2014 Reading Challenges – How Did I Do?

Posted December 31, 2014 by Jana in About Me / 3 Comments

I participated in several challenges this year, and thought I’d write up how I did before I jump in to 2015’s challenges! So, here we go!

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl) has
read 24 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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2014 Debut Author Challenge (That Artsy Reader Girl)

The goal: To read twelve YA books by authors who published their first YA book between Jan. 1, 2014 and Jan. 31, 2015. Here is my TBR list of all 2014 debuts.

1. Captivate by Vanessa Garden
2. Nil by Lynne Matson
3. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
4. What is Hidden by Lauren Skidmore
5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
6. Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

2014 YA Contemporary Challenge (Katie’s Book Blog)

The goal: I want to read 10+ contemporary YA novels published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Here is my TBR list of 2014 YA contemporaries.

1. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
2. Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
3. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
4. Just One Night by Gayle Forman
5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
6. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
7. The Body in the Woods by April Henry
8. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
9. The Body in the Woods by April Henry
10. Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore
11. Just One Night by Gayle Forman
12. My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors

2014 Review Pile Challenge (Fiktshun and Phantamic Reads)

The goal: To review as many of my ARCs, galleys, and egalleys as I can this year! I’m shooting for Grand Master status, which is 31-40 books. This should not be hard! Here is my list of books received for review. As I review them, I will add them to the list below with a link to the review.

1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
2. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
3. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
4. Captivate by Vanessa Garden
5. Also Known As by Robin Benway
6. Infinite by Jodi Meadows
7. Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
8. Nil by Lynne Matson
9. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
10. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
11. Carrier by Vanessa Garden
12. What is Hidden by Lauren Skidmore
13. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
14. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
15. Taken With You by Shannon Stacey
16. Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
17. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
18. The Body in the Woods by April Henry
19. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
20. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
21. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
22. Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore
23. Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan
24. Boomerang by Noelle August
25. Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
26. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
27. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
28. Forbidden by Kimberly Griffiths Little
29. Atlantia by Ally Condie
30. Every Time I Think of You by Tracey Garvis-Graves
31. Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne
32. The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
33. Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
34. My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors

2014 Standalone Challenge (Dizneee’s World of Books and Iceybooks)

The goal: To read 15 standalone YA/MG novels released in 2014.

1. Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
2. Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
3. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
4. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
5. Carrier by Vanessa Garden
6. My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors
7. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
8. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
9. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
10. Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore
11. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
12. Atlantia by Ally Condie
13. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
14. Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

2014 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (Novel Heartbeat & Writer Grrl Reads)

The goal: To read as many prequels and sequels as I can. (1 point for each prequel or sequel novella, 2 points for each full-length sequel, 10 points for completing and reviewing a full series.)

1. The Prince (The Selection #.5) by Kiera Cass (1 point)
2. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never sky #3) by Veronica Rossi (12 points)
3. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (2 points)
4. Infinite (Newsoul #3) by Jodi Meadows (12 points)
5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) by C.S. Lewis (2 points)
6. What I Did for a Duke (Pennyroyal Green #5) by Julie Anne Long (2 points)
7. Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman (1 point)
8. Suddenly Last Summer (O’Neil Brothers #2) by Sarah Morgan (2 points)
9. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (12 points)
10. Maybe this Christmas (O’Neil Brothers #3) by Sarah Morgan (12 points)
11. Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) (2 points)


I think I did pretty good! I only finished half of the DAC, which is a bit embarrassing since I hosted it for the second half of the year… but 201 will be so much better! I completed the Review Pile Challenge, which I am super excited about because my review pile is huge. I finished the Stadalone Challenge, and did great with the prequels and sequels! All in all, it was a good year! And I blew my Goodreads reading goal out of the water, which I am the most proud of! How did you do this year?

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3 responses to “2014 Reading Challenges – How Did I Do?

  1. I think you did really good on your challenges as well. I’m terrible about signing up for them myself, and constantly forget to follow through when I do. So I’m even more impressed with what you accomplished! The only challenge I do every year is the Goodreads one, which I managed to complete my modified goal for this year so I’m happy. I’m also planning on doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge that popped up recently in 2015 too.
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