Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Challenges Wrap-Up

2013 Reading Challenge
Hosted by GoodReads

Completed: 40/50

Hex HallDevine InterventionThe Lost CodeThe Eternity CureMind GamesMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenAvengerDemonglassSpell BoundZombies Don't Cry
Zombies Don't ForgiveShatter MeDeliriumGrave MercyDestroy MeDark TriumphThe Cuckoo's CallingAvatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 1Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 2Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 3
Kitty and the Midnight HourInfernoTransparentEnder's GameMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic NovelPrecious BloodUnwindAvatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Part 1Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Part 2Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Part 3
The Reluctant AssassinLinkedRot & RuinWitherHavenSchool SpiritsUgliesChangelingClockwork AngelPoison Princess

Well, isn't that a nice block of books there? So symmetrical and colorful.

I'm very happy to have read this many books this year. Much, much more than I managed to read last year. And because of the many duplicates I read (audiobooks along with print/electronic books), GoodReads actually says I met my goal! So while I may have re-read a couple books, and technicalities work in my favor, I'm still very happy to have accomplished all I did for this challenge.

1. Grave Mercy ~ Robin LaFevers

This one, not so much. This was yet another thing that I left until the last minute (like I said I wouldn't) and then didn't do anything with. I have a bunch of these books sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read, but my attention is a little easily distracted by shiny new books or new deals. I suppose I might try again next year with an even smaller goal, but it'll probably depend on the books listed...

Audiobook Challenge
Hosted by The Book Nympho & Hot Listens
Audiobook Challenge 2
Hosted by Teresa's Reading Corner

Completed: 21/16                                         Completed: 21/25
Plugged In Level Achieved!                                        Going Steady Level Reached

1. Hex Hall ~ Rachel Hawkins
2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ~ Ransom Riggs
3. Demonglass ~ Rachel Hawkins
4. Spell Bound ~ Rachel Hawkins
5. Shatter Me ~ Tahereh Mafi
6. Delirium ~ Lauren Oliver
7. Grave Mercy ~ Robin LaFevers
8. Dark Triumph ~ Robin LaFevers
9. The Cuckoo's Calling ~ Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
10. Kitty and the Midnight Hour ~ Carrie Vaughn
11. Inferno ~ Dan Brown
12. Ender's Game ~ Orson Scott Card
13. Unwind ~ Neal Shusterman
14. The Reluctant Assassin ~ Eoin Colfer
15. Rot & Ruin ~ Jonathan Mayberry
16. Wither ~ Lauren DeStefano
17. School Spirits ~ Rachel Hawkins
18. Uglies ~ Scott Westerfeld
19. Changeling ~ Philippa Gregory
20. Clockwork Angel ~ Cassandra Clare (review coming 1/2)
21. Poison Princess ~ Kresley Cole (review coming 1/6)

Two challenges, same premise. I did the maximum goals for the first and met its goals, but narrowly missed out on the second. I've always enjoyed and appreciated audiobooks, so this challenge was not only fun to do but also helpful in reaching my other goals. No doubt I wouldn't have read as many books had I not had helpful voices whispering in my ears. So, expect another audiobook challenge or two to pop up next year, and hopefully I'll meet all my goals.

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ~ Ransom Riggs
2. Kitty and the Midnight Hour ~ Carrie Vaughn

I am a horrible book hoarder. I literally have dozens of physical books, and hundreds of electronic ones collecting dust on my shelves. I'm actually considering opening up my Amazon collection as a lending library, if I can get the logistics down. I know you can loan Amazon books, I just don't know if there's a limit to how much you can do it or how many...

Women Authors Challenge 2013
Hosted by Peek-A-Book!
Women Authors Challenge

Completed: 18/16
Wonder Woman Level Achieved!
1. Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall
Spell Bound
School Spirits
2. Martha Brockenbrough
Devine Intervention
3. Julie Kagawa
The Eternity Cure
4. Kiersten White
Mind Games
5. Heather Burch
6. Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me
Destroy Me
7. Lauren Oliver
8. Robin LaFevers
Grave Mercy
Dark Triumph
9. J.K. Rowling (as Robert Galbraith)
The Cuckoo's Calling
10. Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Midnight Hour
11. Natalie Whipple
12. Tonya Hurley
Precious Blood
13. Imogen Howson
14. Lauren DeStefano
15. Kristi Cook
16. Philippa Gregory
17. Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel (review coming 1/2)
18. Kresley Cole
Poison Princess (review coming 1/6)

I'm very happy to have gone above an beyond the call of duty on this one. Not only did I decide to count different authors instead of just books (a decision I nearly regretted), but I still managed to read more than the challenge dictated on both counts. 23 books by 18 different authors.

So, how did your challenges go this year?
Are you hyped up for next year's challenges?
Still looking for more to complete?
Head over to A Novel Challenge to scout out some of your own,
or click the pictures above to see if they are re-challenging in 2014.
And of course,
Have A Happy New Year!