Reading Challenges

2017 Reading Challenges: Mid-year review

In December 2016, I signed up for Reading Challenges for this year. I tend to do this most years but this year (like in 2016), I was more motivated to add a few challenges. Six months into the year, it’s time for me to review how I’m going and also share a new challenge for the next half of the year.

Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0

Erin’s challenge ran from January to April. Unfortunately, I didn’t complete the challenge and only managed 8 out of the 10 books for a total of 135 points. I didn’t review most of the books but you can see the ones I finished below:

  •  5 points: Read a book that is at least 200 pages – You by Caroline Kepnes
  • 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “W” – When the moon is low by Nadia Hashimi
  • 10 points: Read a book with six words in the title – The pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi
  • 15 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover – Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • 20 points: Read a book with a homonym in the title – The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar (hour=our)
  • 20 points: Read a book by your favourite author – Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (fav author – J. K. Rowling)
  • 25 points: Read a book set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live – Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  • 30 points: Read a “Rory Gilmore” book – The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 30 points: Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read) – Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • 35 points: Read a book with time travel – The restaurant at the end of the universe by Douglas Adams

Aussie Author Challenge 2017

I promise I’m still doing this challenge. So far, I have completed 4 (haven’t reviewed one of those) and am in the middle of reading one. I still have eight more to go.

4 female authors:

  • The Good People by Hannah Kent (Historical fiction)
  • The Dry by Jane Harper (Crime fiction)
  • An Isolated incident by Emily Maguire (Psychological thriller)
  • The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan (Literary Fiction)

4 male authors:

  • Infidelity by Hugh Mackay (Novel)
  • Selection Day by Aravind Adiga (Fiction)
  • Thai-No-Mite by Oliver Phommavanh (Children’s fiction)
  • Seven types of ambiguity by Eliot Perlman (Contemporary fiction) – currently reading

4 authors new to me:

Australian Women Writers 2017

Most of the books in this overlap the ones in the Aussie Author Challenge. I’ve so far completed 3 and reviewed 2. I promise I’ll review the third one this week.

  • The Good People by Hannah Kent (Historical Fiction)
  • The Dry by Jane Harper (Crime fiction)
  • An Isolated incident by Emily Maguire (Psychological thriller)
  • Breathing under water by Sophie Hardcastle (Young Adult)
  • Tell the truth shame the devil by Melina Marchetta (Fiction)
  • The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan (Literary fiction)
  • Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell (Memoir)
  • The Teacher’s secret by Suzanne Leal (Fiction)
  • Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Crime Fiction)
  • The dangers of truffle hunting by Sunni Overend (Fiction)

Goodreads Challenge

My aim for this year is 40. I’ve only read 15 so far. I know I am falling behind but I’m hoping to catch up especially with the upcoming challenge.

So what’s the new challenge?

Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0

This one runs from July 1st till October 31st with different categories. I really am aiming to finish it as most books are on my shelves or for my book club for later this year. Here’s my list:

  • 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages – An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
  • 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B” – Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  • 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover – Rebellious Daughters edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Koffman
  • 15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover – Let’s pretend this never happened by Jenny Lawson
  • 20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017: Into the water by Paula Hawkins
  • 20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title: East, West by Salman Rushdie
  • 25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness:  The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan
  • 30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc.:  Lily and the Octopus by Steve Rowley
  • 35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie (submitted by Kirsten):  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll

Did you set yourself any reading challenges for 2017? How are you going so far?

Do share!

