Monthly Update – October 2011



I finished five of the seven books I started in October. The good news is that my team won the bookshelf bingo game (yay!).  However, in doing so, I had to put aside books I already started when the new (and last) shelf was announced.  Another plus:  I officially wrapped up several reading challenges and met my Good Reads reading goal of 60 books.  Though I posted no reviews in October, I have two in draft form.  I’m optimistic that both will be posted in November.

Looking ahead to 2012:  I have to tweak my “Reading Has Its Rewards” personal challenge before I unveil it.  I keep changing the points awarded for the criteria (number of pages, book in series, etc).  I’m using this year’s details to determine benchmarks — I don’t want to make it so difficult that I can’t reach an award goal, but not so easy that I meet them all by June!  I’m working on two other personal challenges.  One, I’m calling “By the Dozen” — consisting of several categories requiring 12 different books per category.  The other is actually a 2012-2013 challenge and it’s posted in one of the groups I belong to at Good Reads.  I will also post it here.

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:


  • NONE

The Challenges:

Challenges Completed this month:
Men in Uniform: 10/10

Incomplete (Ended in October):

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

= Will complete; = Maybe; X = Won’t

2011 Challenges:
2nds Challenge: 11/12
X Audiobook Challenge: 5/20
Blogger Recommendation: 3/5
X Contemporary Romance: 4/10
Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies:3/6
Harlequin/Silhouette: 2/6
X Historical Fiction Challenge: 8/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 0/3
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): 0
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): 5
Total Heard (Month): 0
Grand Total w/o Audiobooks (Year): 63
Grand Total w/Audiobooks (Year): 68
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Total Audio Hours(Month): 0
Total Audio Hours (Year): 63h, 26m
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Total Pages Read (Month): 1,445
Grand Total w/o Audiobooks (Year): 20,739
Grand Total w/Audiobooks (Year): 22,562

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