Reading Challenges

2018 Reading Challenges: Mid-year review

In 2017, I reviewed my reading challenge progress six months into the year and it was a good thing to do. So this year, I figured I might as well repeat the same. Moreover, like last year, there’s a new challenge to add for the latter half of the year. But first, a check-in on where I’m at with my reading in 2018.

Erin’s Book Challenge 8.0

Erin’s challenge ran from January to April and I didn’t do too well at it. I only read 6 out of the 10 books and scored only 95 points. It was still fun to participate in. I didn’t review most of the books by you can see my progress below:

  • Freebie i.e. any book with 200 pages (5 points) – The Choke by Sofie Laguna
  • Book that starts with the letter L (10 points) – Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Book with a (mostly) red cover (10 points) – Deranged marriage by Sushi Das
  • Book with a character’s name in the title (15 points) – Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
  • Book from Book Riot’s 100 must-read books with plot twists (20 points) – Before I go to sleep by S J Watson
  • Book with ‘house’ or ‘home’ in the title (20 points) – The housekeeper and the professor by Yoko Ogawa
  • Book with an author whose first and last name have the same letter (25 points) – Braving the wilderness by Brené Brown
  • Book originally in a different language (30 points) – My brilliant friend by Elena Ferrante
  • Book where most action takes place on transportation (30 points) – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • Book where the character has a debilitating physical illness (35 points) – Left neglected by Lisa Genova

Aussie Author Challenge 2018

I’ve been doing a lot better with the Aussie Author challenge this year even though I haven’t reviewed all the books I’ve read so far. I’ve completed 8 books and reviewed six of those. They will be coming up soon {hopefully in the next week!}. Here’s my progress so far:

4 female authors:

4 male authors:

  • Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton (fiction)
  • The good life by Hugh Mackay (nonfiction)
  • Breath by Tim Winton (fiction) – review to come shortly
  • The fall by Tristan Bancks (thriller/YA)

4 authors new to me:

2018 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge

Most of the books in this overlap those in the Aussie Author Challenge. My progress so far is 6 out of 10 books:

  • The Choke by Sofie Laguna (contemporary fiction)
  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (historical fiction)
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (historical fiction)
  • Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein (Thriller/YA)
  • Deranged marriage by Sushi Das (memoir)
  • The lost flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland (contemporary fiction)
  • Remind me how this ends by Gabrielle Tozer (contemporary fiction/YA)
  • See what I have done by Sarah Schmidt (historical fiction
  • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey (crime fiction)
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (contemporary fiction)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal for this year was 40 and so far, I have finished 19 books. It’s a lot better than last year as I’m 48 per cent done halfway through the year.

Now, it’s time for the new challenge. I wasn’t going to participate but then, just earlier today, I got sucked in. It’s Erin’s book challenge for the second-half of the year.

Erin’s Book Challenge 9.0

  • Freebie (5 points): Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Book that starts with the letter N (10 points): Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  • Book with a mostly orange cover (10 points): Girl in pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  • Book with an unlikeable character (15 points): Fates and furies by Lauren Groff
  • Book from PBS’ list of ‘the great American read’ (20 points): The colour purple by Alice Walker
  • Book with something related to water in the title (20 points): The Dark lake by Sarah Bailey 
  • Book on your to-be-read list for a while (25 points): This house of grief by Helen Garner
  • Book with an emotion word in the title (30 points): The course of love by Alain de Botton
  • Book where each letter in the title begins with the same letter (30 points): Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein
  • Book featuring a character that shares your profession (35 points): The Good Psychologist by Noam Shpancer

It looks like in spite of the busy life, the writing and the craziness at work, I’ve been managing to get through my reading. Hopefully, it can continue for the rest of this year.

Did you set yourself any reading challenges or goals for 2018? 

How are you going so far?

Until next time,

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  • Leo
    20 June 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Well, I’ve done OK with my reading targets so far this year too. 🙂 I have this OCD that I have to review every book I read on my book blog. But that kind of gets in the way of reading. For the last few weeks, I’ve tried to read and not worry about reviewing on blog. Though it still has a voice in the back of my head going, “You’ve not reviewed. You’ve not reviewed…..” 😛

    I’m excited for BCBE 9.0 and am glad you’re joining in too. 🙂 If it pushes you to read 5 books you wouldn’t have otherwise, It’s good, no? 😉 Instead of Animal Farm, you can try the Steve Waugh non-fiction which you’ve marked for the other challenge no? Two challenges with one book. 😛

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      20 June 2018 at 4:55 pm

      The reason for the freebie choice is that we’re doing it for my book club in July so I will be reading it anyway. Oh and I definitely couldn’t review all the books I read! That’s way too many book reviews. I’m struggling to keep up with the few as it is.

  • Shilpa Gupte
    20 June 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I tried the reading challenge on Goodreads, but haven’t been able to keep up with it. I set myself up for at least two books per month, but Life gets in the way, and the books get forgotten! SO, I decided to just go with the flow and read as and when I can.
    But, you, Sanch, I must say, are an impressive lady! The number of books you managed to read, in spite of all things getting in your way…I must say, way to go! Do read these fabulous books and share their reviews with us. I know I need good books to pick up on my next visit to the book shop. 🙂
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  • Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan
    21 June 2018 at 12:15 am

    I havent set myself any goals for 2018 but I’ve done a lot of reading thanks to Kindle on mobile. Lots of new authors, many genres and even a return back to Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse. Still, definitely don’t know if I can compete with your goal of 48

  • Shalini
    21 June 2018 at 2:05 am

    That’s amazing, Sanch. My reading challenges have all gone for a toss. However, I’m reading more books when compared to last year. I always look forward to your reading recommendations and can’t wait to read your reviews. Good luck.
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  • Soumya
    21 June 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Oh man, you plan these so well! I only do the Goodreads challenge and yet I find it exhausting at times. Thankfully, reading has been good for me this year and I am like 6 or 7 books ahead on my challenge.

    Good luck for the rest of the year in terms of reading and everything else.
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  • Modern Gypsy
    21 June 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I had set myself a goal to read 2 books a month. I didn’t meet that goal in February and April, but I read 3 in January. So I’d say it’s going pretty well so far! 🙂
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  • Simon Falk
    25 June 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Tim Winton is one of my fav Aussie authors. ‘Cloudstreet’ is another great read by him. As for Hugh Mackay, I’m currently reading his ‘Australia Reimagined’.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      25 June 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Cloudstreet was one of the first Winton books I’d read…really enjoyed it. He does have a different style of writing though but is also very poetic!