Tuesday, January 3, 2012

That's A Wrap! Closing the Book on 2011 Reading Challenges



2011 is officially in the record books.  I tracked my reading goals this past year with the help of my page tab and side progress bars.  Below is a complete list of all the books I finished.  Most titles also include a book review. That is a lot of pages and a lot of thoughts!  I'm proud that I completed almost every challenge.  I gave it a good go and intend to challenge myself in 2012 as well.  I have set a new tab at the top of my page see "2012 Reading Challenges" to view where I'm participating and progress.  It's not too late to join in the fun.  I hope you jump in too and see what you can accomplish! 


I'm giving myself a big pat on the back.  I expanded my reading boundaries, ventured into some new genres/categories, was introduced to awesome authors and discovered a wide range of imaginations.  It was a blast!   I might not have made the leap without the push.  Much thanks to the hosts and participants, to the bloggers, tweeters, reviewers, tour coordinators, authors, agents, booksellers, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Amazon Vine Program, promoters and galleys for supporting the book and review industry. 


To view book covers and links click on LAUNDRY LIST
Historical Tour de Genre
Bitsy Bling Books
6 books from 6 different historical sub-genres
Mystery
1.  India Black by Carol K. Carr
2.  The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson
Horror
1.  Taker, The by Alma Katsu
Young Adult
1.  The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird
2.  Blackbirch Woods by Meredith Anne DeVoe
Plantation
1.  Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago
Paranormal
1.  Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
2.  Ice Cradle, The by Mary Ann Winkowski and Maureen Foley
3.  Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Fantasy/Sci-Fi
1.  Soulless by Gail Carriger


The Steampunk Challenge
The Book Keeper
1.  Soulless by Gail Carriger
2.  The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton
3.  The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


1st In Series 2011 Challenge
1.  Soulless by Gail Carriger
2.  Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
3.  The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
4.  Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
5.  When Did We Lose Harriet? by Patricia Sprinkle
6.  Clarity by Kim Harrington
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Additional books
7.  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
8.  Darkhouse by Karina Halle

Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge
Book Chick City
Level
Read 24+  novels
1.  Soulless by Gail Carriger
2.  Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
3.  Asylum Lake by R.A. Evans
4.  Cutting the Fat by Maria Savva and Jason McIntyre
5.  The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
6.  The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
7.  Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
8.  You Believers by Jane Bradley
9.  Lake, The by Richard Laymon
10.  Ice Cradle, The by Mary Ann Winkowski and Maureen Foley
11.  Grundish and Askew by Lance Carbuncle
12.  Summoner, The by Layton Green
13.  White Devil, The by Justin Evans
14.  Drowning in the Dark by Allison Karras
15.  Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
16.  Darkhouse by Karina Halle
17.  Eyes of the Dead, The by G.R. Yeates
18.  The Marked Son by Shea Berkley
19.  Red Fox by Karina Halle
20.  Zombie Mage Jonathan J. Drake
21.  Dead Sky Morning by Karina Halle
22.  Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
23.  Taker, The by Alma Katsu
24.  The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard


Gothic Reading Challenge
http://gothicreadingchallenge.blogspot.com
Level The Darkness Within - Read 5 novels with Gothic elements.

1.  Soulless by Gail Carriger
2.  Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
3.  Ice Cradle, The by Mary Ann Winkowski and Maureen Foley
4.  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
5.  White Devil, The by Justin Evans
6.  Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey


Chunkster Challenge
Chunkster Challenge blog
The Chubby Chunkster level
450+ pages.  No ebooks. No short story collections/essays.  Cross-over ok.
1.  Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
2.  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
3.  In This Hospitable Land by Lynmar Brock, Jr.
4.  At Home With the Templetons by Monica McInerney


Vacation Read Challenge
Ruby's Reads
Read 6 books that have places you want to visit (any genre)
June - September 2011
I just couldn't get six books that met the criteria of having places I wanted to visit in them completed in the time frame, but 2 of 6 was a good effort.
1.  Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago (Puerto Rico)
2.  Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley (Shanghai)


Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
The Book Vixen
Levels 
Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books 
The previous year I read 60 books.  This year I finished with 72!  I met my challenge.  Next year I have to read at least 82!  That's a tall order.
1.  Soulless by Gail Carriger
2.  Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
3.  The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird
4.  Asylum Lake by R.A. Evans
5.  Cutting the Fat by Maria Savva and Jason McIntyre
6.  Penelope's Daughter by Laurel Corona
7.  The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton
8.  The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
9.  The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
10.  India Black by Carol K. Carr
11.  Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
12.  Endless Love by Scott Spencer
13.  You Believers by Jane Bradley
14.  Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos
15.  When Did We Lose Harriet? by Patricia Sprinkle
16.  Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
17.  Clarity by Kim Harrington
18.  Death Line by Geraldine Evans
19.  Ice Cradle, The by Mary Ann Winkowski and Maureen Foley
20.  Homecoming of Samuel Lake, The by Jenny Wingfield
21.  Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey
22.  Lake, The by Richard Laymon
23.  Grundish and Askew by Lance Carbuncle
24.  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
25.  Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood, The by Scott Semegran
26.  Summoner, The by Layton Green
27.  In This Hospitable Land by Lynmar Brock, Jr.
28.  White Devil, The by Justin Evans
29.  At Home With the Templetons by Monica McInerney
30.  Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
31.  Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
32.  Uncle Sam's Carnival of Copulating Inanimals by Kirk Jones
33.  Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese
34.  Drowning in the Dark by Allison Karras
35.  The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson
36.  Kidnapping the Lorax by Patricia K. Lichen
37.  Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
38.  Darkhouse by Karina Halle
39.  Nether by Jason Beymer
40.  The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon
41.  Blackbirch Woods by Meredith Anne DeVoe
42.  Still Life With Brass Pole by Craig Machen
43.  Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You by Bradley Sands
44.  Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago
45.  Eyes of the Dead, The G.R. Yeates
46.  Wahoo Rhapsody by Shaun Morey
47.  Starfish Girl by Athena Villaverde
48.  Felix and the Sacred Thor byJames Steele
49.  Bucket of Face by Eric Hendrixson
50.  Death by Zamboni by David David Katzman
51.  Ward Against Death by Melanie Card
52.  Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster
53.  Beast of Burden by Ray Banks
54.  Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions by Nina Hamberg
55.  Take the All-Mart! by J.I. Greco
56.  The Marked Son by Shea Berkley
57.  Red Fox by Karina Halle
58.  My Life, the Theater and Other Tragedies by Allen Zadoff
59.  Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley
60.  The Mighty Walzer by Howard Jacobson
61.  Zombie Mage by Jonathan J. Drake
62.  Machine Man by Max Barry
63.  Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
64.  Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
65.  Night Circus, The by Erin Morgenstern
66.  Monarch by Michelle Davidson Argyle
67.  Dead Sky Morning by Karina Halle
68.  Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
69.  Taker, The by Alma Katsu
70.  When Elves Attack by Tim Dorsey
71.  Boxer Beetle by Ned Beauman
72.  The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard


I Want More 2011 Book Challenge
Tea Time With Marce
Give me more:    5 - 8 books

1.  Cutting the Fat by Maria Savva and Jason McIntyre
2.  The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
3.  Red Fox by Karina Halle
4.  Dead Sky Morning by Karina Hallee
5.  When Elves Attack by Tim Dorsey
6.  The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard


100 Books In A Year
Book Chick City
Twitter hashtag #100BooksInAYear

1.  Soulless by Gail Carriger
2.  Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
3.  The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird
4.  Asylum Lake by R.A. Evans
5.  Cutting the Fat by Maria Savva and Jason McIntyre
6.  Penelope's Daughter by Laurel Corona
7.  The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton
8.  The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
9.  The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
10.  India Black by Carol K. Carr
11.  Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
12.  Endless Love by Scott Spencer
13.  You Believers by Jane Bradley
14.  Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos
15.  When Did We Lose Harriet? by Patricia Sprinkle
16.  Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
17.  Clarity by Kim Harrington
18.  Death Line by Geraldine Evans
19.  Ice Cradle, The by Mary Ann Winkowski and Maureen Foley
20.  Homecoming of Samuel Lake, The by Jenny Wingfield
21.  Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey
22.  Lake, The by Richard Laymon
23.  Grundish and Askew by Lance Carbuncle
24.  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
25.  Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood, The by Scott Semegran
26.  Summoner, The by Layton Green
27.  In This Hospitable Land by Lynmar Brock, Jr.
28.  White Devil, The by Justin Evans
29.  At Home With the Templetons by Monica McInerney
30.  Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
31.  Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
32.  Uncle Sam's Carnival of Copulating Inanimals by Kirk Jones
33.  Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese
34.  Drowning in the Dark by Allison Karras
35.  The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson
36.  Kidnapping the Lorax by Patricia K. Lichen
37.  Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
38.  Darkhouse by Karina Halle
39.  Nether by Jason Beymer
40.  The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon
41.  Blackbirch Woods by Meredith Anne DeVoe
42.  Still Life With Brass Pole by Craig Machen
43.  Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You by Bradley Sands
44.  Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago
45.  Eyes of the Dead, The G.R. Yeates
46.  Wahoo Rhapsody by Shaun Morey
47.  Starfish Girl by Athena Villaverde
48.  Felix and the Sacred Thor by James Steele
49.  Bucket of Face by Eric Hendrixson
50.  Death by Zamboni by David David Katzman
51.  Ward Against Death by Melanie Card
52.  Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster
53.  Beast of Burden by Ray Banks
54.  Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions by Nina Hamberg
55.  Take the All-Mart! by J.I. Greco
56.  The Marked Son by Shea Berkley
57.  Red Fox by Karina Halle
58.  My Life, the Theater and Other Tragedies by Allen Zadoff
59.  Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley
60.  The Mighty Walzer by Howard Jacobson
61.  Zombie Mage by Jonathan J. Drake
62.  Machine Man by Max Barry
63.  Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
64.  Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
65.  NIght Circus, The by Erin Morgenstern
66.  Monarch by Michelle Davidson Argyle
67.  Dead Sky Morning by Karina Halle
68.  Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
69.  Taker, The by Alma Katsu
70.  When Elves Attack by Tim Dorsey
71.  Boxer Beetle by Ned Beauman
72.  The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard

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