Monthly Update – July 2011



July was a bit of a strange reading month for me. The holiday at the beginning allowed me to have a good start, but unlike the month before, I couldn’t capitalize on it. It took longer than excepted to read Sylvester and Jedi Twilight. The next round of bookshelf bingo started sooner than I thought it would and I didn’t read anything for a few days in anticipation of the first shelf being announced. I had a few false starts: I started books I wasn’t really in the mood to read at the time. I haven’t abandoned them — I just don’t know when I’ll get to them.

Even with these set backs, I still managed to complete six books this month. Four of the six were on the list I dubbed the “Sweet 16” — the core of my list for the Off the Shelf Challenge. The books were: Sylvester, Jedi Twilight, Cold as Ice, and Kiss of Midnight. If I manage to read the remaining books on the “Sweet 16” list, I will exceed my 30-book goal for the Off the Shelf Challenge. I’m very happy with my progress, but I think I need to shake things up a bit. I’ve read 25 books for the Challenge and I’m tempted to count only books that I’ve had since 2009 or earlier, from this point on. I would like the last five books be from the “Sweet 16” list, but I know that won’t happen.

As for the other challenges, I never expected to be so caught up by the various Good Reads groups I joined that I would neglect so many of the blog-hosted challenges. At this stage, I’m pretty confident that I will not complete the Historical Challenge and the Contemporary Romance Challenge. I’m on track to complete the Men in Uniform and Romance Reading Challenge. I’ve already met the minimum books needed for the Men in Uniform Challenge, so I can close that one out at any point. As for the Romance Reading Challenge, I have self-imposed criteria attached to that one that I can also remove and count any of the romances already read to fulfill the hostess’s requirements for the challenge. I’ve indicted below whether or not I expect to finish a challenge or not (there are a few maybes).

Something I accomplished this month — that I only hoped to do — was to actually post more than one or two reviews. I even posted one for I book I had just finished reading — something I haven’t done lately. With the bingo game back in full swing, that may happen again this month.  The format will most likely be the “Three Reasons Review” format, since it’s been working so well with what I write for the game.

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.


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:


The Challenges:

Challenges Completed this month:

Incomplete (Ended in July):

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

= Will complete;  = Maybe; X = Won’t

2011 Challenges:
2nds Challenge: 5/12
X Audiobook Challenge: 5/20
Blogger Recommendation: 3/5
X Contemporary Romance: 4/10
Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies: 1/6
Harlequin/Silhouette: 2/6
X Historical Fiction Challenge: 4/15
Men in Uniform (6-10 books): 6/?
Off the Shelf: 25/30
Pub 2011: 7/11
Retold Fairy Tales: 0/3
Romance Reading: 3/5
SF Romance: 2/5
X Whisper Stories in My Ear (audio): 5/12

Perpetual Challenges:
101 Fantasy Challenge (Month): 0
101 Fantasy Challenge (Year): 2
Grand Total since 2009: 6
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Georgette Heyer (Month): 1
Georgette Heyer (Year): 2
Grand Total since 2008: 4
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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):0
Grand Total (Year): 47
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Total Audio Hours(Month): 0
Total Audio Hours (Year): 63h, 26m
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Total Pages Read (Month): 2,086
Grand Total (Year): 15,809

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