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2012 Finished Challenges

This was a crazy reading year! I’m happy to have finished these challenges and look forward to what 2013 has in store for my reading.

Finishing the Series Challenge
My goal was to finish three or more series. I managed to get caught up with four of the five series I had listed. I consider that a success.

Rizzoli & Isles Reading Challenge
I think there have been a couple new books since I created this list, but the original list is complete. Yahoo!

Mystery & Suspense Challenge
Always one of my favorite challenges. I could have kept going but it was nice to finish at 24. I can definitely see the trend of who my most popular authors are.

Support Your Local Library Challenge
I tried to keep my library books to a minimum this year so that I would focus more on the books on my shelf that have been stacking up. 12 was the perfect number.

Read Your Own Books Challenge
My goal was the read 50 of my own books. I tried to focus on books I’ve had for awhile but I know that there were some brand new ones. I hope to continue increasing the number of my own books read each year.

New Authors Challenge
My goal was 15 and I made it well past that. I love finding new authors and getting recommendations from others. Can’t wait to see who I find this year.

Serial Killers Reading Challenge
This was a fun one. I only read a couple books off my wish list and of course it just shows how much James Patterson I really read. I don’t know if this one is going on in 2013 but it would be fun to join in again.

 

 

 

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Update

It’s been a whirlwind of a spring, summer and start to fall.

First off, I’ve still be reading. That’s the good news.

Second, I am extremely behind on my reviews but I’ve been keeping track of where I am at with challenges and wanted to hopefully work through getting a little bit more updated.

Third, I am looking to start up a new website (with a new blog) that won’t be so much reviews and challenges, but more about everything – life, work, books, writing, etc. Once that is up an running I will post the new link.

I’ll get going on updating my challenges and post an update. Reviews coming soon but will probably be short and sweet.

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Rizzoli & Isles Reading Challenge

Hosted By: Socrates Book Reviews
January 1 – December 31, 2012

I fell in love with Rizzoli & Isles when the TV series started and then couldn’t put down the first three books. I’ve been wanting to continue on and this is the perfect challenge!

The LIST:

  1. The Surgeon  – read prior
  2. The Apprentice – read prior
  3. The Sinner – read prior
  4. Body Double – may 20, 2012
  5. Vanish – november 3, 2012
  6. The Mephisto Club – november 12, 2012
  7. The Keepsake – november 21, 012
  8. Ice Cold – november 24, 2012
  9. The Silent Girl – december 10, 2012

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2012 Dean Koontz Reading Challenge

Hosted By: The Book Garden
January 1 – December 31, 2012

I’ve been wanting to read some Dean Koontz for awhile … mainly the Odd Thomas and Frankenstein series. This is a great way to get started. I’m going to stick with the Odd Thomas’ Mailman level and commit to 3 books.

MY LIST:

  1.  Odd is on Our Side – december 15, 2012
  2. TBD
  3. TBD

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2012 Mystery & Suspense Challenge

Hosted By: Book Chick City
January 1 – December 31, 2012

I loved this challenge in 2012 and I know I’ll be reading my share of mysteries this year so I’m going to be bold and go with Level 2 – 24 Mystery & Suspense Books. Can’t wait to get started.

MY LIST:

  1. Witness in Death by J.D. Robb
  2. Judgment in Death by J.D. Robb
  3. Sizzlin’ Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
  4. Max by James Patterson
  5. Private by James Patterson
  6. Heat Rises by Richard Castle
  7. Now You See Her by James Patterson
  8. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
  9. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
  10. 11th Hour by James Patterson
  11. Betrayal in Death by J.D. Robb
  12. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
  13. Maximum Ride: Volume 1 by James Patterson
  14. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  15. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  16. Interlude in Death by J.D. Robb
  17. Maze Runner by James Dashner
  18. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson
  19. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  20. Tick Tock by James Patterson
  21. Seduction in Death by J.D. Robb
  22. Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
  23. Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
  24. It by Stephen King

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2012 Finishing the Series Challenge

Hosted By: Socrates’ Book Reviews
January 1 – December 31, 2012

I think this a new challenge for this year and similar to ones I’ve done in the past but I love reading series and have quite a few I would like to get caught up on.

I’m going to go with Level 3 – finish 3 or more series. Let’s hope I can finish these and maybe more.

Alex Cross

  • Kill Alex Cross – march 29, 2012

Michael Bennett

  • Tick Tock – october 10, 2012

Maximum Ride

  • Max – february 11, 2012
  • Fang
  • Angel

Stephanie Plum

  • Sizziling Sixteen – february 4, 2012
  • Smokin’ Seventeen – july 28, 2012
  • Explosive Eighteen – december 13, 2012

The Hunger Games

  • Catching Fire – july 28, 2012
  • Mockingjay – december 15, 2012

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12 in 12 Reading Challenge

I didn’t quite finish the 11 in 11 Reading Challenge last year so I’m revamping my version of the 12 in 12 Challenge. 12 different categories but only 1-12 books to read in desending order. It took me awhile to figure this one out but I’m excited to get started.

UPDATE: Review still pending but updated with books read

I. Published in 2012 (12 books) – COMPLETE

  1. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  2. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
  3. Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans
  4. Drinking with Dead Women Writers by AK Turner
  5. 11th Hour by James Patterson
  6. Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life by Hammerness
  7. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  8. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  9. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson
  10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  11. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
  12. Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

II. Cozy Mysteries (11 books)

  1. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
  2. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
  3. Tick Tock by James Patterson
  4. Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
  5. Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
  6. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  7. Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
  8. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  9. Odd is on Our Side by Dean Koontz
  10. A Brewing Storm by Richard Castle
  11. tbd

III. Bought Prior to 2009 (10 books)

  1. Betrayal in Death by J.D. Robb
  2. Against Medical Advice by James Patterson
  3. tbd
  4. tbd
  5. tbd
  6. tbd
  7. tbd
  8. tbd
  9. tbd
  10. tbd

IV. New Authors (9 books) – COMPLETE

  1. Social Media Guide to Real Estate by Mike Lyon
  2. Little Black Book of SEO Secrets by Jim Adams
  3. Socialnomics by Erik Qualman
  4. Happiness Now By Robert Holden
  5. We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
  6. Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
  7. I, Steve by George Beahm
  8. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  9. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

V. Library Books (8 books) – COMPLETE

  1. Five Love Languages for Singles by Gary Chapman
  2. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
  3. Bogus to Bubbly by Scott Westerfeld
  4. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  5. War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  6. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  7. Elements of Fiction Writing by William Tappley
  8. To Heaven and Back by Mary Neal

VI. Next in Series (7 books) – COMPLETE

  1. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
  2. Heat Rises by Richard Castle
  3. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steven Hockensmith
  4. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
  5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  6. Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
  7. The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

VII. 1001 Books (6 books)

  1. Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. tbd
  3. tbd
  4. tbd
  5. tbd
  6. tbd

VIII. In Death Series (5 books)

  1. Witness in Death by J.D. Robb
  2. Judgment in Death by J.D. Robb
  3. Interlude in Death by J.D. Robb
  4. Seduction in Death by J.D. Robb
  5. tbd

IX. James Patterson Books (4 books) – COMPLETE

  1. Max by James Patterson
  2. Private by James Patterson
  3. Now You See Her by James Patterson
  4. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson

X. Project Fill in the Blanks (3 books)

  1. It by Stephen King
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  3. tbd

XI. Graphic Novels (2 books) – COMPLETE

  1. Maximum Ride: Volume 1 by James Patterson
  2. Gonzo by Will Bingley

XII. Classic Chunkster (1 book)

  1. tbd

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