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…and In With the New!

Jan
01
7 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Announcements, Reading challenges, Updates

The year 2013 is done, and so my many challenges have come to an end. I’ve updated my 2013 Challenge Index and overall I did pretty well, though some areas definitely could use some improvement. Here’s a quick recap of how I did on my reading challenges:

2013 Goodreads Challenge: 130/75 books read

My previous high (since I started tracking everything I read on Goodreads) was 120 books in 2011. In 2012 I had a pitiful 50 books read. This year, I was glad to get back on track and I blew my conservative estimate out of the water. I think I reached my initial goal of 75 books by July or August! 

Debut Author Challenge: 4/12 books read

Once again, I didn’t read very many debuts. My self-imposed restriction on advance review copies has limited my access to debut author books, and they are harder to find at the library. I also found that I love reading new authors, just not necessarily debut authors.

Seriously Series Challenge: 12/12 series read

My focus for this challenge was to get up to the last book in a series that I had already purchased. I ended up getting quite a few from the library too. I’m happy I finally caught up on the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and I also finally read the entire trilogies of Across the Universe and the Infernal Devices. 

Get Steampunked Challenge: 5/5 books read

I managed to read more than my goal of five books, actually. I read 9! My favorite was the first in a new series combining steampunk and faeries, A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz.

Off the Shelves Challenge: 20/50 books read

I did better than last year, but still not as great as I would have liked. I made copious use of the library this year, and my shelves suffered as a result. I’m doing two challenges on Goodreads this year that focus on whittling down our TBR lists, so hopefully I can exceed this number in 2014.

Graphic Novels Challenge: 6/12 books read

I think I read all 6 of these in January and then promptly ignored my collection after that. I acquired two new graphic novels this year, one of which I’m reading for my YA book club in the spring. It would be nice if I could read another 6 this year.

Back to the Classics Challenge: 2/6 books read

I had so hoped to devote some time to the classics this year, but this was a pretty spectacular fail. I only read one of the required six, and read one alternate. I think in 2014 I’ll consider it a win if I read just one!

TBR Pile Challenge: 6/12 books read

There’s no cheating in this challenge run by Roof Beam Reader. The lists were set even before 2013 began, and I did pretty well. Ultimately, the rest of the list just didn’t appeal to me over the newer, shinier choices as the year progressed. 

Authors After Dark Challenge: 2/8 books read

I thought I would do better in this one this year, given the amount of PNR/UF I read. Turns out I just read a bunch of authors who happened not to be going to AAD. After two years of limping to the finish, I think it’s time to give this challenge a rest.

Literary Exploration Challenge: 33/36 books read

I came so very close to finishing this one, but just ran out of time. The five books I had left included a play and some sonnets – easy and quick reads. But the others I couldn’t quite sneak in. I had a lot of fun challenging myself to read such varied genres, and I struggled with the ones I expected to find more difficult. In many ways, however, it was easier than I expected. I learned that I tend to read in a lot more genres than I thought. This challenge has its own widget and group on Goodreads for easy tracking, and they’re offering it again in 2014 if any of you are interested in giving it a try.

Book to Movie Challenge: 6/6 books read and movies watched

This was the most fun to complete, I think. It helped that there were so many new movies this year based on great books. I saw Beautiful Creatures, The Great Gatsby, Ender’s Game, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and snuck in two oldies: The Princess Bride and One Day. I managed to read Austenland, The Book Thief, and Carrie, but didn’t get a chance to see the movie adaptations. I also haven’t seen City of Bones yet.

Did I miss any biggies? What book to movie adaptations did you see this year?

That’s it for my challenge round-up. Are you doing any challenges this year?

 

 

 



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Bout of Books 7.0 – Wrap Up

May
20
10 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Events, Readathons, Reading challenges

Bout of Books

 
Bout of Books 7.0 is over! I managed to meet all but one of my goals, which is super exciting for me. I am looking forward to returning to a more leisurely pace, however!
 
Time devoted to reading: I read both ways on my commute and before bed every weekday. I even managed to find good chunks of time on the weekend, which is rare for me. I did better on Sunday than Saturday, and still managed to sneak in a trip to the ballet Sunday afternoon.
 
The goals I accomplished:
  • Read five books total
  • Finished the two books I started prior to the readathon
  • Read at least 1,000 pages
  • Updated Twitter at least three times per day – well, I averaged 3/day

Books read:

  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
  • Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
  • Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Total pages read: 1,614

Challenges completed: 0 – ran out of time for these

Thank you Amanda and Kelly and all the challenge hosts for a great Bout of Books 7.0! I had a great time, as always. Looking forward to 8.0!

 





Bout of Books

Bout of Books 7.0 is here! I’ll be participating here and on Twitter (@loganturner). For those not in-the-know, here is the official Bout of Books blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

-From the Bout of Books 7.0 team

Time devoted to reading: I want to read at least 2 hours every weekday and 3 hours each weekend day.
My goals for participation:
  • Read at least three books
  • Finish the two books I started prior to the readathon
  • Read at least 1,000 pages
  • Update Twitter at least three times per day – well, I averaged 3/day
  • Participate in a few challenges (view the Official Schedule) – ran out of time

Books to read (subject to change):

  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
  • Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
  • Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Updates:

5/13
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 185
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 185
Books read today: Phoenix Rising (finished) and The Twelve
Today’s tweet: First book down! Now on to that behemoth I keep pretending I’ll finish: THE TWELVE.

5/14
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 106
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 291
Books read today: The Twelve
Today’s tweet: I’m falling behind on my #boutofbooks tweet goal! I need to get reading and cover 140 pages to make my daily quota. Gulp.

5/15
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 178
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 469
Books read today: The Twelve
Today’s tweet: Dang! I missed tonight’s chat! FINE. I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO READ. #boutofbooks

5/16
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 272
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 741
Books read today: The Twelve and Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Today’s tweet: 2 books down! Hope to finish one per day from here on out. #boutofbooks

5/17
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 235
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 976
Books read today: Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Today’s tweet: Whee! Done with book three! #boutofbooks

5/18
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 128
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 1,104
Books read today: Splintered
Today’s tweet: I always overestimate my weekend reading time. #boutofbooks

5/19
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 510
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 1,614
Books read today: Splintered and Only the Good Spy Young
Today’s tweet: Book 4 done. Can I push it to 5 by midnight? #boutofbooks

Challenges: None this round.

 






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