2017 Reading Challenge Books in Review

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I may not have met my goal of 150 books, but I did read quite a few and I wrote my 300th Indie book review 🙂

I spent $81.61 on kindle books this year

The books I read this year so far:

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2015 Reading Challenge Books in Review

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And the last four books of the year were…

2015 end of year books

I’m currently only reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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I have written over 100 reviews of Indie books this year and read over 200 books total.

I have spent my annual budget for books with a combination of Kindle Unlimited subscription, Patreon support of an author, GoFundMe of a bookstore, Kickstarter support of a book project, kindle downloads, and print books. I have gone to the following events to support authors and pick up new books: Marissa Meyer book signing in Tacoma for the Fairest Release, AFK I Heart Authors in February, an author signing at St. James, Author release party at the AFK, AFK Staycation author event, 2 author releases in North Bend, and a multi-author release party at UW Bellevue bookstore. What book events have you gone to this year?

2015 reading challenge popsugar

I completed 43/50 of the following Reading Challenges

The Challenge 2014 2015
1 A book with more than 500 pages Shift (Silo #2) by Hugh Howey (608) Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
2 A classic romance Wildest Dreams by Stefany Rattles  Shatterd & Scarred (The Sacred Hearts MC, #1) by AJ Downey
3 A book that became a movie The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  The Duff by Kody Keplinger
4 A book published this year Unseen by Stephanie Erickson Mina Cortez: From Bouquets to Bullets by Jeffrey Cook
5 A book with a number in the title 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
6 A book written by someone under 30 Deny the Moon by Melissa Graham  Silent Circle by Cassandra Larsen
7 A book with nonhuman characters Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce Cinder by Marissa Meyer
8 A funny book This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper Yes Please by Amy Pohler
9 A book by a female author The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The Enchanted Forest by Patricia Wrede From the Wreckage by Michele G. Miller
10 A mystery or thriller Cache a Predator by M. Weidenbenner  Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
11 A book with a one-word title Room by Emma Donoghue Cress by Marissa Meyer
12 A book of short stories Free-Flowing Stories by FVP authors  The Fierce Reads Anthology by Anna Banks
13 A book set in a different country The 100-Foot Journey by Richard Morais  Yassa: Genghis Khan’s Coming of Age Taley by Jo Michaels
14 A nonfiction book Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel by Cathy Yardley You Are a Writer So Start Acting Like One by Jeff Goins
15 A popular author’s first book Looking for Alaska by John Green  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
16 A book from an author you love that you hadn’t read yet Silo by Hugh Howy  The Stillness of the Sky by Starla Huchton
17 A book a friend recommended Heart of Africa by Loren Lockner  The Crossing Hour by Quoleena Sbrocca
18 A Pulitzer Prize-winning book X The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
19 A book based on a true story Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean  Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham
20 A book at the bottom of your to-read list I, Robot by Isaac Asimov  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
21 A book your mom loves Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn  X
22 A book that scares you Brave New World by Aldous Huxley The Shining by Stephen King
23 A book more than 100 years old X  X
24 A book based entirely on its cover The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce Food Rules: An Eater’s manual by Michael Pollan
25 A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t NA NA
26 A memoir X  Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
27 A book you can finish in a day If I stay by Gayle Foreman The Encounter by Katherine Applegate
28 A book with antonyms in the title Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
29 A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit X  Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
30 A book that came out the year you were born X  X
31 A book with bad reviews Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
32 A trilogy Maze Runner by James Dashner The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
33 A book from your childhood The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The Enchanted Forest by Patricia Wrede The Visitor by Katherine Applegate
34 A book with a love triangle The Thousand Year Curse (Curse Books, #1) by Taylor Lavati  Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate
35 A book set in the future The Maze Runner by James Dashner  Feed by M.T. Anderson
36 A book set in high school The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello The Duff by Kody Keplinger
37 A book with a color in the title Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
38 A book that made you cry Ghostwriter by Tyan Wyss  Don’t Call Me Kit Kat by K.J. Farnham
39 A book with magic Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Sticks and Sontes by Shawn McGuire
40 A graphic novel X  X
41 A book by an author you’ve never read before Unseen by Stephanie Erickson Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
42 A book you own but hadn’t read before X  The Truth About Mud by Christina L. Rozelle
43 A book that takes place in your hometown The Siren Suicides by Ksenia Anske  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
44 A book that was originally written in a different language X  X
45 A book set during Christmas The French for Christmas by Fiona Valpy  Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
46 A book written by an author with your same initials The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury  Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
47 A play X  X
48 A banned book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley  Speak by Laurie Anderson
49 A book based on or turned into a TV show X Animorphs by Katherine Applegate
50 A book you started but never finished A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess Choke by Chuck Pahlaniuk

