2012 Reading Challenges – Halfway Point

I’m a little late with this update, but it’s still the beginning of July…time for a check-in on reading challenges.  Most of what I’ve been reading for challenges (and in general, actually), has been focused on the “Finishing the Series” challenge.  But it requires by far and away the most reading, so I guess that’s good!

As usual, linked titles go to my reviews, starred titles have reviews coming, and feel free to ask if you want to know more about anything!

Here’s where we are so far:

Finishing the Series Challenge at Socrates Book Reviews

Official goal: Finish three series
Personal goal: Make a sizable dent in my list of 19 unfinished series!

Finished in Quarter One:
1) Fairy Haven series by Gail Carson Levine

Continued progress:

2) Horatio Hornblower Series by C. S. Forester
Total books: 11
When I began the series: Dec, 2007
Read prior to 2012: 9
Read in 2012: Lord Hornblower, Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies, Short story, “The Last Encounter”
Status: Finished!  This is a big one–As you can see, I’ve been reading it a looong time, and it’s a looong series.  By the seventh or eighth book it was a challenge.  Really happy to finally finish Hornblower’s adventures, and I desperately want Ioan Gruffudd to do more movies.

3) The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
Total books: 4
When I began the series: Dec, 2011
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, A Darkling Plain
Status: Finished!

4) The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Total books: 3
When I began the series: May, 2011
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: Throne of Fire, The Serpent’s Shadow
Status: Finished!

5) The 500 Kingdoms by Mercedes Lackey
Total books: 7
When I began the series: December, 2011
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: The Fairy Godmother
Still to read: Five books

6) The Princess Series by Jim C. Hines
Total books: 4
When I began the series: May, 2011
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: The Mermaid’s Madness, Red’s Hood’s Revenge
Still to read: The Snow Queen’s Shadow, which my library doesn’t have!  This could be a problem…

7) The Bunnicula Series by James Howe
Total books: 7
When I began the series: No idea…somewhere around the age of eight, I think.
Read prior to 2012: 5
Read in 2012: Nighty-Nightmare, Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow
Status: Finished!

8) The Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig
Total books: 9
When I began the series: February, 2011
Read prior to 2012: 4
Read in 2012: The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
Still to go: Four books

9) The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis*
Total books: 3
When I began the series: Some time before Sep, 2004, when I started keeping a book list
Read prior to 2012: 1.5
Read in 2012: Out of the Silent Planet (reread), Perelandra, That Hideous Strength
Status: Finished!

So that’s six series that I’ve managed to finish…and since I started the year with 19 unfinished series, that’s good progress–and plenty still to go.

I Want More Challenge at Teatime with Marce

Goal: 2-4 books

With this one in mind, I read The Catswold Portal by Shirley Rousseau Murphy, author of my much-beloved Silver Woven in My Hair.  Alas, her other book was good but not nearly as wonderful, and I don’t know that I’ll read anything else by her…considering she’s mostly known for a detective series!

The Dusty Bookshelf Challenge at Books: A True Story

Goal: Dust Bunny, 5-10 books

I’m actually running out of dusty books…I did a big push on this one early in the year, and it seems to have worked.

1) Five-Odd edited by Groff Conklin

2) Contested Will by James Shapiro

3) White Fang by Jack London

4) Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life edited by Barnaby Conrad and Monty Schultz

5) Tarzan’s Quest by Edgar Rice Burroughs

6) Imagining Anne by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

7) Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

8) The World According to Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers

9) Pirates! by Celia Rees

10) Tarzan and “the Foreign Legion” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

11) Henry V by William Shakespeare

Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Challenge at My Book Retreat

Goal: Elementary Level, 5 books

Not as much progress here, but I managed to fit a biography in–which was the original goal!

1) Contested Will by James Shapiro

2) Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life edited by Barnaby Conrad and Monty Schultz

3) The Guinea Pig Diaries by A. J. Jacobs

4) Up Close: Theodore Roosevelt by Michael L. Cooper

All in all, good progress, and still some reading to do in the second half of the year. 🙂

4 thoughts on “2012 Reading Challenges – Halfway Point

  1. There are 7 books in the Bunnicula series? I remember enjoying the first book when I was younger, but I had no idea that there were that many.

    The problem that I have with a lot of the series that I’ve started is that they aren’t finished yet. I’d love to be able to finish The Wheel of Time, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Kingkiller Chronicles, Monster Hunter International, The Runelords, and several other series I’m forgetting offhand but they haven’t been finished yet.

    For some non-fiction, I would suggest looking into Malcolm Gladwell’s books. They’re all very good and they cover some diverse topics. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer was also an interesting read.

    1. There are indeed 7 Bunnicula books. I was a little surprised too. The first three are the best. Some of the later ones, he kind of tries too hard with new and weirder situations.

      I have a few ongoing series I’m also in the middle of. I’m trying to get up-to-date on those. Sounds like you’ve got some very massive series you’re waiting on endings for!

  2. Well done you seem to be doing really well on all your challenges! I am really looking forward to starting The Kane Chronicles series, can borrow them all now as my boyfriend bought and read them all 🙂

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