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Reading Has Its Rewards – Second Goal Met

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*** UPDATE ***
You know, it pays to double-check one’s math. I goofed. I realized my error as I was preparing for the Reading Has Its Rewards update post. I met this goal the day after I met the page goal. On 15 September, I finished Holiday in Death (J. D. Robb) and that put me over the goal of 30,000 points.

Total as of 31 August: 24,900
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Lauren Willig) – 1,250
Three Days to Dead (Kelly Meding) – 475
Emma (Jane Austen) – 2,600
Holiday in Death (J. D. Robb) – 1,200
Total: 30,425

I know what happened. I somehow overlooked/didn’t carry-over a one. If I’m going to keep notes on scratch paper, I must remember to verify the total using a calculator. 🙁

On 22 September, I completed Persuasion (Jane Austen) and that put me over the 30,000 points goal I established.

When I wrote my August Update, I wasn’t sure I would make this goal by the end of October, let alone 30 September. To complete it, I would need 5,100 points. The most I had made in one month was 4,500 back in February. However, I’ve been “scoring” 2,000 to 3,000 in most months, so the outlook was good that I’d make it before 31 December.

I hadn’t paid much attention to the year The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Lauren Willig) was published. I don’t always figure out point value before reading, so all I knew was that the book had over 500 pages, that I could use it for a task in the Seasonal Reading Challenge at GoodReads, and that I’ve had the book for some time.  Because of this, I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that it was “worth” double points because of its 2005 copyright date.  That made it 1,250 points — a pretty good start for the month.

My reading list for the Seasonal Reading Challenge included Emma (Jane Austen), which is significant because, besides double points due to its original publication date, it “earned” 1,000 “Jane” points, making it worth 2,600 points. As of this posting, that is the most points one book has earned.

Thanks to an oversight on my part, I mistakenly thought I could use The Secret History of the Pink Carnation for a certain 30-point task. As a result, I replaced it with Emma and claimed a different task for Pink Carnation. I chose Persuasion (Jane Austen) to back-fill the task Emma was initially slotted against.

If I had picked up Persuasion right after I finished Emma, I would have made goal a lot sooner.  And by the time I did start reading it, it didn’t have matter how many points the book was worth, since the cumulative points of all the books I had already read for the month of September was 29,975.  I only need 25 points.  Any book would have worked. 🙂

Below is the totals for the books:
Total as of 31 August: 24,900
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Lauren Willig) – 1,250
Three Days to Dead (Kelly Meding) – 475
Emma (Jane Austen) – 2,600
Holiday in Death (J. D. Robb) – 1,200
Midnight Rising (Lara Adrian) – 500
Persuasion (Jane Austen) – 1,800
Total: 31,875

 

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