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December 19, 2012 / Leslie

2012 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Each year I join a few challenges to encourage myself to stretch into a variety of genres, formats and it’s fun to take part in a community experience. I did well in most of the 2012 challenges and finished all except one.

2012AudioBookChallengeAudiobook Challenge

Hosted by Theresa’s Reading Corner.

Success! I committed to 25+ audiobooks and am currently on my 60th audiobook this year. That’s double the number I listened to last year and way more the handful I listened to in previous years.

A list of the books I read with links to the reviews for the past two years can be found HERE.

What’s in a Name 5

Hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

Success! This is my favorite challenge. Between January 1 and December 31, 2012, I read one book in each of the following categories:

1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title:
The Cove by Ron Rash

2. A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title:
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title:
The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller

4. A book with a type of house in the title:
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino

5. A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title:
The Crossley ID Guide by Richard Crossley

6. A book with a something you’d find on a calendar in the title:
Blue Monday by Nicci French

ReadDystopia2012Read Dystopia

Hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Success! I committed to the Leader of Your District level: 7-10 books, and finished with 7 books read and I’ll be finishing up the 8th one this week. I’ve always enjoyed science fiction but I’m also finding myself more drawn to dystopian books.

Neuromancer by William Gibson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller


Stephen+King+Button+Color+InvertedThe Stephen King Project

Hosted by Natalie from Coffee and a Book Chick and Kathleen from Boarding in My Forties.

I chose A Lil Bit of King: 3 books. I did read three books but only reviewed two of them. I listened to The Gunslinger as an audiobook and had a terrible time following the plot. I think this is a book I need to read again in print so I can understand what the heck happened.

1. Mile 81
2. In the Tall Grass
3. The Gunslinger (not reviewed)

2012tbrbutton2-2TBR Pile Challenge

Hosted by Adam at Roofbeam Reader.

Fail! The goal was to select 12 books from your TBR pile that had been there for a year or more and read them in 2012. Sounds simple but I didn’t read any of them! I read over 100 books in 2012 and not one from the list I made for this challenge. I did learn something from this challenge: I can’t choose what I will feel like reading a year in advance. My mood changes and what I thought I would read back in December wasn’t what I wanted a few months later. Plus all those shiny new books are much more alluring. I need a more flexible TRB challenge.

Perpetual Challenges

Amy Einhorn ChallengeAmy Einhorn Challenge

The Amy Einhorn Challenge is hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

Success! The goal is to read two books from the imprint each year. I read three.

1. A Good American by Alex George
2. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
3. City of Women by David R. Gillham

Reagan Arthur Books

Reagan Arthur Books Challenge hosted by Kathy/Bermuda Onion and Julie/Booking Mama.

Reagan Arthur Books ChallengeSuccess! The goal is to read two books from the imprint each year. I read three this year.

1. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
2. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
3. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Looking forward to 2013

Besides the perpetual challenges, I have only signed up for one other challenge next year and that is the What’s in a Name Challenge. I haven’t decided yet whether I want to add any more.

Are you participating in any challenges next year?

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  1. Leeswammes / Dec 19 2012 2:47 am

    You did very well! You are a complete audio-convert now, aren’t you? In fact, you probably listen to more audios than you read paper books.

    What was your favorite dystopia (or is that another post)? I want to read The Dog Stars but I think it’s not quite as good as I imagine. The Age of Miracles was fun, but also not quite as good as I hoped. I LOVED The Hunger Games.

    I also did the What’s in a Name challenge and passed. Yay! My challenge post will be on my blog tomorrow (it’s written and ready to go).


    • Leslie / Dec 20 2012 1:37 am

      It’s about 50/50 print to audio. I agree about Age of Miracles but I still liked it. Dog Starts was very good… took me a little while to get used to the writing style though.


  2. sagustocox / Dec 19 2012 5:05 am

    You did well. I am only signed up for the war through the generations American Revolution reading challenge so far, and i hope to have a post up for my poetry challenge soon.


