Happy 2016 book nerds! This time last year I was signing up for reading challenges. I chose three reading challenges for 2015...and I failed every single one of them. Let's take a look:
The challenge I came closest to completing: Goodreads
Actually, I probably did technically complete this one. I listened to a couple of the Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat and I don't include rereads (or re-listens?) on Goodreads.
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The challenge I was most excited about: The Fairy Tale Challenge
This one is hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy. My goal was to reach the "Magic Mirror" level by reading 5-9 fairy tale retellings. I got so close....
1) The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson (review). This one was a retelling of Snow White.
2) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (I thought I wrote a review of this one, but apparently I didn't. I'll work on that). Hale's tell is remarkably close to the original story.
3) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (review to come). This is a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
4) Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (review to come). This is an even looser retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
You know what? I'm going to go ahead and count Dauntless by Dina Sleiman (review) as number 5. It is a retelling of Robin Hood. Its not quite a fairy tale, but it's close enough. Right?
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The budget-friendly challenge: The Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge
This one is hosted by Chapter Break and Terri at 2nd Run Reviews. This challenge was all about reading the books you already have instead of buying new books. The perfect challenge for a grad student with a tight budget. I did a spectacularly poor job of reading books that I already owned. However, I used the library much more this year (which is good since I'm in school to be a librarian), so I feel like I got the essence of this challenge. I think I only bought five or six books this year and that is a rather remarkable feat in and of itself.
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Well, there you have it. My reading failures for 2015. I think I'm going to skip the challenges for this year. What about you book nerds?
Did you complete your reading goals for 2015? What challenges are you doing in 2016? Tell me all about it!