2022 CHALLENGES: A look back

I did not take on too many challenges back in January for this year, and that strategy has paid off. Here is an update on what I have accomplished and what is left to do by December 31st.

Challenge #1 “What’s in a Name” was the shortest, requiring only 6 books, and it was finished in August ’22.

Challenge #2 is not going very well. I had decided to read a classic every other month starting in January until December.

So far, I have read Brideshead Revisited, I Capture the Castle, The Wind in the Willows, and am currently reading Leafy Rivers to count for the months of July and August, so I am two books behind. However I am sure I can read two more classics before December 31st.

Challenge #3 Twenty-two Novels in 2022

I finished this one early and am now at 31 novels for this year.

Challenge #4 Twenty-two Nonfction Books in 2022

I also finished this challenge at the beginning of fall. I am currently at 27 non-fiction books for the year, which is surely a record for me.


I decided not to do Non-Fiction in November, as I did last year and am thinking of doing Novellas in November. However, before I take on another challenge, I have to decide what defines a novella and how many would I plan to read?

If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments box.



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

7 thoughts on “2022 CHALLENGES: A look back”

  1. You have done an exceptional job with your challenges this year. I hope you are able to finish your classics challenge. And, wow, look at all those nonfiction books read this year. Wow.

    A definition of novella is a short novel or long short story. I’d consider a novella about 100–200 pages.

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