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November 2012 Wrap-Up

Books Read and Reviewed (16 books)

  1. The Girl from Junchow by Kate Furnivall
  2. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall
  5. An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell
  6. Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott
  7. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  9. Pericles by William Shakespeare
  10. Othello by William Shakespeare
  11. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
  12. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  13. Poems of Emily Dickinson
  14. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  15. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  16. Mythology by Edith Hamilton

1,000,000 Page Goal

Monthly Total: 4459 pages
Pages Remaining: 892,721 pages

Current Read

  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  • The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Books Won (3)

  • A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano from Library Thing’s Early Reviewers
  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter from Cathy at Addicted to Books
  • The Velveteen by Daniel Marks from Becky at Stories and Sweets

Books I Gave Up On (0)

Challenges Completed

  • Shakespeare Reading Challenge — 12 plays in a year.  3 histories, 3 tragedies, 3 comedies.  Overall I enjoyed the challenge, but at this point, I definitely need something else.
  • Telling Tales — This was a much more difficult challenge to finish, but I finally did it.
  • Science Fiction — Mixed results in my enjoyment, but some good reads.
  • Books2Movies — Twenty books made into movies.  This challenge will be on the list for next year.

Comments

November was awesome!   I knocked out three reading challenges and over 4000 pages.  Traveling to Indiana for Thanksgiving allowed me a ton of time for reading on planes and in airports.  And I used my iPad to read most of those books.  I’m hoping to finish at least four more reading challenges in December and finish 2012 out with a bang!

Next Month’s TBR — Last chance to knock out those reading challenges

  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (about halfway through)
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • The Firemaster’s Mistress by Dickason
  • Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes
  • Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
  • Some book about food…
  • The Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristin McMorris
  • More nonfiction?

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-Up

 

October 2012 Wrap-Up

Books Read and Reviewed (12 books)

  1. Sadie Walker is Stranded by Madeleine Roux
  2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  3. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
  4. Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater
  5. Siege by Rhiannon Frater
  6. Feed by Mira Grant
  7. Deadline by Mira Grant
  8. Blackout by Mira Grant
  9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  10. The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
  11. The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison
  12. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

1,000,000 Page Goal

Monthly Total: 5178 pages
Pages Remaining: 897,180 pages

Current Read

Girl from Junchow by Kate Furnivall

Books Won (2)

  • The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  • A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

Books I Gave Up On (0)

Challenges Completed

  • Zombie Reading Challenge — 24 awesome horror filled books for me to enjoy.  I already have my eyes on some zombie books for next year’s challenge.

Comments

Pretty good month for reading.  I started out with the FrightFall Readathon and the goal of finishing my zombie challenge.  I got through five books during the readathon.  Decent showing for not a huge amount of reading.  And within the next week I had finished my zombie challenge. I also joined a book club and we had our first meeting (Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks).  Because of the holidays and traveling, we won’t be having our next meeting until December.  I’m really looking forward to it.  For next month I want to knock out my Shakespeare challenge and Fantasy challenge.  I plan on loading my iPad with reads for the Thanksgiving traveling.  Hopefully I can have tons to read and only have to lug one physical book (for take-off and landings).  Plans plans plans…

Next Month’s TBR — iPad reads month

  • Cymbeline by Shakespeare
  • Pericles by Shakespeare
  • As You Like It by Shakespeare
  • Othello by Shakespeare
  • Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep? by Philip K. Dick

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-Up

 

September 2012 Wrap-Up

Books Read and Reviewed (15 books)

  1. This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson
  2. Haunts of San Jose by David Lee
  3. Twelfth Night by Shakespeare
  4. Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love
  5. Liberty Defined by Ron Paul
  6. King Lear by Shakespeare (review pending)
  7. The Maiden’s Hand by Susan Wiggs
  8. At the Queen’s Summons by Susan Wiggs
  9. The Lost Millennium by Florin Diacu
  10. Change.edu by Andrew Rosen
  11. Slanted and Enchanted by Kayla Oakes
  12. Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History by Patrick Hunt
  13. On Target by Laura Rowley
  14. Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun by Gita May
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

1,000,000 Page Goal

Monthly Total:  4216 pages
Pages Remaining: 902,358 pages

Current Read

Persuasion by Jane Austen and a ton of zombie books!

