Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Reading Year in Review

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:43 AM

Whew! It has been a crazy year. I originally set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal at 300 books. Last year’s goal was 350 but I didn’t really come anywhere near it. I’ve always had a secret goal of reading 365 books in a year. So when I passed my original 2012 goal of 300 books in late October/early November, I reset my goal to 365. I blame my failure to meet this goal on getting cable TV this year. So how may books did I read in 2012??? 362…so so close.

Goodreads Romance Readers Monthly Reading Challenge Results
I started slow in this challenge but finished strong.

  Books Read Book Goal % Completed
January 7 10 70%
February 9 10 90%
March 10 10 100%
April 10 10 100%
May 10 10 100%
June 10 10 100%
July 10 10 100%
August 10 10 100%
September 10 10 100%
October 10 10 100%
November 10 10 100%
December 10 10 100%
Totals 116 120 97%

Goodreads Monthly Favorite Author Challenge
I successfully read books from all 12 authors.

  Author Book Read Started Ended
January Maya Banks Whispers in the Dark (KGI, #4) B - Familiar with her work, and wouldn't mind reading her again. A - would definitely look at her other books, since I've enjoyed this one very much
February Jayne Ann Krentz Twist of Fate C - Totally new to this author. Will see how I like it B - could take it or leave it. Was not an unpleasant experience but I'm not burning rubber to get to her other books.
March Jude Deveraux Holly B - Familiar with her work, and wouldn't mind reading her again. A - would definitely look at her other books, since I've enjoyed this one very much.
April Robyn Carr Sunrise Point A - I'm a big fan!” I'm excited to read another of her books. A - would definitely look at her other books, since I've enjoyed this one very much
May Suzanne Brockmann Unstoppable: Love with the Proper Stranger \ Letters to Kelly B -Familiar with her work, and wouldn't mind reading her again B - could take it or leave it. Was not an unpleasant experience but I'm not burning rubber to get to her other books.
June Susan Mallery Summer Nights A - I'm a big fan! A - would definitely look at her other books, since I've enjoyed this one very much
July Fern Michaels Mr. and Miss Anonymous C - Totally new to this author. Will see how I like it B- - could take it or leave it. Was not an unpleasant experience but I'm not burning rubber to get to her other books.
August Jeaniene Frost Reckoning C - Totally new to this author. Will see how I like it. C - Oh well, I tried. Definitely not my cup of tea
September Lisa Jackson Best-Kept Lies  C - Totally new to this author. Will see how I like it.  B - could take it or leave it. Was not an unpleasant experience but I'm not burning rubber to get to her other books.
October Heather Graham The Devil in the Woods C - Totally new to this author C - Oh well, I tried. Definitely not my cup of tea
November Sherryl Woods Welcome To Serenity A - I'm a big fan!  A - would definitely look at her other books, since I've enjoyed this one very much
December Sylvia Day B - Familiar with her work, and wouldn't mind reading her again B - could take it or leave it. Was not an unpleasant experience but I'm not burning rubber to get to her other books.

2012 RRRC's Books I Read for a Challenge CHALLENGE
Okay. I admit this was a weird challenge. Since I’m reading books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge every book I read is for a challenge. So my original goal was 300 books and I finished by reading 362 books.

Goodreads Random Book List Challenge
While this is an interesting challenge, I just couldn’t keep up with it. There were new lists every week.

WorkaDay Reads Ebook Challenge
I signed up for the Human Brain level @ 150 ebooks. Yeah, I know that just seems too easy since the only books I read are ebooks. Of the 362 books that I read this year, 361 were ebooks. The only book that I read that was not an ebook was A Fool's Gold Christmas(Fool's Gold, #10) because I picked it up from Susan Mallery at BEA 2012.

So I’m looking for challenges for 2013. Let me know if you find any interesting ones. I will be participating in the 2013 Goodreads Monthly Reading Challenge as well as the Goodreads Featured Author Challenge. One of the other things that I’ve learned by reading ebooks is that there are a lot of great self-published authors out there. So, I’m thinking of participating in WorkadayReads Self-Publshed Reading Challenge.  And I’m going to participate in the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention Challenge. This challenge has four levels:
Level 1: Read 10 books by any of the authors attending the convention. At least 5 should be new to you authors.
Level 2: Level 1 plus read 5 books by a female author and 5 books by a male author.
Level 3: Level 2 plus read 10 books by the authors being honored as part of this celebration (there are currently 21).
Level 4: Level 3 plus read your way around the US States by reading a book that is set in, or by an author from each of the 50 states.

That should keep me pretty busy.

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