***Linking with Kylie for IBOT and Mackenzie for MG***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Pratikshya
    June 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I had made my mind to read more memoirs this year… Read about 3 only yet… Not reviewed.. 🙁
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  • Pratikshya
    June 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I had made my mind to read more memoirs this year… Read about 3 only yet… Not reviewed.. 🙁
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  • Denyse
    June 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    The only challenge I take part in is an art one…and it’s on now. The feeling I would get seeing all of those books would be to back away! I tend to read smorgasbord style. A little of this from here and a little of that from there. I started Helen Garner’s book ‘This House of Grief’ and LOVE her work usually but it has been unfinished because of the awful story itself and I don’t need to have my already susceptible mind drawn into dark thinking. Best wishes in your reading challenges for 2017. Denyse. #teamIBOT
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  • Denyse
    June 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    The only challenge I take part in is an art one…and it’s on now. The feeling I would get seeing all of those books would be to back away! I tend to read smorgasbord style. A little of this from here and a little of that from there. I started Helen Garner’s book ‘This House of Grief’ and LOVE her work usually but it has been unfinished because of the awful story itself and I don’t need to have my already susceptible mind drawn into dark thinking. Best wishes in your reading challenges for 2017. Denyse. #teamIBOT
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  • Parul Thakur
    June 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I remember reading about your reading goals this year and like last time, I am very impressed that you are trying the different genres and attempting on all the above challenges.
    I have taken up the Goodreads books’ challenge and I had thought of 30 in 2017. I am done with 16 so I am feeling good on my progress. 🙂
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  • Parul Thakur
    June 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I remember reading about your reading goals this year and like last time, I am very impressed that you are trying the different genres and attempting on all the above challenges.
    I have taken up the Goodreads books’ challenge and I had thought of 30 in 2017. I am done with 16 so I am feeling good on my progress. 🙂
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  • Hugzilla
    June 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I love having a sticky beak at other people’s reading piles. Alas, mine is towering at the moment and I’ve just not committed the time to get stuck in. I think you’re going great guns with the challenge, for what it’s worth!
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  • Hugzilla
    June 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I love having a sticky beak at other people’s reading piles. Alas, mine is towering at the moment and I’ve just not committed the time to get stuck in. I think you’re going great guns with the challenge, for what it’s worth!
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  • Claire @ Life on Wallace
    June 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Perhaps I should set myself a reading challenge, then I’d have a chance of actually reading! Do you read books in hard copy or on a kindle? #teamIBOT

    • Sanch Writes
      June 6, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Hard copy 🙂 Still haven’t succumbed to a kindle even though some of the women in my book club swear by it.

  • Claire @ Life on Wallace
    June 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Perhaps I should set myself a reading challenge, then I’d have a chance of actually reading! Do you read books in hard copy or on a kindle? #teamIBOT

    • Sanch Writes
      June 6, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Hard copy 🙂 Still haven’t succumbed to a kindle even though some of the women in my book club swear by it.

  • Fay
    June 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Wish I read anything! At all

  • Fay
    June 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Wish I read anything! At all

  • Soumya
    June 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    WOW! You are on a roll!

    I have just signed up on Goodreads and am lagging behind thanks to the fifth HP book. I have vowed not to read anything else until I’m done with the series, but I just have no motivation left to move on with this!
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  • Soumya
    June 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    WOW! You are on a roll!

    I have just signed up on Goodreads and am lagging behind thanks to the fifth HP book. I have vowed not to read anything else until I’m done with the series, but I just have no motivation left to move on with this!
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  • Audrey
    June 6, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Have you ever read Alice in Wonderland? It’s my favorite book! I love it so much- I hope you do, too!!
    On the flip side, everyone loves The Great Gatsby and I just really don’t. Haha. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about these books!
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    • Sanch Writes
      June 7, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      I think I read the children’s abridged version as a kid but never the entire unabridged one. Will be interested in seeing what Great Gatsby is like… 🙂

  • Audrey
    June 6, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Have you ever read Alice in Wonderland? It’s my favorite book! I love it so much- I hope you do, too!!
    On the flip side, everyone loves The Great Gatsby and I just really don’t. Haha. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about these books!
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    • Sanch Writes
      June 7, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      I think I read the children’s abridged version as a kid but never the entire unabridged one. Will be interested in seeing what Great Gatsby is like… 🙂

  • Roshan Radhakrishnan
    June 7, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Wow… this is an extremely well thought of challenge… first time I am hearing of it! But even still, my weary brains have slowed down these days. Can’t do as many novels as you are on presently for sure!
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  • Roshan Radhakrishnan
    June 7, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Wow… this is an extremely well thought of challenge… first time I am hearing of it! But even still, my weary brains have slowed down these days. Can’t do as many novels as you are on presently for sure!
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  • Eli
    June 7, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Great – you are going on strong girl:-) No, havent signed up for any reading challenges this year… Right now I’m finding inspiration for my writing outdoors, in nature, feeling very energetic… but there sure will be a time for reading again— knowing myself I’m sure of it:-) Best of luck!
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  • Eli
    June 7, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Great – you are going on strong girl:-) No, havent signed up for any reading challenges this year… Right now I’m finding inspiration for my writing outdoors, in nature, feeling very energetic… but there sure will be a time for reading again— knowing myself I’m sure of it:-) Best of luck!
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  • Bel
    June 7, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, that’s a big challenge, good on you for setting them for yourself! I like taking a peak at what everyone else is reading, might have to bookmark your post!

