I may have over-commited myself when planning my 2014 reading challenges!
I very nearly threw my hands up in despair last week when I started spotting 2015 challenges. I was adamant - NO! Not again.
But then I spotted Behold the Stars British Reading Challenge & Adam's TBR Challenge...and I started wondering....
Did I really do so badly with my 2014 challenges?
And even if I did, does it matter?
Thanks to all those challenges I met some fabulous new bloggers & read lots of great reviews for books I'd like to read one day.
Only one way to find....
My ability to keep my challenge page up to date & link appropriate reviews fell down about August. But with a bit of double-checking and cross-referencing I discovered...
Eclectic Reader Challenge - not as eclectic as I thought I was.
The bulk of my reading in 2014 was either 'award-winning', 'cosy-crime' or 'published this year'. I only read some Gothic books thanks to the Angela Carter Reading Week in June.
Around the World Challenge - success!
I planned to read 4 countries, but managed to read 8 (Australia, England, USA, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, France, India - & half a Russian!) Which makes me a 'casual tourist'.
Adam's TBR Challenge - I only read 4 of my nominated TBR list, although I actually read somewhere between 12-15 books from off my TBR pile anyway!
What's in a Name? Of the 5 categories I only fulfilled one. Although I fulfilled that one, over and over and over again! Who knew that I enjoyed reading books with people's first names in them so much?
Back to the Classics - of the 6 categories - I read more than one book from 5 of them. Even though I read a few war books this year, they were not classics alas.
History Reading Challenge - thanks to Aus-Reading Month & Non-Fiction November I finally finished a book on the Eureka Stockade to fulfill one read in this challenge.
Chunkster Reading Challenge - I read at least 4 chunksters this year - yay me!
Michael's Literary Exploration Challenge - I failed miserably at maintaining a goodreads page, but I did read out of 23 of the 36 categories in the Insane Challenge.
New Year's Resolution Reading Challenge - X
Books on France - big tick - at least 7 books completed.
Foodies Challenge - one book completed - review still to come.
Colour Coded Reading Challenge - 2 books
The Classics Club - 11 more books ticked off my list.
I read classics, I read contemporary. I read historical fiction & non-fiction. I read translations and love books set in other countries. I love joining in readalongs & reading weeks. I read a LOT of Australian books.
So I guess that means I'm in!
In for another year of reading challenges, readalongs and reading weeks - although tailored towards my preferred reading genres and styles.
Behold the Stars: Reading England Challenge
Cambridgeshire - Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf (20th century)
Cheshire - Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Cornwall - Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (reread) & Basil by Wilkie Collins (person's name)
Cumbra - Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (woman author)
Derbyshire - Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
Devon - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (novella)
Gloucestershire - Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee (non-fiction)
Hampshire - Watership Down by Richard Adams (reread) (children's)
Kent - Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens & Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon
Lancashire - Mary Barton (19th century) and North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell (chunkster)
London - Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, The Diary of a Nobody by George & Wheedon Grossmith (humorous), Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, Night and Day by Virginia Woolf & The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
All of these books are currently (languishing) on my shelves (or in the piles hidden behind my bedroom mirror!) Most of them are also on my Classics Club list.
The list (currently) consists of 16 books which means that I can also officially join in Adam's TBR Pile Challenge of 12 books from my TBR pile.
Karen's Back to the Classics is also (mostly) covered by the books above (notes in blue).
For the rest - a forgotten classic is Stoner by John Williams, a translation is The Dream by Emile Zola & a play is Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler (Australian).
On my left sidebar Plethora of Books has not only conceived a project after my own heart, but she has also designed the most exquisite badge ever.
I re-read at least one Austen every year, so it will be a pleasure to join in as time permits with this one.
Lois at You, Me and a Cup of Tea is also hosting a Birthday Reading Challenge. The idea is simply to read a book by an author who has a birthday during each month. Each month she will post a list of possible authors and a review link for that month. Could be fun.
I also plan to join the Australian Women Writers Challenge when they post their 2015 sign up as my reading & reviewing this year proved to be predominately Australian women writers.
Are you joining in any reading challenges in 2015?