2016 Reading Challenges: Second Trimester Update

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Hello! As I had said at the beginning of the year, I’m doing 2 reading challenges: the Goodreads Reading Challenge, where I’m aiming for 75 books  and the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I’ll do a quick update here on the state of both challenges.


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Originally I had set the goal of 75 books, and by April I was nearing the goal, being several books ahead of schedule. So then I decided to up my challenge to 125 books, and I’ll probably have to up it again, because I’ almost done with it.  So guys, what should I change my challenge to?

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What should I change my challenge to? 150? 175?


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So far I’ve completed 20 of the 40 categories of this challenge – I’m halfway through!!!!

1. A book based on a fairy tale

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2. A National Book Award winner

3. A YA bestseller

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4. A book you haven’t read since high school

5. A book set in your home state

theHighMountains

6. A book translated to English

7. A romance set in the future

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8. A book set in Europe

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9. A book that’s under 150 pages

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10. A New York Times bestseller

carryon

11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year

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12. A book recommended by someone you just met

thisisfalling

13. A self-improvement book

14. A book you can finish in a day

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15. A book written by a celebrity

16. A political memoir

17. A book at least 100 years older than you

18. A book that’s more than 600 pages

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19. A book from Oprah’ Book Club

20. A science-fiction novel

21. A book recommended by a family member

22. A graphic novel

23. A book that is published in 2016

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24.A book with a protagonist who has your occupation

25. A book that takes place during summer

anyothergirl

26. A book and its prequel

brokendreams

27. A murder mystery

scandal

28. A book written by a comedian

29. A dystopian novel

30. A book with a blue cover

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31. A book of poetry

32. The first book you see in a bookstore

33. A classic from the 20thcentury

34. A book from the library

35. An autobiography

36. A book about a road trip

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37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with

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38. A satirical book

39. A book that takes place on an island

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40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

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2016 Reading Challenges: First Trimester Update

readingchallenges

Hello! As I had said at the beginning of the year, I’m doing 2 reading challenges: the Goodreads Reading Challenge, where I’m aiming for 75 books  and the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I’ll do a quick update here on the state of both challenges.


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Starting with the easier one here… so I set myself the goal of 75 books back in January, GR_2016and now I’m kind of thinking that I might have to change that. See, It’s the beginning of April, and I’m 43 books ahead of schedule and I’m 83% done with my challenge. So I’m guessing that I should up this challenge soon, because I’ll probably be done this month or in May.


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So far I’ve completed 16 of the 40 categories of this challenge, so I think I’ve been doing good 🙂 . Of course that now the ones left are the hardest, but I won’t think of that.

1. A book based on a fairy tale

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2. A National Book Award winner

3. A YA bestseller

annaandthefrenchkiss

4. A book you haven’t read since high school

5. A book set in your home state

theHighMountains

6. A book translated to English

7. A romance set in the future

illuminae

8. A book set in Europe

spanishlessons

9. A book that’s under 150 pages

sinkorswim

10. A New York Times bestseller

carryon

11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year

12. A book recommended by someone you just met

13. A self-improvement book

14. A book you can finish in a day

thegirlfriendrequest

15. A book written by a celebrity

16. A political memoir

17. A book at least 100 years older than you

18. A book that’s more than 600 pages

19. A book from Oprah’ Book Club

20. A science-fiction novel

21. A book recommended by a family member

22. A graphic novel

23. A book that is published in 2016

myperfectmistake

24.A book with a protagonist who has your occupation

25. A book that takes place during summer

anyothergirl

26. A book and its prequel

brokendreams

27. A murder mystery

scandal

28. A book written by a comedian

29. A dystopian novel

30. A book with a blue cover

thetotalpackage

31. A book of poetry

32. The first book you see in a bookstore

33. A classic from the 20thcentury

34. A book from the library

35. An autobiography

36. A book about a road trip

chasingcrazy

37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with

38. A satirical book

39. A book that takes place on an island

extreme

40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

simonvs

PopSugar: 50 Signs You’re Addicted to Reading

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Yesterday I came across this amazing list on PopSugar, 50 Signs You’re Addicted to Reading, and wow, it matches! So I thought I would share it with you. The original link is above and none of the images belong to me.

1. You find yourself dropping character names into everyday conversation as if they’re your friends. – I’ sorry, aren’t they?!

2. You regularly say no to social engagements to read. – Hmmm, yep, true!

3. You’ve spent hours in a bookstore. – And I would spend a lot more if there were more english bookstores here in Barcelona.

