Clear the Shelf Reading Challenge 2023 Update #2

What have I read so far this year?

So far this year, for this reading challenge, the above books are what I have read from the list.

What am I reading now?

I started The Rose of the World a few days ago and it will conclude the Fool’s Gold trilogy by Jude Fisher.

What am I reading next?

I haven’t decided what I will be reading after I finish the Rose of the World. I have a few review requests that I accepted and I feel like I should probably read those.

Unfortunately, the list has actually expanded. i was recently going through and rearranging books and discovered some complete trilogies that were on my shelf but not on the Goodreads list, so it is now at 51 instead of being under 50.

I’m fairly satisfied with how my reading challenge is going this year! How are your reading goals for this year going?

If you are interested, you can check out my previous update here.

Clear the Shelf Reading Challenge 2023 – Update #1

Books I’ve finished since last update:

Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier, Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier and the Hippopotamus March by Pauline Gedge.

Were these books on the list? YES!

What am I reading now?

The Executioner of Yrecep Forest by Laura DiNivos Berry.

Is this book on the list? No

Why am I reading it? I was offered a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

What do I plan to read next?

The Oasis by Pauline Gedge

Is it on the list? Yes, it is.

The list is down to 50, which is great but I’m feeling impatient and want the number to go down faster!

2023 Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

I came across this tag on Warm Days Will Never Cease’s blog and thought I would do it myself.

Best Book You’ve Read This Year?

I haven’t been reading as much this year so there may be a lot of duplication happening here. The best book I’ve read this year so far is Rose Madder by Stephen King. A much older book but really good.

Best Sequel You’ve Read?

Hmm, I think Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier was probably the best sequel. It did a great job of wrapping up a trilogy and Fainne was my favourite character in that series.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To?

I’m not really up to date on new releases as I’m trying to get through books I’ve had for years, but the latest books in the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?

Like I said above, I’m not up to date on new releases so I don’t actually know what’s coming out this year.

Biggest Disappointment?

Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier. The main character in this novel had been set up in a certain way in the previous two books and this one just subverted all that.

Biggest Surprise?

Hmm, maybe Rose Madder. This was a book my roommate recommended I read and I knew nothing about it going in.

Favourite New-To-You or Debut Author?

J.V. Hilliard. I read by his debut novel The Last Keeper and the sequel Vorodin’s Lair. Both were excellent.

Newest Fictional Crush?

I don’t have one

Book That Made You Cry?

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier. A beloved character from the first book passed away and it was very sad.

Book That Made You Happy?

Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier. There were a lot of struggles in the this novel for the main characters and the ending just made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Favourite Book-To-Film Adaptation?

I haven’t see any this year

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year?

Probably my post Fantasy Novels with (Almost) no Sex in Them. It was something I’d been thinking about for awhile.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year?

I’ve only bought two so I guess the Black Jewels book I picked up. I actually can’t remember which one I bought lol

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?

Nothing is ever set in stone. I generally choose what to read based on my current mood so I will see how I feel going forward.

Clear the Shelf Book Challenge 2023

For a few years now I’ve been saying that I want to read books that the series is completed and I own all the books. I even made a shelf on Goodreads to help me track it. Have I done well at this? Well, it started with nearly 100 books on it and is now down to 53.

I realize that 2023 is already more than half over, but now is as good of time as any to start tracking this in a different way. This year hasn’t been a great year for reading for me. I’m hoping keeping track on the blog will help motivate me as it’s more than just updating a list. I can write down my thoughts and moods here to help me keep going.

So, I will do my best to post updates on this at least once a month, sharing which books I finished, what I am currently reading, what I plan to read next along with why I have or haven’t stuck to the Goodreads list, if I deviate, why. I really feel like this will help keep me motivated as I also reread some books before finishing off the series.

So, let’s get started.

What book did I just finish?

Son of the Shadows Book 2 of the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier.

Was this book on the list? No

Why did I read it? It was a reread as I need to refresh on the beginning of this series before finishing it.

What am I reading now?

Child of the Prophecy Book 3 of the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier

Was this book on the list? no

Why am I reading it? Same reason as above

What am I reading next?

Seer of Sevenwaters Book 5 of the Sevenwaters Series

Is it on the list? Yes