Monthly Update – December 2011



Happy New Year!

In December, I participated in two events.  They were the Top 10 Week and the Wrapping  Up 2011 Read-a-thon.

The Top 10 Week was fun, but it was also a lot of work.  I had a difficult time picking what should be on some of the lists.  As a result, I never made a Favorite Character list and I didn’t get to visit as much toward the end as I did in the beginning of the week.  My lists:

The Read-a-thon was a success for me.  I really wasn’t sure how it would turn out since the only read-a-thons I’ve participated in were the 24-hour type.  I’m so glad I took the chance because I completed four books!

Statistics: At the bottom of this post are my usual statistics, but there are a couple that I want to mention that aren’t reflected in that information.

  • Of the 68 books I completed in 2011, 18 were published in 2011.  That means approximately 27% (26.5%) were new books.
  • This is the first year in a long while that I read more than 3 books by one author: Nalini Singh (7 books)
  • Two authors have three books each: Deborah Cooke and Thea Harrison
  • Four authors have two books each: Suzanne Collins, Christina Henry, Sharon Ashwood, and Lara Adrian
  • 1 Person, 3 names: Jennifer Ashley, Jennifer Gardner, Allyson James (1 book each)

2011 Challenges Wrap-up: I‘ve completed wrap up posts for all the challenges ending in 2011. Well, no I didn’t.  I realized, when I updated this post, that I overlooked a few. Probably because they were not listed on my Master Challenge list. I will do those when I wrap up the Christmas Spirit Challenge.

2012 Challenges Sign-up: I signed up for four more challenges.

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.
  • First Grave on the Right (Darynda Jones) {23 Dec 11}
  • Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins) {26 Dec 11}
  • A Countess by Christmas (Annie Burrows) {30 Dec 11}
  • Risky Christmas (Anthology) (Jill Sorenson/Jennifer Morey) {31 Dec 11}


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:
2nds Challenge: 12/12

Incomplete (Ended in December):
Audiobook Challenge: 5/20
Blogger Recommendation: 3/5
Contemporary Romance: 6/10
Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies:3/6
Harlequin/Silhouette: 2/6
Historical Fiction Challenge: 9/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 0/3
SF Romance: 2/5
Whisper Stories in My Ear (audio): 5/12

= Will complete; = Maybe; X = Won’t

2011-2012 Challenges:
The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge (2-4 books): 2/?

2012 Challenges:
By the Dozen (personal)
Harry Potter Reading Challenge
Men in Uniform Reading Challenge
Mount TBR Reading Challenge
Off the Shelf Reading Challenge
Sci-Fi Reading Challenge
What’s in a Name 5 Reading Challenge

2012-2013 Challenges:
Year of the Dragon Reading Challenge(personal/GoodReads)

Reading Has Its Rewards Challenge
Points as of XX XXX XX: 0

Perpetual Challenges:
101 Fantasy Challenge (Month): 0
101 Fantasy Challenge (Year): 2
Grand Total since 2009: 6
~~ & ~~
Georgette Heyer (Month): 0
Georgette Heyer (Year): 2
Grand Total since 2008: 4
~~ & ~~
In Death (Month): 0
In Death (Year): 0
Grand Total since 2010: 0

Totals (Monthly/Yearly)

Total Read (Month): 4
Total Heard (Month): 0
Grand Total w/o Audiobooks (Year): 68
Grand Total w/Audiobooks (Year): 73
~~ & ~~
Total Audio Hours(Month): 0
Total Audio Hours (Year): 63h, 26m
~~ & ~~
Total Pages Read (Month): 1,203
Grand Total w/o Audiobooks (Year): 22,254
Grand Total w/Audiobooks (Year): 24,077

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