Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 Reading Challenges: The Wrap-Ups

OK, I think it’s probably best that I just accept defeat (a certain amount, anyway), and admit I’m very unlikely to finish any more books in 2012. Or get any more reviews written. So I suppose it’s also time to go ahead and zero out all the reading challenges I had going this year.

2012 was not a bad year for me in most areas -- in fact, it was generally satisfying and even exciting. But all that excitement meant that my reading definitely took a hit. Didn’t get anywhere near my 50-book goal, and actually read even fewer books than I read in 2011. But, looking at my challenge blog, I realize that I actually came pretty close with some challenges -- and did manage to finish the reading goals I’d set myself in a few of them.

But reviews -- that’s a whole ‘nother problem. Around mid-year, I sort of stopped posting reviews -- just didn’t have time for them. For a while there, I thought I might be able to play catch-up in December. Yeah, right. That is definitely not gonna happen. So... here come the wrap-ups, in alphabetical order.

Signed up at the "Series Novice" level (3 books)
Actually read 2 books; no reviews.
  1. A Man Lay Dead. Ngaio Marsh (Inspector Alleyn series) 
  2. The Warden. Anthony Trollope (Chronicles of Barsetshire)

Signed up at the "Conversationalist" level (4-6 books)
Actually read 2 books; no reviews.
  1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Stieg Larsson 
  2. The Trial. Franz Kafka 

Books read, 7; no reviews. See my list of books read HERE.

Trying to finish the Mrs. Malory mystery series by Hazel Holt; needed to read 3 books to finish the series; only read one, no review. 
  1. Mrs. Malory and No Cure for Death 

I did a little better with this one. Signed up at the “Daring and Curious” level (5 books), actually finished the required number of books, and even posted a few reviews!  See my list of books read (with links to reviews) HERE.

Signed up at the “Pike’s Peak” level (12 books); read 12 books. See my list of books read (with links to reviews) HERE.

Signed up at the first level (12 books); read 12 books. See my list of books read (with links to reviews) HERE

Committed to read 15 new authors; read 10. See my list of books read (with links to reviews) HERE.

Signed up at the second level (“Trying” -- 15 books); read 15.  See my list of books read (with links to reviews) HERE.

    Signed up for “The Journey” (at least one book); read one book. No review.
    1. Seven-Day Magic. Edward Eager 

    Signed up at the Peril the Second level (two books), combined with Peril on the Screen.
    Read 5 books.  Also watched a hefty batch of TV shows/movies.  See my lists HERE.

    The goal was to read at least two books, and watch or listen to any number of Victorian-themed shows, music, etc. Read 2 books:
    1. The Solitary House. Lynn Shepherd (novel set in the Victorian Era) 
    2. The Warden. Anthony Trollope (written during the Victorian Era; first published 1855) 
    Watched 3 movies/TV shows:
    1. The Prestige (2006; film; based on the novel by Christopher Priest) 
    2. Queen Victoria's Empire (2001; PBS; 4-hour documentary series) 
    3. My Brilliant Career (1979; film; based on the novel by Miles Franklin) 

    Goal was 6 books from 6 categories. Read 6 books.  See my list of books read (with links to reviews) HERE.

    I also had a couple of challenges going at LibraryThing (see my 2012 Fifty Book Challenge, and my 12 in 12 Challenge), and one at Good Reads, none of which I actually completed. (Sigh.)

    And that’s a wrap!

    Just one final thought. Even though I didn’t do as well as I’d have liked in 2012, that hasn’t put me off reading challenges. No sir-ee! I’m hoping the coming year will be a much more normal reading year for me, and I’m already checking out the new reading challenges for 2013!


    1. Wow, you signed to many challenges. At least you tried to accomplish them. :)

    2. Hi, Vonnie! Yes, I'm afraid I'm a reading challenge addict. I always say "not too many this year," but I always go back on my promise. Still, it keeps me reading (usually), and that's the main reason I like them. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      1. True. And that's really the main reason I keep signing up. I enjoy all the list-making, research, and planning almost as much as I enjoy the actual reading.

    4. Congrats on all your reading. Challenges are difficult for me. I always forget about them. I can do the Europa Challenge because I run it, so I have to, but otherwise I can't keep track!

      1. Well, challenges are sort of difficult for me to keep up with, too. But I do enjoy all the record-keeping -- I guess it's my inner librarian coming out. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with the Europa Challenge next year!


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