  • Bel
    June 7, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, that’s a big challenge, good on you for setting them for yourself! I like taking a peak at what everyone else is reading, might have to bookmark your post!

  • Rajlakshmi
    June 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    wow, that’s a lot of books. And most of them are new to me. I am lagging behind my Goodreads challenge. Good luck 😀
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  • Rajlakshmi
    June 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    wow, that’s a lot of books. And most of them are new to me. I am lagging behind my Goodreads challenge. Good luck 😀
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  • Sreesha
    June 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Wow that’s quite a few challenges! And a wide variety of genres too – I’m so thoroughly awed! If this was last year, I probably would’ve joined you, but this year, I’m facing the worst slump ever. Nevertheless, I’ll bookmark this post for TBR ideas 😀
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  • Sreesha
    June 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Wow that’s quite a few challenges! And a wide variety of genres too – I’m so thoroughly awed! If this was last year, I probably would’ve joined you, but this year, I’m facing the worst slump ever. Nevertheless, I’ll bookmark this post for TBR ideas 😀
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  • Alana - Burnished Chaos
    June 8, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    So many great challenges. I used to read two books a week but now I’m lucky to read two every 6 months! I may have to look into a few of these to see if they’ll give me the kick to set aside more time for myself x
    #Mg

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos
    June 8, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    So many great challenges. I used to read two books a week but now I’m lucky to read two every 6 months! I may have to look into a few of these to see if they’ll give me the kick to set aside more time for myself x
    #Mg

  • Robyna | the mummy & the minx
    June 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I love the idea of a reading challenge! I read a book a week if I can (sometimes I don’t get through that many, or if they are particularly long I will extend to the fortnight). My reading selection tends to be limited to the put-away trolley at the local library and the monthly book club book. So a reading challenge might be a good way to expand!

  • Robyna | the mummy & the minx
    June 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I love the idea of a reading challenge! I read a book a week if I can (sometimes I don’t get through that many, or if they are particularly long I will extend to the fortnight). My reading selection tends to be limited to the put-away trolley at the local library and the monthly book club book. So a reading challenge might be a good way to expand!

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    June 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I am so behind with my reading and I miss it terribly. I am struggling to find the time I crave lately. This winter I think I need to search myself for what it is I need. Good luck getting through your reading xx #mg
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  • Mackenzie Glanville
    June 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I am so behind with my reading and I miss it terribly. I am struggling to find the time I crave lately. This winter I think I need to search myself for what it is I need. Good luck getting through your reading xx #mg
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  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders
    June 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I’m interested to hear what you think about Paula Hawkin’s new book! I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I know that I’ll probably still want to read it eventually! I also love that you chose The Great Gatsby for the banned book too!

  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders
    June 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I’m interested to hear what you think about Paula Hawkin’s new book! I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I know that I’ll probably still want to read it eventually! I also love that you chose The Great Gatsby for the banned book too!

  • Ishieta@Isheeria's
    June 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    WOW! just reading your challenge has me going… phew! Good Luck! I couldn’t keep track of all these in a straight line! I am sticking to the reading challenge on goodreads. I have set the current challenge at 50 books, and I have completed 27. I am hoping that this will be a good year, and I may review the challenge upward!

    • Sanch Writes
      June 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Wow 27 books already! That’s impressive

  • Ishieta@Isheeria's
    June 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    WOW! just reading your challenge has me going… phew! Good Luck! I couldn’t keep track of all these in a straight line! I am sticking to the reading challenge on goodreads. I have set the current challenge at 50 books, and I have completed 27. I am hoping that this will be a good year, and I may review the challenge upward!

    • Sanch Writes
      June 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Wow 27 books already! That’s impressive

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