Goodreads 2012 Challenge: Achieved!

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Aside from setting my 2012 writing goals, I decided to give myself an additional goal by joining the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge. After all, to be a writer is to be a reader. Even though I already have a habit of reading a respectable number of books each year, I thought it might be fun to set a number and go for it.

The first six months of 2012 went very well as I averaged about 1 book every week or so, but by summer I got very distracted with writing and craft projects. As a result, I had to start reading like a lunatic from September to December!Β Despite my irregular reading schedule, I managed to reach my goal of reading 30 books before the end of the year. Yay!

I did it!

I did it!

In addition to reading 30 books, I made a secondary goal of writing a snapshot review for each book, (see My Bookshelf). Most of the time, I was able to stay on track with this, but there were multiple times throughout the year where I fell behind (most notably November and December). That being said, I’m happy to report every review was completed before the end of December.

While all the titles I read are listed on My Bookshelf, I really love seeing a grid of book covers that shows the wide variety of books I read this year. I read everything from classic literature, non-fiction, and biography to trashy romance novels, young adult, and children’s books. There’s nothing like a little diversity to fire up my muse!

Book List #1

Book List #2

Book List #3

Now, it looks like a I cheated a bit with Mr. Happy and friends, but these books are very special to me. I read them when I was a kid and they were always among my favorites. As an adult, I haven’t so much as seen a Mr. Men or Little Miss book until I went to London in 2011. My love of them was rekindled and so was my desire to read them again. This year I received a boxed set of the first ten books in the series as a gift for Christmas and I was so excited! They are still wonderful little books!

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As for the 2013 Reading Challenge, I’ve already jumped in with a goal of reading 30 books.

Are you up for the challenge? Check out Goodreads and sign up!

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c.b.w. 2012

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44 thoughts on “Goodreads 2012 Challenge: Achieved!

  1. So much achievement! Congrats! I thought about setting a goal for reading this year, and I’m wondering if reading through recipe books checked out from the library (in search of good vegetarian recipes) counts.

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  2. OK, I’m game! You’ve inspired me to take the challenge! If for no other reason than to see those pretty little cover thumbnails spread out across a page so divinely!

    Congrats on this well-rounded and impressive accomplishment!

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    • Yay! Let’s see if we can connect on Goodreads. πŸ™‚

      The book covers really are fun to collect. I don’t know why, but like you, I love seeing them all in a grid with so much color and vibrancy.

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  3. Good for you!
    I have Goodreads too, but if I’d taken this challenge, there would be no variety whatsoever πŸ™‚
    Read quite a few books last year, but almost all of them were by the same author [Erica James + Maureen Lee]. When you find someone you really like … why change a winning concept πŸ˜€

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  4. Awesome! I set my goal for 25 this year…I think I read 19 this last year. I want to know out of the books you read which ones you recommend the most….also…I want to know what you thought of the Fifty Shades Trilogy! I read them but haven’t met too many people around here in Utah willing to admit they read them too πŸ˜‰ so I we can compare notes!

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    • I gush about the Fifty Shades Trilogy with a friend of mine at work – the only other person I know who has read it and will admit to it. I loved it as an escapist, brain-easy series. It was fun to analyze the characters and immerse myself in the fantasy. No matter its faults, it was a fun read!

      Have you read Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series? If you liked 50 Shades, you’ll like these, too. πŸ™‚

      As for my favorites this year:
      “How to Be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran
      “Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper” by Harriet Scott Chessman
      “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story” by D.T. Max

      Let’s connect on goodreads! πŸ™‚

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    • It’s amazing what a to-do list can do for motivation. πŸ™‚ I like watching that little bar graph grow and it freaks me out when I fall behind. Call it a personality flaw, but I don’t like to fail. Lol! πŸ™‚

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