In the Bookcase


Wrapping up my 2019 challenges

The Goal:

1. Read at least 125 books, from all formats. *Only made it to 116.

2. Review, review, review! -- Make sure to review every book I read this year.
3. In with the old! -- Read at least 25 books that are published before the year 2000.
4. Listen while I "work"! -- Listen to at least 35 audio books. *Only listened to 32.
5. Increase my NetGalley feedback ratio -- Finish at least 10 NetGalley books.
6. Read more titles from indie authors this year -- at least 12.
7. Tackle something big! -- Read 2 books that have 500+ pages each. (Yes, I must try.)
8. Complete at least 8 year-long reading challenges (to doubly make sure I finish them off!).
9. Finish what I start! -- Finish off at least 4 different book series.
10. All formats of books combined, conquer reading 25,000 pages (according to Goodreads stats). *Only made it to 24,078.

The Accomplishment: 5/10

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your "to be read" pile (within 12 months).

The Accomplishment: Yes, I finished all 12 titles on my list, plus the 2 alternatives!

My 2019 TBR Pile Challenge List:
1.  A Horse Called Hero by Sam Angus
2.  Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning
3.  As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
4.  Light in My Darkest Night by Catherine Marshall
5.  Anon, Sir, Anon by Rachel Heffington
6   Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines
7.  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
8.  Mistress Pat by L.M. Montgomery
9.  Swept to Sea by Heather Manning
10.  Louisa and the Missing Heiress by Anna Maclean
11.  Doc Susie by Virginia Cornell
12.  The Wizard of Oz FAQ by David J. Hogan

1.   The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
2.   The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

The Goal: To read 12 classics that fit within 12 specific categories.

The Accomplishment:  Yes, I read all 12 classics! 3 points for the challenge.
(Karen, here's my easily accessible CONTACT page)  :-D

19th Century Classic: The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott
20th Century Classic: His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle
Classic By A Woman: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Classic in Translation: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
Classic Tragic Novel: The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
Classic Comic Novel: My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Very Long Classic: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
Classic Novella: Village Diary by Miss Read
Classic From the Americas or Caribbean: The Horse and Buggy Doctor by Arthur E. Hertzler
Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Classic From A Place You've Lived: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Classic Play: Macbeth by William Shakespeare


  1. Nicely done. I've got Where the Red Fern Grows coming up this year.

    1. It's a good one, Joseph. I hope you'll enjoy it too.