Before I get too deep into this year’s reading and start some new reading challenges, I want to see how I did on last year’s challenges.
Rereading Challenge – I finished rereading the Uplift series and definitely enjoyed myself. I think I’ll revisit another series this year.
New Books Challenge – I only got 6 out of the ten books I wanted to read. What I didn’t foresee was how difficult it would be to find new books in the beginning of the year. It really wasn’t until June that I started seeing books published in 2016 show up in my library. To make it more reasonable, I should have said books published in the past two years. If I include the books published in 2015, that adds another 11 books to the challenge. Apparently, I had no problem reading recently published books this past year.
Reading the Alphabet Challenge: My last book of the year finished the challenge! It’s very satisfying to have read the alphabet in both title and author names.
Maybe 100 This Year Challenge – This was finally the year I made 100! It helps when I include books that I listen to as well as books that I read.
If I consider a revision to the New Books Challenge, I finished all of my reading challenges this year. That has got to be a first!
ETA: this is the first year I’ve used Goodreads, and I didn’t realize they do an end of the year summary. I want to remember these numbers (and I’m not sure I’ll be able to find the page later). If you include all the graphic novels I read (which I don’t usually count toward my book total), I read 39,930 pages last year, which I have to say impresses me. My shortest book was Welcome to the Tribe and my longest book was A Dance With Dragons.
It’s my last book of 2016, but it finishes my alphabet challenge! I needed an O author to finish my alphabet challenge. This looked interesting and different from what I’ve been reading lately.
Length: 340 pages
Setting: Coventry, CA, present day Continue reading
I originally saw this book on a GeekDad Stack Overflow post at the end of last year. I was perusing the library stacks, looking for an N authored book I wanted to read (last names starting in N are surprisingly uncommon) and came across this one.
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 317 pages
Setting: a rural town, present day Continue reading
I’ve seen this book recommended as a good math read aloud by Thomas Jefferson Education homeschoolers. I was intrigued by the thought of a math read aloud and got the book.
Subtitle: A Mathematical Adventure
Published: 1997 in Germany, 1998 in English translation
Genre: 253 pages of story, 262 pages total
Setting: the dreams of a young boy Continue reading
I’m trying my hardest to finish up my Alphabet Reading Challenge. In this case, I was looking for a book title starting with V (finding titles starting with a specific letter requires wandering the library and just scanning titles until something catches my eye. Turns out I already had a V title that I hadn’t recorded so I didn’t need to read this one). Haven’t read any British historical fiction in a while, so this looked interesting and different.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 438 pages
Setting: England, 1557-1560 Continue reading
After giving up on The Name of the Rose, I had no library books in the house to read. So, I turned to my Kindle and found an E-authored book to read! This was provided free by Tor as part of a monthly book club.
Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 666 pages
Setting: various locations within the Malazan Empire Continue reading
This is a classic kid’s book. We’ve got the second book in the series on the shelf, which I kept wanting to read. Better read the first in the series before the second. It was a nice change of pace from our last read aloud, The Last Unicorn.
Genre: middle grade survival fiction
Length: 170 pages
Setting: northern Alaska, 1960s Continue reading