    • Leslie / Dec 20 2012 1:39 am

      I may sign up for a book or two in the war through generations challenge. I like to try different challenges each year, and I like history plus I have a copy of The Art of Power that I need a little motivation to read.


  3. techeditor / Dec 19 2012 8:11 am

    I, too, read THE YEAR OF THE GADFLY this year. Did I win it from you?

    It surprised me because I wasn’t familiar with the author. What an excellent book!

    It’s a different type of mystery: who are the characters, really? What are their motives, really? What happened to Justin, really?

    Although this book is billed as a YA novel, a style that always bores me, Miller uses language and suspense in THE YEAR OF THE GADFLY that appeals to me. It is surely a novel for adults.

    I have only two problems with this book: Miller’s descriptions of two “initiations.” The first happens to Lily, a student at the school. The gathering she attends beforehand and the initiation are so maddening and, I thought, unreal, that I could barely read about them. Even after that evening is over, Lily still insists it was her choice. This small part was too YAish for me.

    The second initiation description involves Iris, another student over a decade later. It almost made me throw the book against the wall until Iris suddenly gets smart.

    But these two parts are not enough to make me dislike the book. I’m just hoping one of these days Miller will rewrite those parts.


    • Leslie / Dec 20 2012 1:43 am

      I enjoyed this book too. I agree that Iris was more than a little naive.


  4. Beth F / Dec 19 2012 8:22 am

    Wow! You’re doing great! Congrats.


  5. Pat @ Post For Now / Dec 19 2012 8:23 am

    Congratulations on your Challenges. You read or listen to a lot of books in a year! Happy Holidays!


  6. BermudaOnion / Dec 19 2012 8:32 am

    You had a great year challenge wise! Thanks for participating in the Reagan Arthur Books Challenge!


    • Leslie / Dec 20 2012 1:46 am

      There’s a lot of good books to choose from for that challenge. I’ve already got my first one picked out for 2013: Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.


  7. debbierodgers / Dec 19 2012 12:36 pm

    You did fantastic, Leslie!

    I know what you mean about flexible TBR lists – I’m amazed that I had success with Roof Beam Reader’s TBR Challenge. I’m not committing to that again.

    I do want to read more of the Amy Einhorn and Reagan Arthur imprints- in fact, I believe I signed up in 2010, so thanks for the reminder to get to some of those. Good for you for keeping on track!

    And, yes – if I enter only challenge this year, it’ll be What’s in a Name?, too. It’s just so much fun. P.S. I think Mondays are literally marked “blue” on my calendar 😉


    • Leslie / Dec 20 2012 1:50 am

      No official TBR pile challenges for me this year. I do have a personal goal of reading a few of those from the 2012 list because they really are books I want to read. What’s in a Name is too much fun not to enter!


  8. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Dec 19 2012 1:13 pm

    Congrats on all of the reading you’ve gotten done! I love participating in challenges, but took a break from them this year.


  9. Teresa (@teresasreading) / Dec 19 2012 3:52 pm

    Wow! Great job on your challenges. I hope you will participate in the Audio Book Challenge again.


  10. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Dec 19 2012 8:32 pm

    Leslie, you had a great year! I’m especially impressed with 60 audio books —wow


  11. Suko / Dec 19 2012 11:03 pm

    Wow! I’m impressed with how many challenges you’ve completed over the last year. And 60 audio books is amazing….


  12. Thank you so much for being a part of The Stephen King Project! I’m thinking of making it an ongoing celebration/project/challenge because it just motivates me to read more 🙂 Happy Holidays to you and yours, Leslie!


    • Leslie / Dec 24 2012 2:56 pm

      That’s a great idea. Although I’ve been reading King’s books for years, there are still a lot more I haven’t read. I could use the motivation too. If you continue the challenge I’ll do another ‘bit of King’.



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