2012 Reading Challenges – Wrap-Up

We’re starting 2013, and it’s time to check in on reading challenge results for last year!  I’ve been trying to focus my reading selections, especially in the last couple of months, so I’m happy with where I ended up.  I’ve cleared long-time unread books off my shelves, finished lots of long-lingering series, and read new books by some beloved authors.  All in all–a good year in reading!

So, let’s look at the details.  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 at the end of the year:

Finishing the Series Challenge at Socrates Book Reviews

Official goal: Finish three series
Personal goal: Make a sizable dent in my list of 17 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
Abandoned: The Underworld Trilogy by Meg Cabot

Finished in Quarter Three:
7) The Princess Series by Jim C. Hines
8) The Eidolon Chronicles by Jane Johnson
9) The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale
10) The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

Quarter Four Progress:

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, The Snow Queen, Beauty and the Wereworlf, A Tangled Web (novella)
Status: Finished!

12) The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix
Total books: 7
When I began the series: December, 2011
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, Superior Saturday, Lord Sunday
Status: Finished!

13) 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, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, The Mischief of the Mistletoe (reread)
Still to read: Two books

14) The Jacky Faber series by L. A. Meyer
Total books: 10
When I began the series: Around 2003, I think
Read prior to 2012: 9
Read in 2012:Viva Jacquelina!
Status: Up-to-date

15) The Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier
Total books: 6
When I began the series: June, 2010
Read prior to 2012: 2
Read in 2012: The Child of the Prophecy
Still to read: Three books

Bonus: I’ve also finished two series that I’m not quite counting because I kind of fell into them…that is, I didn’t plan them on my original list, but as the year progressed I ended up completing them.

Bonus 1) The Lando Calrissian Trilogy by L. Neil Smith
I read the first book in this trilogy years ago and couldn’t remember if I read the rest.  I wanted to reread the first one, and when the library sent me an omnibus of all three, I read the others too–which didn’t turn out to be familiar.
Total books: 3
When I began the series: No idea…around the late 90s?
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu (reread), …and the Flamewind of Oseon, …and the Starcave of Thonboka
Status: Finished!

Bonus 2) The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry*
I found out a fourth (and presumably final) book had come out in this series, and promptly reread the first three in anticipation.
Total books: 4
When I began the series: Erm…1999.  Thereabouts.
Read prior to 2012: 3
Read in 2012: The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger (all rereads), Son
Status: Finished!

So at the end of the year, that’s…12 series finished, one dropped, two bonus series finished, and progress on three series.  Leaving me with four unfinished series, one of them up-to-date…plus four new ones added this year, but two of them are up-to-date.  All in all…that’s a lot of stories completed! 🙂  And the grand total–42 books, plus 7 bonus ones.

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 also read The Moffats by Eleanor Estes, because I love her book The Hundred Dresses.

This quarter, I read Legacy by Susan Kay, because Susan Kay’s Phantom is my favorite book ever–in the top three, anyway.  Legacy isn’t that good, but it is a masterful piece of historical fiction, and gives me immense satisfaction to have read it.

I also read Villette by Charlotte Bronte, because I so love Jane EyreVillette is flawed in all sorts of important ways, but wonderful in even more important ways.  I just love Bronte’s writing, whatever she’s writing about, and I loved reading this.  Interestingly, those feelings don’t extend to Charlotte’s sister Emily, and I thoroughly dislike Wuthering Heights.  But I plan to read more by Charlotte.

The Dusty Bookshelf Challenge at Books: A True Story

Goal: Dust Bunny, 5-10 books

No further progress here because I ran out!  I’ve added a few new unread books to my shelves, but everything that was unread on Jan 1, 2012 has now been read–for a total of 12 books.

Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Challenge at My Book Retreat

Goal: Elementary Level, 5 books

A few new ones here.  No proper biographies, which were my original goal, but I did read some literary criticism on L. M. Montgomery–so I got close.

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

6) The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass: L. M. Montgomery’s Heroines and the Pursuit of Romance by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

7) Sacred Sites of L. M. Montgomery by Nancy Rootland

8) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

9) The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

And I think that wraps up the year!  An excellent year in reading.  I already posted my Challenge plans for the next year…so here’s to 2013!

One thought on “2012 Reading Challenges – Wrap-Up

  1. Congrats on all the stuff you got read for the various challenges. It always feels good to make progress, especially when you participate in events that motivate you to read things you know you want to anyway but haven’t made time for.

    I’m doing the Women in Genre Fiction Challenge and should do Bellezza’s Japanese Literature Challenge but haven’t read any books for it the last two years…so for hers I need to read a book and then retroactively sign up, lol! I’ll be participating in the ones I host…after all, it would be rude not to. 🙂 Not sure if I’ll do anything else.

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