2014 Reading Challenges

Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:35 PM
I know I'm kinda late to the party, but better late than never. I missed signing up for reading challenges at the beginning of the year because I was taking a blogging break. I figured I'd actually challenge myself this year though I'm not sure how this will all play out. We shall see!

2014 Debut Author Challenge

Even though this challenge is to read 12 books by debut authors published this year, I'm going to aim for 10 since I'm already behind. Maybe, just maybe, I'll make it to 12, but I'm not promising any miracles. Here's some of the debuts I'm interested in reading:
Personal Challenge
I am challenging myself to finish at least 10 book series, whether it's a series I've already started or a new one, before the end of the year. I start way too many series and then leave them unfinished, and that is unacceptable. Now this could mean finishing an entire series or just all of the books that are currently released for that series. Some series I'd like to finish or start...
  • The Monstrumologist series
  • Jessica Darling series 
  • Study series
  • Curse Workers series
  • Fire and Thorns series
  • The Chemical Garden series
  • Penryn & the End of Days series
  • Shatter Me series
  • His Fair Assassin series
  • Divergent series
  • Matteo Alacran series 
  • Lunar Chronicles series 
  • Necromancer series 
  • Maze Runner series 
  • A Song of Ice and Fire series 
  • Shadowfell series 
These are all possibilities, but some of them, I will admit, are low priority. I may not have liked the first book as much, or I'm not sure I'll like the later books because of bad reviews. And obviously, I will not be finishing all of these this year. I am a mood reader so it's just not happening. But I definitely plan on getting some serious reading done this year.

Have you read any of these series? Or are there any 2014 debuts you loved or look forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I like that you added challenges a few months into the start of the year - I've been thinking about joining a couple too but was a bi shy to join so late. Not so much now :-)

    Tanya Patrice

    1. Definitely do some challenges! I was thinking about it for some time, but I finally just went with it and I feel better now. :D

  2. I've decided to limit myself this year to only my personal challenge as well, but I love so many of these titles you chose and Cruel Beauty is by far my favorite debut on your list, so I'm excited to see what you make of it. Wonderful post, Courtney, and best of luck with your challenges!

    1. Yay! That's great to hear! I'm really looking forward to reading Cruel Beauty since it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I can never resist those. Thanks, Keertana! :D

  3. I think it would give some anxiety to list all the series that I have started (or want to start) but haven't finished yet. There are so many, eek!! But I think you're approaching it the right way by not putting pressure on yourself to finish all of those within a certain time frame. I can personally recommend Curse Workers, His Fair Assassin, and the Lunar Chronicles. But for me, The Chemical Garden and Divergent series really fizzled after the first books...

    1. Yes, I only have one left for the Curse Workers series so it's only a matter of time before I finish that one. As for the Chemical Garden series and Divergent series, well, I'm in no rush since I have heard that they don't end so well, but I guess I should finish them. haha


  4. Yay! I hope you will loooove The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (though I'm pretty sure you will). Same with Love Letters to the Dead. I also plan on reading Stolen Songbird, Red Rising (obvs), Cruel Beauty, and Otherbound as entries in my DAC challenge.

    And yay for personal challenges! I'll be curious as to what you think of the rest of the Study series (though imo you should probably make the completion of that a last resort. I wasn't a fan at all.). And hurry and finish up ASoIaF so we can discuss! :)
    Good luck with your reading challenges, Cort!

    1. Haha I'll try and hurry with ASoIaF but have you seen the size of these books?! I am not intimidated by a larger book size, but that will definitely slow down my blog posts :P but yes, I shall finish them eventually. Never fear. Also, I know how you feel about the Study series, and yes, that one remains just a possibility. I just hate leaving series unfinished even if it takes me forever to read them.

      As for The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, my review is now up and I did love it for the most part though I have less experience with magical realism. And I can't wait to read the other debuts, and I'm sure we'll read some of them together.


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