As we’re so close to welcoming in 2023 and I’m unlikely to finish any more books between now and then I thought I’d provide the results of my 2022 Reading Challenge. At the start of the year, I set myself a challenge of reading 20 books I hadn’t previously read and some individual tasks. Currently, on Goodreads, my total for the year stands at 41 books read. I upped my challenge from 20 to 35 once I’d passed that mark fairly early in the year, How did I do with my tasks though?
- A Piece of Brontë-Inspired Fiction. I completed this task by reading books such as Wildfell Summer by Tracy Neis and The Vanished Bride and The Diabolical Bones by Bella Ellis. Additionally, I also read the short story collections Reader, I Married Him, The Twelve Adventurers and Other Stories: A New Edition, and The Brontës: Afterlife.
- A Book First Published in 2022. Task completed by reading books including A Catalogue of Catastrophe by Jodi Taylor, The Asparagus Bunch by Jessica Scott-Whyte, and the amazing A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Iriwn.
- A Title from a Genre I Don’t Normally Read. Another ticked off the list courtesy of The Asparagus Bunch which is a refreshing and funny read about the struggles of an autistic teenager settling into yet another school, encountering bullies, and making friends.
- A Book by an Author Who Shares My Initials. I had suggestions made to me but sadly didn’t get around to completing this task.
- A Book by a Debut Author. I’ve read a few books by debut authors this year: The Asparagus Bunch, The Sky Over Rebecca, As Night Falls, and A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting.
- A Book with a Number in the Title is a task I didn’t technically complete unless you count About Time (Time Police 4) or Catalogue of Catastrophe (St. Mary’s 13).
- A Book with a Colour in the Title. I read The Red Room by H.G. Wells.
- A Book Entirely Set in Europe (not the UK). This year I’ve read The Women of Troy by Pat Barker and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller which are both set in Ancient Greece. Additionally, The Sky Over Rebecca is set in Sweden.
- A Book with the Weather in the Title. I tried and failed to get through The Snow Child. Recently I completed this task by reading A Christmas Frost (A Jane Rochester Mystery) by Leanne McKinkley.
- A Piece of Translated Literature. I completed this task by reading The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa.
- A Book Narrated by a Child was completed by reading The Asparagus Bunch, The Sky Over Rebecca, and Boy, Missing.
- Start a New Series. The Vanished Bride is the first in the Brontë Sister Mysteries series and The Ghost of Marlow House by Bobbi Holmes is the first in a long series of ghostly fun.
- A Book Chosen For Me by My Partner (eek!). This one was also completed by reading The Cat Who Saved Books.
- A Book with an Item of Clothing or Accessory in the Title. I haven’t managed to complete this task.
- A Story Based on a Historical Event. Although several books I’ve read have featured historical events quite heavily including The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale and A Catalogue of Catastrophe, I can’t quite say they’re entirely based on one historical event.
How did you do with your own reading challenges this year?
In Loving Memory of Bob the Bichon (2007-2019).
A lover of life, the Brontës, and Haworth who knows that I’m just going to write because I can’t help it.
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