Although I didn’t post my progress here on my blog, I did participate in the 52 Book Club Challenge during 2021. For those of you who have not heard of this challenge or the club, the goal is to read books to match with the prompts given. What I love about this challenge is that it made me pick up books that I might not have otherwise read. Finding books to fit each prompt is easy because of the reading guide on the clubs website and the feedback from the other readers who are participating.
Here are the prompts from 2021:
So how did I do?
Well I read over 52 books this past year, however I didn’t manage to fill all of the prompts. However I did complete more than I did when I participated the previous year. The following are the prompts I completed along with the books I read for each:
I have yet to decide if I will have a more structured approach to my TBR this year, but because I did well (unintentionally) with the books I included on my list for 2020, I decided to go ahead and post one for 2021.
Here are the books I’m interested in reading over the next twelve months.
During the month of March, the book community is celebrating the middle grade genre. This is a genre I don’t pick up very often, so I am not as familiar with the popular books released in the past several years. I am looking forward to discovering some new (or new to me) authors and their stories. This will also be a great opportunity for me to revisit some books from my childhood. And even though my son is still several years from this age-group, I hope to share some books with him too.
I will be participating in the Middle Grade March Read-a-thon, which is hosted by Life Between Words and Books and Jams. It is a month long read-a-thon and the prompts are as follows:
Books set in another country.
Book to screen adaptations.
Books with illustrations.
Books about stories
Funny enough, I recently came across a box of old books from my childhood, at my parents. Which was great timing as there were several that would fit the bill. I’m also looking forward to gathering some books from my library.
As of this posting, I have two definite books that I intend to read this months. Those include:
I will be sharing my reading progress on my Instagram page. You can follow me @melissaleesredhousereviews .
Will you be reading any middle grade during the month of March? Let me know in the comments.
Today’s prompt for #Top10of2k19, is OTP. Or in other words, we are sharing our favourite couples from the books we read this past year. I will also be sharing my responses on Instagram. You can follow me @melissaleesredhousereviews
In my last post, I mentioned how I was in quite a bad reading slump over the summer. Well this past month I feel as if I’ve finally came out of that rut and I’m enjoying reading once again. Hopefully I will be able to keep up a good momentum for the month of October. Here is my reading progress..
Total Books Read in September: 3 Total Books Read in 2019: 28
The past couple of months have been very busy for me and unfortunately I fell into quite a reading slump. So I decided to hold off on posting my wrap-ups for both July and August. Thankfully I have been much more productive (reading wise) during the month of September, so I have decided to do a catch-up post.
Total Books Read in July: 1 Total Books Read in August: 2 Total Books Read in 2019 (at the end of August): 25
A Family of Strangers By: Emilie Richards Genre: Mystery, Contemporary Rating: 3.5/5 Note: I was sent a copy of A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards, from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Red Queen By: Philippa Gregory Genre: Historical Fiction Quick Thoughts: I was so disappointed to have to discontinue reading The Red Queen. I have really enjoyed reading previous books by this author and began with high expectations. Unfortunately the time line didn’t interest me and I was quite bored by the main character.
2019 New Release Challenge: 1 2019 TBR Jar Challenge: 1
Last year, for the first time since I started book blogging I took a break from participating in blog hosted challenges. The only one I did participated in was the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Looking back I am happy with my reading progress from 2018 and the selection of books I read, however I miss the structure that different challenges bring. So for 2019, I am going to jump back on the bandwagon and create some challenges for myself.
Here are the challenges I will be participating in this year:
The TBR Jar Challenge
In an attempt to read the piles of books I own on my physical shelf, I have decided to try out the TBR jar method. I have put all the names of the books on my shelf into a jar and I will select one that I must read each month. If the selected book turns out to be a sequel of another book I have yet to read, I will have to read the previous book first. My ultimate goal is to read one book from my physical shelf per month. Which will add up to 12 for the year. Naturally I will get to this goal faster if I am required to read more than one book off it in any given month.
Any additional physical books that I add to my collection I will put on my shelf backwards (providing that there is room), unless they are 2019 releases, in which case they will qualify for my next challenge.
The New Release Challenge
I would really like to keep up with the newer books being released this year. So to do so I have decided to do the New Release Challenge.
Like the previous challenge, I hope to read at least one book per month that is released in 2019. These books may be in the form of ARCS, Library books or any physical books I may buy.
2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge
Like every year, I will be participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge once again. I have decided to keep with my same goal for 2018 and attempt to read 40 books this year.
Will you be participating in any challenges this year? Have you set a goal for a certain number of books you’d like to read? Leave me a message in the comments.