2014 Reading Challenges, Three-Quarters Update

It’s the beginning of October, and that means time for another update on Reading Challenges!  I have to admit that I have not been paying a lot of attention to this over the summer…but I’ve managed to make at least some progress anyway.  I’ve grayed-out books read in the first half of the year, to make it easier to see recent updates.

Fairy Tales RetoldFairy Tales Retold Challenge

My goal here was 7-9 books for the official challenge (which only counts YA and Middle Grade), and 12-15 as a personal challenge, to leave some open slots for grown-up retellings.

  1. Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde (MG)
  2. Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley (YA)
  3. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (YA)
  4. Hero by Alethea Kontis (YA)
  5. Half Upon a Time by James Riley (MG)
  6. Cress by Marissa Meyer (YA)
  7. Jack the Giant-Killer by Charles de Lint
  8. Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler (MG)
  9. The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell (YA)

Not much going on with this one…something to focus on for the fall, clearly!  Anyone with a good recommendation on a retold fairy tale I should explore?

TBR List Challenge

I’ve been working on reading down my To Be Read List, and since my last update, I have added five books to the list…and read seven!  That brings the total for the year so far to 29 read and 21 added, so eight books of progress.  Which is something, though I’d like to manage a bit more before the end of the year.

preqseqbuttonPrequel and Sequel Challenge

After all my progress in 2012 and 2013 on series, I turned this year to finishing some duets I had only read half of.  I’m listing both books in each duet, with an (R) where I also reread the first one this year.

1) Sophie Hunter Duet by Jenny Davidson: The Explosionist (R) and Invisible Things

2) Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox: Dreamhunter (R) and Dreamquake

3) Austenland Duet by Shannon Hale: Austenland and Midnight in Austenland

4) Castle Glower books by Jessica Day George: Tuesdays at the Castle and Wednesdays in the Tower

Nothing new on this one in the last few months!  But since I only have one more duet I’m hoping to finish this year, I’m not too worried about it.

2014-Historic-Fiction-Reading-Challenge-SweetMarie83_zps26ece3fbHistoric Fiction Reading Challenge

My goal here is a modest five books, and I’ve made lots of progress on that.  Although it appears I don’t review historic fiction!  That wasn’t deliberate or conscious, it was strictly on a by-book basis, but it still seems to be creating a trend…

  1. Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman (audiobook)
  2. Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
  3. Chasing Orion by Kathryn Laskey
  4. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (reread)
  5. The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig
  6. Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell

Carl’s “Experiences”

I almost forgot about the Readers Imbibing Peril event!  But I jumped in, if slightly late, and have been having fun with some mysteries and classic horror.  Soon the Sci Fi Experience will be upon us–and I have plenty that’s been on my list since last year’s Sci Fi Experience (or possibly the year before…)

Do you have reading goals for the year?  How have they been going for you?

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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3 Responses to 2014 Reading Challenges, Three-Quarters Update

  1. Wow well done I don’t think I could keep up with this many challenges. I have been taking part in Carl V’s events and then been steadily working my way through my Classics Club list; of which I am now officially over half way towards the goal of 50 books 🙂

  2. Dennis says:

    Good choices for fairy tale retells. Another good re-tell is Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. Not as popular as his Narnia or sci-fi series, but some critics consider it his best work of fiction. It retells the Cupid & Psyche story, which is actually a Roman myth, not a fairy tale, but hey–why get too technical? The story is from the point-of-view of the ugly half-sister of the beautiful princess, which gives it something lacking in most versions of Cinderella. We learn how much it hurt for the sister to be ugly and live in the shadow of someone who was beautiful.

  3. writersideup says:

    Cheryl, I continue to be impressed by the quantity of books you (and others) are able to read! I mount up quantity simply because so many are picture books—pretty much the fastest “read” lol And, in fact, that’s what comes to mind when I think of retold (or fractured/re-imagined) fairy tales. Perfect examples are by Corey Rosen Schwartz, all excellent 😀

    http ://www .coreyrosenschwartz. com/Home.html

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