Saturday, January 2, 2016

Wrap-Up: 2015 Reading Challenges

Well, 2015 wasn't my best reading year. I only finished two of the reading challenges I attempted, though I didn't set a goal for the Around the World challenge so that doesn't really count. I did, however, read a total of 86 books during the year. Not what I was hoping for, but not too shabby nonetheless. Without further ado, here are the final reading challenge results.

Around the World

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 Hosted by All About Books

The challenge here was to read books that take place in countries all over the world. Every time I read a book, I marked its location on the Google map below.




There were also mini challenges to complete, some of which were very difficult, meaning I didn't get to them all. But they were fun anyway.
  • Read one book for each continent (North America, Africa, Asia, South America, Australasia, Antarctica, Europe)
  • Read one book for each state in the US (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
  • Read one book for each ocean (the character travels across the ocean, no matter how) (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Southern Ocean)
  • The mountaineering challenge: climb the Seven Summits (Mount Everest, Aconcagua, Mount McKinley, Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, Mount Vinson, Mount Kosciuszko)
  • Three Poles Challenge: visit North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest
  • Visit a certain number of extreme points of Earth (North Pole, South Pole, Mount Everest, Challenger Deep, Lake Titicaca, Auckland)
  • Read a certain number of books set in capital cities (The Funeral Oration of Pericles, The Crito, The Aeneid, Confessions, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Cinder, Glitches, Scarlet, Cress, The Red Pyramid, All's Well That Ends Well, Out of Sight, Out of Time, The Renaissance, Only the Good Spy Young, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, The Conspiracy of Us, The New Concise History of the Crusades)
  • Read a certain number of books set in at least 5 different places (e.g. road trip books) (13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Red Pyramid, The New Concise History of the Crusades, The Renaissance, I Am Malala)
  • Read a certain number of books that are set in two places from different continents (Scarlet, Glitches, Confessions, Cress, The Red Pyramid, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I Am Malala, A New Concise History of the Crusades, Out of Sight, Out of Time, The Conspiracy of Us)
  • Read a certain number of books within a 60 Mile radius of where you live
  • Visit a certain number of the most famous landmarks in the world (Giza Pyramid and Great Sphinx, Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat, Acropolis, Colosseum, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Empire State Building, Forbidden City, Sydney Opera House, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Brandenburg Gate, Luxor, Chichen Itza, Hagia Sophia, St. Peter's Basilica, the Kremlin, the White House, Versailles, Schönbrunn Palace, Mount Fuji, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Vesuvius, Mt. Olympus, Ayers Rock, Mount Ararat)
  • A to Z challenge: Find a place for each letter in the alphabet (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z)
  • Visit a certain number of countries. (Greece, the USA, Turkey, Italy, China, France, Tunisia, Mexico, the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Egypt, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Israel, Syria, Cyprus, Turkey, Tunisia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Pakistan)
  • Read books from authors from a certain number of different countries. (the USA, Greece, Italy, Algeria, England)
  • Read a certain number of books set in places you’ve visited yourself. (The Aeneid, Confessions, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Red Pyramid, Chains, All's Well That Ends Well, A New Concise History of the Crusades, The Conspiracy of Us, The Renaissance, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Everything, Everything, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Out of Sight, Out of Time, The Conspiracy of Us, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy)
Result: Completed

Debut Author Challenge

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I liked this challenge because it helped support up-and-coming authors! The goal was to read twelve (or any other number) debut books by new authors. There were some rules and other fun ways to participate, such as entering SWAG giveaways.

(The Honest Truth, Red Queen, Under a Painted Sky, Everything, Everything, The Conspiracy of Us, Made You Up)

Result: Incomplete 

Goodreads Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge

 Hosted by Goodreads

This challenge was as simple as can be, and Goodreads hosts this every year. All it requires is a commitment to read a certain number of books during the year, and then you go out and read them! The nice thing is that Goodreads provides a widget to keep track of the books you've read and how many books you should have read by the current date to be on track.

