Reading Challenge Check-In February 2021

Time to check in for a monthly accountability on the Reading Challenges I’m participating in

February was a short month, yet I feel it was very productive.

Here’s my January progress:

Alphabet Soup Challenge - I completed this challenge. I decided I wanted to try to see how many times I could complete this year. Well, as of the end of February, I have almost completed a second round. All that I’m missing is the letter X.  Hmm. There was also a Bonus keyword challenge attached for the month of February that I completed.

Alphabet Soup Challenge - Author Edition - I did complete this challenge in February. As with the Title Challenge, I thought I’d see how many times I can complete it. I’m still on my second round, needing to complete letters O, Q, T, X, Y, and Z. 

Craving For Cozies - 23 Cozy Mysteries read this month. This pushes me into the ‘Yearning’ category. 

Literary Escapes - I read a lot of books that didn’t have a definitive location, and a few that were repeat locations, but I have ‘visited’ these new locations during the month of February:



North Carolina




West Virginia


Cloak & Dagger Challenge -  24 Mysteries that fit their rules (100 + pages or the book doesn’t count). I’m barely hanging on in the ‘Special Agent’ category (once I finish the current read, I’ll be moving on to the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ category.

Mount TBR - I’ve managed to knock out 22 books from my TBR list that continues to grow faster than I can keep up! I still have well over 15,000 titles on my TBR list. I’m reading quite a few more ARC’s, and that’s slowing me down on this big climb. I’ve just started climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I hope to be climbing El Toro by next month.

Keyword Challenge - This is different from the Bonus Monthly keyword challenge attached to the Alphabet Soup Challenge.  The Challenge for February were the keywords “Over, Edge, Rain, Blade, Red, Come, None, Glass”   I chose Red as my keyword and completed the challenge with the book “Red White and Blueberry Murder” by Susan Gillard.

A Personal Challenge of mine is to track the number of pages read. So far this year, I have read 15,119 pages.

Overall, I read a total of 38 books in February, with a year to date total of 83. 

I’d say that February was a HUGE success! I do see a few personal challenges (aka medical appointments and overall feeling unwell) ahead for the month of March, and I hope they don’t interfere too much with my reading plans. I do have a number of ARCs on my schedule to read. Some I have already received, some I’m still waiting on the books (why do tour organizers think it’s okay to wait until last minute to send us 200+ page books and expect a good read & review? Don’t they know they are doing a huge disservice to the authors by doing that?)  **stepping down from soapbox**  

How are you doing with your reading challenges? 



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