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My Progress:

13 / 30 books. 43% done!

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama (1)
- Alaska
- Arizona (1)
- Arkansas
- California (5)
- Colorado (1)
- Connecticut
- Delaware (1)
- Florida
- Georgia (1)
- Hawaii (1)
- Idaho (2)
- Illinois (2)
- Indiana (2)
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky (1)
- Louisiana (1)
- Maine (1)
- Maryland
- Massachusetts (2)
- Michigan
- Minnesota
- Mississippi
- Missouri
- Montana
- Nebraska (1)
- Nevada (1)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey (1)
- New Mexico (1)
- New York (5)
- North Carolina (4)
- North Dakota
- Ohio (1)
- Oklahoma (1)
- Oregon (2)
- Pennsylvania (2)
- Rhode Island (1)
- South Carolina (1)
- South Dakota
- Tennessee (1)
- Texas (3)
- Utah (1)
- Vermont (2)
- Virginia (2)
- Washington (2)
- West Virginia (1)
- Wisconsin (1)
- Wyoming
- Washington, D.C.* (1)

- Australia (2)
- Canada (2)
- England (10)
- France (1)
- Indonesia (1)
- Ireland (4)
- Italy (1)
- Scotland (2)
- The Netherlands (1)

My Progress:

35 / 51 states. 69% done!

2024 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

29 / 50 books. 58% done!

2024 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

23 / 50 books. 46% done!

Booklist Queen's 2024 Reading Challenge

My Progress:

50 / 52 books. 96% done!

2024 52 Club Reading Challenge

My Progress:

42 / 52 books. 81% done!

2024 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

My Progress:

29 / 40 books. 73% done!

2024 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

16 / 40 books. 40% done!

2024 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

My Progress:

11 / 25 books. 44% done!

2024 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

2024 Mystery Marathon Reading Challenge

My Progress

17 / 26.2 miles (2nd lap). 65% done!

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

My Progress

30 / 100 books. 30% done!

2024 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

My Progress:

74 / 104 books. 71% done!

Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge

My Progress

50 / 52 books. 96% done!

Disney Animated Movies Reading Challenge

My Progress

84 / 165 books. 51% done!
Monday, November 28, 2022

Ready For a Reading Challenge?

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We had planned to join my aunt-in-law at her house as we do every year, but we ended up having surprise guests and doing our own thing. It was lovely to cook, eat, and visit with my sister, brother-in-law, three of our four children, and our daughter-in-law. I'm thankful for each of them. They all bring such light into my life.

Over the weekend, we brought all of our boxes of Christmas decorations into the house from the garage. Even though we donated a ton of holiday decor to charity before moving, we still have a LOT. Once again, our living room is filled with boxes! It's bringing back not-so-distant, not-so-pleasant memories of moving into this house in the middle of major remodeling. As for that, the house is finally just about done, thank goodness. We've been waiting for a week for our painters to come do some touch-up work. Hopefully, they will show up today so we can get the remodel all wrapped up and move on to Christmas decorating. Yay! This is my favorite time of year.

As the new year speeds closer, I've noticed posts popping up about 2023 reading challenges. In case you don't know, I have another blog, Ready For a Reading Challenge?, that's basically a database of current reading challenges. If you're into these, definitely check it out. I added a few this morning (Lori over at Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book is so on the ball!) and will continue to do so as I spot more 2023 challenges being announced around the book blogosphere. If you're hosting a reading challenge this year, please let me know. I'd love to help you get the word out.

I also thought it would be fun to see just how behind I am how I'm doing on my 2022 reading challenges. Here's a breakdown:

2022 Literary Escapes Challenge: So far, I've read books set in 43 of the 50 U.S. states (plus D.C.). Not bad. I still need: Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. If you know of any good reads set in these states, let me know!

2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: I'm a big hist-fic fan, so I should be totally rocking this challenge. I pledged to read 50 historical novels this year and I'm only at 35 so far. Will I read 15 more before January 1st? It's possible...

2022 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge: This one I have been rocking, thank you very much. I vowed to read 20 cozies and I've read 22. Ba da bing, ba da boom!

Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge: Reading mysteries is never a challenge for me, so I signed up for this challenge at the Sherlock Holmes level, which meant reading 56+ books in the mystery/thriller/crime genre. So far, I'm at 74. Easy cheesy.

Booklist Queen's 2022 Reading Challenge: I'm at 44/52 on this prompt-based challenge. Since I still have to read a Shakespearean play, I'm unlikely to finish this one in time. Or I'll do what the challenge host recommends and sub out the tough categories for easier ones so I can complete it. We'll see.

Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2022: I was super excited about this one, which requires you to read and review books by Australian authors, but I've been failing miserably at it! I pledged to read and review 24 books and I've only done ONE. Yikes. I have read four more that I haven't reviewed yet. Will I catch up? At this point, that's very unlikely. Bummer. 

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: I've really been wanting to read more non-fiction and this challenge has helped me do that, although not as much as I'd hoped. Still, I've read 11 books that fit the bill so far this year and am almost done with my 12th. I've only reviewed three of them, though. Oops!

2022 PopSugar Reading Challenge: This challenge is always a, well, challenge for me. That's why I do it. I'm not doing too badly this time around, though. I've read 41/50 books. I doubt I'll complete this one either, but I'll get close.

2022 Build Your Library Reading Challenge: I'm actually going to complete this challenge today when I finish reading Sphere by Michael Crichton for the "A Story Set Under the Sea" prompt. Woo hoo! That will be 40/40 books read.

