st, 2014
18. Everything Ya Hosted by Books and Iced Coffee Finished December 31st, 2014
19. Fairy Tales Retold Hosted by Debz Bookshelf Finished July 18th, 2014
20.2014 retellings is Hosted by The Nighttime Novelist. Finished July 18th, 2014
21. A Year of Rereading Hosted by caffeinatedlife. Finished May 19th, 2014
22. Quick Fix Hosted by Jessie's Book Place. Finished May 22nd, 2014
23 The In the Middle Reading Challenge Hosted by Rachael Turns Pages Finished July 22nd, 2014
24. Book Bingo Hosted by Anne and Kristilyn's Book Bingo Finished November 21st, 2014