2014 Reading Challenges: 10 Month Check-In (Claire)

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It’s a bit on the 10 month mark, but I’m determined to post this anyway. It’s getting close to December 31st, very close and I’m almost embarrassed to say that I am doing abysmally in it. As per usual, this happens every day. I am inspired by the new year, sign up for a ton of challenges and life says HAHAHAHAHA you think you can do all of this?! And I fail. Booo.

Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

Dilettante: 5 books

Status: I’ve done shit all in this one, I really, really, need to get on it!

  1. Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
  2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  4. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield
  5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Renaissance Reader: 10 books

Status: So, I used to love HF so much, tons even! But something happened, this year I’m much more into Fantasy/SF so I’ve not read as much as I’ve should. The reason why I’ve added the Marie Brennan books to this list is because they’re set in the past though it is a mythical/fantasy past. It adds up to me!

  1. Citadel (Languedoc #3) by Kate Mosse
  2. A Natural History of Dragons (A Memoir by Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan
  3. The Tropic of Serpents (A Memoir by Lady Trent #2) by Marie Brennan
  4. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
  5. The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense (Reincarnationist, #6) by M. J. Rose
  6. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  7. The Salem Witch Society by K.N. Shields
  8. The Mummy by Anne Rice
  9. Huntress by Malinda Lo
  10. Ash by Malinda Lo

Rest of the list is forthcoming.

Women Challenge

Level 2: BABY GIRLS – read 6 to 15 books written by a woman author

Status: DONE! DOOOONE! I knew that this would be the easiest challenge for me by far. I read a number of women authors, not on purpose but because the content fascinates me more. I also prefer female protagonists and I guess a lot of female authors write with a female perspective?

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor
  3. Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake
  4. A Natural History of Dragons (A Memoir by Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan
  5. The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense (Reincarnationist, #6) by M. J. Rose
  6. Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggot
  7. Huntress by Malinda Lo
  8. Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen
  9. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black
  10. Ash by Malinda Lo
  11. The Mummy by Anne Rice
  12. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  13. Entangled (Spellbound #1) by Nikki Jefford
  14. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee
  15. World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

2014 TBR Pile Challenge

Master List: 12 TBR books (Added before 2013)

Status: I’m going to fail this one. I can just sense it.

  1. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee
  2. Citadel (Languedoc #3) by Kate Mosse
  3. Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor
  4. The Magician by Lev Grossman
  5. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  8. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  10. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  11. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield
  12. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland

Alternates

  1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  2. Just My Type by Simon Garfield

GoodReads Reading Challenge

Level: 50 Books

Status: 44/50 books read so far!

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I’ve got about 9 books to go and considering I have 2 months left, this is pretty awesone. Though- I am failing the majority of my challenges. I only stand a chance in 1 and I have finished another but the rest, meh.

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It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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4 Responses to 2014 Reading Challenges: 10 Month Check-In (Claire)

  1. Heather says:

    Interestingly, when I sign up for challenges I never complete them. If I don’t sign up for them I complete them just fine. (Example: signed up for the TBR challenge a couple years ago and failed miserably. This year, not having signed up for any challenges, I’ve read something like 40 books from my TBR pile. Heh.)

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      I think I have the same dilemma? I never seem to do well in them when I purposely try to do so. Next year I’m just going to do the GR challenge and the woman challenge again, as for those I’m not forcing anything, just enjoying myself.

  2. Tammy says:

    This year I didn’t sign up for ANY reading challenges (except Goodreads) and I kind of miss it. I think I’ll try again next year. And my Goodreads challenge I’ve already downgraded. I started with 100 books but I started working full time in April and fell way behind, so I changed it to 75, and still might not make it. Oh well. Seems like you’re doing pretty well!

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      Working full time can downgrade book goals. I underestimated how hectic and tired I’d be as a student and as I transitioned to full time work again. Boo. Had to downgrade. Started off as 100 now I’m 50.

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