Hello sweeties. If you've been following The Regal Critiques for a while, I bet you know that in 2015 I signed up for 5 reading challenges + the Goodreads challenge - with hopes of completing all of them.
Let's see how I did in my challenges, starting from the ones I managed to complete.
As per usual, click on the covers for Goodreads.
The first challenge that I'd like to mention is the Goodreads challenge. My goal was to read 150 books this year and I completed it, despite my worries. I read 158 books altogether, which I consider pretty good.
You can check out My Year in Books here. Also, in a couple of days Ruzaika and I will be posting our end of the year surveys (separately), with even more info on what we've read this year.
For the Fairytale challenge (hosted by Mel @ The Daily Prophecy) I chose the Magic Mirror level (5-9 books) to keep things safe - and what a great decision that was! I managed to complete this challenge pretty early in the year, so it was one less thing to worry about.
I read 15 retellings altogether and I'm pretty happy with this. Let's see which ones I'd recommend.
As for 2016, I'm planning on participating again, because there are still SO MANY retellings I'm dying to read.
The Re-Read Challenge (hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With) was one of my favorite challenges this year because it encouraged me to reread more. I easily completed my goal of reading 10 to 20 books by rereading 45 books altogether. Unfortunately, around half of these novels don't count in my Goodreads challenge - that is why WE NEED A REREAD OPTION ON GOODREADS THAT WILL MAKE REREADS COUNT IN OUR CHALLENGES. WE DIDN'T NEED A NEW FONT, OR NEW COLORS BUT WE DO NEED THIS.
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Another challenge that I managed to complete oh-so-easily is the Full House Reading Challenge (hosted by Book Date). This was the best bingo challenge I could find last year, and I really liked the categories. I went for the full house level and ACTUALLY MANAGED TO COMPLETE IT EASILY!!! I'm happy and disappointed about this - happy, because YAY, didn't have to work for it, and sad for the very same reason. I probably don't make much sense when I say this, but it is true.
I probably won't be signing up for any bingo challenges in 2016.
Here's the list of categories with the books I read for them:
(click on the titles for review)
- Library book: Beszterce Ostroma by Kálmán Mikszáth (a Hungarian Classic)
- A top book of 2015 for you: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
- You heard about the book online: Wonder by R. J. Palacio
- Set in the Southern Hemisphere: Zali Luna: Movie Star by Emma Jamvold
- Published in 2015: Fairest by Marissa Meyer
- Novella: Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
- Setting that you now want to visit: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
- Award winning: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- First in a series: All Fall Down by Ally Carter
- A keeper: This Shattered World by Amy Kaufman
- Author outside your own country: One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin
- Book by author you really like: The Resolution of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
- Free choice: The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
- Published 2000-2013: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
- Outstanding hero or heroine: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (Kestrel)
- Won or borrowed: The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre
- Set in the northern hemisphere: I Was Here by Gayle Forman
- Debut novel by author: Something Real by Heather Demetrios
- Published pre-2000: A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
- Author new to you: For Real by Alison Cherry
- 2nd book or more in a series: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
- Been on your TBR forever: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
- Published in 2014: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
- Type of book you rarely or never read: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- You love the cover: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
So, in the Back to the Classics Challenge (hosted by Books and Chocolate) my goal was to be able to cross out at least 6 from the 12 topics. Let's see that progress.
1. A 19th Century Classic:
5. A Very Long Classic Novel
9. A Forgotten Classic
10. A Nonfiction Classic
11. A Classic Children’s Book
I DID IT!
I was convinced I failed this challenge, but the three novels I read for school helped me to complete it, so yay. :D
My progress is still pretty sad, though - let's admit, reading 7 classics a year is not that awesome.
I'm sad to say that we've arrived to shame-ville, lovelies. The last challenge - the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge - is the one that I failed miserably. Let my list speak -
Crossed: 10 from 26
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Bell Jar, The by Sylvia Plath
Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
Game by Barry Lyga
I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore
Joyride by Anna Banks
Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
Little White Lies by Katie Dale
Madman's Daughter, The by Megan Shepherd
Night We Said Yes, The by Lauren Gibaldi
Program, The by Suzanne Collins
Scorpio Races, The by Maggie Stiefvater
Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon
OnyX by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Young Elites, The by Marie Lu
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
As you could see, I managed to read 10 from the 26 titles, which is quite sad, if you ask me. I guess I could have added books I've actually read to every letter now, but that would have felt like cheating when I'd shared this list with you in the beginning of the year.
Anyhow, I'm not to bummed because I MANAGED TO COMPLETE 5 OF THE 6 CHALLENGES I PARTICIPATED IN!!
Did you participate in any challenges in 2015? Were you able to complete them?
And most importantly, what challenges will you participate in 2016? :)