Wrap Up

2020 Challenge Check In: A Mixture of Success and Failure

Hi everyone!  Today we’re here to give you an update on how we’re doing with the challenges we signed up for this year.  There are some mixed results, but overall I think we’re going pretty well and are on track to complete our goals by the time the year is out!

VERA

The Book Blog Discussion Challenge

Hosted by It Starts at Midnight and Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Surprisingly, I’ve done really well with this challenge! I signed up for the Creative Conversationalist level, which means that I was planning on writing 11 to 20 discussion posts in 2020. So far I’ve written eleven discussion posts, so I’ve nearly completed my goal! I’m especially proud of myself, because I’ve been very strict with what I count as a discussion post. Technically, tags and such could be counted, some bloggers do count them, but Sabrina and I share quite a few tags, so it’d have felt like… I don’t know, like an easy solution for this challenge. I’ve decided to highlight six of the best I’ve written, and list the other five beneath them.

MY DISCUSSIONS:

My All Time Favorite Pieces of Media
My Audiobook Journey
Have I Fallen Out of Love With Writing Reviews?
12 Tips and Tricks by Six Bloggers
Unpopular Character Opinions
Ranking Emma Mills Novels

Am I A Bad Reviewer?, Salty Seven: 7 Bookish Things I Hate, Do Books Have An Expiration Date?, Ex-Favorite Authors I’ve Fallen Out of Love With, Things We’ve Been Doing to Keep Ourselves Calm and Occupied During Isolation.

I’m hoping I can keep this momentum going for the rest of the year, and post at least ten discussions in the next six months. Wish me luck?

#StartOnYourShelfathon

#StartOnYourShelfathon is hosted by The Quiet Pond

Technically, start on your shelf is simply about reading books we already own, but I decided to concentrate on my physical library, because it’s the thing I struggle with the most. I didn’t want to make this stressful, so I didn’t set a goal for myself.. which, in retrospect, was a silly thing because now I have nothing to work towards.. 😅 Even without a goal, however, I know that reading 8 (!) physical copies I own is a teeny-tiny number, when I’ve read around 90 novels this year.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
Little Women by Luisa May Alcott
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Even sadder than the number is the fact that I only enjoyed three of these novels, the other five were varying degrees of disappointing. The Obelisk Gate is an excellent sequel – and I need to get to the third and final novel! – while Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Mrs. Dalloway are both enjoyable, emotional novels. The less said about the rest, the better.

I hope I’ll be able to do better in the next six months, and I’m going to set a goal for myself this time around! In the upcoming months of 2020 I’m hoping to read at least 20 books from my physical shelf.

SABRINA

#StartOnYourShelfathon

#StartOnYourShelfathon is hosted by The Quiet Pond

I’m starting with the part of this post I am most disappointed by, lol. Though I pledged at the start of the year to read at least ten books that I already own, I have so far only read two (Sense and Sensibility plus one other). And neither of those were Ruin and Rising or Six of Crows which are the two that I most need to read! Though both books I read did work for the next challenge I signed up for, so I guess that’s something at least. I am still sticking to my goal of ten, so hopefully I’ll get a move on with that soon.

Out Of Your Comfort Zone 2020 Reading Challenge

The Out of Your Comfort Zone 2020 Reading Challenge is hosted by Bookcheshirecat

I have been doing quite a bit better at working toward (and in some cases, completing) my goals for this challenge!  I committed to reading five books from six different categories, and so far I’ve completed three.  I’ll go through each category now and share some related stats!


HORROR

3/5 stars
2.5/5 stars
3.5/5 stars
3/5 stars

3.5/5 stars

Number Read: 5/5
Average Rating: 3.10
DNFs: 1


NONFICTION

3/5 stars
4/5 stars
3.5/5 stars
3.5/5 stars

Number Read: 4/5
Average Rating: 3.50
DNFs: 3


CLASSICS

3/5 stars
4/5 stars*
2.5/5 stars
4/5 stars

Number Read: 4/5
Average Rating: 3.38
DNFs: 0


NEW ADULT

4/5 stars
3/5 stars
3/5 stars

Number Read: 3/5
Average Rating: 3.33
DNFs: 0


ROMANCE

3/5 stars
1.5/5 stars
4/5 stars
3/5 stars
4/5 stars
4/5 stars
2.5/5 stars
4.5/5 stars
2/5 stars

Number Read: 9
Average Rating: 3.17
DNFs: 1


HISTORICAL FICTION

4/5 stars
4/5 stars
4/5 stars
3.5/5 stars
4/5 stars
3/5 stars

Number Read: 7
Average Rating: 3.64
DNFs: 1

In conclusion… my experience with this challenge so far has been extremely varied and altogether average, lol. There’s been good and less good books I’ve read from every genre so far, which I guess is what I expected. I will say that historical fiction is going the best so far, so I think I need to pick up more from that genre, even though I’ve already surpassed my goal.

