Monthly Update – April 2012



April was a mixed bag for me.  I never got around to posting a Reading Has Its Rewards update for March, my team didn’t win bingo — didn’t even come close, and I didn’t do so well during the 24-Hour Read-a-thon.

However, I still read more than 6 books this month and I’ve reached the halfway mark for points and pages in my Reading Has Its Rewards challenge!  I’m so glad I switched the goal totals around — I was felling a bit discouraged about the page total goal until I made the switch.  I feel more confident about my chances of reading the goal by the end of the year — early, even.  I’ve also reached midpoint in the Good Reads Challenge:  33 of 65 books.  And if I do as well in May as I did in April, I will reach the Reading Has Its Rewards‘ halfway point for books read:  40 of 80 books.  This has made me very happy!  Not even half way through the year and already ahead of the game!  If I keep this up, I’ll be able to read at a more leisurely pace starting as early as October — maybe even September!

I’m still doing well with the Off the Shelf Challenge  — I only need 10 more books to complete it.  As for the Mt. TBR Challenge, I’m at the midway point — 20 down, 20 to go.  I’ve been doing well with the By the Dozen Challenge.  As for the rest, I’ll wait until September and see how things look before deciding on whether to abandon any of them.

I haven’t forgotten the goal to complete/catch up on two long-running series (this goal is part of the Rewards Challenge).  Since the guidelines I set up required that the series had at least 3 books, not counting 2011’s release, Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings was disqualified — I only had two books to read and one was the 2011 release.  I would love to catch up on either the Midnight Breed series or the Dirk & Steele.

Books Read

Note: All books count toward my personal “Reading Has Its Rewards ” challenge. Exceptions will be noted.
  • Fantasy Lover (Sherrilyn Kenyon) {6 Apr 13} – Off the Shelf, Mt. TBR
  • Magic Unchained (Jessica Andersen) {8 Apr 12} – By the Dozen
  • Armed & Magical (Lisa Shearin) {14 Apr 12} – By the Dozen, Bingo, Off the Shelf, Mt. TBR
  • Play of Passion (Nalini Singh) {15 Apr 12} – Off the Shelf, Mt. TBR, Bingo,
  • The Glass House (Ashley Gardner) {21 Apr 12} – What’s in a Name, By the Dozen, Off the Shelf, Mt. TBR
  • Kiss of Snow (Nalinia Singh) {22 Apr 12} – Off the Shelf, Mt. TBR, Bingo,
  • The Shadow Reader (Sandy Williams) {27 Apr 12} – Off the Shelf, Mt. TBR
  • Sweet Revenge (Andrea Pendrose) {29 Apr 12} – N/A

Challenges Completed this month:

Incomplete (Ended in April):

= Will complete; = Maybe; X = Won’t

2012 Challenges:
By the Dozen (personal) – 15/36
Fairy Tales Retold – 0/3
Harlequin/Silhouette Reading Challenge -3/6
Harry Potter Reading Challenge – 0/7
Mount TBR Reading Challenge – 20/40
Off the Shelf Reading Challenge – 20/30
Romance Reading Challenge – 2/5
Sci-Fi Reading Challenge (6-10) – 2/?
What’s in a Name 5 Reading Challenge – 4/6

2012-2013 Challenges:
Year of the Dragon Reading Challenge(personal/GoodReads) – 1

Perpetual Challenges:
101 Fantasy Challenge (Month): 0
101 Fantasy Challenge (Year): 0
Grand Total since 2009: 6
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Georgette Heyer (Month): 0
Georgette Heyer (Year): 1
Grand Total since 2008: 5
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In Death (Month): 0
In Death (Year): 1
Grand Total since 2010: 1
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Reading the RITAs (Month): 0
Reading the RITAs (Year): 1
Grand Total since 2011: 3

Totals (Monthly/Yearly)

Total Read (Month): 8
Total Heard (Month): 0
Grand Total w/o Audiobooks (Year): 33
Grand Total w/Audiobooks (Year): 33
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Total Audio Hours(Month): 0
Total Audio Hours (Year): 0h, 0m
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Total Pages Read (Month): 2,635
Grand Total w/o Audiobooks (Year): 10,891
Grand Total w/Audiobooks (Year): 10,891

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