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2015 Reading Challenges Introduction
January 25, 2015, 9:52 pm
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So with the decent success of last year, I again signed up for too many reading challenges. I could blame A Novel Challenge for the bountiful selection, but when you get right down too it, I only have myself to blame. In all aspects of my life, this year I want to tie up loose ends. I’m all about finishing the old before moving onto the new this year. In my knitting, finishing up projects that I have started and in my reading goals to take a huge chunk out of my TBR list and books I all ready own. So my reading challenges this year, reflect that mindset. Here we go!

Let Me Count the Ways Gold Level 4,001 – 6,000 pages more than I read last year.

Show Your Shelves Some Love No Book Buying Challenge (No Library Books) Blue Belt 11-20 books

I have 16 books listed that I want to read.

1. In Cold Blood Truman Capote

2. Eat Prey Love Elizabeth Gilbert

3. The Help Kathryn Stockett

4. Water for Elephants Sara Gruen

5. Treasure Island Robert Lewis Stevenson

6. Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift

7. The House of the Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne

8. The Tenant of Windfell Hall Anne Bronte

9. Uncle Tom’s Cable Harriet Beecher Stowe

10. The Moonstone Wilkie Collins

11. The Strange Case of Mr Jekyll and Dr Hyde Robert Lewis Stevenson

12. The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner

13. Casino Royale Ian Fleming

14. A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

15. The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

16. The World According to Garp John Irving

Men In Uniform Challenge Sergeant 1-5 books The main character obviously is military or police or fire

Official TBR Pile Challenge 12 books must have list to start

1-12 from above list. These are priority books I want to get read.

Mount TBR reading Challenge 12 books No Library, must own

I Love Library Books Just Insert IV 50+

You Read How Many Books? Level 1 100 books

Pages Read Reading Challenge 52,000 I chose this amount to keep on par with last year and exceed.

Take a Bite Out of Your Aged Romance TBR pile. Must have on list at least a year. I will use my Goodreads list and I have a physical list that predates Goodreads.

Also the perpetual Read a Million Pages in Your Lifetime challenge.

January update, even though I have about a week left, doing it while I’m on!

Pages read: 1818

TBR owned 1 book Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter Jessica Sims

Library Books 4 books Reapers Stand Joanna Wylde; Kiss of Fate Deborah Cooke; Winter Kiss Deborah Cooke; Enchanting the Beast Kathryn Kennedy

Books read total 5 books

I’m currently reading In Cold Blood Truman Capote and Crimson Moon Rebecca York and The Sword Upon The Rose Joyce something.

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2014 Reading Challenge Wrap Up
January 25, 2015, 8:38 pm
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Boy, I was a lazy blogger this past year. I want to improve on that this year. So a wrap up on last years reading challenges.

Erotic Reading Challenge: I signed up for 81-100+ level, it wasn’t until I saw the same challenge this year that I comprehended I had included books that weren’t quite the genre. My mistake and therefore I don’t want to count the 123 books I read for it.

Historical Romance Challenge 12 books Set prior to 1920 I enjoyed this challenge as I love a good historical and I discovered a new western author that I enjoyed greatly. Mary Connealy, she writes clean Western romances, almost a bit Christian, but not preachy. I really enjoyed her characters and the story lines in the trilogy. I read 13 books for this challenge.

Bingo Challenge I achieved a black out card. The categories were TBR, Mix it up, Series, Genres and New Releases For three categories I had to read  15 books each and the other two 4 books each. I enjoyed this challenge particularly the mix it up and genres categories as I had to read new authors and different types of books than I normally would.

Alphabet A-Z Challenge I failed this challenge as I didn’t get books read for Q, X, Y, and Z

Sea Haven Series Reading Challenge This is two series of books by Christine Feehan. I had read the Drake Sisters series previously, but re read them for this challenge and the last three books of the challenge were her Sisters of Heart Series which is ongoing. I had read the first two, but the latest one I had not. Loved it and dying for the next book.

Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole Challenge I love her and her books, I was behind in this series by 4 books so this was a great chance for me to catch up. I adored Lothaire and especially Dark Skye. Great reads.

Nightwalkers Series by Jacquelyn Frank Challenge I had read one novella by her in an anthology and was intrigued. So I was happy to see this challenge come along. There were 13 books in this challenge divided into 3 series. They were interconnected, but different at the same time. I can’t wait to see where it goes next. I really liked the Shadowdwellers series and the Skinwalkers series.

Book to Movie Challenge 3 combinations

I read/watched Labor Day by Joyce Maynard. The book was exceptional. I highly recommend it. Now of course, when I love the book so much I have reservations about seeing the movie. I was pleasantly surprised, it was pretty close to the book and maintained the integrity of the characters and story line. (Unlike The Cider House Rules, amazing, wonderful book, the movie well I will never get those two hours of my back. It destroyed the beautiful story John Irving created.)

I also read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll I watched the newish Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. Obvious differences, but not in a bad way, because Lewis Carroll created an extremely bizarre world that really was open for interpretation. I really think Tim Burton was crazy enough to pull it off.

I also read/watched Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I very much enjoyed the book, the movie not so much. It left some pertinent parts out and glossed over others and created things that had no place being there. I also just didn’t like the casting.

So in total I read 129 books in 2014, which brings me to the Perpetual Challenge Read a Million Pages in Your Lifetime. In 2014 I read 45, 091 pages. I want to do better this year.

In retrospect, the best book, I read this year was a recommendation from a client. It was way outside my comfort zone and I never would’ve picked it up on my own. It was The Martian by Andy Weir. A truly amazing read, the man knew his scientific stuff, so sometimes I got a bit bogged down, but it was just a small part of the book. Wonderful character building and boy did he put the main character through hell. I just read that its been optioned for a movie with Matt Damon. Again a great level of trepidation, though I think Matt Damon’s a decent casting choice.

The worst book I read this year was Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. It wasn’t to my liking, the first and maybe only mystery I will read. I don’t want to rule it out in the future, as I’ve had some great recommendations. Just not another Christie. Though she did get me at the end and I’m pretty good at figuring it out as I read along. So kudos there! There is a down and dirty recap of the year. In my next post I will be outlining my challenges for 2015. Happy  reading!