2016 Challenges Wrap Up

» 9 January, 2017 » Other Posts, Wrap Ups » 3 comments

Now that 2016 is over, it’s time for me to let everyone know how I did with all my challenges over the last year. Overall, I think I did fairly well. The overarching theme this year was that I did pretty well READING the books, but not so great on REVIEWING the books. Some of the challenges required reviewing as part of the challenge, and those are the ones I didn’t do so well in. Here are the challenges I participated in.

Goodreads Challenge

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According to GoodReads, I read a total of 62 books this year! I set my goal for 52 books because I liked the idea of reading about a book a week. I am so happy I reached and surpassed that goal! It looks like I read a total of 24,667 pages over the year (although I’m not sure how much I really trust that number, but it should be relatively close!). My longest book of the year was Winter by Marissa Meyer (at 832 pages). My shortest book was The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo (at 32 pages), which is a novella. I searched my shelves, and the shortest book I read that was NOT a novella was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (at 211 pages). And finally, my average GoodReads rating was 4 stars. This average rating is probably slightly different from the ratings I give here on the blog because I can’t use half star ratings on GoodReads, but it should be pretty close.

Backlist Books Challenge

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I didn’t actually set a number of backlist books I wanted to read for this challenge. I more wanted to just track them and see how many I got. I said from the beginning that the challenging part of this reading challenge would be reviewing the books – and boy was I right! I read a total of 38 backlist books last year. Considering I read 62 books in 2016, this puts me at a little over half of my reads being backlist books. I reviewed 18 of them but I plan to review all of them eventually. I’m really happy with my progress on this challenge, despite being behind on reviews. For me, the reading of the books is more important!

Flights of Fantasy Challenge

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This is always a fun challenge for me because I love fantasy so much. I made a goal to read to read 20 fantasy book this year. I read a total of 21 fantasy books, so I barely succeeded! I wanted to branch out and read more of other genres, which I must have done if my total book count went up but my fantasy book count went down compared to last year. I also put my goal on the lower end because I like reaching my goals (it feels good!).

Prequel & Sequel Challenge

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This challenge comes with a point system and I challenged myself to reach the Advanced category, which was 51-75 points. If you count all the books I READ, I totally reached this goal with 60 points. However, technically the points don’t count until after you REVIEW the books, which only put me at 12 points. Surprisingly, I really only finished 3 series this year. I thought I had finished more than that!

Reading Bingo

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I totally decided to do this Reading Bingo on a whim and I’m so glad I did! I had such a blast with this challenge. I didn’t really set a goal for this challenge, I just wanted to see how much of the board I could cover over the course of a year. Well surprise surprise! I was able to get a black out – meaning I hit every single category! I was shocked but very pleased at the same time.

TBR Jar Challenge

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This is one challenge I did NOT succeed in LOL. Every month I pulled a book out of my TBR jar to read. I did really well at the beginning of the year, but towards the end of the year I kept putting off these books and 3 of the 12 didn’t get read in 2016 (Stormdancer, The Demon King, and Poison Study). I still plan to read these books though! They have jumped up in my priority list for 2017.

Those are all my 2016 challenges! How did you do on your 2016 challenges?

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3 Responses to “2016 Challenges Wrap Up”

  1. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    Good job surpassing your Goodreads goal! 38 is an impressive number of backlist books as well. I’m always trying to keep up with the latest releases, so it’s easy to neglect those that have already been published. I’m joining the Flights of Fantasy challenge this year. I want to pick up so many fantasy novels this year. I have a TBR jar, but it just sits on my desk, looking pretty, haha. By the way, A Wrinkle in Time is one of my all-time favorite books. Did you enjoy it?

  2. Morgan @ Gone with the Words

    So many challenges! And you did so well on them! Good job on the backlist books especially, that’s one of my goals for this year. Clean out my shelves a little 🙂 And I definitely understand making reachable goals because it does feel good to reach them. Hope your 2017 is just as great reading-wise!
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