My Little Pocketbooks: 2012 Reading Challenge Wrap Up   

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 Reading Challenge Wrap Up

I have completed my first year of Reading Challenges.  YEAH!!
For 2012, I signed up for a few great challenges and of course I made sure they cross referenced themselves .  You know the Audiobook Challenge and the POC Challenge was easy to cross.  All I had to do is listen to an audiobook by a person of color.  Or the Dusty Bookshelf and the TBR Reading Challenge.  All I had to do is read a book off of my bookshelf.  Easy!  Right!  So here is the breakdown on what I read and how I did on the challenges.
The Dusty Bookshelf Challenge
Hosted by: Jessica at Books: A True Story
Level: Cobweb 10-15 books read by the end of the year
Completed: 10 out of 10 books

Favorite Book: The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan (review coming soon)
Least Favorite Book: The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall

Books I Read for this Challenge 
Thoughts on this challenge
I plan on doing this challenge again in 2013 because I have tons of books that have collected way too much dust on my bookshelf. I think I will try to hit 10 and hopefully pass it next year. I might read one more before the end of the year and that way I hit my goal. Fingers crossed.  Next year I am going to try and double this one.  No really!
***UPDATE***
I just finished the last book today (12/31/12)  I have never busted out a review that fast but I DID IT!!!!  *victory lap*
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Hosted by: Evie at Bookish
Level: 1-10 A Firm Handshake
Completed:  14 out of 10 books

Favorite Book:  32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
Least Favorite Book:  The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall

Books I Read for this Challenge
The Hunger Games
Song Yet Sung 
Water For Elephants
The Moments, The Hours, The Minutes     
Catching Fire
Viola In the Spotlight  
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Story of Beautiful Girl    
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk                     
The Wind Done Gone  
An Open Weave      
The Four Agreements
32 Candles
An Open Weave
Mockingjay
The Bonesetter's Daughter
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana
Thoughts on this challenge
There are a few books on this list that I bought this year and have had on my TBR list for years.  I have to say that the dusty Bookshelf and this challenge are similar and I loved that one book crossed over.  I will be joining in this one again in 2013.
2012 Audio Book Challenge

Hosted by: Teresa's Reading Corner
Level: Going Steady- Listen to 12 Audio Books
Completed: 20 out of 12 audiobooks

Favorite Book:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Least Favorite Book: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Books I Read for this Challenge
Water For Elephants
Cast in the Moonlight: Fee Novella
This is a Story of a Happy Marriage
The Gentle Brush of Wings: A free short story
The Myth of the Garage and Other Minor Things
Almost Like Being in Love
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Shiver
Linger
Forever
Beauty Queens
1Q84
Bloodshot
Objects of My Affection
Mistletoe & Margaritas
Hellbent
The Eleventh Plague
Ready Player One
The Paris Wife 
Legion
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Listening is an Act of Love
Tales From the Arabian Nights
Resonance
Merry Christmas Alex Cross
Thoughts on this challenge
This is really my first time delving into audiobooks and I am sooo glad I did.  This challenge is perfect for anyone with a commute.  At one time I was doing one a week.  So I will be doing this one again next year but I will up my commitment to 20 or more.
 

2012 POC Reading Challenge


Level: Level 3 Read 7-9 POC books

Completed:  16 out of 9 books

Favorite Book:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter and Kindred by Octavia Butler
Least Favorite Book: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Books I Read for this Challenge
Song Yet Sung by James McBride  
The Moments, The Hours, The Minutes by Jill Scott.
The Darkest Child
Assata: An Autobiography  

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Teenie
1Q84
Black Geisha
The Reluctant Matchmaker
Dido's Prize
The Wind Done Gone
32 Candles
An Open Weave
The Four Agreements
Kindred
The Bonesetter's Daughter

Thoughts on this challenge
Again, another challenge I totally loved and rocked.  The only issue I have is that there is no one really heading and manning this one at all. I hope this Challenge comes back next year and there are more people interested in joining.  The POC Challenge is important and people really need to make a mindful effort to add color to their libraries. 
 
Good Reads 2012 Challenge  
Hosted by: Goodreads.com 
Level: 25 books by the end of the year
Updated my total from 25 to 35 2/28/2012 
Updated my total from 35 to 45 8/15/2012  
Completed:  50 out of 52 books

Favorite Book:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter and Kindred by Octavia Butler
Least Favorite Book: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Books I Read for this Challenge  


Shiver   
Teenie  
1Q84 
Thoughts on this challenge
This challenge is a staple for all reading challenges.  I up'ed my total three times so next year I will start at 52 and move up from there.  I will hopefully finish my last two books before the end of the year.  I have one audiobook that I started and I have one book to buy for the Book Club book of the month.  This will be a plane read.  I will find a better way to stay on top of my reading next year.  PROMISE!
My Bookish 2012 New Year's Resolutions Challenge

Completed:11 out of 11 resolutions

This is a self created reading challenge for book bloggers.  Basically, I come up with a list of things I would like to accomplish this year and check them off as I go.  

My Progress:

1.  Create a blog Completed in January.

2.  Get a cute design for my blog.  Completed in February.

3.  Complete Level Cobweb 10-15 books read by the end of the year in the Dusty Bookshelf Challenge.Completed in December (12/31)

4.  Complete Level 1-10 A Firm Handshake by the end of the year in the 2012 TBR Reading Challenge.  Completed in September

5.  Complete Level Going Steady- Listen to 12 Audio Books by the end of the year in the 2012 Audio Book Challenge  Completed in July

6.  Complete Level 3 Read 7-9 POC books by the end of the year in the 2012 POC Reading Challenge.  Completed in August

7.  Complete 25 35 Books by the end of the year in the 2012 Good Reads Challenge Completed the first goal in August and up'ed my number to 45.

8.  Post at least 4-5 times a week.  That is about 192-240 post! WOW!!  Completed in July.

9.  Review at least two three book every month. That is about 24 36 reviews.  I can do that!  Completed in October

10.  Visit and comment on several blogs on a regular.

11.  Host one giveaway a month. That is 12 giveaways! Completed in July
Thoughts on this challenge
This challenge helped me get this blog started and helped me along the way.  Before life got crazy.  I am going to do this again next year because Resolutions are a joy to complete.  I love checking them off one by one.

So now that I have completed almost all my challenges, how did you do this year?  Was 2012 a good book year? 

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