Monthly Update – August 2012



Thanks to several read-a-thons in August, I had a very good reading month.  I completed 9 books for the month, plus two short stories from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunters series.  I like read-a-thons so much, that I’m actually going through withdrawals!  The next one (that I know of) starts on October 1st.

Thanks to the read-a-thons, I was able to finish up the Mt. TBR Challenge.  I managed to squeeze in one more book on the 31st, and that made it 40 books.  And despite my decision to count my RITA challenge as Incomplete, I read a book from that list.

No reviews in August.  I chose to read instead of participating in the write-a-thon.  Depending on how things go between now and the end of October (my semiofficial end-of-the-reading year), I probably won’t take the time to write up any reviews until the holidays.

Looking ahead:  My biggest goal between now and the end of October is reach my Reading Has Its Rewards goals.  As of the end of August, I need 22 books, 927 pages, and 5,100 points to be successful.  I will easily make the page goal in September and I might be able to pull off 22 books in two month, but I’m not so sure about the points.  At this point, I’ll settle for two out of three.

On a side note, I did something truly bone-headed on my blog.  As a result, all my image links are broken and need to be fixed.  I’m lucky that I remembered to export a copy of my blog BEFORE I started fiddling with things I don’t fully understand.  There are days I wish I stayed on the free WordPress site instead of going self-hosted.  I’ve already made some fixes, but I’m working on it sporadically so it’s going to take some time before all of them are updated.

Books Read

Note: All books count toward my personal “Reading Has Its Rewards ” challenge. Exceptions will be noted.
  • Soulless (Gail Carriger) {4 Aug 12} – Mt. TBR
  • Something About You (Julie James) {5 Aug 12} – Mt. TBR
  • Lord and Lady Spy (Shana Galen) {10 Aug 12} – Mt. TBR, Romance Reading
  • “Angels’ Pawn”, Angels’ Flight (Nalini Singh) {10 Aug 12} – N/A
  • Angels’ Blood (Nalini Singh) {16 Aug 12} – Mt. TBR
  • “Angels’ Judgement”, Angels’ Flight (Nalini Singh) {16 Aug 12} – N/A
  • A Not-So-Perfect Past (Beth Andrews) {18 Aug 12} – RITA, Mt. TBR
  • Black Howl (Christina Henry) {19 Aug 12} – By the Dozen
  • Gunmetal Magic (Ilona Andrews) {25 Aug 12} – By the Dozen
  • Night Reigns (Dianne Duvall) {31 Aug 12} – Mt. TBR
  • The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (Krista Davis) {31 Aug 12} –  Mt. TBR, What’s in a Name

Challenges Completed this month:
Mount TBR Reading Challenge – 40/40

Incomplete (Ended in July):

= Will complete; = Maybe; X = Won’t

2012 Challenges:
By the Dozen (personal) – 25/36
Harlequin/Silhouette Reading Challenge -3/6
Romance Reading Challenge – 4/5
Sci-Fi Reading Challenge (6-10) – 3/?
What’s in a Name 5 Reading Challenge – 5/6

2012-2013 Challenges:
Year of the Dragon Reading Challenge(personal/GoodReads) – 2

Perpetual Challenges:
101 Fantasy Challenge (Month): 0
101 Fantasy Challenge (Year): 5
Grand Total since 2009: 17
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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): 2
Grand Total since 2010: 2
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X Reading the RITAs (Month): 1
Reading the RITAs (Year): 2
Grand Total since 2011: 4

Totals (Monthly/Yearly)

Total Read (Month): 9
Total Heard (Month): 0
Grand Total w/o Audiobooks (Year): 58
Grand Total w/Audiobooks (Year): 59
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Total Audio Hours(Month): 0
Total Audio Hours (Year): 7h, 19m
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Total Pages Read (Month): 3,030
Grand Total w/o Audiobooks (Year): 19,073
Grand Total w/Audiobooks (Year): 19,453

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