End of Year Wrap-Up

2013 Wrap Up: The Challenges

Reading Challenges … the bane of my existence. Okay, not really … but I find them difficult to resist and even harder to complete! Oh well. I did horrible with my challenges this year (only completing 1 out of the 5 I signed up for……)
eclecticchallenge2014_300 This challenge always interests me. I’ve participated in 2012, 2013 and 2014. And I have yet to finish the darned thing!

I completed 5 out of 12 books for 42% done.


Award Winning – Fade Away by Myron Bolitar (won the Edgar Award)
True Crime (Non Fiction) – If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children by Gregg Olsen & Rebecca Morris
Romantic Comedy
Alternate History Fiction – The Blonde by Anna Godbersen
Graphic Novel
Cosy Mystery Fiction
Gothic Fiction
War/Military Fiction – The Hostage by W.E.B. Griffin
Medical Thriller Fiction
Travel (Non Fiction)
Published in 2014 – The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon


I have always been hesitant to sign up for this challenge because you have to make a list and stick to it. I’m very much a mood reader and I have trouble with challenges that require set reading. But for whatever reason, I wanted to try it this year. I didn’t do *too* bad, but I could have done a lot better…..

I completed 7 out of 12 books for 58%


  1. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (which has been on my shelf since 2007, no joke)
  2. A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  3. The Hostage by W.E.B. Griffin
  4. The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott
  5. New York Dead by Stuart Woods
  6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  7. Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  8. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  9. Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
  10. Killing Floor by Lee Child
  11. The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry
  12. Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins


  1. Mallory’s Oracle by Carol O’Connell
  2. McNally’s Secret by Lawrence Sanders

challenge_2014whatsinaname2I have participated in this one almost every year … ever since Annie was still hosting it! And once again I failed to complete it.

I finished 3 out of 5 books for 60%.

lavinia-portraitRIP92751And finally, I once again signed up for the RIP Challenge. I technically finished this challenge, but only with the minimum 4 books that I signed up for. I would have preferred to read more than that, but it’s okay … it’s still a completed challenge!

  1. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  2. Ryder by Nick Pengelley
  3. Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne
  4. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

3 thoughts on “2013 Wrap Up: The Challenges”

  1. This was good for me to read today, as I’m currently trying to decide what reading challenges to do in 2015 and feeling overwhelmed by how many there are!

  2. I think you got 70% on the TBR Pile Challenge, 7 out of 10! The two alternates are in case you can’t stand one or two of your choices. You did better than me! I only read 1 of my 10!

    1. Hey 1 of 10 is still a lot better than 0! Great job!

      I find it very hard to stick to a particular reading list. I’m too much of a mood reader.

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