Monday, December 17, 2012

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up: 2012

I think I was a little overly ambitious in picking reading challenges this year. I really enjoy reading challenges, picking categories I know I love and challenging myself to read more than previous years. However, this year I just plain didn't have time to read as much I normally do and so I had a hard time finishing all of my challenges. I am still debating whether or not I will sign up for any next year. What challenges are you signing up for next year?

Ok, so here's where I embarrass myself and show just how few I completed. And if you stick with this incredibly long post, you should win a prize!

Completed Reading Challenges:

Challenge #4 - Hosted by My Book Retreat - My goal was to read 5 books in this category, and I managed to read 6! 


1. Here Comes the Guide: Northern California: Wedding Locations and Services by Jen Brenner
2. Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More by Jeff Davidson
3. Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Work-Horse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules by Pamela Haag
4. FoodTrients: Age-Defying Recipes for a Sustainable Life by Grace O
5. San Francisco and the Bay Area: The Haight-Ashbury Edition by Dave Evans
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain: 130 of My Favorite British Recipes, from Comfort Food to New Classics by Jamie Oliver


Challenge #5 - Hosted by Rose City Reader  - My goal was to read 5 books in this category and for awhile there I thought I wouldn't complete it but I totally did!




1. Confetti Confidential by Holly McQueen - United Kingdom
2. The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris - France
3. The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy - Germany
4. The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani - Italy
5. Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson - Croatia


Challenge #7 - Hosted by CaribousMom - My goal was to read 4 books over 450 pages and I read 6! I'm seriously impressed with this one.



1. Here Comes the Guide: Northern California: Wedding Locations and Services by Jen Brenner - 900
2. The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris -480
3. Gillespie and I by Jane Harris - 528
4. Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More by Jeff Davidson: 456
5. The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani: 496
6. After the Party by Lisa Jewell: 464


Challenge # 9 - Hosted by The Overflowing Library - My goal was to read twelve books in this category (I am a bit of an anglophile after all) and I managed 14!



1. Confetti Confidential by Holly McQueen
2. Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
3. Going Home by Harriet Evans
4. Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
5. The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
6. Kate's Wedding by Chrissie Manby
7. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
8. There Goes the Bride by Holly McQueen
9. Single in the City by Michele Gorman
10. Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
11. After the Party by Lisa Jewell 
12. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain: 130 of My Favorite British Recipes, from Comfort Food to New Classics by Jamie Oliver
13. The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
14. The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly


Sadly when it comes to those I didn't complete, there is one more than those I did complete! So without further ado ...

Incomplete Challenges:

Challenge #1 - Hosted by Literary Escapism - As you can see my goal was to read 50 books in this category and I was just four short! Oh well. 




1. Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
2. Confetti Confidential by Holly McQueen
3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
3. Here Comes the Guide: Northern California: Wedding Locations and Services by Jen Brenner
5. Night Road by Kristin Hannah
6. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
7. The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
8. All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay
9. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
10. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
11. Gillespie and I by Jane Harris 
12. Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More by Jeff Davidson
13. Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverni
14. The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy
15. The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy
16. Clair de Lune by Jetta Carleton
17. In Search of Lucy by Lia Fairchild
18. The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch
19. Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Work-Horse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules by Pamela Haag
20. This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak by Melissa Coleman
21. How to Love an American Man by Kristine Gasbarre
22. The Queen's Lover by Francine Du Plessix Gray
23. FoodTrients: Age-Defying Recipes for a Sustainable Life by Grace O
24. The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri
25. Kate's Wedding by Chrissie Manby
26. Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
27. So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore
28. San Francisco and the Bay Area: The Haight-Ashbury Edition by Dave Evans
29. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
30. The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene
31. As Always, Jack: A World War Two Love Story by Emma Sweeney
32. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
33. The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal
34. Single in the City by Michele Gorman
35. Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
36. The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken by Mari Passananti
37. Lola's Secret by Monica McInerney
38. The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
39. The Color of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe
40. Paris in Love by Eloisa James
41. The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly
42. French Lessons by Ellen Sussman
43. Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson
44. The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
45. South of Superior by Ellen Airgood
46. Point, Click, Love by Molly Shapiro
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Reading Challenge #2 - Hosted by Book Obsessed - Every year I try this one, knowing that I won't finish it but wanting to see where I actually read. I read books representing 17 different states!



