2019 reading challenges catch up

At the beginning of the year I set a few reading goals for myself (see the post here).

These goals were:

  1. Finish up my ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies)
  2. Canadian Reading Challenge version 2.0 – I am going to try and read a book set in each Province and Territory (13 in total)
  3. Goodreads Challenge 2.0 – I have decided to choose books from the 20 categories to read

The ARCs keep coming so I will never be completely finished with that, but I have read and reviewed 58 ARCs so far in 2019 which I am really proud of. You can check out these reviews at my Goodreads here

Now for the other two goals, both of which I have completed.

Canadian Reading Challenge:

For this challenge I read 13 book, one book set in each of the provinces and territories of Canada

NunavutSplit ToothTagaq, Tanya 3
Northwest TerritoriesMidnight Light: A Personal Journey to the NorthBidini, Dave 3
YukonHere Is Where We DisembarkRoberts, Clea 4
NewfoundlandThe Colony of Unrequited DreamsJohnston, Wayne 4
PEIEmily of New Moon (Emily #1)Montgomery, L.M. 3
New BrunswickMercy Among the ChildrenRichards, David Adams 2
QuebecCockroachHage, Rawi 2
OntarioIf I Fall, If I DieChristie, Michael * 3
SaskatchewanClearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Indigenous LifeDaschuk, James 3
AlbertaThe Little ShadowsEndicott, Marina 3
BCThe ConjoinedLee, Jen Sookfong 3
Nova ScotiaCome from AwayGraham, Genevieve * 4
ManitobaSong of BatocheCaron, Maia * 3

My favourite of the books were Come From Away, and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, both taken place in the Atlantic provinces. Some of the books I definitely enjoyed more than others, but I really enjoyed taking this tour across Canada.

Goodreads Choice Awards

Now for this challenge I actually had to change two of the books that I had chosen in the previous post as they were not available in either of the library systems that I get my library books. This was in the Poetry and Graphic Novels categories.

PoetryTaking the Arrow Out of the HeartWalker, Alice4
Graphic NovelHerding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles, #3)Andersen, Sarah *5
Picture BookLittle Leaders: Bold Women in Black HistoryHarrison, Vashti5
Middle Grade and Children’sThe Magic Misfits (The Magic Misfits, #1)Harris, Neil Patrick3
YA FantasyDread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)Ireland, Justina4
YA FictionAll the Little LightsMcGuire, Jamie *3
Debut AuthorChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)Adeyemi, Tomi *3
Food and CookbooksHippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We EatKauffman, Jonathan *4
Science and TechnologyShe Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of HeredityZimmer, Carl *4
History and BiographyThe Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred RogersKing, Maxwell4
AutobiographyIn PiecesField, Sally4
Non-FictionSo You Want to Talk About RaceOluo, Ijeoma5
HumourFeminasty: The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to DeathGibson, Erin4
HorrorElevationKing, Stephen *4
Science FictionVengeful (Villains, #2)Schwab, V.E.4
RomanceThe Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)Hoang, Helen *4
FantasyCirceMiller, Madeline *4
Historical FictionWhere the Crawdads SingOwens, Delia *5
Mystery and ThrillerThe Woman in the WindowFinn, A.J.4
FictionAll We Ever WantedGiffin, Emily *4

Some of the best books that I read this year have come from the list with Where the Crawdads Sing, So You Want to Talk about Race, Little Leaders, and Herding Cats, all receiving 5 stars. Most of these books got either 4 or 5 stars which is really great for a diverse reading selection.

Now it is only September and I have already completed these two reading challenges, for the rest of the year I will be continuing to work on reading and reviewing more ARCs as well as as working on my overall reading goal. My goal is to read 300 books this year and at this moment I am apparently 9 books ahead of schedule with 216 books read.

What are your reading goals for this year? How are you doing on them?

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Joyce says:

    Congrats on finishing your challenge. The Canadian challenge sounds particularly fun.


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