The books I read this year so far:

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2015 Reading Challenge Update

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reading to 101

 

I’ve passed the 100 book mark for 2015, but haven’t yet checked off each challenge item. What are the hardest items of the challenge for you to complete?

The Challenge 2014 2015
1 A book with more than 500 pages Shift (Silo #2) by Hugh Howey (608) Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
2 A classic romance Wildest Dreams by Stefany Rattles  Shatterd & Scarred (The Sacred Hearts MC, #1) by AJ Downey
3 A book that became a movie The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  The Duff by Kody Keplinger
4 A book published this year Unseen by Stephanie Erickson Mina Cortez: From Bouquets to Bullets by Jeffrey Cook
5 A book with a number in the title 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
6 A book written by someone under 30 Deny the Moon by Melissa Graham  Silent Circle by Cassandra Larsen
7 A book with nonhuman characters Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce Cinder by Marissa Meyer
8 A funny book This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper Yes Please by Amy Pohler
9 A book by a female author The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The Enchanted Forest by Patricia Wrede From the Wreckage by Michele G. Miller
10 A mystery or thriller Cache a Predator by M. Weidenbenner  Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
11 A book with a one-word title Room by Emma Donoghue Cress by Marissa Meyer
12 A book of short stories Free-Flowing Stories by FVP authors  The Fierce Reads Anthology by Anna Banks
13 A book set in a different country The 100-Foot Journey by Richard Morais  Yassa: Genghis Khan’s Coming of Age Taley by Jo Michaels
14 A nonfiction book Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel by Cathy Yardley You Are a Writer So Start Acting Like One by Jeff Goins
15 A popular author’s first book Looking for Alaska by John Green  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
16 A book from an author you love that you hadn’t read yet Silo by Hugh Howy  The Stillness of the Sky by Starla Huchton
17 A book a friend recommended Heart of Africa by Loren Lockner  The Crossing Hour by Quoleena Sbrocca
18 A Pulitzer Prize-winning book X The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
19 A book based on a true story Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean  Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham
20 A book at the bottom of your to-read list I, Robot by Isaac Asimov  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
21 A book your mom loves Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
22 A book that scares you Brave New World by Aldous Huxley The Shining by Stephen King
23 A book more than 100 years old X
24 A book based entirely on its cover The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce Food Rules: An Eater’s manual by Michael Pollan
25 A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t NA NA
26 A memoir X  Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
27 A book you can finish in a day If I stay by Gayle Foreman The Encounter by Katherine Applegate
28 A book with antonyms in the title Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
29 A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit X  Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
30 A book that came out the year you were born X
31 A book with bad reviews Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
32 A trilogy Maze Runner by James Dashner The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
33 A book from your childhood The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The Enchanted Forest by Patricia Wrede The Visitor by Katherine Applegate
34 A book with a love triangle The Thousand Year Curse (Curse Books, #1) by Taylor Lavati  Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate
35 A book set in the future The Maze Runner by James Dashner  Feed by M.T. Anderson
36 A book set in high school The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello The Duff by Kody Keplinger
37 A book with a color in the title Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
38 A book that made you cry Ghostwriter by Tyan Wyss  Don’t Call Me Kit Kat by K.J. Farnham
39 A book with magic Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Sticks and Sontes by Shawn McGuire
40 A graphic novel X
41 A book by an author you’ve never read before Unseen by Stephanie Erickson Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
42 A book you own but hadn’t read before X  The Truth About Mud by Christina L. Rozelle
43 A book that takes place in your hometown The Siren Suicides by Ksenia Anske  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
44 A book that was originally written in a different language X
45 A book set during Christmas The French for Christmas by Fiona Valpy  Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
46 A book written by an author with your same initials The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury  Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
47 A play X
48 A banned book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley  Speak by Laurie Anderson
49 A book based on or turned into a TV show X Animorphs by Katherine Applegate
50 A book you started but never finished A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess Choke by Chuck Pahlaniuk

