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Monthly Update – May 2011

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May

Once again, I had a really good reading month. The game of Bookshelf Bingo finally ended, and my team tied for third place. It was fun, and if it wasn’t for that game, I’m not entirely sure I would have read as many books as I did during the last three months.

I’m also pleased with how well the books I read for the game fit into other challenges. I would have completed the New Author Challenge had I not read — almost back-to-back — three books in the Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh.  I’ve read more books that have been sitting in my TBR pile, which count toward the Off the Shelf challenge, than recently-purchased books. Those older books also counted toward the Countdown challenge. I’m not sure if I’ll successfully complete it, but I think I’m doing a much better job with it than previous years. I’m almost at 50% (30 books out of 66) and I’m at the halfway point.

The one area the Bingo game didn’t help was in genre variety. Since the group is primarily focused on paranormal and urban fantasy series, I haven’t read much mystery, historical romance, or contemporary romance. I’m going to do my best to change things up a bit over the next three months. However, June is going to be more of the same, at least partially, mostly due to the fact several of my favorite series have new releases this month.

Another area lacking is the audiobook challenges. Part of the problem is the fact that my internet connection is sketchy. If this update gets posted on the first try, I will be a miracle. Anyway…with such an unreliable connection, I haven’t felt like trying to download more books from the library.

I posted one review.   I’m okay with that.  😀

And finally — total page count.  I broke 10,000!  If I discount the audiobooks, the total is 10, 240.

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.

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.

  • NONE

2010 – 2011 Backlogged Reviews:

Posted:

The Challenges:

Challenges Completed this month:
NA

Incomplete (Ended in May):
NA

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

2011 Challenges:
2nds Challenge: 4/12
Audiobook Challenge: 5/20
Blogger Recommendation: 2/5
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): 5/?
New Authors: 14/15
Off the Shelf: 16/30
Pub 2011: 3/11
Retold Fairy Tales: 0/3
Romance Reading: 3/5
SF Romance: 1/5
Whisper Stories in My Ear (audio): 5/12

Perpetual Challenges:
101 Fantasy Challenge (Month): 1
101 Fantasy Challenge (Year): 1
Grand Total since 2009: 4
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Georgette Heyer (Month): 0
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): 7
Total Heard (Month):0
Grand Total (Year): 33
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Total Audio Hours(Month): 0
Total Audio Hours (Year): 63h, 26m
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Total Pages Read (Month): 2,400
Grand Total (Year): 11,063

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