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Monthly Update – March 2011

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March

I had a good month, reading wise.  Thanks to my participation in a GoodReads-based bookshelf bingo, I’ve managed to read more books this month than the previous two (not counting audiobooks).  I thought participating in the bingo would hurt my ability to complete other challenges but, so far, I’ve been lucky and each book has counted toward several.  In fact, I’ve completed my goal of six for the “1st in a Series” challenge already.  The New Author and Off the Shelf challenges have also benefited — so has the personal Countdown challenge.

Speaking of Off the Shelf. . .

I’ve been misnaming the challenge .  Any mention of  “Off the Wall” is really “Off the Shelf”.

I’ve added another personal challenge.  I’ve decided to “Read the RITAs“.  The only criteria is that I already own the book.  I owned a few other nominees, but they were books I had read or they were books from series I haven’t started or further along than I had gotten so far.  I’ve toyed with the idea that, if I read book 1 before next February, I would add book 2 to the read list, but I’ve decide the list was long enough.

I will be participating in the Read-a-thon again.  I don’t know if I’ll read the entire time.  I’ll use some of that time to catch up on my bingo reading, if I need it.  Otherwise, I’m going to knock out a few write-ups.  I will probably concentrate on the 1st in a Series books so I can do a wrap-up post.

No matter how carefully I try to track all the challenges each book fits into, I still manage to make a mistake or two.   Looking over my lists to see how close I was to finishing the challenges with the lower requirements, I realized that I forgot to count a January book toward the 1st in the Series challenge — The Lord and the Wayward Lady (Louise Allen) is the first book in a multi-authored series. The stats have been updated and so has my master challenge page.

New Additions — I plan on doing a post of all the books I got in March.  I ended up with large haul after all, thanks to some last minute purchases.

Books Read:

Note: “Goodreads” means the book fit one or more of the challenges hosted by the various groups I joined. The link is to my tracking post on that site. “Personal” means the book fit one or more of the challenges I’m doing for myself (not hosted somewhere else). The link is to the master list under the “2011” tab.

  • Paying the Virgin’s Price (Merrill, Christine) – 2nd in Series, Harlequin/Silhouette, Historical Fiction,Goodreads, Personal
  • Queen of Shadows (Sylvan, Dianne) – 1st, New Author, Goodreads, Personal
  • Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Vaughn, Carrie) – 1st, New Author, Off the Shelf, Goodreads, Personal
  • Song of Scarabaeus (Creasy, Sara) – 1st, Men in Uniform, New Author, SF, Goodreads, Personal
  • Persecuted (Childs, Lisa) – 2nd in Series, Off the Shelf, Goodreads, Personal
  • Taste of Magic (Madison, Tracy) – 1st in a Series, New Author, Off the Shelf, Romance, Goodreads, Personal

Audiobooks:

Note: I will continue to count audiobooks toward “total pages read”, using the physical book’s page count. If I own a copy, the page number will be the page the story ends on (not counting any excepts, author’s notes, etc.). If I don’t, I will get the page number from a on-line source (Amazon, Goodreads, etc). Unless otherwise noted, the audiobooks count toward the two audiobook challenges only.

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog (C. Willis/S. Crossley) — (pgs. = 493) (20h, 58m) — Connie Willis, Personal
  • The Convenient Marriage (G. Heyer/C. Hunt) — (pgs. = 394) (9h, 34m) — Georgette Heyer, Goodreads, Personal

2010 – 2011 Backlogged Reviews:

Posted:

The Challenges:

Challenges Completed this month:
1st in a Series: 6/6

Incomplete (Ended in March):
NA

2010-2011 Challenges:
Connie Willis Mini Challenge: 2/2 ** will continue until ending date

2011 Challenges:
2nds Challenge: 2/12
Audiobook Challenge: 5/20
Blogger Recommendation: 0/5
Contemporary Romance: 1/10
Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies: 1/6
Harlequin/Silhouette: 1/6
Historical Fiction Challenge: 3/15
Men in Uniform (6-10 books): 4/?
New Authors: 6/15
Off the Shelf: 7/30
Pub 2011: 1/11
Retold Fairy Tales: 0/3
Romance Reading: 2/5
SF Romance: 1/5
Whisper Stories in My Ear (audio): 5/12

Perpetual Challenges:
101 Fantasy Challenge (Month): 0
101 Fantasy Challenge (Year): 0
Grand Total since 2009: 3
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Georgette Heyer (Month): 1
Georgette Heyer (Year): 1
Grand Total since 2008: 3
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In Death (Month): 0
In Death (Year): 0
Grand Total since 2010: 0

Totals (Monthly/Yearly)

Total Read (Month): 6
Total Heard (Month): 2
Grand Total (Year): 20
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Total Audio Hours(Month): 30h, 32m
Total Audio Hours (Year): 63h, 26m
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Total Pages Read (Month): 2,736
Grand Total (Year): 6,474

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