2012 Reading Challenges – Three-Quarters

Is it really another three months through the year?  The end of September has snuck up on me this time!  But, apparently it’s time for a new update on the reading challenges.

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 18 unfinished series!

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

Finished in Quarter Two:
2) Horatio Hornblower series by C. S. Forester
3) The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
4) The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
5) The Bunnicula series by James Howe
6) The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis

Quarter Three Progress:

7) 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, The Snow Queen’s Shadow
Status: Finished!

8) The Eidolon Chronicles by Jane Johnson
Total books: 3
When I began the series: Sometime before 2004, when I started keeping a book journal
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: The Secret Country (reread), The Shadow World, Dragon’s Fire
Status: Finished!

9) The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale
Total books: 4
When I began the series: Also sometime before 2004…
Read prior to 2012: 2
Read in 2012: The Goose Girl (reread), Enna Burning (reread), River Secrets, Forest Born
Status: Finished!

10) The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
Total books: 3
When I began the series: February, 2011
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation
Status: Finished!

11) 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, One Good Knight, Fortune’s Fool
Still to read: Two books

12) 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, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine*
Still to read: Three books

That adds up to ten series completed, with progress on two others.  I also finished one that turned out to only have two books (somehow I thought it was a trilogy) and decided to drop Meg Cabot’s modern-day Persephone after an attempt to read Underworld.  Which leaves me with…six series, plus three new ones I started in 2012.  I’m saying that’s progress. 🙂

I Want More Challenge at Teatime with Marce

Goal: 2-4 new books by authors I’ve previously read (and loved) one book by.

Earlier this year, I read The Catswold Portal by Shirley Rousseau Murphy, author of my much-beloved Silver Woven in My Hair.

I tried to read What Could Go Wrong? by Willo Davis Roberts for this challenge, because I love her book The Girl with the Silver Eyes–only to find out I’d already read it!  I started recognizing things partway through.  Sometimes this happens to me with books I read as a kid…

So I picked up The Moffats by Eleanor Estes, because I love her book The Hundred Dresses.  It turned out to be a cute story, though not as insightful as The Hundred Dresses.  It was very much in the same mold as Beverly Cleary, and if I’d read it as a kid I’m sure I would have loved it.  A bit harder to get into it coming to it now, but sweet.

The Dusty Bookshelf Challenge at Books: A True Story

Goal: Dust Bunny, 5-10 books

I only added one book to this list this quarter, Antony and Cleopatra, but it was a significant one–one of my oldest dusty books, and my last one!  I’ve read everything on my shelves–except for some Burroughs and some Star Trek novels that I’ve decided don’t count because they’re nice to have around as options.

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. Rogersby Fred Rogers

9) Pirates! by Celia Rees

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

11) Henry V by William Shakespeare

12) Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, dusty since summer of 2003.  Ouch.

Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Challenge at My Book Retreat

Goal: Elementary Level, 5 books

Just one new one here at the bottom of the list, a travel book I read in anticipation of my trip.

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

5) Traveler’s Tales: Gutsy Women by Marybeth Bond

So…I’ve actually met the stated goals on everything!  Which is good if I get hopelessly distracted by NaNoWriMo and the holidays.  But I do have more books I want to read for these–I’d like to finish at least one more series and make progress on a few others, and I still want to read more biographies for the nonfiction challenge.  I’ll let you know at the end of the year how it goes!

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