4. You are a member of two or more book clubs.

5. You’re super tired at work because you stayed up way too late reading just one more chapter, and then another. – Guilty as charged…

6. You’re always making your partner or friends crazy by reading aloud lines from the book you’re reading.

7. You can’t wait for the weekend to have two days of uninterrupted reading time. – hell, yes, please, I desperately need those. Sometimes I take a day during the week, if I really want to finish my current book…

8. You look forward to long flights because you can get some good reading in. – Hmmm, yes! Best thing ever to do on planes.

9. You get more than a little defensive of your favorite authors. – true, and of my favorite characters too…

10. You lug around paperback and hardcover books in your purse all day. – Usually paperback because I don’t buy that many hardcovers, but yes, whether it is in my backpack, or my handbag, a book is always there.

11. Reading causes you to miss your bus stop on a regular basis.

12. You’ve been late to work to finish a book.

13. You’ve slept on the couch to keep reading when your boyfriend wants to go to bed.

14. You know the book will be better than the movie before it’s out. – Most likely, though there are a few exceptions.

15. You bring books to parties. – See nr 10: I take books everywhere!

16. You’ve read more books than seen movies in the last month. – Shamefully, yes, I’ve read a total of 7 books this month already and I think I watched 2 movies…

17. You’ve sunk into a state of depression after finishing a really good book (also called a “book hangover”). – Not really depression, more of a constant need to have that book on my eyesight and hold it, and read it and not letting go… Ignite Me, I’m looking at you!

18. You avoid going to lunch with co-workers so you can read while you eat instead. – Ups, yes! I do this EVERY SINGLE DAY! I usually go down to the bar so I don’t have to sit in the common room and make small talk, and then I even go to the bar that is farther away, so none of my teachers will interrupt me while reading.

19. You’ve ended friendships over book disagreements.

20. There are literally piles of books in every room of your house.

21. You bring home way more library books than you can actually read before they’re due.

22. You spend a majority of your vacation time reading, and that includes your honeymoon.

23. You will kick someone out of book club if they don’t read the book.

24. You’ve made your love of reading permanent.

25. Your Pinterest boards are basically a visual library.

26. You always have at least two books ready to read once you finish one. – Isn’t that what large TBRs are for?

27. You get excited when a book you love is over 1,000 pages because you know it will last longer.– Ohhh, there are some books that I’ve read that I wish were 1000 pages… End of Days for instance… (Penryn and Raffe, I’m not willing to let you go 😦 )

28. You don’t want to reread books because they won’t count toward your Goodreads goal.

29. Almost every day you think at one point “I’d rather be reading.” – Several times during the day really…

30. You literally wear your love of reading. – Harry Potter for life!

31. You start to ration your reading when a book you love nears the end.

32. You email publishers asking for advance copies of books. – Thank God for Netgalley…

33. You read in the car even if you get carsick. – Lucky me, I don’t get carsick!

34. Your friends know which bookstore is your favorite because you spend so much time there.

35. You spend more time on Goodreads than Facebook. – Latelly yes! My GR page is always open nowadays…

36. You won’t give up your seat on the subway because you can’t read if you’re standing in a packed train. – True *super ashamed of that*

37. You put your Kindle in a Ziplock bag so you can read it in the bath/swimming pool on vacation.

38. When the ending of a book is bad, you take it really personally.

39. You know that ebooks will never replace real books. – They never will, physical books are the best, but damn it, I love my Aelin (that’s the name of my Kindle, ok?)

40. Sometimes you sound like a broken record trying to convince your friends to read your favorite book. – Yep yep… How many times have I told you lot to read The One Thing?

41. Nothing beats when the books you’ve been dying to read are in stock at the library.

42. You will forget to eat, sleep, and breathe when you get to the climax of a book.

43. People try to tell you to “get out more.” They just don’t understand. – “so what did you do all day?” “oh, I stayed home reading” “again? why don’t you get out more?”… every single time…

44. You have multiple editions and versions of your favorite books. – and I even have multiple editions of books that I never read…

45. Your second-favorite activity after reading is organizing your bookshelves.

46. You ALWAYS have a book on you . . . just in case. – ALWAYS!!

47. Reading while walking has caused some near disasters. – This I cannot do…

48. You’ve yelled at loved ones for bothering you while you were reading. – YES! While on vacation with my mom I literally told her she couldn’t talk to me… I made her choose, she either had the TV on (which was bothering me) or she could talk, both things would not fly while I was finishing my book.

49. You’ve definitely fallen in love with characters in a book before. – *sigh* oh yes… Jem… Rowan…

50. When you complain about your arms being sore, people assume you’ve been working out. But you know the truth.


So people, tell me, do you identify with any of these? Which ones?