Reading Challenges Wrap Up!

In 2014 I participated in a few reading challenges over on Goodreads. It was a lot of fun and I am definitely going to participate in challenges for 2015.

So…how did I do on my challenges? Take a look below:

I definitely did well on the 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set a goal of 160 books, but actually read 225 books. This, of course, includes full-length novels, novellas, and chapter books I read with my kids.

No, I don’t read ALL the time! I read whenever I can catch an opportunity and being a fast reader is a plus!

2014 Goodreads Challenge

 

I also participated in several other challenges on Goodreads. They were all very fun!
The 50 States Challenge: I visited 43 states in my book reading. (Each state could only be used once, so even though I may have read multiple books in a state, only one title counted toward the challenge).

Here are my results:

Alabama – The Pelican Bride
Alaska – Silenced
Arizona – First Kisses (also OK & TX)
Arkansas – Hidden in the Stars
California – Love at Any Cost
Colorado – The Baby Rescue
Connecticut – Forever Amish
Delaware
Florida – Hidden in the Everglades
Georgia – A March Bride
Hawaii – When I Fall in Love
Idaho – Heart of Gold
Illinois – Divergent (futuristic)
Indiana – Barefoot Summer
Iowa – In Perfect Time
Kansas – Echoes of Mercy
Kentucky – With Every Letter
Louisiana – A February Bride
Maine – Seaside Romance
Maryland – Honor
Massachusetts – Reclaiming Home, a Green Pines Romance (also Illinois)
Michigan – Here to Stay
Minnesota – Take a Chance on Me
Mississippi
Missouri – Love’s Sweet Beginning
Montana – An Amish Garden
Nebraska
Nevada – The Heart’s Pursuit (also WY)
New Hampshire
New Jersey – Where Two Hearts Meet
New Mexico – Amanda’s Beau
New York – Tide and Tempest
North Carolina – Rosemary Cottage
North Dakota – The Vigilante’s Bride (mostly MT, but a train stop in ND)
Ohio – Two Seasons of Romance
Oklahoma – Gabriel’s Bride
Oregon – Sincerely Yours
Pennsylvania – The Christmas Quilt
Rhode Island
South Carolina – No One to Trust
South Dakota
Tennessee – A Promise to Protect (only a short travel in to this state, but they do go there once)
Texas – Winter in Full Bloom
Utah
Vermont – Smitten
Virginia – Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog
Washington – No Substitute
West Virginia – Appalachian Serenade
Wisconsin – Heartland Courtship
Wyoming – Four Weddings and a Kiss

New Author to You Challenge: Whenever I read a book with an author or authors who I hadn’t read before, they were marked for this challenge. I kept upping my challenge with this one, because I read a lot of new authors. Finally I made it to the top challenge of 50+ new to me authors.

Here are my results:

