2017 Challenges Quarterly Update

Looking at the first 3 quarters of the year, I’m doing pretty good. I’m farthest along in my Goodreads Challenge and least farthest along in the Dewey Decimal Challenge. However, the Dewey Decimal Challenge has 1,000 books to be read. That’s a whole lot.

The first five challenges in the table below are multi-year challenges because of the magnitude of the books to be read. The other four are for this specific calendar year. I’m not doing that bad. I’m pretty proud of myself for having read so much especially with my hectic personal and professional life. Yay, Sofi!


100 Best Books 14 100 14%
Pulitzer Prize Winners 12 100 12%
Dewey Decimal Challenge 12 1000 1%
The Classics Club 3 75 4%
Year of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli 3 23 13%
Book Bingo 7 25 28%
Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge 7 13 54%
Alphabet Soup 8 26 31%
Goodreads 11 15 73%
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Bout of Books 20 TBR

Bout of Books

Since this is my first read-a-thon since coming back, I’m going to set my expectations really low. I mean, EXTREMELY low. I’m going to try to do daily updates. Continue reading “Bout of Books 20 TBR”


Year of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli


Welcome back! This is my second (or third?) attempt to keep this blog alive. Hopefully, I will do a better job. My main approach is to keep my expectations for myself really low. Like, EXTREMELY low. Life is a busier than it has ever been. We now have a 10-month-old who is constantly keeping us on our toes. Continue reading “Year of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli”


Classics Spin #10 and Group Check-in


The Classics Club is doing another Classics Spin. This is where you create a list using your own Classics club List. Then, the moderators choose a random number between 1 and 20. That number correspond to the book you have to read. The books on my list were selected using a random number generator. Leaving it all to luck! Here is my list. Continue reading “Classics Spin #10 and Group Check-in”


Fictional World Travel

Fictional World Travel

This is the first challenge for the Bout of Books read-a-thon. It’s hosted by Between Library Shelves. Basically, you choose 3 to 6 books of places other than the country you currently live in to visit. Continue reading “Fictional World Travel”


Books on the Nightstand Summer Bingo


Books on the Nightstand is one of my favorite book podcasts. If you are not listening to them, you should be! They are currently hosting a summer bingo. Basically, one would get a randomized bingo card, and you have from Memorial Day to Labor Day to complete the card. You can get your own bingo card here.  While I did start later in the summer, I am still going to try to get as many of these completed, and I will probably try to complete it even after Labor Day. These should help me complete the bingo card that I created earlier this year. Continue reading “Books on the Nightstand Summer Bingo”


The Classics Club: Spin #9

The Classics Club has a new spin. Participant choose 20 books from our book lists, and they choose a number. We then have to read the book that corresponds to that number by May 15th. This should be fun. I love surprises!
Update: The Spin number as determined by the Classics Club is 2! Jane Austen it is.

  1. Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451
  2. Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice
  3. Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility
  4. Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange
  5. Cather, Willa: My Antonia
  6. Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
  7. Eliot, George: Middlemarch
  8. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise
  9. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
  10. Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South
  11. Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  12. Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
  13. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time of Cholera
  14. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude
  15. Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas
  16. Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
  17. Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  18. Steinbeck, John: East of Eden
  19. Twain, Mark: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  20. Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited


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Love for Books Read-a-thon: Progress


Rad-a-thon time! Novel Heartbeat is hosting the 2nd Annual Love for Books Read-a-thon February 8-15.

My Progress:

  • Finish 2 books and  3 graphic novels {0/5}
  • Read at least 300 pages {149/300}
  • Participate in at least one mini challenge {0/1}



Around the the World Challenge 2015


This challenges is hosted by All About Books. Basically, you track using Google Maps all the places that your books takes place. She also had a list of mini challenges that correlate with the map you create. I am setting myself no expectations whatsoever. I just think it’s a neat idea to see how diverse the settings are in the books I read. We shall see how it goes.

To check out my Around the World Challenge, click here or click on the icon on the side bar. If you decide to join, let me know so I can check out your map!

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