The 52 Club's Reading Challenge 2022: I'm nearing the finish line on this 52-prompt challenge as well. I've got 7 prompts left. Not too shabby.

2022 Medical Examiner Mystery Reading Challenge: I've been counting the bodies in the murder mysteries I read for this fun challenge that I do every year. So far, I've tied 262 toe tags, putting me in 13th place. I don't know how many more murder mysteries I'll be able to fit in this year since I'm still madly reading middle-grade books for the two book awards programs I'm helping to judge. We'll see.

2022 Support Book Bloggers Challenge: This one doesn't have to do with reading. It's a task-based challenge that encourages book bloggers to support each other in a variety of ways. There are 17 tasks and I've done 11.

All in all, I'm pretty proud of my reading challenge progress this year. Even if I don't finish all of them, I've had fun trying and that's all I really care about.

Did you take on any 2022 reading challenges? How are you doing with them? 


  1. I'm with you on the POPSUGAR challenge! I also do that one because it's a challenge... though I never push myself too hard to complete it. It's just a really good reminder to read outside my comfort zone sometimes.

    1. Definitely! It always expands my reading horizons.

  2. I've only hit 12 states so far, but I've done all but 7 categories on Build Your Library. I'm closing in! I also keep track of when my books were set, more or less, and I have a range this year of 1000-2380 AD. And still reading!

    1. Nice! I had fun with the Build Your LIbrary challenge. That's fun that you keep track of where your books are set. I don't usually read anything set before 1800, let alone A.D.!

  3. So many challenges! And you moved and remodeled. I think the fun of reading challenges is to attempt them so I don't feel bad when I don't finish. Like you, I've done about 41 on PopSugar, but I've only read in 37 states (and, let's be honest, some state claims that I made were stretches).

    1. Absolutely! I never stress about finishing reading challenges. It's just something I do for fun.

      To be fair, some states are SUPER hard to find in fiction. Arkansas, for instance. Why aren't more novels set in Arkansas? It's a very under-represented state!

  4. Well done on your challenges! I didn't realize you have a challenge page. I'll have to check it out. I'm not sure what I'm going to do next year.

    1. There used to be a reading challenge database blog that I used every year to find new challenges, but it stopped being updated so I decided to create my own. I later found Tanya's blog. She also keeps a database and hers is much better: Oh well, the more places to find challenges, the better, right?

  5. You're doing really well with your US states. I've been at that for about ten years and still haven't finished. Not that I'm in any hurry. For Arkansas I have, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and True Grit by Charles Portis, both good. I have nothing for Delaware either. For Kansas I read The Little House on the Prairie and The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard. Montana, Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith, Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke and Rushed by Rose Reynolds. North Dakota and Oklahoma nothing again. South Carolina, The White Road by John Connolly and Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs. Not sure if those are any use to you! LOL!

    1. Thanks for the recs! I've read both the Arkansas and Kansas ones. I haven't read any of the Montana ones you mention, though. For North Dakota, I'm using OH MY STARS, but it's pretty slow, so I don't know if I'd recommend it or not. If I didn't need North Dakota so badly, I'd probably DNF it. For South Carolina, I used AIR by Monica Roe. It's a good middle grade read.

  6. I think you're doing great on your challenges! I'm always tempted to sign up for challenges, but then I don't because I usually fail them. :)

    1. Right? I've learned not to take them too seriously. That way, if I bite off more than I can chew (which I always do), it's really no big deal.

  7. Congrats on mostly being moved in to your new house. I hope your painters come soon.

    I didn't know you had another blog about challenges. I'm excited to check it out. What a great resource for bloggers!

    1. The painters FINALLY showed up on Wednesday. They were here yesterday and will be here today. They're supposed to finish up today, but they still have quite a lot to do so we'll see...

      I'm trying to spread the word about my reading challenge blog so it can be a bigger resource. I just like having a central place to find challenges. It makes things so much easier when you're looking for them.

  8. So glad you had a good Thanksgiving! Being surrounded by boxes drives me crazy. I don't envy you that! So many great challenges. The only two states I can think of off the top of my head is for South Carolina and Oklahoma. Both Susan M. Boyer and Laura Childs have cozy mystery series set in Charleston. I like Boyer's best but the Childs series is okay. Carolyn G. Hart's Ghost at Work series is set in Oklahoma and it's pretty fun. Montana, North Dakota and Delaware are hard ones! I'm not sure I've ever found books for North Dakota and Delaware.

    1. Since our painters are still working, I still have all my Christmas boxes stacked up all over the place. It is annoying, especially since I want to get my Christmas decorating done sometime before the big day! I'm also anxious for the house to feel done so that we can move on to other things. *Sigh*

      I'll have to check out the cozy series you mention. I still need an Oklahoma book, so that one would work well. I checked off South Carolina finally with a middle grade book I read for the Cybils Awards. North Dakota and Delaware are both really hard to find. I struggle with them every year!

  9. I went really light on challenges this year but am prepared to jump back in next year. I agree with your attitude of 'do the best I can but it's okay if I don't complete everything' because that's exactly what I think. I try, but....if life gets in the way or my reading interests go a different direction, that's TOTALLY okay, right? :) I did Popsugar for a few years in a row but it's a tough one, so I skipped it last year. I'm off to check out your Challenge page!
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    1. Oh, good! I hope you find some fun challenges. There are some fun ones on there already and I need to add a bunch more today. I've found a bunch that I want to do, but I do have to limit myself a *little* bit. We'll see which ones I end up with.


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