Reading Challenges

2018 Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

Ah, December. It tends to be the time to reflect while still juggling a whole lot of craziness in terms of social events. I tend to reflect on my year around the last week of the month when things are a bit quieter for me. It’s not too early however to review and take stock of the reading challenges I participated in this year {especially as I’ve already been signing up for 2019 challenges!}.

At the end of 2017, I signed up for four challenges – the Aussie Author Challenge, the Australian Women Writers Challenge, the Goodreads challenge and Erin’s book challenge which actually runs for four months twice a year. I reviewed where I was mid-year and now that it’s December, it’s a good time to see how I have fared.

Aussie Author Challenge 2018

I successfully achieved the Kangaroo level by completing all 12 books for this challenge.

4 female authors:

4 male authors:

4 authors new to me:

2018 Australian Women Writers Challenge

I completed the Australian Women Writers Challenge this year by reading 10 books by women authors and reviewed nine of them.

  • The choke by Sofie Laguna (contemporary fiction)
  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (historical fiction)
  • Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein (YA psychological thriller)
  • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey (crime fiction)
  • Deranged marriage by Sushi Das (memoir)
  • Remind me how this ends by Gabrielle Tozer (YA contemporary fiction)
  • See what I have done by Sarah Schmidt (historical fiction)
  • The lost flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland (contemporary fiction)
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (contemporary fiction)
  • Missing up by Pam Brown (poetry)

Erin’s book challenge 9.0

Unfortunately, I didn’t complete Erin’s challenge this time around as well. But because it’s a fun challenge to do, I really don’t mind. I read 6 of the 10 books.

  • 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

Goodreads Challenge

I had signed up to read 40 books and as of today, I have completed 43 books. This success can be attributed to holidays in India where I consumed seven books! With one more to go to the end of the year, I’m hopeful I can add at least one more book to the tally. You can continue to keep up with me on Goodreads.

I’ve signed up for the same challenges for next year but have been exploring if there is possibly one other challenge I could potentially take up that would involve me going through unread books on my bookshelf.

Stay tuned for a post next week when I share my 2019 reading challenges!

Did you participate in any reading challenges this year? How did you go?

Do share!

***Linking with Jo for the 2018 Aussie Author Challenge and Deb, Min, Leanne, Joanne and others for the Lovin’ Life Linky***

Until next time,

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  • Holly Jahangiri
    19 December 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I never really have participated in reading challenges, not since the library ones when I was in grade school. I normally like the freedom to simply read whatever catches my eye, but the ideas for Corinne’s are intriguing me and I think that I might as well join a challenge to kick-start my reading habit back into high gear. I do have a sizable backlog of books to be finished or read, though, before buying new ones!
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  • Balaka
    20 December 2018 at 4:41 am

    That was a beautiful read. I would like to know more about the Aussie challenge.. is it only about Australian authors? I myself took part only in Goodreads challenge and completed 36 books out of 40. Next year am again taking part in Goodreads challenge.

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      20 December 2018 at 5:43 am

      Hi Balaka, yes the Aussie Author challenge is only about reading Australian authors. I’ll be posting details about the 2019 one next week but if you click on the link for 2018, you’ll still find it on Jo’s site. Good on you for the 36 books!

  • Shalini
    20 December 2018 at 5:31 am

    That’s an impressive number, Sanch. Thanks to you I came to know of Erin’s challenge and I’m participating this year. Fingers crossed, hoping to read some great books in 2019. Happy reading to you too

  • Harini
    20 December 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I had a bad reading year. Just managed to read 25 books. Initial goal was 52. Wanted to try a few challenges but gave up midway. I am hoping that 2019 will be a different story. Your numbers are very impressive. Waiting to see what challenges you will take up in 2019.
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  • Shalzmojo
    21 December 2018 at 3:29 pm

    What gorgeous readathons Sanch- no wonder your list of books is so so stunning! Loving the report on this and kudos on 43 books – I do only the Goodreads challenge and at 50 books a year , I have been failing by 6-8 each year. For me the thing is to push myself to read!!

    Maybe we should do a group readathon for 2019 – I know Soumya, Ramya and Shanaya would be keen too. What say? 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      21 December 2018 at 5:48 pm

      Ooh a readathon would be interesting but how would it work with different time zones?

  • Natasha
    21 December 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Wow Sanch, that is commendable indeed. And I love the unique collections of books that you devoured.

    Happy holidays and a dazzling new 2019!
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  • Anamika Agnihotri
    21 December 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Your choice of books for reading are interesting. Your surpassing the number you fixed up for yourself 43/40 is worth an applause. I think I don’t have it in me yet to go for various reading challenges. The only ones I have been taking up is the Goodreads challenge which is easier given the fact one can fix one’s own number. I think I will do the same for 2019 as well.
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  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    27 December 2018 at 7:31 am

    Wow, that’s a lot of books!! Well done