As usual, I took on a lot of challenges this year. Let's see how I did. I'm sure you're tired of these by now and I am too, so I hope this is the final one!
Arthurian Literature Challenge: My own baby challenge was quite fun. I wanted to hit the Paladin level of 6 or more, and I read 12 works of literature and one history book for a total of 13. So, not bad.
A Sail to the Past History Reading Challenge: Fanda had a good one this year! I signed up for 7 history books, and I read 8 in all. I would have liked to read more! Challenge exceeded.
Back to the Classics Challenge: This year, Katherine gave us 6 required categories and 5 optional. I did them all, but I completely forgot about the part where the books had to be 50+ years old and one of my optional titles doesn't actually count. Still, I did the required part and I only didn't hit the optional because I didn't figure out the rule until mid-December. I'm going to call it complete.
Chunkster Challenge: Vasilly didn't want to set levels, so I decided I would start with 6 and see what happened. I wound up with 10 chunkster titles, all pretty gigantic. Challenge complete!
European Reading Challenge: Rose City Reader's challenge is a lot of fun, and I signed up for the highest level, 5 books. I actually hit 14 different countries. This is a much lower number than last year; the Russian literature ate up a large chunk of my European-flavored reading and so I just didn't have the variety this time. Still, I exceeded the official goal.
Harlem Renaissance Challenge: I signed up for level 1, which was 1-5 books, and I read two (plus one novel set at the time). This was about what I wanted to do, but I still want to read more HR books; the two I read were excellent. Complete.
Pre-Printing Press Challenge: The rule was to read books from before 1440. I signed up for 10, and I did hit 10, mostly Arthurian titles. I meant to read other medieval literature too but there's only so much I can do. Complete.
Russian Literature Challenge: O's was a favorite this year. I signed up for level two, 4-6 titles, but always hoped to do more. I ended up with 10 Russian novels plus a volume or two of history. I didn't read all the Russian literature, history, and criticism that I want to read, but what would be the fun in that? I think I did well.
TBR Challenges: I signed up for 24 unspecified titles with Bev, and 12 specified titles + two backups with Adam. I hit the 24 by the skin of my teeth, and finished 13 of the 14 on the specific list. I just could not read Still Life. Still, I completed both.
In ongoing projects, I have now hit a total of 89/150 in my Classics Club list. On the other hand, my Non-Fiction Adventure total is all of 12, which is kind of embarrassing.
See you in 2015! Lots to look forward to.