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Catching up on my Reading Challenges ๐Ÿ“š Time to panic ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Reading Challenge Catchup (November TBR)

Hello fellow bookworms ๐Ÿ“šย There are under two months left in the reading year and it is time to PANIC about all the books I have been wanting to read but actually didn’t read ๐Ÿ˜จ I didn’t do a Mid-Year Reading Checkin, mostly because I didn’t feel like writing the post but now it’s time to write a Late-Year Reading Freakout Post because there’s not much time to read all the books I want to this year!! November is officially ‘Reading Challenge Catchup’ month for me as I plan on reading all the books I really want to get to and have been planning on reading all year ๐Ÿ’Œ I will be talking about what reading challenges I want to catch up on, as there are several that have not been doing well this year despite me reading a lot!

However, I have been doing very well with some of my reading challenges, so let’s quickly take a look at them, so I feel better ๐Ÿ˜„

  • I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge of reading 65 books and I’m way ahead of the goal, so I can lean back and just read whatever I want now ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  • I’ve been doing really well with the Library Love Challenge asย  I was aiming to support my local library as much as I’m able before I have to move. I’m confident that I can reach the highest level ‘Library Card on Fire’ (60+ library books read) soon ๐Ÿ‘
  • I also did the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (#YARC) and have almost reached 31 books read (only 1 book left!!) gaining me the Giant Panda badge which is amazing because Panda’s are cute ๐Ÿผ
Me trying to catch up on all the reading challenges as the year is ending

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Challenges I need to catch up on

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10 Books TBR 2019

  1. โœ…ย The Blood of Olympusย (Rick Riordan)
  2. โœ…ย The Invasionย (Peadar O’Guilin)
  3. โœ…ย Archenemiesย (Marissa Meyer)

Somehow I never end up completing my Annual TBR. I’ve literally only read 3 out of 10 books this year and that’s by far worse than last year ๐Ÿ˜… I don’t know what it is, but I pick out books at the beginning of the year that I’m excited to read but as the year goes on I never feel motivated to pick up and read them, instead moving on to other books. I might have to change things up next year, like fewer books on the TBR or more flexibility. As of right now, I know I won’t read all of the remaining books. Technically I could, but I’m not in the mood to force myself to read from a set TBR. I’m planning on reading A Court of Wings and Ruin during the Tome Topple Readathon Round 9 though and read Something Strange and Deadly in November as well, as I really want to read both books! ๐Ÿ’–Let's Talk (2)

I joined the Moody Reader Reading Challenge because I loved the idea of curating different categories with corresponding books that I wanted to read! Maybe true to the name of the challenge I have been reading everything but the books I picked out at the start of the year ๐Ÿ˜… The great thing about the challenge is that you’re really flexible, so I changed a lot of the options for each category (you can still see the original TBR here) because I had read some books that fit, just not the ones I had planned to. I also changed some of the books left on the TBR that I was more excited to read than my original picks. In the end, the only TBR I fully completed was for Mental Health – very proud of how many books I’ve read for that ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒผ

Out of my comfort zone โœจ Adult Fantasy

โžกย 2 out of 4

ย ย 

  1. โœ…ย Good Omensย (Pratchett, Gaiman)
  2. โœ…ย Wintersongย (S. Jae-Jones)

The challenge to read more Adult books pretty much fails every year, as it’s far out of my comfort zone and other books are so much more intriguing in comparison. That’s why I went with Adult Fantasy, as it’s my go-to genre. In the end, I will be completing 3 out of 4 books, as I plan on reading A Court of Wings and Ruin like I mentioned before. It’s still shelved as YA even though it’s clearly New Adult, a genre that I would love to see become popular with all kinds of stories, not just romance. Wintersong technically is YA but I personally see it more in the New Adult range due to the themes it contains – the author originally wanted it to be Adult too. Basically, give us all the new adult books in all the genres, please!

