And so it ends.
As we head into the final few days of 2019, I wanted to post briefly about the challenge and people’s progress, including my own. First, I’m sad to say that I will not be bringing the challenge back for 2020. I know a lot of people were hoping it would be back again for Year 9, but I’ve decided I’m just not too interested in hosting it anymore, and my attentions here on the blog and elsewhere have turned to other matters.
I’m currently editing my second academic text (a collection of essays of literary criticism to be published early in 2020) and sending out queries for my first novel (which has been completed and revised. If you know any agents looking for LGBTQ Own Voices YA, let me know or send them my way!) So, I wish I could keep this up again another year, but it’s time to say goodbye, or at least goodbye for now.
As to my challenge progress this year, it looks like I’m only going to get through 7 of the 12 books I need in order to “Win.” That’s still a win for me, though, as it’s 7 books that had been sitting on my shelves for ages that I’ve finally read! I enjoyed most of them, too.
Here are the 7 that I’ve finished:
Of this list, I would have to say that my favorites were The House of the Vampire, Timequake, and Gemini. (Gemini was pretty stunning. More people should read it, seriously.)
We do have some folks who have commented on the master post indicating that they are finished – outstanding! After the year ends, I will be going back to The Mister Linky to randomly select a winner from all the participant posts this year. Remember, all your linked reviews for completed books from your original TBR Pile list (which I have saved), plus ONE final wrap-up post, will earn you entries into the final giveaway, provided you have linked them all to our Mister Linky by January 14th. I will be selecting the winner on January 15th. To put it simply:
If you’re out there and you’ve finished your challenge, be sure to leave a comment letting us know! If you didn’t finish – what kind of progress did you make? 1 of 12? 6 of 12? Even reading one book is a step in the right direction, so if you gave it a shot – good for you!
Which books from your list did you love? Which ones did you hate? Which reading challenges are you looking forward to in 2020?
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