2019 Reading Challenge: Series


In 2019, here are the series I’m hoping to start, including the ones from previous years that I haven’t started or missed out on:

The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

The Menagerie Series by Rachel Vincent

The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

Slow Burn Series by J.T. Geissinger Continue reading

Reading Challenge: Series

There are also some series I’m following or hoping to start, so I hope I get to read some of them this year:

Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas – next up is Book #3

Industrial Magic series by Emma Newman – next up is Book #3

Disenchanted series by Susan Carroll – next up is Book #2 Charmless

No Holds Barred series by Sienna Matthews and Madison Blake – next up is Book #4 Continue reading

Looking Back on 2018

Following the tradition in 2015, doing an End of Year post in January instead, so that it’ll include EVERYTHING, up to what happened on Dec 31, 2018. I also thought it’d be good to have a comparison over the years of reading. I’m not good with charts, so it’ll have to be a summary.


Total Books Read: 130 (Novella: 43)
Reviews Written: 76


Total Books Read: 104 (Novella: 33)
Reviews Written: 73


Total Books Read: 81 (Novella: 19)
Reviews Written: 54


Total Books Read: 161 (Novella: 58)
Reviews Written: 100 (yes!)
Genres most read: (at a glance) Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, YA and Fantasy


Total Books Read: 131 (Novella: 40 )
Reviews Written: 83
Genres most read: (at a glance) Contemporary Romance, YA


Total Books Read: 127 (Novella: 46)
Reviews Written: 100
Genres most read: (at a glance) Contemporary Romance, YA, Historical Romance


Total Books Read: 69 (Novella: 27)
Reviews Written: 59
Genres most read: (at a glance) Contemporary Romance, YA, and to a lesser degree, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance and Historical Romance

I actually revised my excel spreadsheet so I can do a better job of reporting on the genres. However, I’ve no time to do a chart!! Someone give me some tips on how to do it? Maybe some short cuts??

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2018 Goals

Now that we’re in 2018, it’s a new year, new everything! Let’s forget about the things in 2017 and just forge on in this new beginning!

For 2018, still have the same goal (reading challenge) – 100 books read and reviewed at a minimum. To make it different from the previous years, I’ll list them down here and the links where I’ve reviewed them, if I don’t paste the reviews here as well.

Can’t wait to get started!

Reading Challenge: 100 Books A Year

This year, I’ll be doing only this challenge, as I foresee my time taken up with lots of projects, the foremost of which I’m determined about setting time aside to write! After being wholly unsuccessful about this endeavor in the past two years due to myriad activities, I’m determined to make some progress writing. I have an idea about a YA contemporary series, and I’ll disclose more once there’s more. 🙂

However, this challenge is two-fold:

  1. Read at least 100 books a year.
  2. Review at least 100 books a year.

Plus, continue the 2015 Read Wider Challenge.

That’s it! Plain and simple.

Updates for the 2016 100 Books A Year will be done on this page. Good luck with all your reading challenges!

Reaching the Goal?

I think I’m set to reach my goal of reading 100 books (novels) a year. I’m now at 93. I think if I reach it, I should see about adding a 10% increase for next year’s goal. LOL

That said, nearing the end of this year, I was thinking wouldn’t it be great if I could also write 100 reviews? haha No pressure there, self. Anyway, I’m now at 88. Let’s see if I can churn out 12 more by the end of the year. It’s my first time to do this goal, so if I make it, I think I’ll still keep it at 100 next year.

For the other challenges that I’ve joined at the beginning of the year, sadly, it takes too much time to update, so I’ve abandoned it partway, and I’ll be more careful about signing up challenges for next year instead of going “Oooh, shiny! I want!”

Well, now ongoing is this Review Challenge at Reading Alley. It’s a three-month thing, so easier to complete and keep track of. I’m still short, but hopefully will be able to complete it by end of the year, too.

Cleaning Up & Joining Reading Alley’s Review Challenge

I think I bit off more than I can chew with regards to the challenges I joined. So, I’ve decided to drop all challenges except for the 100 Books A Year and the Read Wider Challenge. Next year, I’ll be more circumspect instead of looking at each challenge as “Oooh, shiny! I want!”

That said, I’ve registered for Reading Alley’s Year-End Review Challenge. Why?

  1. They provide the stats of what books I’ve read and reviewed, so I know how many I still need to review to meet the goal. (That really helps for busy people! And yes, I’m just lazy that way.)
  2. Goal is achievable. Especially for busy people like me. ‘Nuff said.
  3. Rewards! I know I’m too old for this, I mean, I should do some things not because I’m being rewarded but because it’s the right thing to do, but… yeah, rewards are good. It says, “people appreciate what I’m doing”.

So, join me at Reading Alley’s Year-End Review Challenge! If you’re not a member at Reading Alley yet, why not?

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