Daily Archives: July 1, 2009

2nd Quarter Stats – June 09 + Challenge Progress

I haven’t done a lot of comparisons between 1st and 2nd quarter but what little I have noticed is that 2nd quarter stats were lower than 1st quarter, including total number of books read and page count. I ddi notice that I read more fiction than anything else and my reading of children/YA novels was down as well. I am only attempting 1 more challenge than previous, and finished 3 more than prior as well.

2nd Quarter Stats

Total Books Read – 42 (out of 87)
Total Page Counter Q2 – 11,657

New Authors – 18
Female – 14
Male – 14

Fiction – 31
Non-Fiction – 7
Children – 4
YA – 3

Total Challenges Attempting – 33 + 4 perpetual challenges

Challenges Finished – Eight (8)

  • Banned Book Challenge (3/3)
  • 50 Book Challenge (50/50)
  • Book Binge 2009 (18/18)
  • Book Into Movie Challenge (20/20)
  • Love Bites Challenge (3/3)
  • Vampire Challenge (5/5)
  • 2nds Challenge (12/12)
  • Spring Reading Thing (10/10)

Current Challenges -

  1. A Visit to Oz Challenge (2/5)
  2. 1% Well Read Challenge (2/10)
  3. Book vs. Movie Challenge (10/20)
  4. Read Your Own Books (38/50)
  5. What’s in a Name (4/6)
  6. 2009 TBR Challenge (8/12) alternatives (4/12)
  7. 1st in Series (11/12)
  8. 2009 YA Challenge (6/12)
  9. Romance Reading Challenge (1/5)
  10. A-Z Challenge (17/26) authors (18/26) titles
  11. Decades Challenge (13/20)
  12. Scott Westerfeld Challenge (1/2)
  13. Daniel Defoe Challenge (1/2)
  14. New Author Challenge (39/50)
  15. 100+ Challenge (86/100)
  16. 2009 Pub Challenge (4/9)
  17. Project Fill in the Gaps (5/100)
  18. Summer Vacation Reading (3/6) alternatives (1/3)
  19. 999×2 Challenge (14/81)
  20. Series Challenge Season 3 (8/15) ends 11.30
  21. Chunkster Challenge (3/5) ends 11.15
  22. Classics Challenge (1/5) ends 10.31
  23. Non-Fiction Five Challenge (3/5) ends 9.30
  24. 999 Challenge (67/81) ends 9.9
  25. Countdown Challenge (39/45) ends 9.9
  26. Create a Colorful Summer (9/TBD) ends 7.31
  27. Summer Reading Challenge (0/10) ends 7.21
  28. Chronicles of Narnia Challenge (1/5) ends 7.17

Starts July 1 -

  • Book Awards III Challenge (0/5)
  • Sookie Stackhouse Challenge (0/10)
  • Everything Austen Challenge (0/6)
  • Christmas in July Challenge (0/TBD)
  • What an Animal II Challenge (0/6)

Perpetual Challenges -

  • 1,001 Books you Must Read (62/1001)
  • EW’s New Classic Books (13/100)
  • TBR Stack (0/132)
  • Operation Actually Read the Bible (0/12) months

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This Month in Movies – June

Trying to keep in tune with last month and Pop Culture Junkie’s great idea of listing movies viewed as well as book, here’s this month’s list.

It was a slow viewing month, but I did get some good ones in, including a couple new releases and even managed to get to the theater a couple times as well.

*** – Favorites of the month

THE LIST:

  • Nell
  • Revolutionary Road***
  • Angels and Demons
  • Lust, Caution
  • Charade
  • Up***
  • The Soloist***
  • Once
  • Diving Bell and the Butterfly***
  • Life of Emile Zola
  • Crash
  • The International
  • Friday the 13th: Part 3
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
  • My Sister’s Keeper
  • House: Season 4***

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June 2009 Review

Well, this was a bad month for reading. I only read 11 books, which I think may be my slowest month ever, but as I’ve mentioned recently I had a lot of family health problems with my dad which didn’t leave a lot of time for reading (I mainly just wanted to sleep). I was doing pretty good about keeping up with the books off my TBR, not exceeding what I bought this month, until recently when I found a used book store and just couldn’t help myself. I did however, read 9 books off my own shelves compared to the 5 last month.

This month’s goal is another 10-15 books off my shelves, less buying (which could be hard because there’s a library book sale coming up), and hopefully I will exceed the 10 I read for this month as well. I’m hoping to FINALLY start working again after six months of unemployment, which will also decrease the amount I read I’m sure.

Books Read:

  1. Atonement by Ian McEwan (TBR)
  2. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (TBR)
  3. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (TBR)
  4. Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (TBR)
  6. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (TBR)
  7. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (TBR)
  8. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (TBR)
  9. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (TBR)
  10. Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges (TBR)
  11. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

Books Added:

  • Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
  • Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
  • Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
  • Take Your Shirt Off and Cry by Nancy Balbirer
  • Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
  • All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
  • From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
  • Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
  • Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper
  • Crime Beat by Michael Connelly
  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
  • Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
  • Smitten by Janet Evanovich
  • Iced by Carol Higgens Clark

Challenges Finished: Book Into Movie Challenge, Spring Reading Thing, Vampire Challenge, Love Bites Challenge, 2nds Challenge
Challenges Joined: Chronicles of Narnia Challenge, Create a Colorful Summer, TBR Stack (Perpetual), Sookie Stackhouse Challenge, Summer Reading Challenge, Everything Austen Challenge, Operation Actually Read the Bible, What an Animal II Challenge, Christmas in July

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