What do you think?

Did you sign up for any yearly challenges or set any goals for yourself at the beginning of 2020? How are you progressing with them? Let us know!

20 thoughts on “2020 Challenge Check In: A Mixture of Success and Failure

  1. Haha I don’t have any challenges to do, but it’s awesome to see y’all succeeding in your goals!

    Good luck with your discussion posts Vera! I usually don’t do discussions anymore (me being lazy LOL) so it’s awesome to see you were able to write so many.

    Ooh I don’t think I could read/enjoy a challenge about reading out of my comfort zone Sabrina, lol. Maybe I would be surprised? But I reallyyy struggle with horror because that’s just not my thing haha. I think it’s amazing you’re able to stick to it!

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    1. Thank you! Haha, I miiight not do any challenges next year? I’m not as motivated by them as much as I hoped. I wrote the discussions because I was in the mood for them and had some ideas.. I don’t think the challenge made a difference, sadly. 😅

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  2. Wow! You guys are both doing really well with your challenges! I’ve been absolutely loving the discussion posts that you put out, so I’m really excited that you have plans to post more in the second half of the year!

    We’re also taking part in the Book Blog Discussion Challenge, but Chana and I didn’t set a specific goal since we’re trying to take a more relaxed approached to blogging. Plus, we love discussion posts, so we weren’t worried that not having a goal as an incentive would keep us from participating!

    All the other goals that I set for myself were vague and had a lot of loopholes that way I can say I achieved them, even if I didn’t! Because of that I didn’t sign up to take place in the #StartOnYourShelfathon, but since I was curious, I checked how I would have done had I signed up!

    I’ve technically read 18/36 books from books on my shelf, but some of them I first purchased this year, so I don’t know if that really counts! Plus, two of them were rereads. I really do want to read more of the backlist books on my shelf this year though! I made some sort of vague goal about it in the beginning of the year, but maybe I should make a more concrete goal for the second half of the year, that way I have some way of measuring how I did! So you heard it here first, I want to read 5 more books that I owned pre-2020 before the year ends!

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    1. Aw, thank you, Malka!! You always leave such thoughtful, kind comments. 😭💜 I have to admit, I really fell in love with discussion posts in the past year or so, so I’m not sure how much setting a goal helped me, or even participating in the challenge. 😅 So I understand not setting a goal.

      Oh, I absolutely love loopholes. 😅 That’s actually a good question – I wasn’t sure if I can count books I purchased this year, so I ended up not doing it. (It’s one book, so it doesn’t make a big different, though.) Haha, alright, best of luck on reading those five books!! You can do it!! 💪💪

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  3. I normally flunk pretty badly with yearly reading challenges A.K.A. I kinda just stop and forget about them. But this year I’ve been doing well! I am on top of my POP Sugar Reading Challenge and I have confidence that progress is slooowly being made on my #ARCApocalypse.

    You two are doing great! Challenges would suck if they were easy, so just keep on doing what you’re doing 💕

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  4. I’m also participating in #StartOnYourShelfathon … and it’s not going well 😂 Between the Scribd Free Trial and sudden access to a new great digital library I have read … 1 book from my physical TBR that wasn’t a reread 😅 I’m trying to get better at this in the upcoming months though!

    It also seems like you made so much great progress on the Out of Comfort Zone Challenge, Sabrina! I’ve been reading mostly nonfiction and it has honestly been really nice 🥰

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  5. I never do challenges, but it sounds like you both aren’t doing half bad with those…except for the overall low rating and the DNFs LOL. Horror doesn’t seem like your thing, does it, Sabrina? 😉 Hey, at least you tried!

    Vera, I envy your drive for discussions posts! But I know you love my reviews, so we’re even LOL. Seriously though…my brain is already overwhelmed enough as it is – this isn’t the time for me to force it to go into overdrive. Until there are people like you who provide excellent prompts, I’ll be contented with commenting! 😉

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  6. I have been loving your discussion posts and I love that that one is going well for you! Also, Sabrina, you are doing so well on reading out of your comfort zone and I am glad you’re enjoying doing so as well. I am sorry that start on your shelf isn’t working out for either of you though 😦 Especially as you, Vera, aren’t enjoying what you do pick up…

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    1. Thank you, that makes me happy!! 💜 💜 I’ve read a few more from my shelf since then, and with the exception of a DNF (my second one of the year, so imagine how bad it was) the others were all solid reads! I’m hoping to tackle quite a few more books from my shelf by the end of the year.

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