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A 2014 Reading Challenge Check-In

Thursday, November 13, 2014

With just seven weeks left in 2014, I thought now would be a good time to review my reading challenge and see if I’m going to meet both goals I set for myself.

Goal #1—Read at least 50 books in 2014
I will meet this goal, no problem. I currently have books #47, 48, and 49 in progress.

Goal #2—Read books in 25 specific pre-determined categories
I’m missing 5 from the specified categories (#21-25 below). Here’s everything I’ve read so far (and am currently reading) in 2014:

2014 Reading Challenge Categories

# Category Actually Read Date Finished Star Rating
1. Annual Austen Persuasion by Jane Austen 11/8/2014 5
2. Book written by a fellow SHU-WPF Alumnus Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder 3/20/2014 4
3. Classic American Literature Washington Square by Henry James 10/6/2014 2.5
4. Classic British Literature The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett 2/24/2014 3.5
5. Fantasy The Hero’s Lot (The Staff and the Sword, #2) by Patrick W. Carr 7/14/2014 4
6. From my Books to Sample list A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare 2/12/2014 3
7. General Market Contemporary Romance Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi 2/18/2014 3
8. Horror/ Paranormal Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper 7/15/2014 4.25
9. Inspirational Historical Romance When Calls the Heart (Canadian West #1) by Janette Oke 3/20/2014 3
10. Lifelong Favorite (re-read) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling 2/24/2014 5
11. Mystery Dead Heat by Dick Francis 5/24/2014 4
12. New-to-Me Non-Romance Author A Deeper Darkness by J. T. Ellison 4/21/2014 4
13. New-to-Me Romance Author Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas 1/25/2014 2.75
14. Nonfiction: History or Biography The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg 8/14/2014 5
15. Nonfiction: Literary Criticism What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan 1/15/2014 4
16. Nonfiction: Memoir Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth 8/16/2014 3.75
17. Nonfiction: Writing/Professional Development The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the Middle Ages: The British Isles, 500 to 1500 by Sherrilyn Kenyon 6/21/2014 3
18. Science Fiction The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker 10/13/2014 3
19. Time Travel Lightning by Dean Koontz 3/5/2014 4.5
20. Young Adult Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth 1/13/2014 3
21. Classic “Other” Literature Literature considered “classic” written somewhere other than Great Britain or America
22. General Fiction (non-romance)
23. Historical Fiction (non-romance)
24. Inspirational Contemporary Romance
25. Romantic Suspense (Inspy or General Market)
26. Other (Books I Wrote) Ransome’s Quest (The Ransome Trilogy #3) by Kaye Dacus 4/25/2014 5
27. Other (Books I Wrote) Ransome’s Crossing (The Ransome Trilogy, #2) by Kaye Dacus 4/15/2014 5
28. Other (Books I Wrote) An Honest Heart (The Great Exhibition #2) by Kaye Dacus 10/21/2014 4.5
29. Other (Classic American Literature) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving 9/22/2014 3.5
30. Other (GM Contemporary Romance) Stand-In Groom by Suzanne Brockmann 10/29/2014 2.75
31. Other (GM Contemporary Romance) The House on Main Street (Apple Valley, #1) by Shirlee McCoy 10/6/2014 4
32. Other (GM Contemporary Romance, Media Tie-In) The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick 7/6/2014 5
33. Other (Historical Mystery) Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn 7/30/2014 2.5
34. Other (Historical Romance) The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister, #3) by Courtney Milan 4/16/2014 4
35. Other (Historical Romance)

The Captain’s Kidnapped Beauty by Mary Nichols 9/20/2014 1
36. Other (Historical Romance) Return of the Border Warrior by Blythe Gifford 5/10/2014 1
37. Other (Historical Romance) Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn 5/12/2014 4
38. Other (Historical Romance) The Escape (The Survivors’ Club #3) by Mary Balogh 9/4/2014 4
39. Other (Historical Romance) It’s in His Kiss (Bridgertons #7) by Julia Quinn 3/1/2014 4
40. Other (Historical Romance) Loving a Lost Lord (Lost Lords #1) by Mary Jo Putney 3/13/2014 3.5
41. Other (Historical Romance) The Heiress Effect (Brothers Sinister, #2) by Courtney Milan 3/24/2014 4
42. Other (Historical Romance) On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgertons, #8) by Julia Quinn 4/2/2014 4
43. Other (Historical Romance) His Bonnie Bride by Hannah Howell 7/1/2014 2
44. Other (Historical Romance) The Husband Trap (The Trap Trilogy, #1) by Tracy Anne Warren 8/20/2014 4
45. Other (Historical Romance) Highland Surrender by Tracy Brogan 9/19/2014 3.5
46. Other (Historical Romance) Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7) by Elizabeth Hoyt 11/3/2014 2.25
47. Other (Historical Romance) The Captain and the Wallflower by Lyn Stone 5/21/2014 3.5
48. Other (Historical Romance)

The Ranger (Highland Guard, #3) by Monica McCarty 6/16/2014 1
49. Other (Historical Romance) Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #1) by Elizabeth Essex In Progress
50. Other (Nonfiction: History or Biography) Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott In Progress
51. Other (Science Fiction, Media Tie-In) Tarkin: A Star Wars Novel by James Luceno In Progress
52. Other (Young Adult, Fantasy) Across the Great Barrier (Frontier Magic, #2) by Patricia C. Wrede 9/18/2014 4
53. Other (Young Adult, Fantasy) Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, #1) by Patricia C. Wrede 8/14/2014 4
54. Other (Young Adult, Lifelong Favorite) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling 10/6/2014 5
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