The start of a new month, and time for another update on the reading challenges I’m taking part in this year. So far I’ve found doing these challenges to be really fun, and it helps me picking out the book in advance and kind of scattering them across different formats. I feel like I’ve made good progress in the last month, but that’s something I don’t totally know until I sit down and do these updates!
Reading Challenges / Update #1 / Update #2
Goal – 24/70 Books Read
Disney Reading Challenge
3/40 Prompts Completed
Okay, so I haven’t actually made any progress on this challenge, partly because most of the books I have so far added to this one are physical, which takes me a little longer to get through that ebooks or audiobooks. But I have started The Dark Half by Stephen King, for the The Jungle Book prompt, which is a MC having your dream job – and yeah, my dream job would be a writer, so this one made sense.
Books to Read: If This Gets Out, A Breath of Sunlight, The Stranger Times
2023 Tarot Reading Challenge
5/184 Prompts Completed
I made some really good strides with this challenge, somehow managing to go from 0 to 5 in the space of a month!
The Fool – A book by a new-to-you author
For this one, I picked Scarlet, by Genevieve Cogman, and the review will be coming up soon. I had high hopes for this one, but was ultimately let down. It had such a good premise, but a not great execution (no pun intended!).
The Fool Reversed – A series continuation
This seemed like a great excuse to pick up The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin, the conclusion to the Great Cities duology. It definitely exceeded expectations, and my review will be up on Divination Hollow soon.
The High Priestess Reversed – A random TBR selection
When I did the last update, I was partway through finishing my pick for this prompt – Mad and Bad, by Bea Koch. I really liked this – it was informative without being too info-heavy, and made for a great audio book. You can read my review here.
The Emperor – A book featuring a strong family unit
This is another review coming soon one – I will catch up with them eventually! – but I didn’t enjoy Everything is Beautiful as much as I thought I would. Still, I did use it as a book for two reading challenges, so it was a decent one to get two birds with one stone.
The Lovers – A book featuring romance
So, so many choices! But this one is another review coming soon one – Take a Hint, Dani Brown. I listened to this via audiobook, and absolutely loved it! Really excited to continue with the series.
Books to Read: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, The Harrowing of Doom, Rebel Witch
Netflix Movies & TV Shows
4/24 Prompts Completed
This one has jumped up too, from 1 to 4, so I’m definitely happy with that progress!
Spinning Out – Ice skating (or another sport) romance
I admit, I struggled to find a book for this for ages, and I wasn’t confining myself to ice skating. I haven’t really read many sports romances, as I’m not really a sports person, but I’m so glad I gave If Only You a go after getting approved on NetGalley! I really loved this one. No review yet as I’ve only just finished, but I may have to check out the rest of the series, too.
Shadow and Bone – Book with a film adaption
I finished reading Shadow and Bone! It was okay, though I definitely prefer the TV show (which I now need to catch up on). I’m undecided about continuing on with the series at the moment, though I think I will eventually.
To the Bone – Main character struggles with their mental/physical health
Yeah I was a little cheeky with this one and used Everything is Beautiful again – it just seemed like it fit so well, and Amy definitely struggles with her mental health here.
Books to Read: The Rake, The Good Luck Girls, Made in Manhattan
There we have it – the books I’ve read so far, and just a handful of the ones on the challenges that I want to read. Have you read any of these? Are you taking part in any reading challenges this year? If so, let me know in the comments.