Books Won (0)

Books I Gave Up On (0)

Challenges Completed (3)

  • Fables series reading challenge — Finally knocked this one out.  I wanted to read Volume 17, but couldn’t wait.  Instead I read Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, part of the spin-off series.
  • Romance reading challenge — After completing a historical romance trilogy, I finished it.
  • Harry Potter — Loved rereading these.

Comments

After a train wreck of an August, my reading got back on track.  I am so excited to have read some great books (fiction and nonfiction).  And I finished three! reading challenges.  I knocked off so many items on my large reading challenge list.

Next Month’s TBR — it’s a zombie month!  At least a zombie week.

  • Feed by Mira Grant
  • Deadline by Mira Grant
  • Blackout by Mira Grant
  • Sadie Walker is Stranded by Madeleine Roux
  • The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
  • Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater
  • Siege by Rhiannon Frater

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-Up

 

August 2012 Wrap-Up

Books Read and Reviewed (10 books)

  1. Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin
  2. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  3. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  4. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  5. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  7. Much Ado About Nothing By Shakespeare
  8. Richard III by Shakespeare
  9. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  10. Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare

1,000,000 Page Goal

Monthly Total:  2751 pages
Pages Remaining: 906,574 pages

Current Read

This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson

Books Won (0)

Books I Gave Up On (0)

Challenges Completed (1)

  • YA — Another 12 books off my list!  This will definitely be making an appearance for next year, but I’m also thinking of adding a Children’s fiction challenge.

Comments

I had scheduled a wonderful readathon with Bout of Books and I had hoped to get through a huge stack of books.  Life had other plans.  My medical issues took all of the strength and motivation from me.  I just didn’t get as much read as I wanted, but I think my numbers are still respectable.  Plus, I knocked out some Shakespeare right at the end of the month.

Next Month’s TBR — So many books as the year is winding down.  My top priorities…

  • Harry Potter 7
  • A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
  • This Book is Overdue
  • Teachers Matter
  • The Haunts of San Jose
  • The Maiden’s Hand by Susan Wiggs
  • At the Queen’s Summons by Susan Wiggs
  • The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Shakespeare (lots of him)

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-Up

 

July 2012 Wrap-Up

Books Read and Reviewed (17 books)

  1. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  2. The Sandman Vol. 4 Season of Mists
  3. The Sandman Vol. 5 A Game of You
  4. Persepolis: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
  5. Adriannna’s Fairy Tales by Adrianna White
  6. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
  7. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
  8. Carole’s Christmas by Anny Glynn
  9. 12th Night
  10. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  11. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
  12. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
  13. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
  14. Hater by David Moody
  15. Dog Blood by David Moody
  16. Them or Us by David Moody
  17. Ashfall by Mike Mullin

1,000,000 Page Goal

Monthly Total: 5867  pages
Pages Remaining: 909,715 pages

Current Read

Ashen Winterl by Mike Mullin

Books Won (1)

Eden’s Root by Rachel Fisher from the author!

Books I Gave Up On (1)

Jemima J by Jane Green — I gave it 48 pages and just couldn’t connect with any of the characters.  The book was published in 1999 and makes the internet sound like this new wonderful thing.  Maybe if I read it in 1999, I would have liked it.  In 2012, it just felt dated…

Challenges Completed

  • Graphic Novel Challenge — I loved this one!  I signed up for 20 volumes, but I’m sure that I’ll be reading more throughout the rest of the year.
  • Support Your Local Library — Easy peasy.  I just can’t resist the lure of all the books on the shelves.  I really do need to put myself on a library ban and get to my own books (note my abysmal progress on the Mount TBR challenge).
  • Vampire Challenge — I originally was going to read Jeanine Frosts books, but found myself rounding out the challenge with the Vampire Academy series.  This will definitely be on my list for next year’s challenges.

