BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Saturday, November 7, 2015

October Challenge Wrap Up

This year I signed up for fewer year long challenges and I'll do more short-term challenges. Last month I participated in the Blog Ahead challenge which encourages bloggers to write and schedule their posts ahead of time. 

Grab a drink, get comfy, and get ready! 

Blog Ahead 2015 - Goal: 31 posts for November and beyond 

I did it! I got 41 completed posts for November through mid-April. Of course, some of those 41 have posted already but I'm trying to keep a cushion. I have 24 posts in various stages of draft.

NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - Goal: 25 50

1. I'll Never Let You Go by Mary Burton
2. Valiant Heart by Angela Addams
3. Stop At Nothing by Kate SeRine
4. Nine Lives by Wendy Corsi Staub
5. Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca
6. Thoreau in Phantom Bog by B.B. Oak
7. Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne

TOTAL: 89 Only 11 more to go!

Finishing the Series Reading Challenge - Goal: 6 14

1. Forsaken by S.J.Harper (Fallen Siren)
2. Basil Instinct by Shelley Costa (Italian Restaurant Mystery)
3. You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa (Italian Restaurant Mystery)
4. The Raven Queen by Che Golden (Feral Child)
5. Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville)
6. I'll Never Let You Go by Mary Burton (Morgans of Nashville)
7. Valiant Heart by Angela Addams (Order of the Wolf)

TOTAL: 55 books, 24 series. Finished series: Feral Child, Italian Restaurant Mystery, Fallen Siren, Tracy Crosswhite, Homefront, October Daye, Windfall Island, Shore Secrets, Goody's Goodies, Bakeshop Mystery, the Jeremy Fisk Series, The Black Sun's Daughter, Honeychurch Hall Mysteries, The Dominic Grey Series, Paranormal Investigations, Rogue River, Kitty Norville, Otherworld, The SPI Files, Morgans of Nashville, Jane True, The Clifton Chronicles, Ever After, and Jane Yellowrock.

What An Animal Reading Challenge - Goal: 13 or more

1. Siren's Serenade by Dominique Eastwick
2. Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn
3. Forsaken by S.J.Harper
4. Valiant Heart by Angela Addams


Cruising Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge - Goal: 20 or more

1. Basil Instinct by Shelley Costa (Italian Restaurant Mystery)
2. You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa (Italian Restaurant Mystery)
3. Thoreau in Phantom Bog by B.B. Oak


Dust Off Your Classics - a very informal challenge hosted by Between My Lines and Dee's Reads. There's no sign up or goals. I am aiming for 1 a month. 

1.  The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Total: 3

Just For Fun Reading Challenge - Goal: 12, 1 a month  

1. Love Under Two Adventurers by Cara Covington



  1. I love seeing the updates on the challenges! Hope you make great strides in November.

  2. You did really well. I like the idea of blogging ahead. I pretty much can only do a week in advance, but I'm going to try to be better and do at least a month ahead of time.

    1. It's definitely a challenge blogging ahead but it helps for when life is crazy. A lot of the posts I did were memes, Cat Thursday, Waiting on Wednesday, etc. Every little bit helps.

  3. You're acing these challenges, Bea! And I do like the idea of a month-end challenge wrap-up. Maybe I should start doing that, too. I've occasionally done so in the past but not consistently.

    1. I've found it's the best way for me to keep track of my challenges and how I'm doing.

  4. I read the same classic as you this month!

    You are doing great with them all. I really need to focus on finishing some series. It's ridiculous how many I'm in the middle of.

    1. A bunch of us read that one last month.:)

      I'm hosting the Finishing the Series next year, join in! We can encourage each other.

  5. oh wow, grats on doing so well on your challenges! I didn't do any this year, but already looking at one or two to join for next year. I can't believe next year is already around the corner.

    1. There are lots of good ones out there. It is hard to believe it's almost 2016.


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