This is one of my favorite posts of the year, when I get to recap all my reading challenges from the year before! I’m proud to say I completed all 3 of them last year.
Goodreads Reading Challenge
First up, everyone’s favorite, the Goodreads Challenge. Does it make me a nerd that one of the things I most look forward to in January is setting my yearly challenge goal? Yes? Oh well. *grin* You’re probably right there with me, aren’t you?
For 2017 I set a goal to read 60 books for my Goodreads Challenge. That was quite a bit lower for me – I’d been doing 100. But, I wanted to knock out some of the books that had been on my TBR (to-be-read) for a while. I managed 6 of them (I had 35 on my list). Not bad, but not great either. I’ll do better in 2018. That said, I smashed my goal, ending with 93 books read.
My goal for 2018 is going back up to 100 books read. Think I can do it?
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge
Next up, the Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Challenge. I went for Level 1, Snoop. To reach this level I read a book from each of these 10 cozy sub-genres:
– One from culinary (anything dealing with food: restaurants, baked goods, etc.) Kneaded to Death
– One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.) Death by Chocolate Lab
– One from craft related (any kind of hobbies – knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.) While My Pretty One Knits
– One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.) Pit Perfect
– One from British cozy mysteries (example: Belinda Lawrence series) Single Malt Murder
– One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.) Purr M for Murder
– One holiday based (set during any holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.) Death Overdue
– One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.) Asking for Truffle
– One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present) Murder on the Orient Express
– One is your choice! (freebie!) Dial Meow for Murder
Stay tuned for more details on the 2018 Cruisin’ thru the Cozies challenge – I’m on board again!
What An Animal Reading Challenge
Last we have the What An Animal Reading Challenge. The rules are fairly simple – any book in which an animal (real or fictitious) plays a major role counts. I did Level 3, 13-20 books. I stopped counting at 13, though I suspect I got closer to 20 read!
- Death by Chocolate Lab
- Purr M for Murder
- Puppies in the Pantry
- Pit Perfect
- Manny the Frenchie’s Art of Happiness
- Joyful Trouble
- Winter at the Dog & Duck
- Summer at the Dog & Duck
- Blue’s Prophecy
- Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer: Reindeer Academy
- Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher
- The Little Beach Street Bakery
- Snow Blood Season 4
As much fun as this challenge is, I don’t think I’m going to take part in 2018, at least not officially – simply because I don’t want to keep track of it! Let’s just assume I’ll continue to read lots of animal books!
Did you join (and complete!) any reading challenges last year? Are you taking part for 2018? Let’s hear about your reading goals!!