(The Phantom Tollbooth, The Funeral Oration of Pericles, Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Knife-Throwing Scene, The World of Divergent: The Path to Allegiant, Oedipus Rex, Fragments, Etiquette & Espionage, Parmenides of Elea, Enuma Elish, The Testing, Antigone, The Odyssey, The Crito, Fashioned by Faith, Independent Study, Vocabulary From Classical Roots - C, The Aeneid, Cinder, Glitches, The Book With No Pictures, Graduation Day, The Iliad, Faith on the Edge, The Queen's Army, Scarlet, Theogony, The Athanasian Creed, The Apostle's Creed, Recognizing Idolatry, Confessions, The Promise and the Blessing, Cress, Esperanza Rising, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion, Uglies, Beowulf, The Red Pyramid, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Analogies 3: Problem Solving Strategies, Wordly Wise 3000 Grade 10 Student Book - 2nd Edition, Vocabulary from Classical Roots - D, Chains, All's Well That Ends Well, Blogging for Teens, The Honest Truth, Red Queen, Dating With Integrity, Under a Painted Sky, Chew On This, Food Rules, French Women Don't Get Fat, In Defense of Food, Mindless Eating, Easy Homeopathy, The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, Body & Soul, Lyrical Life Science, Vol. 3: The Human Body, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Total Nutrition, Improve Your Survival Skills, Babies, Facing the Facts, Your Food is Fooling You, You: The Owner's Manual for Teens, PUSH: Persevere Until Success Happens Through Prayer, The New Concise History of the Crusades, Inferno, Boundaries in Dating, Utopia, I Am Malala, You're Never Weird on the Internet, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Only the Good Spy Young, Out of Sight, Out of Time, United We Spy, The Testing Guide, On Christian Liberty, A Gallagher Wedding, Macbeth, The Renaissance, Everything, Everything, The Conspiracy of Us, Made You Up

Result: Incomplete

"Real" Book Challenge

http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com/real-book-challenge


I liked this challenge too because it sough to promote reading real, physical copies of books instead of e-books. I have no problem with e-books, and I read them once in a while myself, but the experience is entirely different from reading a physical book. Something about the smell of the book and the feel of the pages and the weight of it all is so satisfying and fulfilling. Because I have this feeling, I thought, why not, I should take on this challenge.

There were different levels you could try and attain based on how many books you completed, as well as giveaways to enter. I went for the top level--Real Book Queen. This required that I read 50 or more physical books, which was completely doable.


(The Phantom Tollbooth, Etiquette & Espionage, The Testing, The Odyssey, Fashioned by Faith, Vocabulary From Classical Roots - C, The Aeneid, Cinder, Glitches, The Book With No Pictures, The Iliad, Faith on the Edge, The Queen's Army, Scarlet, Confessions, The Promise and the Blessing, Cress, Esperanza Rising, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion, Uglies, Beowulf, The Red Pyramid, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Analogies 3: Problem Solving Strategies, Wordly Wise 3000 Grade 10 Student Book - 2nd Edition, Vocabulary from Classical Roots - D, Chains, All's Well That Ends Well, Blogging for Teens, The Honest Truth, Red Queen, Dating With Integrity, Under a Painted Sky, Chew On This, Food Rules, French Women Don't Get Fat, In Defense of Food, Mindless Eating, Easy Homeopathy, The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, Body & Soul, Lyrical Life Science, Vol. 3: The Human Body, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Total Nutrition, Improve Your Survival Skills, Babies, Facing the Facts, Your Food is Fooling You, You: The Owner's Manual for Teens, The New Concise History of the Crusades, Inferno, Boundaries in Dating, Utopia, I Am Malala, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Only the Good Spy Young, Out of Sight, Out of Time, United We Spy, On Christian Liberty, Macbeth, Everything, Everything, The Renaissance, Made You Up, The Conspiracy of Us)

Result: Completed

That's all for 2015! Next year I am planning to be more diligent and consistent in my reading habits. Check out my 2016 reading challenges here.

Happy reading!

Sarah 

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