I got too lazy to continue posting progress reports each month.  It happens.  So now that I'm in the mood for it, I'll post a somewhat update of my reading progress so far this year.  And yes, I'm very OCD about lists and keeping track of what books I've been reading.  It's a madness, really...





Anyway, as far as progress goes:



Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge -- My List

BookLikes 2014 Reading Challenge -- My List

Goal: 100 books

Progress:  96/100

See full list on my book shelf under 2014 Reading Challenge.


It's only a little over halfway through 2014 and I'm closing in on my general Reading Challenge goal.  Of course, I need to account for the number of manga and short novella's I've always included into the list, but that can be easily remedied by reading more books, of course!


I'm sure I'll have to bump my goal up after I officially reach 100 books, considering I haven't counted all of my books into other Reading Challenges (see below), which will require my general challenge to be bumped up to at least ~115 to 120 books.


I might still be reeling about that number because it seems so high, but I DO still have six months (including this month) left to read another 20 to 30 books if applicable.


We'll see how things end up.  I've no doubt I'll be at 100 books before July is over.  After all, I have seven library books lined up to be finished and returned by the time August rolls around.






100 Books in a Year hosted by Book Chick City

Progress:  81/100

See full list on my book shelf under 2014 100 Books in a Year Challenge.



2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen

Getting my heart rate up -- Read 1 - 5 more books -- This one

Out of breath -- Read 6 - 10 more books

Breaking a sweat -- Read 11 - 15 more books

I'm on fire! -- Read 16+ more books 

Goal:  Read 1 to 5 more books

(Last year's total: 101  -- Means I need to read 102 to 106 books)

Progress:  81/102 

See full list on my book shelf under 2014 Outdo Yourself Challenge.



The above two challenges (100 Books in a Year and Outdo Yourself Challenge) are an extension of my general Reading Challenge.  Due to the fact that I haven't counted all of the books I've read into these two challenges, my goal is actually a lot higher than 100.  See above explanations.


Anyway, crossing my fingers that I don't suddenly lose my steam and stop reading steadily.  My pattern seems to be the same:  Few books read at the beginning of the year, more and more books read towards the middle of the year, number of books tapers off to an average of 1 to 5 books per month by the time the time October rolls around.


I wonder if I'll hold strong or if the same patter will come about.





2014 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader

Goal:  See Ani's 2014 TBR Pile Challenge -- includes full list of books in this challenge

Progress:  5/12

See also: 2014 TBR Pile Challenge (RBR) on my book shelf



I have made no progress on this particular reading list since May, I believe.  It makes me wonder if I should have chosen books I'd have had a better chance of wanting to read, though the whole point is to read the books you haven't been motivated to read that you've been wanting to read... right?  Unfortunately, there are at least 2 books on this list right now that I have no desire to actually read... which means that I'll have to use my alternatives.  And even THAT thought is kind of iffy.


This challenge may end up being incomplete this year.  And next year I'll really have to choose my books wisely.





2014 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by The Bookish Team


1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - First Kiss
31-40 - Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 - Could this be love?
50+ - Married With Children


Goal:  Sweet Summer Fling (31 to 40 books) --  COMPLETED May 5, 2014

Next Goal:  Married With Children (50+ books) -- COMPLETED June 2, 2014

Progress:  75/50

See full list on my bookshelf under 2014 TBR Pile Challenge (Bookish).




This challenge is complete.  The goals looked overwhelming at first, but really, since my general goal was 100 books anyway, it's not like I wouldn't have been able to finish it.  So there you are!






2014 Series Challenge hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat.


Ani's 2014 Series Challenge post -- includes full list of books read for this challenge.


Bronze Badge:  1 - 3 Series

Silver Badge:  4 - 6 Series

Gold Badge:  7 - 11 Series

Platinum Badge:  12 or more Series



Goal:  Gold Badge (7 to 11 series) -- CHALLENGE COMPLETED --

6/3/2014 -- 11th series finished --> Black CATs by Leslie A. Kelly



Updated Goal: Platinum Badge (12 or more Series) -- CHALLENGE COMPLETED -- 6/6/2014 -- 12th series finished --> Mindhunters by Kylie Brant



Latest update:  12 or more COMPLETED series -- CHALLENGE COMPLETED -- 6/14/2014 -- 12th COMPLETED series finished --> Gamble Brothers by J. Lynn



Latest update: Previously stated personal goal officially completed.

New Goal:  Read 12 or more completed series (first book to last)


Progress:  18 series completed/caught up with for 2014.

See 2014 Series Challenge on my bookshelf for a list of books completed for this challenge.



I just recently updated a progress report for this challenge.  See this post for details.




2014 1st In A Series Challenge

2014 1st In A Series Challenge hosted by Darlene's Book Nook


Ani's 2014 1st In A Series post -- includes full list of books read for this challenge.


There are four levels for the challenge:
a. Series Novice: Read 5 books that are first in a series.
b. Series Lover: Read 10 books that are first in a series.
c. Series Expert: Read 20 books that are first in a series.
d. Series Fanatic: Read 30 books that are first in a series.
My Goal: Series Fanatic -- 30 1sts -- CHALLENGE COMPLETED -- 7/17/2014
Completed:  30/30




2014 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge

2014 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen

The Goal is to read 10 Romantic Suspense Novels.

Completed:  34/10

See also: 2014 Romantic Suspense Challenge Shelf


Ani's 2014 Romantic Suspense Challenge post -- includes list of books read for this challenge.


CHALLENGE COMPLETED!  As of May 9, 2014, I've finished reading 10 Romantic Suspense novels!


6/3/2014 -- Completed 20 Romantic Suspense novels.  See shelf for list of titles.

6/29/2014 -- Completed 30 Romantic Suspense novels. See shelf for list of titles.




I Love Library Books 2014 Reading Challenge hosted by Book Dragon's Lair


Ani's I Love Library Books 2014 Challenge post -- includes full list of books read for this challenge.



  • board book - 3
  • picture book - 6
  • early reader - 9
  • chapter book - 12
  • middle grades - 18
  • Young adult - 24
  • adult - 36
  • just insert IV - 50


My Goal:  just insert IV - 50

Completed: 42/50

See Also: 2014 Library Books Challenge shelf





So there we have a cumulative update of all the challenges I'm participating in this year.  Four challenges are officially completed (Series Challenge, 1st in a Series Challenge, Romantic Suspense Challenge, and Bookish's TBR Pile Challenge).  


I only need to read 8 more library books to finish the I Love Library Books Challenge, which won't be hard--I've currently got 5 books checked out from the library to be read.  It'll only be a matter of checking out 3 more and there are so many I want to check out right now it's not even funny.  After all, I'm still in the middle of one pile before I can start a new pile.  /sigh


Man... there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the world...