Sunday, October 2, 2016

Challenge Update

Wow, I feel like the last three months have flown by, I really dislike how crazy I get the second half of the year. I also don't think I have gotten as much reading done as usual either. Oh well, I guess I better check in on the status of my challenges to see how much reading I will need to do in the next 3 months!
Children's Book Challenge
 My goal is to read at least 60 but no more than 80 Children's books this year. I always complete this challenge and have more trouble keeping it under control but I think I have been doing really well so far this year.  I only need 5 more books to complete the challenge but if I can keep it less than 15 before the end of the year I think that will be perfect!
 1. Snowballs
2. Sneezy the Snowman
3. The Little Snowplow
4. Curious George Makes Maple Syrup
5. Just a Snowman
6. A Magical Snowman
7. Hug Machine
8. Pup, Pup and Away
9. Monday is One Day
10. What Pet Should I Get?
11. Clifford's Spring Clean Up
12. I'm Not Sleepy
13. Curious George Plants a Tree
14. Little Cloud
15. Red: A Crayon's Story
16. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
17. The Secret Pizza Party
18. A Big Guy Took My Ball
19. The Adventures of Beekle
20. Star Wars: A New Hope (with Audio CD)
21. I am Helping
22. If you Give a Dog a Donut
23. The Storm
24. How Rocket Learned to Read
25. I Wish You More
26. Star Wars; The Empire Strikes Back (with Audio CD)
27. Dragons Love Tacos
28. The Grumble Bee
29. Interrupting Chicken
30. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (with Audio CD)
31. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
32. Let's Go for a Drive
33. Itty Bitty Kitty Rescue
34. Goodnight Loon
35. Curious George Takes a Train
36. Up On Daddy's Shoulders
37. The Fire Engine Book
38. Curious George & the Firefighters
39. Winnie the Pooh's A to Zzzz
40. The Thank You Book
41. I Am Sharing
42. What a Bad Dream
43. Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery
44. David Gets In Trouble
45. The Gruffalo's Child
46. Llama Llama Mad at Mama
47. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
48. Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
49. Pug in a Truck
50. Pete the Cat: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
51. Llama Llama Misses Mama
52. Fly
53. Draw Me a Star
54. Howl for Halloween
55. And Tango Makes Three

Early Reader Challenge
 My goal for this year is to read 60 books. Again, I am nearly complete with this challenge but am going to be able to keep it under control too.
1. Smash Trash
2. Hello, Olaf!
3. Just a Little Sick
4. Plane Pals
5. Splat the Cat: Blow, Snow, Blow
6. Rubble to the Rescue
7. Rocket's 100th Day of School
8. Mama Loves
9. Run, Remy, Run!
10. How to Help the Earth By the Lorax
11. The Berenstain Bears Clean House
12. Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana
13. Ewoks Join the Fight
14. Zeg and the Egg
15. Pit Crew Pups
16. The Foolish Tortoise
17. Go to the Moon
18. Clifford Sees America
19. Nat. Geo. Kids Owls
20. Pete at the Beach
21. Can You See What I See? Nature
22. The Ice Cream Shop
23. Paul Bunyan: My Story
24. Flying High
25. Learn About the Weather: Sun
26. Star Wars: Feel the Force
27. Bees and Wasps
28. Best Dad in the Sea
29. Flip Flop!
30. Clifford: Camping Out
31. Picnic
32. Nat. Geo. Red Pandas
33. Ice Cream Soup
34. Baby Dolphin's First Day
35. Curious George Fire Dog Rescue
36. Brave Firefighters
37. Monsters One to Ten
38. Bambi's Hide and Seek
39. Charlie Goes to the Doctor
40. There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Desk
41. Just Critters Who Care
42. Popcorn
43. Fly Dumbo Fly
44. Trucks
45. Mega Machines

Graphic Novel Challenge
 My goal is to read 26 this year. I am still on target with this challenge but oddly enough haven't been reading many GNs or been wanting to really either.
1. Korgi Vol. 3: A Hollow Beginning
2. How Mirka Got Her Sword
3. Morning Glories Vol. 1: For a Better Future
4. Winterworld Vol. 1: La Nina
5. Redhood and the Outlaws Vol. 1: Redemption
6. Rapunzel's Revenge
7. Angela Asgard's Assassin: Vol. 1: Priceless
8. Good Night Darth Vader
9. Apollo: The Brilliant One
10. Dogs of War
11. The Lion
12. The Lumberjanes Vol. 1 Beware the Kitten Holy
13. The New York Four
14. Blood of the Empire
15. Saga Vol. 3
16. Threat of Peace
17. Cinderella
18. Saga Vol. 4
19. Dragon Age Vol. 1: The Silent Grove

