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Reading Challenge Update: November & December 2019 + Roundup

Happy 2020! I fell a little behind on posting due to holidays, a vacation with my best friend, and getting immediately addicted to Fire Emblem: Three Houses on my return. However, I wanted to present an update for my Reading Challenges for November and December 2019, as well as do a roundup of how many categories I hit throughout 2019 and how I felt about each challenge. (I had to adjust a few books I categorized earlier into different ones to make these fit, but I managed it! Didn’t lose a single book in the process.)

Will I be doing a reading challenge for 2020? Read on to find out!

The Five-Star Favs

Finished: 11/1/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

I was born in the 90s, so by being published in the 80s, Watchmen is a classic that definitely fits the bill. We’ve already had a film about it, so I wanted to acknowledge the tv series inspired by the comic that came out this year instead. I haven’t watched it yet (ha!), but I’ve heard nothing but good things and am looking forward to it.

the queen of nothing
Finished: 12/1/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

The Queen of Nothing deserves more of a send-off besides this one generic category, given its amazing female protagonist, brilliantly political plot, and wonderfully written enemies-to-lovers romance, so I’ll just say it’s one of my favorite 2019 released books.

Finished: 12/22/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

  • A family member’s favorite book – @MommyMannegren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

My family and I don’t really talk about books because we’re all so different in our tastes, but luckily, that’s what I have my friends for. One of my best friends and family, Elizabeth, fell in love with The Bear and the Nightingale this year and urged me to read it. I don’t think it’s her absolute favorite book ever, but it’s definitely a favorite.

The Great

the gilded wolves
Finished 11/25/19 | Rating: ★★★★☆

Challenges met:

  • A book told from multiple points of view – PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019

The Gilded Wolves is told from various unique points of views of diverse characters, and I really enjoyed what Chokshi brought to the table, especially in the form of Laila and Séverin. Looking forward to the sequel immensely!

the guinevere deception
Finished: 11/27/19 | Rating: ★★★★☆

Challenges met:

  • A retelling of a classic – PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019

With the focus on Guinevere, The Guinevere Deception is a retelling of the Arthurian legends through a feminist lens. White started off so strong, and I cannot wait to see what she does with the other books.

ninth house
Finished: 12/31/19 | Rating: ★★★★☆

Challenges met:

  • A book suggested by someone else in the challenge – @MommyMannegren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

I saw someone else suggest reading Ninth House to fulfill a category (a book everyone’s talking about, I thiiiiiiiink), but I cannot remember who it was. I’ve tried to find them again, but no luck. Anyway, this book was dark and fascinating. A lot of groundwork building towards something much bigger. I can tell the next book is going to blow my mind.


Total Books Read in 2019: 78

Total Pages Read: 25,117

PopSugar Challenges Fulfilled: 38/50 (5 from the advanced categories)

Pingel Sister Challenges Fulfilled: 33/50

MommyMannegren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenges Fulfilled: 43/52

The entire point of these reading challenges was to push me to read more books in a year. Even though around 20 of my read books were manga, I still managed to read more than I usually average each year (around 50). Therefore, even though I didn’t 100% complete any challenge, I consider it an overall success.

In terms of categories, I thought that the PopSugar challenge was the most creative and fun. I’m surprised that I fulfilled more of the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge than I thought I would, but those categories were mercifully broad, allowing me to count books I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. As for the Pingel Sisters Challenge, I ultimately ran into problems of rigid categories or categories wanting specific subjects I just wasn’t ever going to touch (like reading a nonfiction book about science). It’s just not my thing. At least two of these also called for audiobooks, and I just can’t do those. Don’t have the commute or headspace to warrant it.

So am I doing any reading challenges for 2020? Honestly, I’m leaning towards no right now, unless someone has any that I super fun and unique. Maybe featuring tropes or that favor YA, fantasy, and sci-fi since that’s what I’m going to always pick up the most of.

How did you do for your 2019 reading challenges? Even if you didn’t participate in any, how was your reading overall? Did you accomplish a goal or find a particularly surprising read? What do you want to do differently in 2020? Have you found any interesting reading challenges?

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