Out of my comfort zone โญ SPACE

โžกย 3ย out of 4

ย ย ย 

  1. โœ…ย Defy the Starsย (Claudia Gray)
  2. โœ…ย Empress of a Thousand Skiesย (Rhoda Belleza)
  3. โœ…ย The Loneliest Girl in the Universeย (Lauren James)

I actually did well on this challenge!!! I love space so reading more space adventure books is something I have been wanting to do for a while as I don’t often reach for this subgenre. I did a LOT of reading in Septemberย [Space September you could say] as I needed a genre of genre and gravitated towards sci-fi, especially space books! In the end, I only have 1 book left that I want to read in November and that is Unearthed as I’ve been hoping to finally get around to reading it. I also reread the Illuminae Files, so overall there have been a lot of great space adventure books in my reading life this year! โญ

Out of my comfort zone โŒ› Historical Fiction

โžกย 2ย out of 4

ย  ย 

  1. โœ…ย The Beautifulย (Renรฉe Ahdieh)
  2. โœ…ย Wintersongย (S. Jae-Jones)
  3. โœ…ย The Ladyโ€™s Guide to Petticoats and Piracyย (Mackenzie Lee)

I’m forever sad that I’m not reading that much Historical Fiction because I like reading about history (especially if there are other elements included as well like Fantasy or a bit of a mystery) ๐Ÿฅฐ I’ve only read 3 books in total that could count toward this genre (Wintersong is more focused on the fantasy elements but it’s set in historical Austria during the time of Mozart) – at least I liked two of them!! I also finally plan on reading Something Strange and Deadly this year, as I love Susan Dennard and want to read her first Trilogy though I’m of course also nervous about how much I’ll like the book ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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Bottom of my TBR โฌ‡

โžก 1 out of 8

ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 

  1. โœ…ย The Blood of Olympusย (Rick Riordan)

One minute of silence for this flop ๐Ÿ˜ฏ I was aiming so hard to read from the very bottom of my TBR but it didn’t work and I only ended up reading one book (but at least I finally finished the Heroes of Olympus Series!!) from my TBR. Maybe it’s the shiny new releases or the newer backlist books but I don’t think I’ll have much more success with this challenge. I plan on reading one more book from this list but I think that’s it. Maybe next year will give me better motivation to finish off some of the books I have been meaning to read for a long time ๐Ÿ“š

Library Booksย ๐Ÿ“š

โžก 5ย out of 8

ย ย ย ย ย 

  1. โœ…ย White Catย (Holly Black)
  2. โœ…ย Of Fire and Starsย (Audrey Coulthrust)
  3. โœ…ย Ruinedย (Amy Tintera)
  4. โœ…ย If There’s No Tomorrowย (Amy Tintera)
  5. โœ…ย A Map of Daysย (Ransom Riggs)

I’m actually super happy about this one!! I participated in the Library Love Reading Challenge and read so many books from my local library ๐Ÿฅฐ I changed up some of the choices here because there are so many books to read and I don’t think I’ll get to them before I have to move away from my library ๐Ÿ˜ญ I only have it till next year and I pray for another good library in the town I move to, otherwise I’m lost … as I think 45% of the books I read this year were from the library. For this year I plan on reading Sadie (my library just got this as it came out in German!!!), The Labyrinth of the Faun (finally available, I never found it until now) and The Diabolic, plus some of the Christmas books that will come around in December โœจ

Let's Talk (1)What Reading Challenges do you need to catch up on before the year ends? What books do you hope to read? ๐Ÿ“š

12 thoughts on “Catching up on my Reading Challenges ๐Ÿ“š Time to panic ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  1. I’m also ahead on my Goodreads reading challenge, but I’m totally behind on fairytale retellings and YARC! I managed to read (almost) all of my eARC and backlist books, as well as finishing some of my old series so I hope November won’t be too heavy for me to catch up on the rest of my TBR ๐Ÿ˜…

    We can do this!

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    1. It sounds like you were doing really well with most things! ๐Ÿ‘ I only have two 2020 earcs left, so I’m happy to be starting the next year without any overdue Arcs ๐Ÿ˜„

      Yes, we can!! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š

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  2. I think you’re doing great with all of these ๐Ÿ’• I’m usually awful at completing my annual challenges because for some reason I’m never into the same books at the end of the year as I was at the beginning ๐Ÿ˜… However, these challenges look so delicious that I’ll have to keep a look out for some that I could take part in for 2020!

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    1. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿฅฐ I have that problem a lot as well, as I usually read all the books except those that I planned to read at the beginning of the year ๐Ÿ˜‚ Oh yes, I’m already on the lookout for some challenges to join next year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Good job on completing your Goodreads challenge! I completely smashed mine last year, but somehow I’m failing miserably at it this year ๐Ÿ™ƒ I think I’m over 30 books behind on it, but there is no way I’ll be able to complete it now because I’m not a very fast reader.

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