Audio Book Challenge - COMPLETE
I intended to listen to 24 audiobooks this year. I am definitely going to have to shoot for a higher number next year.  I am a complete audio book convert.
1. The Selection
2. The Elite
3. The One
4. The Heir
5. Dante's Fire
6. When We Where Very Young (Winnie the Pooh #3)
7. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie
8. Mary Poppins
9. The Handmaid's Tale
10. Marked
11. Now We are Six
12. Anathema
13. Princess in Pink
14. Princess in Training
15. The Crown
16. Party Princess
17. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
18. The Vacationers
19. Princess one the Brink
20. Princess Mia
21. Forever Princess
22. Royal Wedding
23. Heart Mate
24. Angel of Fire
25. Everywhere and Every Way
26. An Ember in the Ashes
27. The Green Ember
28. One Lavender Ribbon
29. Fahrenheit 451

Series Challenge - COMPLETE 
My goal was to read 5 series completely, which I have done, granted they were not the series I had originally planned on reading but oh well. I still have a couple more that I will be finishing before the end of the year.
1. Nine Kingdoms by Lynn Kurland - Book 1

2. The Hound Saga by Mette Ivie Harrison - Book 1,

3. Deadly Liasons by Leigh Wilder - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4 - COMPLETE

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass - Book .1, Book .2, Book 1, Book 2, Book 2.1, Book 2.2, Book 3Book 4, Book 5 - COMPLETE

5. Heart Mates by Robin D. Owens - Book 1,

6. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 4.1, Book 4.2, Book 5, Book 6, Book 6.5, Book 7, Book 7.5, Book 7.75, Book 8, Book 9, Book 10, Book 10.2, Book 10.5, Book 11 - COMPLETE

7. Compass Girls by Mari Carr - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4 - COMPLETE

8. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborn - Book 1 (re-read), Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6, Book 7, Book 8, Book 9, Book 10, Book 11, Book 12, Book 13, Book 14, Book 15, Book 16, Book 17, Book 18, Book 19, Book 20, Book 21, Book 22, Book 23, Book 24, Book 25, Book 26, Book 27, Book 28, Book 29, Book 30, Book 31, Book 32, Book 33, Book 34

9. Tales of the Kingdom - Books 1-4 are all owned - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4

10. Beasts of Olympus - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6 - COMPLETE

Mount TBR
This year I thought I would split my TBR in half to make sure I read both print and ebooks. So my goal is to read at least 50 print books and 50 ebooks off my TBR pile. I am still mostly on track with this challenge, but have fallen farther behind than I had expected to, I will really have to stop reading all the new exciting books and audio books and focus on my shelves.

Digital TBR
1. Drain Me Dry
2. Addicted to the Bite
3. The Queen
4. The Prince
5. Club Midnight
6. Bloodlines
7. The Guard
8. The Favorite
9. A Collector of Affections
10. Winters Thaw
11. Hope Springs
12. Summer Fling
13. Falling Softly
14. Blue Sky Days
15. The Street or Me
16. A Tale of Two Dragons
17. His Wicked Games
18. Truth or Dare
19. Sweet Victory
20. Sworn to Raise
21. One Night of Sin
22. Sworn to Transfer
23. Sworn to Conflict
24. Playing for Keeps
25. Night after Night
26. More Than Pizza
27. Resist
28. Surrender of Persephone
29. Starfire
30. Here All Along
31. More Than Words
32. Longing
33. Unexpected
34. More Than Candy Corn
35. The Green Ember

Print TBR
1. The Ice Dragon
2. Collecting Seashells by the Seashore
3. The Princess Diaries
4. The Beast Within
5. What is the Super Bowl?
6. Princess in the Spotlight
7. Announcing the Thaw
8. Into Your Light
9. A Cat Named Dog & A Dog Named Cat
10. The Ferry Home
11. Princess in Love
12. Magic & Melee
13. Princess in Waiting
14. Vorn the Onyx
15. More than Cookies
16. GI Cowboy
17. There Was a Fire
18. Esio Trot
19. Star Wars: Jedi Academy
20. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
21. The Princess and the Hound
22. The Tale of Gwyn
23. Etiquette and Espionage
24. More than Rum
25. Gone Fishing
26. Tale of Birle
27. Inside Out & Back Again
28. Tale of Oriel
29. The Giver
30. 1984
31. The Great Tree of Avalon

Rhode Island Authors - COMPLETE
 My goal is to have at least 15 books. I had a really outstanding RI Author month in April. I have one more that I want to read for this year and then the rest will be in preparation for next year's RI Author Month!

