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January Challenge Progress Report!


It’s early in the year, and I’m making progress on my 2018 Reading Challenges! Now that January has left us, let’s see what I accomplished this month!

My Goodreads Reading Challenge goal is 175 books, and so far I’ve completed 12/175. GR is telling me I’m 2 books behind schedule.

Next, let’s check in on the Literary (&) Lacquers Reading Bingo, over in the Literary Lacquers facebook fan group. So far I’ve checked off 2/16 prompts. (If you participate, there are discounts for completion!)

  • A Graphic Novel – Paper Girls Vol. 1
  • A Book Written by an Author From a Different Country – Markswoman

On the Book Riot Read Harder challenge, I haven’t checked much off. 2/24, roughly on target though.

I’ve been doing a bit better on Popsugar’s Reading Challenge. 7/47

  • A Book About a Villain or Antihero – Godsgrave
  • A Book With An Animal in the Title – Our Native Bees
  • A Book by a Female Author Who Uses a Male Pseudonym – The Silkworm (review next week)
  • A Book by an Author of a Different Ethnicity Than You – Markswoman
  • A Book You Borrowed or Were Given as a Gift – Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
  • A Book by a Local Author – Tricks for Free (review the week before release)
  • A Book That’s Published in 2018 – Tempests & Slaughter (review this week)

I also added my local library’s 10 To Read challenge and have made reasonable progress. 2/10

  • A Young Adult Book – Godsgrave
  • A Book Set in a Place You’ve Never Been – Tricks for Free

I did my first buddy read of The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone earlier this month with my blogging buddy Marzie. Check out the discussion posts of Three Parts Dead! Part one is on Marzie’s blog here and part two is back here at Alex Can Read here. Look for our reviews and discussion posts of Two Serpents Rise later this month!

The Hugo reading hasn’t kicked in yet (soon, I imagine) but because I am a masochist, I guess, I am hosting an 11-book Read Along of the entire October Daye series as we prepare for book #12 Night and Silence to release in September. Over in the Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant Fans group on Facebook (which I help admin), we’re discussing one book every three weeks. Last Sunday we started with Rosemary & Rue. On February 18, we’ll discuss book #2, A Local Habitation. Join us!

What have you been reading this January?