1 – Lynette Eason No One to Trust (Hidden Identity, #1) by Lynette Eason
2 – Diann Hunt & Kristin Billerbeck Smitten (Smitten #1) by Colleen Coble
3 – Cheryl Colwell The Secrets of the Montebellis (Secrets, #1) by Cheryl Colwell
4 – Julie Klassen The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
5 – Camy Tang & Janet Tronstad First Kisses (Inspy Kisses Collection, #1) by Linda Goodnight
6 – Veronica Roth
7 – Milou Koenings Reclaiming Home, a Green Pines Romance by Milou Koenings
8 – Elizabeth Ludwig Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom, #3) by Elizabeth Ludwig
9 – Shirley Raye Redmond Amanda's Beau by Shirley Raye Redmond
10 – Carey Green Dragon Slayer  Beginnings by Carey Green
11 – K Murray Enduring by K Murray
12 – Jane Kirkpatrick & Amanda Cabot Sincerely Yours by Jane Kirkpatrick
13 – Julianna Deering Rules of Murder (Drew Farthering Mystery #1) by Julianna Deering
14 – Candace Calvert Life Support (Grace Medical #3) by Candace Calvert
15 – Katie Ganshert A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert
16 – Lenora Worth An April Bride (A Year of Weddings, #5) by Lenora Worth
17 – Tracie Peterson A Sensible Arrangement (Lone Star Brides, #1) by Tracie Peterson
18 – Beth White The Pelican Bride (Gulf Coast Chronicles, #1) by Beth  White
19 – Peggy Levesque Ashes in the Wind by Peggy Levesque
20 – Miranda A. Uyeh To Die Once (Child of Grace, #1) by Miranda A. Uyeh
21 – Anne Mateer A Home for My Heart by Anne Mateer
22 – Karen Kirst The Horseman's Frontier Family (Bridegroom Brothers) by Karen Kirst
23 – Cathleen Armstrong Welcome to Last Chance (A Place to Call Home, #1) by Cathleen Armstrong
24 – Meg Moseley A May Bride (A Year of Weddings, #6) by Meg Moseley
25 – Liz Tolsma Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma
26 – Gail Gaymer Martin The Firefighter's New Family (Sisters #2) by Gail Gaymer Martin
27 – Eunice Loecher A Widow's Might IArbor Vale Mystery #1) by Eunice Loecher
28 – Roxanne Rustand A Montana Legacy (Shadows of the Rockies, #2) by Roxanne Rustand
29 – Rebecca DeMarino A Place in His Heart  (The Southold Chronicles, #1) by Rebecca DeMarino
30 – Susan Diane Johnson No Substitute by Susan Diane Johnson
31 – Rebeca Seitz First Blush (Naples, #1) by Rebeca Seitz
32 – Amy Clipston A Hopeful Heart (Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel #1) by Amy Clipston
33 – Renee Ryan Finally a Bride (Charity House, #7) by Renee Ryan
34 – Yvonne Harris The Vigilante's Bride (Texas Rangers #1) by Yvonne Harris
35 – Lesley Ann McDaniel Tide Will Tell (Islands of Intrigue  San Juans, #2) by Lesley Ann McDaniel
36 – Lisa Harris Fatal Exchange (Southern Crimes #2) by Lisa Harris
37 – Bonnie Blythe Texas Whirlwind by Bonnie Blythe
38 – Heidi McCahan Unraveled by Heidi McCahan
39 – Dana Mentink Return to Pelican Inn by Dana Mentink
40 – Rachel Dylan Out of Hiding by Rachel Dylan
41 – Brenda Minton A Cowboy's Heart (The Cowboy Series #2) by Brenda Minton
42 – Lisa Belcastro Shenandoah Nights (Winds of Change, #1) by Lisa Belcastro
43 – Sarah Sundin With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale, #1) by Sarah Sundin
44 – Amber Stockton A Grand Design (Quilts of Love Series) by Amber Stockton
45 – Gwen Ford Faulkenberry Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
46 – Lynnette Bonner Beyond the Waves by Lynnette Bonner
47 – Elizabeth Camden With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden
48 – Karen Healey When We Wake (When We Wake, #1) by Karen Healey
49 – Robin Caroll Hidden in the Stars (Quilts of Love Series) by Robin Caroll
50 – K.V. Case The Far Corner of the Greenhouse by K.V. Case
51 – Hannah Alexander Hallowed Halls by Hannah Alexander
52 – Ruth Reid A Miracle of Hope (The Amish Wonders, #1) by Ruth  Reid
53 – Belle Calhoune Tremors (Stone Braide Chronicles, #.5) by Bonnie S. Calhoun
54 – Carrie Fancett Pagels The Fruitcake Challenge (Christmas Traditions #3) by Carrie Fancett Pagels
55 – Patricia Bradley A Promise to Protect (Logan Point #2) by Patricia  Bradley
56 – Jan Watson Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson
57 – Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, & Melinda Curtis Christmas, Actually by Anna Adams
58 – Dawn Crandall The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles, #1) by Dawn Crandall
59 – Miralee Ferrell The Nativity Bride (The 12 Brides of Christmas #7) by Miralee Ferrell
60 – Cara Putman Where Treetops Glisten  Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Tricia Goyer
61 – Sarah Loudin Thomas Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessings, #.5) by Sarah Loudin Thomas
62 – Lisa MondelloPamela TracyCheryl Wyatt Mistletoe Kisses by Janet Tronstad
63 – Cindy Kirk Love at Mistletoe Inn  A December Wedding Story (A Year of Weddings Novella 2, #1) by Cindy Kirk
64 – Elaine Marie Cooper Fields of the Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper
65 – Cindy Loven Swept Away (Quilts of Love) by Laura V. Hilton
66 – Dorothy Clark A Season of the Heart by Dorothy Clark
67 – Misty M. Beller The Lady and the Mountain Man (Mountain Dreams, #1) by Misty M. Beller
68 – Carla Capshaw Second Chance Cinderella by Carla Capshaw

The A-Z Reading Challenge: I chose to go for Titles.

Here are the results:

A – An Amish Garden
B – Barefoot Summer
C – The Christmas Quilt
D – Dare to Love Again
E – Echoes of Mercy
F – A February Bride
G – Gabriel’s Bride
H – Hidden in the Everglades
I – It Had to Be You
J – Joyful
K
L – Love at Any Cost
M – Minding Molly
N – No One to Trust
O – One More Last Chance
P – Princess Ever After
Q – The Quilted Heart Omnibus
R – Rosemary Cottage
S – Smitten
T – Two Seasons of Romance
U – Unraveled
V – The Vigilante’s Bride
W – Winter in Full Bloom
X
Y – The Yuletide Rescue
Z

Christmas Challenge: Only for the months of November – December. I challenged myself to 6 books.

Here are the results:

1. Christmas, Actually by Anna Adams
2. The Nativity Bride (The 12 Brides of Christmas #7) by Miralee Ferrell
3. Where Treetops Glisten  Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Tricia Goyer
4 – The Gingerbread Bride (The 12 Brides of Christmas #6) by Amy Lillard
5 – Mistletoe Kisses by Janet Tronstad
6 – The Yuletide Rescue by Margaret Daley
7 – A Season of the Heart by Dorothy Clark
8 – Christmas Legacy by Kathleen Fuller (Christmas Legacy by Kathleen Fuller)
9 – One December Night by Melissa Tagg

 

Happy New Year to all of you & Happy Reading!

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About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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4 Responses to Reading Challenges Wrap Up!

  1. martyomenko says:

    Those are some fun challenges!

  2. Aerykah says:

    Congratulations!! I see several authors I’ve enjoyed on your new authors list. I haven’t joined the 50 States challenge, but I have decided to keep track of everywhere I “visit” in my reading this year. I think it will be fun to look back on. 🙂

    Happy New Year and Happy Reading!! 😀

  3. Wow! You did amazing on all of your challenges!! 😀 I hope 2015 is just as exciting for you as 2014 was!

  4. Carol Voss says:

    Wow! You are definitely an over-achiever. What interesting ways to challenge yourself.

    Carol A Baby for Sarah, Oct, 2014 http://www.carolvoss.com

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