Monday, December 29, 2014

Challenges of 2014!

     
      This year was really weird... I challenged myself to only about 90 books but I only made it to about 86 and not many of them were new releases. But I ALMOST beat something that I've been trying to beat for a while.... I opened myself up to other genres. So, I went to read some genres that I'm not a huge fan of or that I'm not really familiar with! So, here's the ones I beat and the one I didn't :( 

     I challenged myself to read two historical fiction, two fantasy, and two dystopian books. I ended up reading three fantasy (ones that included swords and the whole nine), two dystopian (if the Selection series counts), and unfortunately I didn't really read any historical fiction. I read  Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White, but since it featured some paranormal happenings, I wasn't sure if I wanted to count that one. I was thinking more along the lines of books like Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Here's my results:

Fantasy

a. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutoski
b. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutoski
c. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
d. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
e. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (I'm currently reading this one.)

Dystopian

a. The Elite by Kiera Cass
b. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Historical Fiction

a. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

So here's what I read this year from these categories! Does anyone else have any other reccomendations for me? I've been reading non-stop contemps and although I love them, it's time to expand my horizons! 

What genres should I shoot for next year?
Should I shoot for more of each genre?
What are some of your favorites of  these genres that I absolutely need to make time for in 2015?

     I also saw that EpicReads had a super cool idea of reading across the United States. I mean it went hand in hand with what my blog was named, so it made sense. So, here are the states I "made it" to! (I didn't realize how many stories were set in the same spot until I started doing this!) Since I started doing this after half the year was over, I'm going to do keep going with this one after the year has started! Here's what I have so far!: 

AlabamaRebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Alaska-
Arizona-
Arkansas-
CaliforniaSomething Real by Heather Demetrios
Colorado-
ConnecticutSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Delaware-
FloridaWicked Games by Sean Olin
Georgia-
Hawaii- Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Idaho-
Illinois-
Indiana-
Iowa- Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
KansasDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Kentucky- Wild by Alex Mallory
Louisiana-
Maine-
Maryland-
Massachusetts-
Michigan-
Minnesota-
Mississippi-
Missouri-
Montana-
Nebraska- The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
NevadaThe Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
New Hampshire-
New JerseyThe Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
New Mexico-
New YorkGreat by Sara Benincasa
North Carolina-
North Dakota-
Ohio-
Oklahoma-
Oregon-
PennsylvaniaDon't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rhode Island-
South Carolina-
South Dakota-
TennesseeOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord
TexasAll Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Utah-
Vermont-
Virginia-
WashingtonThe Taking by Kimberly Derting
West Virginia-
Wisconsin-
Wyoming- Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Currently 17/50 
Other countries:
Italy- Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Paris- Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
I only made it to about 17 states and two other countries so far, but I will definitely be keeping track until I finish all 50 states! 
What states did you read about that I missed?
What books were they and should I add them to my TBR pile?

1. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
2. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
3. Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
4. Me Since You by Laura Weiss
5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
6. Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
7. Great by Sarah Benincasa
8. Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
9. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
10. The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
11.Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
12. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
13. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
14. Boomerang by Noelle August
15. No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

     This is the only one that was super easy! I'm a huge fan of contemps, so this was almost too easy for me! I started with 10 and I read like 7 in the first four months. It was getting a little ridiculous lol So I upped it to 15! 


Debut Author Challenge!
Debuts that I've read:

1. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
2. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
3. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
4. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
5. Something Real by Heather Demetrios
6. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
7. The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
8. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
9. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
10. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
11. Tease by Amanda Maciel
12. Boomerang by Noelle August
13. No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
14. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
15.
Currently: 11/15

     This is another one where I started with 10 and read 7 within the first couple months of 2014! Towards the second half when school started tho I was basically getting started with school so I wasn't really looking for debuts, I was more looking for anything that had an audiobook out at the library lol So that's why I'm one short now! 

What debuts did you read this year? 
Any that I just HAVE to read for next year? 

So. here's how I did overall! What challenges did you do? Any that I should look for next year? 


1 comment:

  1. You did really good on your challenges! I didn't do so great with any except for the contemporary challenge, lol. That state challenge is super cool, though, and I think I may join in next year. For debuts, my favorites were The Book of Ivy and Rites of Passage :)

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