Frankly not much did not go right for me regards 2013. I’m putting it behind me, working on my faith for ever better things to come, and highlighting on a positive before I let 2013 go. I read some really good books (well, at least I thought they were –ignores negative reviews on them–). Some of them were quite long for me, but the stories were so captivating the length didn’t matter. I love when that happens! If anyone is interested in my full list, that’s on my 2013 bookshelf. Some of the best from that list included:
In local news (about this blogger), I’ve updated my blog a bit and entered another book challenge on the 2013 bookshelf. Drawn to the beautiful graphic and the challenge enticed me like a Texan to barbecue. Hope things look a little better [on the blog] from the visitors’ end. Wish me luck on the rest. It’s about time something goes right again. I’m still thinking of doing a couple more challenges, so it may update the bookshelves again. It all depends on what I find via A Novel Challenge, my favorite site of the moment.
Oh, and a shout-out: I love my local library! They have proved once again how awesome they can be helping me out earlier today, all because I spoke up! If you’re nearby me, go visit them. If you’re not, go find one near you, for adventures are waiting to happen for you as well. 🙂
I’m not sure if I’m happy or what that the year is done. I’ve had quite a few disappointments, which even interfered with my writing (here) and reading. Overall, I’m still here; that’s saying something I think. As for my reading goals this year, I think I nailed most of them in spite of the disappointments.
Challenges…accepted…forgotten, and blasted out of the water:
GoodReads Reading Challenge 2012
Duration: January 1 – December 31st
Goal: 50 books
Read 52 of 50 books (104%)
Comments: I did it with days to spare. I still have a couple or so on my currently reading shelf, too, and will get those done…next year. ~wink~
2012 Supporting Your Local Library Challenge
Duration: January 1st – December 31st
Level 4 – Read 37+ library books
47/ 37 books
Finished 12/31/2012 – 100+% done!
Comments: I am so thankful to have a local library to help feed my reading habit!
2012 E-books Reading Challenge
Duration: January 1st – December 31st
The Mini Challenge – Read 5 e-books
Finished goal 5/23/2012 — 5 / 5 books, 100% done!
* #Self: Taming Your Inner Online Menace by Carla Madden (e-book on Kobo)
* Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer (get e-book)
* The Cat Manual by Michael Ray Taylor (get e-book)
* Harry Potter: the prequel by J.K. Rowling (e-book on GoodReads)
* Ode to Icky by Miranda Russell (get e-book)
*Free Four: Tobias Tells The Story by Veronica Roth (#1.1 of the Divergent series) (get e-book)
Comments: I still have a few e-books I’m still reading and hundreds in my TBR thanks to Amazon, GoodReads, and other online book places encouraging my habit. So hard to say no, but so much my e-reader overflows! hah! Though, it’s a good problem to have.
Finishing the Series Challenge
Duration: January 1st to December 31st
Level 2 – Finish 2 series
Finished goal: March 2012
— completed Sisters of the Quilt series
— completed The Giver series
— completed The Potluck Club series*
— completed Nikki Heat series
— completed Sonya Sones’ “What my______ doesn’t know” series
— completed Ada’s House series
— completed The Potluck Club: The Potluck Catering Club series
— completed Haunting Emma series
— completed the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series (to date)
— in progress: Divergent series (waiting on author to publish more); Kauffman Amish Bakery series (3 of 5 done); Yada Yada Prayer Group series (3 of 7 done)
Comments: As one can see, I kind of blew this challenge out of the water and I’m still going strong.
Outdo yourself challenge
Duration: January 1st to December 31st 2012
Level: Getting your heart rate up (reading 1-5 more books than last year)
Goal: 1 more book…or so ~wink~
Went 2 over (almost 4…I’m in the middle of 2: 1 hardcover; 1 e-book)
Comments: If only I could have finished my currently reading, I would have blasted this challenge as well. Oh well, I did complete it.
Duration: January 1st – December 31st 2012
Level attempting: 6-11 challenges
(1) GoodReads official reading challenge – completed
(2) Supporting the local library – completed
(3) reading e-books – completed
(#) Reading addict challenge
Comments: In the future, I must learn to document better.
To see what I read this year, check out Read in 2012.
Happy New Year, everyone! And may all have a good read this year! 🙂
I decided to check out the library web site today, and noticed a book I requested the library to order has arrived!! The not-so-great news is a few other people have discovered it before me. Mega-sigh.
Nevertheless, I’m finally on the waiting list for @TheBloggess ‘s book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (a mostly true memoir)”. That deserves an “almost woohoo!” from me to Hamlet von Schnitzel and all passersby.
I return you to regular programming. happy rest-of-the-weekend