Well, it’s that time of year where we look back on our reading and see how we did with the challenges we committed to. I’m pretty happy with how I did in 2022. I always have fun with reading challenges and never put too much pressure on myself to be perfect with them. I just enjoy how reading challenges stretch my reading and encourage me to pick up new and different books each year. Here’s how I did…
Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge
Months Completed: 12 out of 12!! I actually did it!
Favorite Book Read for the Challenge: Book of Cold Cases, Simone St. James which I read in August for the key word “CASE.” I loved this murdery mystery that spanned decades, included some paranormal aspects, and brought characters from different backgrounds together.
Least Favorite Book Read for the Challenge: People We Meet on Vacation, Emily Henry which I read for the July key word “PEOPLE.” I know I’m in the minority here but I hated this book. Absolutely nothing happens in it and it turned out to be a boring disappointment.
Monthly Motif Reading Challenge
Months Completed: 11 out of 12 so far, but hopefully I’ll finish by the end of the month. I plan to read Firekeeper’s Daughter, Angeline Boulley for this month’s theme of “The Fire is So Delightful”.
Favorite Book Read for the Challenge: In My Dreams I Hold A Knife, Ashley Winstead which I read in October for the theme of “Murder or Magic.” I thought this was a solid murder mystery even though none of the characters are likeable.
Least Favorite Book Read for the Challenge: Honestly, I didn’t love many of the books I read for this challenge this year. I didn’t hate them either. Most of them were just meh. I don’t think I can pick just one.
Book Award Reading Challenge
Months Completed: 6 out of 12 which really bums me out because the other books I’d picked were ones I am still really excited to read and still plan to read.
Favorite Book Read for the Challenge: Piranesi, Susanna Clarke which one the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2021. I just lost myself in this book. I listened to it on audio and loved the narrator. I know some people didn’t quite get the hype for this book and I can see that. I do wonder if I’d read it at a different time in the year I’d have had the same reaction to it. Could have been right time, right place that contributed to it being a win for me.
Least Favorite Book Read for the Challenge: None! I really loved every single book I read for this challenge.
How did you do on your reading challenges this year? Do you plan to participate in any reading challenges for 2023?