August 2015 Challenge Update

September 1, 2015 Challenges 10

I’m doing well with some of my challenges and not so well with some others. Here’s where things stand as of August 31:

 

COYER Scavenger Hunt - Summer 2015

COYER Scavenger Hunt - Summer 2015

Host: Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading, and Books, Movies, Reviews.Oh My!
Progress: 23/20 (115%)
20 June, 2015 — 4 September, 2015
Completed!

115
  1. The Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace
  2. Thrill Me by Susan Mallery
  3. This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
  4. Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton
  5. Harmonized by Mary Behre
  6. Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr
  7. Murder at Barclay Meadow by Wendy Sand Eckel
  8. Energized by Mary Behre
  9. Night Moves by Nora Roberts
  10. Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
  11. Phantom Evil by Heather Graham
  12. Right Wrong Guy by Lia Riley
  13. Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney
  14. Thoreau in Phantom Bog by B. B. Oak
  15. The Hidden by Heather Graham
  16. Rescued by the Ranger by Dixie Lee Brown
  17. The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch
  18. Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley
  19. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  20. Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait
  21. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  22. The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries
  23. Siren's Call by Jayne Castle

Basically done. Besides the 16 books I’ve reviewed, I’ve read another 15 books which I haven’t yet reviewed (or the review hasn’t posted yet.) By Sept. 4, the last day of the challenge, I need to put up 2-sentence quickie reviews on Goodreads for most of those, so I can officially count them toward the challenge. I’ll review some of them in full for the blog, too – but that’s a lot of review writing to squeeze in! However, I’m calling this challenge essentially met: I read 31 books, while my goal was only 20.

 

2015 Historical Romance Reading Challenge

2015 Historical Romance Reading Challenge

Host: Herding Cats and Burning Soup
Progress: 14/12 (117%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Completed!

117
  1. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
  2. The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander
  3. A Match for Marcus Cynster by Stephanie Laurens
  4. Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney
  5. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  6. The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries
  7. Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
  8. Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix
  9. By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens
  10. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
  11. The Heart of Christmas by Courtney Milan, Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick
  12. Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh
  13. Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh
  14. Only a Promise by Mary Balogh

I’m behind. I’ve also read When a Scot Ties the Knot (Tessa Dare) but I still need to review it. I’m way behind on this challenge; my goal is 12, and I’ve read 5 and reviewed 4. I’ll need to work hard to catch up! Luckily, Avon will probably send me some yummy historicals in the next few months.

 

2015 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

2015 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Host: Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
Progress: 8/5 (160%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Completed!

160
  1. Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
  2. The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian
  3. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
  4. The Lark and the Wren by Mercedes Lackey
  5. Blood Magick by Roberts, Nora
  6. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  7. A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston
  8. Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

Nailed it! My goal was 5 books; I’ve read 6. I may add a few more before the end of the year.

 

Cruisin' Thru the Cozies 2015

Cruisin' Thru the Cozies 2015

Host: Socrates\' Book Reviews (Yvonne)
Progress: 25/20 (125%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Completed!

125
  1. Twisted Threads by Lea Wait
  2. The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham
  3. Death and the Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross
  4. Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
  5. The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian
  6. Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer
  7. The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen
  8. The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander
  9. The September Society by Charles Finch
  10. Marked Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle
  11. A Fright to the Death by Dawn Eastman
  12. Shadow of a Spout by Amanda Cooper
  13. Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird
  14. Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
  15. The Religious Body by Catherine Aird
  16. Dressed To Kill by Lynn Cahoon
  17. The Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace
  18. Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton
  19. Murder at Barclay Meadow by Wendy Sand Eckel
  20. Thoreau in Phantom Bog by B. B. Oak
  21. The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch
  22. Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait
  23. A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
  24. Home By Nightfall by Charles Finch
  25. Thread and Gone by Lea Wait

Finished this one, too!  My goal was Level 4 – Sleuth Extradinaire – 20+ books. As of this month, I’m at 22 reviews. I’ve also read Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait, which I’ll be reviewing in September, and I have several other cozies and historical cozies to read this fall.

