2018 Mid-Year Challenge Progress & Future TBRs

Posted July 4, 2018 / Book Challenges, Features, Wrap-Ups / 6 Comments

I love tracking my TBR and trying to see what else there is to accomplish by halfway through the year. I always hope it shocks me into completing challenges and really focusing in on my bookish goals. I decided to split this year’s check-in into two posts so I could really hone in on some specifics. Today’s post is about about my challenges’ status and TBRs for the rest of the year. Monday’s post was about what I’ve read and my goal progress. Check out last year’s post if you’re curious!

challenge statusI’m a big fan of reading challenges and decided to expand a little bit. Instead of doing ones I’d finish very easily, I wanted to do some more specific ones with categories that would open up my reading a bit more.

Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge

Goal: 80% ratio ||| Current ratio: 71%

 Pretty Dead Girls – Murphy
As You Wish – Sedoti
The Upside of Falling Down – Crane
Surprise Me – Kinsella
The Sweetest Kind of Fate – Cestari
Legendary – Garber
Finding Felicity – Kade
Starry Eyes – Bennett
Frat Girl – Roache
No Filter – Collins
The Elizas – Shepard
Love Songs & Other – Pennington
August/Everything After – Dotorksi
Love & Luck – Welch
Herons Landing – Ross
From Twinkle with Love – Menon
Dating Disasters/Emma – Seager
Last Summer/Garrett – Spotswood
The Summer List – Doan
The Similars – Hanover
To Catch a Killer – Scarborough
Your Destination/Left – Spieller

Popsugar Reading Challenge

Goal: 40 prompts completed ||| Read so far: 27

Next book in already started series | Return/Isle of the Lost – de la Cruz
Book set in fascinating country | The Upside of Falling Down – Crane
Book with time of day in title | Together at Midnight – Castle
Book about villain/antihero | Renegades – Meyer
Book about death/grief | The Chaos of Standing Still – Brody
Book with LGBTQ+ protagonist | Aristotle and Dante – Saenz
Book also stage play/musical | Twelfth Night – Shakespeare
Book by author w/diff ethnicity | Dear Martin – Stone
Book about feminism | Frat Girl – Roache
Book about mental health | The Leading Edge of Now – MLC
Book borrowed or gifted | Save the Date – Matson
Book by two authors | My Plain Jane – A/H/M
Book by a local author | Save the Date – Matson
Book with alliteration in title | Wonder Woman – Bardugo
Book with weather in title | Starry Eyes – Bennett
Book set on different planet | Obsidio – Kaufman, Kristoff
Book with song lyrics in title | Listen to Your Heart – West
Book with twin characters | Surprise Me – Kinsella
Childhood classic never read | TE, MB, and Other BRT – Mackler
Book published in 2018 | Pretty Dead Girls – Murphy
Book set in decade born | Finding Felicity – Kade
Book meant to read in 2017 | Foolish Hearts – Mills
Book with an ugly cover | Nice Try, Jane Sinner – Oelke
Book involving bookstore/library | Last Summer/GG – Spotswood
Fave prompt from 2015-17 PS | All in Pieces – Young
Book with fruit/veggie in title | Blackberry Summer – Thayne
Book about problem facing society | All of This is True – Penaflor

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge

Goal: 12 prompts completed ||| Read so far: 9

  Classic been meaning to read | Twelfth Night – Shakespeare
Book rec’d by someone | All in Pieces – Young
Book nominated for 2018 award | Down Among/S & B – McGuire
Book you can read in a day | Foolish Hearts – Mills
Book more than 500 pages | Renegades – Meyer
Book by a favorite author | Gone Rogue – Meyer
Book rec’d by library or indie BS | Dear Martin – Stone
Banned book | TE, MB, and Other BRT – Mackler
Book by an author of diff race, etc. | From Twinkle with Love – Menon

Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge

Read approximately 14 books from Netgalley/EW

This is a harder one to organize because it’s not super possible to predict how many more approvals I’ll get. If things were to stay the same, I’d have 117 books on Netgalley and I’ve read 82 of them (as of right now). I decided to make things a little more even and round up to 120, as it’s safe to assume I’ll be approved for AT LEAST 3 more books this year. This means I would have to read 14 more books from my NG/EW accounts in order to reach the 80% mark. Here are some I hope to key in on for sure:

 Valley Girls Furyborn (Empirium, #1) All That I Can Fix Chemistry Lessons Almost Impossible It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) The Art of Inheriting Secrets The Impossibility of Us After Nightfall The Good Luck Charm Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1) Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Sadie

Popsugar Reading Challenge

Need to complete 13 more prompts

I was hoping to complete all 50 prompts but I think 40 is going to be more realistic, now that some of the easier ones are taken care of. I have a general idea of which books I need to rid will fit where, so here’s the 13 book ideas paired with the prompts I think I can get done.

True crimeI'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Time travel

Celeb book club
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Goodreads winner
Saga, Vol. 4 (Saga, #4)

  • I was going to put my reread of SIX OF CROWS in the “book involving a heist” category, but ended up being able to use it as the “recommended by someone else in the PopSugar challenge” prompt. I moved CROOKED KINGDOM into the heist category as a result.
  • ALL IN PIECES (in the completed section) is being used for the “favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 challenges” and I picked “book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet.”
  • ELEANOR OLIPHANT is from the Reese Witherspoon Book Club and she is adapting it into a film as well.
  • The fourth volume of SAGA won a Goodreads award back in 2015, I think, so I decided to use that one… since I’ve been meaning to get back into graphic novels later this year and I think I’ve read up until three.


HS grad year
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)

Tied to ancestry
The Next Together (The Next Together, #1)

Author w/ my name
Broken Things

The Game Can't Love You Back

Rec’d by challenge

  • I’ve been meaning to reread the SUMMER trilogy this year and it works that the first book was published in 2009, which is the year I graduated high school.
  • I looked for books involving Scotland to fill out the “tied to ancestry” prompt because that’s a big piece of my grandfather’s ancestry. THE NEXT TOGETHER came up so I’m going with it, since I have a super old ARC.
  • I knew right away that Lauren Oliver would fit the prompt for “an author with the same first or last name as you,” so I’ll be reading my egalley of BROKEN THINGS for that one.
  • I’m only including ten books here even though I need a few more to meet the challenge, just because I know some will pop in my head randomly throughout the rest of the year. These here just serve as a good jumping-off point.

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge

Need to complete 3 more prompts

Book in translation

Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2)

Book of poetry/plays/essays

The Last Black Unicorn

Memoir, biography, etc.

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

  • SAPPHIRE BLUE is the second book in a trilogy I still haven’t finished, and I know it’s been translated from German.
  • Both of the memoirs here by Tiffany Haddish and Retta will be funny autobiographies that happen to squish into the categories. I put Haddish’s book as the “collection of essays” prompt because it specifically say that it is made up of essays. I’m not 100% sure if Retta’s is individual essays, so I was able to use it as the “memoir” prompt.

6 responses to “2018 Mid-Year Challenge Progress & Future TBRs

  1. Rowena

    I love these posts that you do, please don’t ever stop doing them and good luck on all of your challenges.

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