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 reading challenge popsugar

The Challenge 2014
1 A book with more than 500 pages Shift (Silo #2) by Hugh Howey (608)
2 A classic romance Wildest Dreams by Stefany Rattles
3 A book that became a movie The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
4 A book published this year Unseen by Stephanie Erickson
5 A book with a number in the title 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
6 A book written by someone under 30 Deny the Moon by Melissa Graham
7 A book with nonhuman characters Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce
8 A funny book This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
9 A book by a female author The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The Enchanted Forest by Patricia Wrede
10 A mystery or thriller Cache a Predator by M. Weidenbenner
11 A book with a one-word title Room by Emma Donoghue
12 A book of short stories Free-Flowing Stories by FVP authors
13 A book set in a different country The 100-Foot Journey by Richard Morais
14 A nonfiction book Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel by Cathy Yardley
15 A popular author’s first book Looking for Alaska by John Green
16 A book from an author you love that you hadn’t read yet Silo by Hugh Howy
17 A book a friend recommended Heart of Africa by Loren Lockner
18 A Pulitzer Prize-winning book X
19 A book based on a true story Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
20 A book at the bottom of your to-read list I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
21 A book your mom loves Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
22 A book that scares you Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
23 A book more than 100 years old X
24 A book based entirely on its cover The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce
25 A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t NA
26 A memoir X
27 A book you can finish in a day If I stay by Gayle Foreman
28 A book with antonyms in the title Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
29 A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit X
30 A book that came out the year you were born X
31 A book with bad reviews Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
32 A trilogy Maze Runner by James Dashner
33 A book from your childhood The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The Enchanted Forest by Patricia Wrede
34 A book with a love triangle The Thousand Year Curse (Curse Books, #1) by Taylor Lavati
35 A book set in the future The Maze Runner by James Dashner
36 A book set in high school The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello
37 A book with a color in the title Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
38 A book that made you cry Ghostwriter by Tyan Wyss
39 A book with magic Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
40 A graphic novel X
41 A book by an author you’ve never read before Unseen by Stephanie Erickson
42 A book you own but hadn’t read before X
43 A book that takes place in your hometown The Siren Suicides by Ksenia Anske
44 A book that was originally written in a different language X
45 A book set during Christmas The French for Christmas by Fiona Valpy
46 A book written by an author with your same initials The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
47 A play X
48 A banned book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
49 A book based on or turned into a TV show X
50 A book you started but never finished A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Merry Christmas Readers!

