keenai (keenai) wrote,

#AMonthofFaves: Reading Challenges & Goals Update

So I had some goals and signed up for some reading challenges last year. You can see the original post about all of that here.

I switched to self-hosting, which I thought was what I really wanted but decided it was not. I came back to LJ after much angst. Then, today, I posted on my Englishist blog that I am actually going to keep blogging there because it is useful for some of the blogging I want to do. Basically, I'm going to keep it going for in-depth book reviews and to sign up for challenges and talk about teaching. I'll keep using LJ for other loosey-goosey stuff like posting about my days and more reflective stuff (i.e., A Month of Faves!).

I do love my new layout over at Englishist, and while I enjoy it, I may revert back to being hosted at Wordpress and keeping it simple. I will keep my domain name since I plan to keep using it. Sometimes you have to get what you think you want to realize what you really need. It happens.

As for reading goals, I read way more audiobooks this year than last year (12 vs. way less than that). I definitely read over 20 adult books (so far). I exploded both my Goodreads and Diversity on the Shelf challenges (GR: 99/50; DR: 46/25). Normally, at this point, I would say we don't talk about the TBR Challenge, but I guess now is the time to talk about the TBR Challenge.

Here's the deal: I hate assigned reading. I do so much of it throughout the year as an instructor and with my book clubs that I really do like to just read what I want when I want the rest of the time. You know, as the wind takes me. So while the TBR Challenge was good in theory, the prescriptive nature of it didn't work for me. However, I did attempt to read a good portion of the books, so in that way it was definitely a good thing.

My TBR challenge list:

  1. What Our Stories Teach Us: A Guide to Critical Reflection for College Faculty by Linda K. Shadiow

  2. Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker by Marla Martenson — DNF on 1/10/15 (29/253 pgs)

  3. Skim by Mariko Tamaki — finished on 1/17/15 (review)

  4. Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery by Erin Dionne — DNF on 1/23/15 (160/256 pgs) (review)

  5. The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone

  6. Life Is a Verb by Patti Digh

  7. The Candymakers by Wendy Mass — finished on 1/23/15 (review)

  8. Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne — finished on 1/27/15 (review)

  9. Black No More by George S. Schuyler

  10. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody -- finished on 3/15/15

  11. Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando

  12. Over You by Amy Reed


  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley — finished on 2/13/15 (review)

  • Tell Us We’re Home by Marina Budhos

So I attempted to read 7 of the 14 and actually finished 5. That's not bad at all.

I want to do the Diversity on the Shelf challenge again, but Alysia has fallen off the face of the blogging earth (she is in school and swamped so it's totally understandable). If anyone knows if someone is hosting a similar challenge, please let me know.
Tags: a month of faves, books 2015

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