1. Ducky Ducky Likes to Moo
2. Hippo Hippo's Cranky Day
3. Collecting Seashells by the Seashore
4. A Collector of Affections
5. Lolly's Picnic
6. Announcing the Thaw
7. Edgar Graduates
8. Into Your Light
9. A Cat Named Dog & A Dog Named Cat
10. Ferry Home
11. The Street or Me
12. Magic and Melee
13. Vorn the Onyx
14. There was a Fire
15. More than Cookies
16. Waking the Merrow
17. One Night with You
18. More than Rum
19. Fishing In Narragansett Bay
20. Flight over Newport
21. More Than Pizza
22. More Than Candy Corn

Requested Reviews:
I will be accepting only 15-20 reviews sent by authors (please be sure to check my policy page before sending a request) and I will read/ request no more than 17 books on Netgalley.  I have been keeping this relatively under control as well, I have a few more books to read and some authors to email back but I feel like this was a good amount of books this year, not more than I could handle.

1. The Face in the Mountain
2. Gwendolyn's Sword
3. Night Study
4.The Storm
5. The Lion
6. Let It Out
7. The Pages of the Mind
8. Sweet Tomorrows
9. A Promise of Fire
10. Destined for a King
11. Orphan Trains: Taking the Rail to a New Life
12. War Dogs; Tales of Canine Heroism, History & Love
13. My Wild Irish Dragon

Direct Requests:
1. The Changing Season
2. Trina Bell's Humming Summer
3. One of A Kind Cat Book
4. A Life With You
5. Mabel Crowley Book One
6. Horsefeathers
7. Random
8. The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill
9. Jesper Jinx and the Scrumptious Snacks
10. Delbert: The Reluctant Spy

After Dark Challenge - COMPLETE
Now I wasn't sure if I was going to do this challenge or not but I have a bunch of books on my list for this year so I decided to keep track of them as well.  My goal is to read 25 this year.  I hadn't been planning on this challenge but it just kind of happened, especially with a romance author convention coming up in 2 weeks!
1. Drain Me Dry
2. Addicted to the Bite
3. Club Midnight
4. Bloodlines
5. Winters Thaw
6. Hope Springs
7. Summer Fling
8. Falling Softly
9. Hearts in Darkness
10. Love in the Light
11. Marked
12. One Night with You
13. A Tale of Two Dragons
14. His Wicked Games
15. Truth or Dare
16. Sweet Victory
17. One Night of Sin
18. Sinner
19. Playing for Keeps
20. Night after Night
21. Foerver in the Light
22. Only, Always, Forever
23. Hard Ever After
24. Protecting His Own
25. Resist
26. The Surrender of Persephone
27. HeartMate
28. Here All Along
29. More Than Words
30. Longing
31. I Dream of Dragons
32. Savage
33. Unexpected
34. The Lion and the Doe
35. The Landscaper
36. My Wild Irish Dragon
37. Bear to Want
38. You Are Mine
39. Can't Stay Away
40. Hot Burning Love

Goodreads Challenge
I set my goal at 325 this year with no intention of changing it as I have had to do in years past.  So far I am at 312 books this year, I do have a couple more reviews to post tomorrow.

Advent Reads:
I figured I better add this one in since we are getting to that season. I need to read 25 Christmas/ Winter Holiday themed books for my Advent Reads event in December! I haven't started yet but you better believe that will be coming up very soon!

So there you have my challenge update for 3/4 of the way through the year! Things are looking good and I don't seen any issues with being able to finish most if not all of these challenges.  I do kind of miss having my monthly check ups so I think next year I will add back my end of month wrap up posts with a short challenge check up. 

How are your reading challenges going so far this year?  Are you on track or playing catch up or maybe you have already completed them?


  1. I'm always blown away by your reading numbers. I was going to ask if your challenges overlapped. Like if one book counts for several challenges. Then I saw you've read 312 books this year and thought there's no way they do. You rock! I

    1. Thank you, I know that a lot of people don't count children's books or graphic novels but I think they should count them! Usually my challenges do overlap but this time I think the series challenge is the only one that overlaps with the audio challenge and Mount TBR challenge on a few books (I haven't been counting the Magic Tree House books towards the TBR because that would complete almost the whole print challenge).

  2. Whoa! Those are some lofty goals, and you've made amazing progress!! Where do you find the time!?

    1. They were pretty high goals this year, I really wanted to clear out some of my TBR list (not that it has helped a whole lot because I just added more to it). I am not sure how I find the time, but I am trying to track that so I can have a blog post about finding time to read soon.