Monday, July 31, 2017

Mid-Year Challenge Check-In

I'm a bit late, but I thought I'd take a peek at my year-long challenges and put together a mid-year progress report. I cut way back on challenges this year and I'm extremely glad I did. Even with the relatively few I am doing, I still feel like I spend too much time tracking, logging, tallying etc. So I'm planning to cut back even further next year -- though my fellow challenge-junkies will know that can be easier said than done!

Overall, I'm very happy with my progress thus far. I've bumped my Goodreads Yearly Goal up numerous times because I log all of my books including picture books and my number is climbing far faster than I anticipated. While we do read plenty of picture books on repeat, we've had many more new-to-us ones this year than I expected (I only log each one once -- I'm not in the business of torturing myself that much!) If I was not including picture books, trust me, my goal would be wayyyy lower than the current 500 I have it set at (and I'm 171 books ahead of schedule -- haha!)

Goal: Konisgburg level; 75+ points
Current Progress: 48 points

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Original artwork by Charles Haigh-Wood (1856-1927)
Goal: Complete Checklist of 102 categories
Current Progress: 92/102 categories

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Goal: My Shelves and I are Going Steady, 51+ books
Current Progress: 27 books

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Goal: Maximizing Returns, 61-80%
Current Progress: 41%
These numbers do not include my garage sale finds from this weekend. I found some really great stuff for very little money...so...my numbers are definitely going to skew even lower for a while until I catch up on some of these finds, hopefully before the end of the year! I agonized a bit over how to count treasuries (say, a Curious George treasury with 8 full books included in one volume). Since there aren't really any hard rules on those, I'm counting them as I like :) I also decided to count gifts and freebies alongside purchased books because I should not be acquiring (or keeping) them if I don't want to read them, same as the books I buy.

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Goal: 50 books published prior to 2017
Hogwarts Mini Challenge: 4 Scavenger Hunts
Current Progress: 67 (+ TONS of picture books)
Oh hey, I finished my main goal -- woo hoo!
I've made lots of progress on the scavenger hunts, but I haven't submitted anything yet in case I need to shuffle a few titles around.

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Goal: All of the Sherlock stories & novels
Current Progress: 2 stories + 1 novel = A TOTAL BUST!
I gave up on the schedule long ago and plan to continue reading these at my leisure instead of as a challenge.

Goal: Full Card; 49 books
Current Progress: 29 books; no BINGO yet (and definitely no full card yet!)


7 comments:

  1. I did the Picture Book bingo card and completed all the squares. I'm also doing a Literature for Kids challenge, for which I have two books left. I did the first level for the Newbery challenge. Even without kids, it's fun to read these books. I may try writing a kids book one day.

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    1. They really are fun to read as adults! Now I've dove in, there's no looking back :)

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  2. It sounds like you're making great progress with your challenges - happy reading!

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  3. Wow, you've made so much progress! Even if picture books are fast to read, just the logistics of getting to all of them seems extremely impressive to me.

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    1. Thanks -- it is a lot of picture books! I'm finding it actually more difficult now that I'm only down to 10 categories left...I had been checking off categories without hardly any planning because I always come home with random stacks from the library. But now I really have to seek out books for those last few categories -- it's been such a fun challenge though and I hope they have it again next year :)

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  4. You're doing great! I have 81 categories completed on the Picture Book Challenge. I always sit down with my stack of library books and try to match categories, but more often than not, nothing matches the categories I have left! I'll have to start being more intentional about the books I check out. :)

    The Sherlock Holmes challenge sounds really fun! I'm sad I missed out.

    Well done on your challenges so far!

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