Monday, September 22, 2008

My Current Challenge Status

I'm pretty much challenge-addicted and have a hard time resisting a great challenge - although I have been pretty good about not adding much new since the beginning of the year. Now that 2008 is nearly three-quarters of the way over, I wondering what I'm actually going to be able to finish. Here is a summary of my current challenge status (more details, including links, are in my sidebar):

    342,752 Ways to Herd Cats - 0/3 (ends November 30; I haven't even decided what three books I'm going to read).

    Series Challenge - 1/4 (although the challenge doesn't specify the number of books required; ends November 30).

    Chunkster Challenge - 3/4 (ends December 20).

    Fall Into Reading 2008 - list pending (starts tomorrow and runs through December 20).
    I'm quite sure that my list for this challenge will be comprised of books for the other challenges.

    TBR Challenge - 3/12 (ends December 31).

    What's in a Name? - 1/6 (ends December 31).

    In Their Shoes - 2/8 (ends December 31).

    Back to History Challenge - 6/12 (ends December 31).

    Every Month is a Holiday - 8/12 (ends December 31; I skipped April and haven't yet read August's pick, but I've already read October's and November's, so maybe it'll all work out).

    1st in a Series - 2/12 (ends December 31).

    Celebrate the Author - 4/12 (ends December 31; I skipped March, and then I stalled at June).

    Printz Award Challenge - 2/6 (ends December 31).

    Graphic Novels Challenge - 3/6 (ends December 31).

    Man Booker Challenge - 0/6 (ends December 31).

    Reading Full Circle Challenge - 6 completed (ends December 31).

    Triple 8 (or 888) - 31/64, with four overlaps, with 2 of 8 categories completed (ends December 31).

    A~Z Reading Challenge - 34/52 (ends December 31).

    YA Romance Challenge - 0/6 (ends February 28; I've actually read a few things that qualify, but I need to get them labeled and posted to the challenge blog).

    Book Awards Challenge II - list under construction (ends June 1).

    Suspense & Thriller Challenge - 8/6 for 2008 (challenge continues into 2009).

    Cardathon - 3 completed.

    42 Challenge - not even officially begun, but I'm way behind on tracking my progress, so I'll have to let you know; runs January 1 through December 3, 2009.

If I've done the math right, in order to complete the challenges that end on or before December 31, I've got more than 100 books to read by year-end. That includes the overlaps that I know about, although there can likely be a few more than that. Since I've read fewer than 60 books so far this year, 100 more is an impossibility! I guess it's time to start prioritizing what I'd like to finish. Off the top of my head, I'd like to complete both the A~Z Reading Challenge and the Triple 8 Challenge. Those are the two biggest ones I'm involved in - and finishing them would give me a great sense of accomplishment.

I guess I ought to get off the computer and start reading!

P.S. I really didn't realize that I had so many challenges pending. I even said so to Becky on Saturday night. Alas.


  1. I was just looking at my A-Z list yesterday trying to determine if I'll be able to finish it. The authors at the end of the alphabet at proving challenging. Like you I would like to finish it because it would give a good sense of accomplishment.

  2. I am so with you!! I can't believe how many challenges that I've entered and how many that I very well may not complete. I, too, need to decide what I want to complete.

  3. I feel your pain...I evaluated what all I needed to read to finish all my challenges and it seemed a tad bit daunting. I am going for it, but won't beat myself up if I don't finish them all. Reading is fun.. reading is relaxing...reading is fun...reading is relaxing...!
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