For 2014, I returned to setting reading goals for myself. I decided to continue with several reading challenges and join a few new ones. It’s not always easy to gauge if the number of reading challenges or books you select for a challenge is right until you get into your reading year. For example, reading 100 nonfiction picture books for Kid Lit Frenzy’s challenge seemed like it might push me a bit as a picture book reader. But I’ve already read 50, and it’s only April 1. So clearly 100 wasn’t enough.
On the other hand, 12 books for the #Nerdbery challenge seemed like I wasn’t really pushing myself at all. But given how tough I find it to make myself read even one of the older Newbery winners, reading twelve this year will be good progress. And since I’m 0/12 for that challenge right now, I was clearly right not to tackle more.
One of the more fun reading challenges I joined this year is Carrie Gelson’s #MustReadin2014 Challenge. I only put 15 titles on my #MustReadin2014 list. I’m close to halfway through the list, so I’m considering revising my goal to finish all 15 titles by the end of June and create a new list for the second half of the year. Because there are so many more books that I feel like I must read right this moment. My TBR pile just keeps growing.
So far, I’ve finished:
I loved all but one of these books, and I’m still glad I read the one I didn’t love. (The one I didn’t love is Jumping Off Swings.) Three of these books are probably going to end up on my best of 2014 reading list: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock; Doll Bones; and Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.
The main thing I’ve learned so far is that my nerdy PLN has very good taste in books, because all of these books came highly recommended!