 

Here is my 2014 Christmas Letter:

Christmas letter 2014

The books I’ve read in 2014 with my star ratings for each. An asterisk indicates a recommended read:

The Kill Order by James Dashner 3/5

A Woman Lost by T.B. Markinson 4/5: to-be-reviewed

The Death Cure by James Dashner 3/5

If I Stay by Gayle Forman 3/5

*Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan 4/5

Caching In by Tracy Krimmer 3/5: to-be-reviewed

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper 4/5

*Scattered Links by M. Weidenbenner 5/5: to-be-reviewed

*Claudia Must Die by T.B. Markinson 5/5: to-be-reviewed

*Ghostwriter by Tyan Wyss 5/5: to-be-reviewed

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner 4/5

Wildest Dreams by Stefany Rattles 3/5

Neuromancer by William Gibson 1/5

Deny the Moon by Melissa A. Graham 3/5

*Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 5/5

Zero Anaphora by Luke Brimblecombe 4/5

The Maze Runner by James Dashner 4/5

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais 4/5

The Genesis Code: Lambda by Robert E. Parkin 3/5

The French for Christmas by Fiano Valpy 2/5

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters 3/5

Deadly Accounts by C.R. Wiley 4/5

Of Mice and Money by Winifred Morris 4/5

Shift by Bill Castengera 4/5: to-be-reviewed

*Confessions from a Coffee Shop 5/5: to-be-reviewed

*The Solitaire Prince by Tyan Wyss 5/5

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James 1/5

The Thousand Year Curse by Taylor Lavati 4/5

*Little Bee by Chris Cleave 5/5

*Irkadura by Ksenia Anske 5/5

Moonlight by David Rose 5/5

*Marionette by T.B. Markinson 5/5

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 3/5

First to Find by Mark Gessner 5/5: to-be-reviewed

Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley 5/5

Landline by Rainbow Rowell 3/5

The Heist by Shaun Jeffrey 4/5: to-be-reviewed

The Cleansing by Danielle Tara Evans 3/5

Coordinates for Murder by Darren Kirby 2/5

*Cache a Predator by M. Weidenbenner 5/5

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean 3/5

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty 4/5

The Time Sphere by A.E. Albert 4/5

Haylee Awakened Seed 4/5

Call off the Search by Natasja Hellenthal 2/5

Roll the Bones by Rob May 5/5

*Return to Mt. Snagra by Tyan Wyss 5/5

*Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion 5/5

Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller 4/5

Intrigue in the House of Wong by Amy Kwei 4/5

Dragon Killer by Rob May 4/5

*Mind Space Book 3 by David Moore 5/5

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell 3/5

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner 3/5

Click Date Repeat by K.J. Farnham 4/5

Siren Suicides #3 by Ksenia Anske 4/5

Siren Suicides #2 by Ksenia Anske 4/5

Siren Suicides #1 by Ksenia Anske 5/5

The Boy Who Fell into the Sky by Chad Spencer 3/5

Defending Jacob by William Landay 2/5

A Concubine for the Family by Amy Kwei 5/5: to-be-reviewed

Silo #2 by Hugh Howey 5/5

*I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 5/5

High Born by Natalia Leigh 4/5

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 2/5

The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello 4/5

*Mind Space Book #2 by David Moore 5/5

We All Fall Down by Michael Harvey 3/5

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov 3/5

*The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 5/5

Stars in the Texas Sky by Stephen J. Matlock 4/5

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde 2/5

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 5/5

*The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello 5/5

Roots Entwine by Victoria Bastedo 5/5

Wonderkid: A Novel by Wesley Stace 4/5

The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin 1/5

Highland Lord by Colleen Faulkner 3/5

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier 5/5

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke 4/5

*Mind Space Book #1 by David Moore 5/5

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman 4/5

A clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 1/5

*Rosehead by Ksenia Anske 5/5

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain 4/5

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 4/5

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 4/5

Dawn of Steam: First Light by Jeffrey Cook 4/5

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green 5/5

Paper Towns by John Green 4/5

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory 4/5

Unicorn Battle Squad by Kirsten Alene 3/5

Sunrise Meets the Star by Victoria Bastedo 4/5

*Room by Emma Donogue 4/5

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick 4/5

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede 4/5

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury 3/5

*The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 5/5

Allegiant by Veronica Roth 4/5

The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce 3/5

*Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 5/5