As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time for me to do my final wrap up on my 2014 reading challenge, known as the Must Read in 2014 (#mustreadin2014), over on Twitter. Many thanks to Carrie who got us all organized with this challenge and is graciously hosting our updates, so be sure to head over to her blog for the official link up. Below is the list of books I initially posted about in January that I wanted to read during 2014. It is mix of older titles, 2013 titles, and new 2014 titles. I’ve crossed out the books I have read to date.
So, how did I do? Of my 38 titles listed, I finished 29 titles and sadly abandoned one additional title. Books I’ve finished since the last update in mid-October are marked in red; previously completed titles are noted in blue. Ones that I especially adored and recommend are marked with double asterisks, **.
Newbery Challenge goals–I wanted to read 12 books. I read 9 titles.
Caldecott Challenge g0als–I pretty much went nowhere with that one.
Did I bite off more than I can chew for my 2014 goals? Probably. I find I’m to easily distracted by all the shiny new books that everyone is talking about, but I’m glad I had this as a rough guide to encourage me not to forget these other titles.
If you’ve done an update for this challenge, please share the link in the comments. I’d love to come check out what you’ve enjoyed, too! Happy Reading!
Must Read Books in 2014
Abandoned to date 1/38
Not Read 8/38
Books for Adults
Middle Grade NovelsHold Fast by Blue Balliett (2013)
Young Adult Titles
2014 Titles I’m most looking forward to reading:
Newbery Challenge Goal
Read to date: 9/12
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, Newbery Medal 1949 Read in February 2014 The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, Newbery Medal 1950 Read in March 2014 Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates, Newbery Medal 1951 Read in May 2014 Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes, Newbery Medal 1952 Read in May 2014 Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark, Newbery Medal 1953 Read in June 2014 And Now Miguel . . . by Joseph Crumhold, Newbery Medal 1954 Read in August 2014 Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, Newbery Medal 1984 Read in August 2014** Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Newbery Medal 1995 Read in August 2014** Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Newbery Medal Read in October 2014
My goal was 12 books, or an average of one per month. I’m grateful to have fellow blogger, Elisabeth, from The Dirigible Plum along for the ride as we slowly plug through the challenging middle years of the Newbery Challenge.
Caldecott Challenge Goal
Progress to date : Meh
I’m aiming to get through all Caldecott Medal and Honor winners through 1979. I found I really got weighed down in the 1950s, but I’m hoping to get back some steam for the Caldecott Challenge.
No real progress made here . . .
Cheers and may your 2014 be filled with many wonderful reading memories!