Reading Challenge Update

2009 Mid-Year Reading & Challenge Update

Well, it’s that time again!!! I’m once again doing my mid-year reading and challenge update. I have to admit, I went back to my 2008 version and I was doing much better this time last year than I am this year. However, this year has been a roller coaster ride for me. My husband, Nathan, and I bought a house and spent a lot of January/February getting it ready to move in. Then we got a puppy, Buster and we’ve been busy with him a lot. So my reading has really suffered. I’ve also had trouble doing my reading for challenges; I’ve been reading what I whatever I pick up, not really anything for any challenges other than the 100+ Reading Challenge, the Countdown Challenge, and the Read Your Own Books challenge. Challenges that I re-joined this year that I enjoyed last year (Celebrate the Author & What’s in a Name) haven’t been appealing to me for some reason. I don’t know. But I do know that I’m going to press myself for the rest of the year to get those challenges that I’m really far behind on worked out so that hopefully I can complete all my challenges this year 🙂 Anyways – on to the update:


  1. Suspense & Thriller Challenge (12/12) Finished: 6/10/09


  1. 1st in a Series Challenge  (7/12) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009
  2. 100+ Reading Challenge (29/100) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009
  3. Celebrate the Author Challenge (3/12) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009
  4. Countdown Challenge (33/45) Aug. 8, 2008 – Sept. 9, 2009
  5. Presidential Reading Challenge (0/5) July 4, 2008 – July 4, 2009
  6. Read Your Own Booksk Challenge (19/50) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009
  7. What’s in a Name 2 Challenge (3/6) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009


  1. Read 40,000 pages. Currently sitting at 9,824, which is 24.56%

Okay, so I’m probably not even going to read one book for the Presidential Reading Challenge, which bums me out because I have numerous books laying around the house that would fulfill the requirements, but I have no drive to read any of them. I’m bummed that I’m going to end that one with such poor results. I’m also way behind on my 100+ challenge, but that one I’m not as concerned about. I’m not really upset with the number of books that I’ve read this year; I’m really pleased with the overall quality of books that I have read so far rather than the quantity.


  • Finished: 29
  • Abandoned: 2
  • Fiction: 29
  • Non-Fiction: 0
  • New-to-Me Author: 14
  • Female Authors: 15
  • Male Authors: 10

Well, overall I guess I’m not doing so badly considering all that is going on in my life right now. I guess it’s just slightly disappointing because I had such a prolific year last year. But the year isn’t over yet and like I stated up above, my quality of reading this year has been really pleasing so I really shouldn’t complain that I’ve only read 28 books rather than 50 at this time last year.

Well, there’s my update. How about everyone else?! Where are you at?

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