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Concluding the 2018 Reading Challenges

We’re seven days into 2019, and I need to share the results on the reading challenges I started in 2018. It’s time to wrap these challenges up. As a spoiler, I did pretty well at completing my challenges, but I dropped the ball on a couple of them.

Book Blog Discussion Challenge

This was, maybe, my third year of competing in the Discussion Challenge, and I met my goal. I wanted to be a Creative Conversationalist, but I wanted to write more than the threshold for the level, so I set my goal to 14 discussion posts. I wrote exactly 14 discussion posts.

These are what I think are the top 5 discussion posts I wrote this year:

  1. A Guide to Twitter Hashtags for Book Bloggers
  2. Where Are the YA Characters Who Wear Glasses?
  3. What I Learned from the #FinnFury October Challenge
  4. Entrusting Sometimes Means Giving Away: Connecting the Thenadiers to the beginning of Les Mis
  5. Reading the 10 Essential Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Fanfiction Reading Challenge

I set a goal for myself to read 300 chapters of fanfic, which would put me at the Tuxedo level. This is the first reading challenge I’ve hosted, and I’m proud to say that I reached the top level of the challenge: Cheshire. I read 2,404 chapters of fanfiction—way more than the threshold for the top level.

I might have a problem.

Goodreads Reading Challenge

I beat this one in October with a final total of 37 books out of 30.

Graphic Novel & Manga Reading Challenge

I made it to the Modern Age with 17 books out of 12.

Language Learning Reading Challenge

Language Learning Reading Challenge hosted by Eurolinguiste

I did not complete the Eurolinguiste Lanugage Learning Reading Challenge at all. I set a goal to meet four of the monthly prompts, and I only did one. I blame some of this one mood reading, but it didn’t really motivate me in my language learning.

Les Misérables Chapter-a-Day Read-Along

Les Miserable Chapter-a-Day Read-Along Graphic

I am really disappointed in myself over this challenge. It’s perfect for reading one chapter a day because Les Misérables has exactly 365 chapters. I had to put it aside so that I could focus on my coursework, and I couldn’t get back into the flow of reading the book. However, I loved talking with all of the wonderful people and reading the interesting posts about the novel that showed up in #lesmisreadalong.

Where do I stand? I read 70 chapters, or one full volume (“Fantine”) of the novel. I would still like to see where this novel goes, so I think I’ll try to read more of the book at another time.

By the way, I am thinking about joining in on one of the daily readalongs that Nick @ One Catholic Life is hosting this year.

Library Love Challenge

Angel's Guilty Pleasures

At the end of last year, it seemed like a good idea to try to read 24 library books because I came close to that amount. And it was hard to reach that number. But I finally did it! I squeezed in 24 reviews of the 25 library books I read this year, which puts me at the Thrifty Reader level. I haven’t been very good about recording all of the reviews in the Goodreads group, but the reviews are here on this blog.

Platypire Diversity Challenge

The purpose of the Platypire Diversity Challenge is to read lots of Diverse literature, primarily in the categories of LGBTQIA, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and Ethnic, Cultural, and Religious Minorities. I made it to the top end of the Intermediate Status (11-20 diverse books). At least, that was the level I wanted to hit.

YA Reading Challenge

2018 YA Reading Challenge

This was the first year of the YA Reading Challenge, which allowed me to set any goal I liked for the number of YA and NA books I wanted to read. I set it to 10 and ended up reading 21 YA books.

Reading Challenge Addict

Reading Challenge Addict

So, how much of an addict am I? I wanted to complete all 9 of the challenges I signed up for. I completed 7 of them plus the Retellathon in July, which only required me to read one book. Whether I count the Retellathon or not, I still ended up in the On the Roof level but not 9 total challenges.

At the end of the day, I’m a reading challenge addict who completes most of the challenges she signs up for. How did you do with your 2018 reading goals?

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