1. Alabama - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. Alaska -
3. Arizona - 
4. Arkansas - 
6. Colorado - 
7. Connecticut - Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
8. Delaware - 
9. Florida - The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
10. Georgia - 
11. Hawaii -
12. Idaho - Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
13. Illinois -
14. Indiana - 
15. Iowa - The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy
16. Kansas - The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
17. Kentucky - 
18. Louisiana - 
20. Maryland - 
21. Massachusetts - So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore
22. Michigan - South of Superior by Ellen Airgood
23. Minnesota - The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
24. Mississippi - 
25. Missouri - Clair de Lune by Jetta Carleton
26. Montana -
27. Nebraska - 
28. Nevada - 
29. New Hampshire - 
30. New Jersey - The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal
31. New Mexico - 
32. New York - A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
33. North Carolina - 
34. North Dakota - 
35. Ohio - 
36. Oklahoma - 
37. Oregon -
38. Pennsylvania - How to Love an American Man by Kristine Gasbarre
39. Rhode Island - 
40. South Carolina - 
41. South Dakota - 
42. Tennessee -
43. Texas - The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy
44. Utah - 
45. Vermont - 
46. Virginia - 
47. Washington - Night Road by Kristin Hannah
48. West Virginia - 
49. Wisconsin - 
50. Wyoming - 

Challenge # 3 - Hosted by Beth Fish Reads - I was really bummed I only needed one more book in this category but honestly I don't think I have a single book on my shelf that fits that creepy crawly category and I have a lot of books on my shelf!






1. Book with a topographical feature in the title: Night Road by Kristin Hannah
2. Book with something you'd see in the sky in the title: To Kill aMockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Book with a creepy crawly in the title:
4. Book with a type of house in the title: Little Princes: One Man's Promise to BringHome the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
5. Book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly
6. Book with something you'd find on the calendar in the title: Here Comes the Guide: Northern California: Wedding Locations and Services by Jen Brenner


Challenge #6 - Hosted by Betty and Boo Chronicles - Memoirs are one of my favorite genres so I hope to read more next year!




1. Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
2. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
3. All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay
4. This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak by Melissa Coleman
5. How to Love an American Man by Kristine Gasbarre
6. As Always, Jack: A World War Two Love Story by Emma Sweeney
7. Paris in Love by Eloisa James
8. Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson
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Challenge #8 - Hosted by Historical Tapestry - Seriously I can't believe I didn't finish this challenge! So disappointed in myself.


1. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
2. Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
3. Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverni
4. The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy
5. Clair de Lune by Jetta Carleton
6. The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
7. The Queen's Lover by Francine Du Plessix Gray
8. The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
9. Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
10. The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene
11. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
12. Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
13. The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
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Well that's it, another year in reading challenges. I have definitely done much better in previous years but at least I managed to complete some!

7 comments:

  1. You did better than I would have. I'm just debating which challenges, if any, to sign up for for next year.

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  2. Very impressive and thank your for the lists as I now go forth into 2013 with new reading challenges.

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  3. I think you did great with your challenges, afterall, you had a wedding to plan, and attend. ; ) And then there was the Honeymoon to be a part of, now who does alot of reading on their Honeymoon, there are more important things to enjoy, sightseeing and such. ; )

    I am only joining one challenge this year, it's "What's In A Name" Challenge. I already signed up and have my books chosen for 2013. Otherwise, I am going to try and read only the books on my ever growing TBR pile and book tour books.

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    1. Such a sweet reply! I am glad to see you think I did well this year! Happy Holidays Gigi Ann!

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  4. You had a busy Challenge Year, and did really well. I cut down in 2012, but what I selected, I was able to complete so I'm happy.

    Hope 2013 is a good year for you.

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  5. I think you did a great job on your challenges! I love the "50 States" one too, but I've never actually completed it. Next year I'm only doing two - Historical Fiction and Witches & Witchcraft.

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  6. I think you did very well with your challenges! I have some that I didn't complete this year but overall I was more realistic.

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