Comments

Loving my progress this month.  I knocked out three reading challenges and over 5000 pages.  I still need to focus on a few specific challenges, but I’m happy.  I also finished three series!  I really need to keep up my motivation.

Next Month’s TBR

  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (readalong)/watch movie
  • His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen/watch move
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen/watch movie
  • a couple Austen related books
  • Lots of Shakespeare plays/watch movies
  • HP and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep? by Philip K. Dick/watch Blade Runner

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-Up

 

June 2012 Wrap-Up

Books Read and Reviewed (17 books)

  1. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
  2. Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli
  3. The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes
  4. Beauty by Robin McKinley
  5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  6. The Sandman: The Doll’s House
  7. The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker
  8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  9. The Boys: Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men
  10. Scott Pilgrim: Precious Little Life (series review pending)
  11. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  13. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
  14. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
  15. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  16. Intentions of the Earl by Rose Gordon
  17. The Sandman: Dream Country

1,000,000 Page Goal

Monthly Total: 5024 pages
Pages Remaining: 915,582 pages

Current Read 

The Sandman Volume 4 Season of Mist

Books Won (4)

Whisper Cape by Regan Walsh from the author!

The First Days trilogy by Rhiannon Frater from Book Chick City…  look so pretty!

Books I Gave Up On (0)

Challenges Completed

Read Your Name Challenge — 23 books for 23 letters in my full name.  First challenge of the year done!

Comments

It was a good month for reading!  My favorite of the month was definitely The Lost Hero!  The boys and I can’t wait to start The Son of Neptune.  I also enjoyed starting the Vampire Academy and Sandman series.  I got a few knocked out my Mount TBR and a few from my general TBR list.  I’m ahead on my GoodReads challenge and want to stay that way.  I’ll try to keep the reading going strong for the rest of the summer.  Wish me luck!

Next Month’s TBR

  • The Sandman Vol. 4,5,6,7,8
  • Rebel Angels and A Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  • HP and the Deathly Hallows
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • Vampire Academy #4,5,6 by Richelle Mead
  • His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • The First Days trilogy by Rhiannon Fr

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-Up

 

May 2012 Wrap-Up

Books Read and Reviewed (13 books)

  1. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  3. The Frog Prince by Stephen Mitchell
  4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  5. Paris in Love by Eloisa James
  6. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  7. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben Winters
  8. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  9. Wonderland by Tommy Kovac and Sonny Liew
  10. Kick -Ass by Mark Millar
  11. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  13. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910

1,000,000 Page Goal

Monthly Total:  4448 pages
Pages Remaining: 920,606 pages

Current Read

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

Books Won (3)

So excited!  I just found out that I won the As the World Dies trilogy by Rhiannon Frater from Book Chick City.  I’ve been wanting to read these for awhile.  I can’t wait to get these…

Books I Gave Up On (1)

Paris in Love by Eloisa.  — While, I ultimately decided to stop reading, I did share why I stopped reading it in a review.

Challenges Completed

  • Bout of Books Readathon — I always have fun doing this one!
  • Getting close to some regular RCs…

Comments

A much better month than I originally thought.  Of course, participating in the Bout of Books Readathon helped focus my reading.  I finished 5 books in that week alone.  I knocked out a few from the TBR shelves and a few from the library.  I also completed two more HP books which gets me back on track for my one a month plan.  Overall I have to say my favorite book this month was Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.  I can’t wait until the movie comes out (June 22nd!).  Looking forward to knocking out a few reading challenges next month.

Next Month’s TBR

  • The Sandman Vol. 1, 2, 3
  • Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
  • Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli
  • HP and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  • Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Ashes by Isla Bick

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-Up