... so I think it's the perfect time to look back and check how I did with all my challenges I participate in this year.


50/50 challenge

It's going not so bad actually. I have read 24 new books so far and watched 29 new movies, so I'm on track and didn't fall behind - especially since I count longer books (in my case: more than 600 pages) as two. So it's not 24 but even 29 books! But to be honest, I hoped I would have read more books to have a buffer to be prepared for times when I'm not really into reading, but that didn't work out ;)

Edit: I just remembered that I should explain what the 50/50 challenge actually is about. Totally forgot that. Well, it's not that difficult and can be summarized as follows: 50 books, 50 movies in one year. But re-reads and watching movies you've already seen do not count. And if you like, you can count books with more than 500 pages as two (I adapted this "rule" and only do that for books with more than 600 pages).


Less YA, more SciFi

I just read one young adult novel: Raven Boys, the first book of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. It was a great book I really enjoyed - so it was definitely worth it. I'm also sure that it's not going to be the only young adult book I will read this year, because I'm looking forward to the fourth Harry Potter novel - I only read the first three books so far and want to maybe even finish this series this year. Nevertheless, those are less ya books than in the previous years :)

Let's see how I did with the Science Fiction part: six books is a good number for me and this genre really grew on me - there are so many great novels out there that I can't wait to read. I'm just thinking about the Expanse series by James S. A. Corey or the books about the Ketty Jay crew by Chris Wooding.


Read me - every month a new topic

So far I didn't have to take a joker, because I managed to read at least two books each month that fitted the specific topic. The best month was actually April with religion as the theme which I would have never guessed :) To find out more about the monthly topics, just visit my challenge website here on booklikes.


Definitive SF reads

I read four books so far that are on Rinn's definitive sf reads list, which isn't that good, but thankfully it's an ongoing challenge which I don't have to finish this year :)

~ The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

~ Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

~ A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller jr.

~ Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

All of them are from the 'classic science fiction' section. I hope I'll read a few from the new and young adult section soon too.


That was my progress in the first six months. I'm really looking forward to hear how you are doing so far! Are you on track or did you fall behind?