 

Fairytale Challenge 2015

Fairytale Challenge 2015

Host: The Daily Prophecy
Progress: 4/5 (80%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

80
  1. Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
  2. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
  3. Valiant by Sarah McGuire
  4. A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

I’m close. My goal is Magic Mirror (5-9 books), and I’ve managed 4 so far. I have several fairy retellings to read this fall, including Spinning Starlight and A Thousand Nights, and I’ve already preordered Melissa Meyer’s Winter, so I’m pretty confident I’ll end the year closer to the upper end of my goal.

 

PopSugar 2015 Reading challenge

PopSugar 2015 Reading challenge

Progress: 14/25 (56%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

56
  1. Death and the Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross
  2. Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
  3. Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
  4. The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian
  5. The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen
  6. The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander
  7. The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
  8. Valiant by Sarah McGuire
  9. Night Moves by Nora Roberts
  10. The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
  11. Evergreen Springs by RaeAnne Thayne
  12. A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston
  13. Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix
  14. The Martian by Andy Weir

Blrgh. I am so behind, it’s pathetic. I thought this would be easy, but most of the books I’ve been reading don’t fall in any of the challenge categories. I still need to go through and check the reviews I’ve posted in the last few months to see if any of them qualify, though. You can see the categories here.

 

Top of the Hoard 2015

Top of the Hoard 2015

Host: Lark @ The Bookwyrm\'s Hoard
Progress: 2/20 (10%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

10
  1. The September Society by Charles Finch
  2. The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch

Aaaack! I wanted to read 20 books from my existing TBR pile/list. So far, I’ve only managed 2 reviews, although I’ve read 5 books in all. (Still unreviewed are An Uncivilized Yankee, Summers at Castle Auburn, and The Fleet Street Murders.) Either way you slice it, that puts me very behind.

 

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
The Bookwyrm’s Hoard has
read 115 books toward her goal of 180 books.
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I’m a smidgen behind. According to Goodreads, I’m 4 books behind. I thought I would more than catch up on vacation, but since the first half was very much a working vacation and the second half was split between moving Robin into her college apartment and going on a romantic getaway with Mr. Bookwyrm… well, I didn’t get much reading done.

 

Summary

The COYER Scavenger Hunt is almost over, and I can relax about Cruisin’ With the Cozies, Witches and Witchcraft, and the Fairytale Reading Challenge. I really need to concentrate on my personal Top of the Hoard Challenge, the Historical Romance Challenge, and probably the Popsugar Reading Challenge.

10 Responses to “August 2015 Challenge Update”

  1. Jan

    I think you’re doing very well with your challenges, Lark. I’m really behind with the Goodreads challenge (8 books, I think) 🙁 Good luck getting caught up with the rest of your challenges!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I had to set up two spreadsheets to keep track of them – one for all of them, and one just for the scavenger hunt. And I’m really bad about remembering to post links at the original challenge site. Speaking of which, I’d better get going on the remaining COYER titles – I just posted another review today but I haven’t linked it up yet.

  2. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Great job! You are one ambitious challenge-taker 🙂

    The Coyer one is probably the best one to do in the bunch because you have to pick up e-books that you passed by, and maybe there was a reason you haven’t read it before, or maybe not. I like how you incorporate one title into several challenges; maybe you planned it that way.

    Anyhow, good luck with completing some of them. You are already a winner.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yeah, I kind of overdid it with the challenges this year! I might cut back a little next year. I do like it when a book fits more than one challenge, though!

  3. Kaja

    Wow, you’re really doing well with your challenges! Don’t worry about the ones that aren’t going as great, they’re meant to be fun 😉
    I’m also looking at the books you read and reviewed as inspiration for my challenges, thanks for that!
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