Monday, July 4, 2016

2016 Reading Challenges: Mid-Year Progress

The other day, I did my mid-year check-in for the #ShelfLove challenge, so I thought I would take a look at my progress (or lack thereof) for all of my 2016 challenges. I thought I joined less this year? Actually, I did join less, but there are still a lot. Oh boy. Next year, I really need to work on my definition of "a few." Here we go...

Goal: 300 books
Progress: 193 books
That's 44 ahead of schedule -- doing well! This does include all types of books -- picture books, novellas, stand-alone short stories, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc., etc., so I've actually upped my goal a couple times since the beginning of year.

Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge
Goal: 51+ books I owned prior to 2016
Progress: 20 books I owned prior to 2016
Could be better, could be worse! Full update here.

Goal: 80-100% of books I buy in 2016
Progress: 32% of books I bought in 2016
Well, it could be worse. I do think I need to cut myself off and play catch up though. I haven't even read all the picture books I bought this year yet! Is it possible to be in a read-aloud slump? Thoughts for another day, perhaps. For the record, I did NOT include the following in my stats:
1. books bought as gifts
2. cookbooks
3. books I had read previously, but bought a copy for my collection
4. books in an alternate format (i.e. audiobooks, illustrated editions, etc. of books I already own)

Goal: 60-74 points
Progress: 24 points
I was churning through Caldecott Medal books with my son, but then we hit a bit of a slump. We've also read a lot of Caldecott Honor books which don't count!

Goal: 3-6 series
Progress: 0 series
I've read 11 books that are part of a series (including graphic novels), but I have not completely caught up on any one series yet. Technically I am caught up on the Lumberjanes trade editions, but two more volumes come out this year, so I won't call that series done yet.

Goal: 6-9 banned or challenged books
Progress: 4 banned or challenged books
Since this is my own challenge, I'm glad I'm making decent progress on it.

Goal: 10 uniquely formatted books
Progress: 5 uniquely formatted books
Half way there and these books are just so much fun. I don't think I will have a problem reading 5 more this year.
Goal: 12 old ARCs/review copies
Progress: none!
I'm jumping ship on this one! I loved the idea of this challenge that ran in 2015 (and a few years prior), but it never officially came back for 2016 as I hoped it would when I "signed up." Since I'm not getting anywhere with the goal I set for myself anyway, I'm just going to call it quits. I should probably just donate the remaining ARCs I have on my shelf anyway, to be honest.
Goal: Track my reading and donate to a different organization at least once per quarter
Progress: On track!
I've donated every two months and chosen St. Jude's Children's Research HospitalReading Is Fundamental, and FINCA so far.


  1. I think you are doing pretty good with your reading challenges. You have time to catch up.

    1. Thanks Rachael! I think I have a realistic amount of catch-up to do, so that is encouraging :)

  2. I agree with Rachael. You seem to be doing good with your challenge. I've finished seven of mine already and one was discontinued because of lack of participation. I'm already trying to decide if I'm going to offer my challenge again next year, but I have another challenge idea in mind for next year. I've been working on my memoir and have been reading other people's memoirs as well, which will be the idea for a challenge I'm planning for next year. You can read more and see my progress on my blog.

    1. Thanks! Good luck with your challenges -- and your book!

  3. You did sign up for quite a few - I cut back this year but need to do so more next year. 32% of new books is not too bad! Perhaps your goal is too high!!

    1. It probably is too high! I wanted to aim high for this one though to really try and break my bad habit of letting books linger. Will be interesting to see how things turn out by the end of the year.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Good point on the Caldecott Honor books...maybe next year I should have all Caldecott books worth one point. Yeah, I like that idea. Thanks for the inspiration! Good luck with all your challenges!

    1. That sounds great! I'm going to be cutting back on challenges in 2017, but yours I will definitely still join :)

  5. 44 ahead of schedule? I am 12 behind on my GR challenge I think :D Doing good! (You, not me.)

    1. Thanks Riv! But don't feel bad, A LOT of those books are kids books. My challenge would be much, much lower if I were not counting those :)

  6. You are rocking your goodreads challenge! I am currently 12 behind on mine. I got this. I just checked out a whole slew of graphic novels. lol I think you are doing pretty good considering how many challenges you are doing. Keep at it! :)

    1. Thanks Kay! I'm way late in responding to this... but I'd guess now with your decathlon completed and those graphic novels that you caught up pretty good :)


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