2013 Reading Challenge Round-Up — Completed Edition

Look at all these finished challenges!  I did good this year…

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Goal: 35/35 books   DONE!!!!!

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (9/28/13)
  2. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (10/20/13)
  3. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman (10/9/13)
  4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (12/6/13)
  5. Witches 101 by Melissa de la Cruz (10/1/13)
  6. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (11/16/13)
  7. Gulliver’s Travel’s by Jonathan Swift (10/3/13)
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (11/22/13)
  9. The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne (11/3/13)
  10. Her Ladyships Companion by Evangeline Collins (10/9/13)
  11. The Sandman Vol. 11 (9/27/13)
  12. The Sandman Vol. 12 (9/27/13)
  13. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (10/7/13)
  14. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (9/29/13)
  15. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (12/14/13)
  16. Tanglefoot by Cherie Priest (12/15/13)
  17. Cape Storm by Rachel Caine (10/1/13)
  18. Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine (10/5/13)
  19. Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa (10/10/13)
  20. Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (10/21/13)
  21. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (10/27/13)
  22. Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith (11/7/13)
  23. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (11/26/13)
  24. San Diego 2014 by Mira Grant (10/1/13)
  25. 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes (11/11/13)
  26. Lady Susan by Jane Austen (10/10/13)
  27. Love and Friendship by Jane Austen (11/11/13)
  28. The Watsons by Jane Austen (11/13/13)
  29. Jane Austen and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron(11/20/13)
  30. Vanity Fair by Thackeray (12/18/13)
  31. Inside the Creative Studio by Cate Coulacos Prato (12/11/13)
  32. B is for Baby by Suzonne Stirling (12/11/13)
  33. Universal Rights Down to Earth by Richard Thompson Ford (12/13/13)
  34. Final Jeopardy by Stephen Baker (12/13/13)
  35. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (12/3/13)
Goal: 10/10 books  DONE!!!!!!
The Required Categories:
  1. 19th Century Classic — Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (12/18/13)
  2. 20th Century Classic — The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (1/24/13)
  3. Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic — Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (10/3/13)
  4. Classic that relates to the African-American Experience – The Color Purple by Alice Walker (6/24/13)
  5. Classic Adventure — The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (11/22/13)
  6. Classic that prominently features an Animal – Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne(9/10/13)
Optional Categories:
  1. Re-read a Classic — Emma by Jane Austen (5/22/13)
  2. Classic Non-Fiction title –The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (9/8/13)
  3. Classic Children’s/Young Adult title — The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (4/30/13)
  4. Classic Short Stories – The Selected Stories of O. Henry (8/18/13)
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Goal: 10/10 books DONE!!!!!
  1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (2/3/13)
  2. Persuasion by Jane Austen (1/21/13)
  3. Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris (6/6/13)
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (8/28/13)
  5. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer (9/14/13)
  6. Lady Susan by Jane Austen (10/10/13)
  7. Love and Friendship by Jane Austen (11/11/13)
  8. The Watsons by Jane Austen (11/13/13)
  9. Jane Austen and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron(11/20/13)
  10. Sandition by Jane Austen (12/18/13)

Goal: 5/5 books  DONE!!!!!!

  1. The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper (3/20/13)
  2. The Impossible Cube by Steven Harper (5/4/13)
  3. The Dragon Men by Steven Harper (9/2/13)
  4. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (12/14/13)
  5. Tanglefoot by Cherie Priest (12/15/13)

 

Goal: 60/60 Books   DONE!!!!!!!!

  1. Wanted by Mark Millar (1/2/13)
  2. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi (1/2/13)
  3. Ill Wind by Rachel Caine (1/12/13)
  4. Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine (1/12/13)
  5. Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts (3/17/13)
  6. Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts (3/3/13)
  7. Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts (3/9/13)
  8. Chill Factor by Rachel Caine (1/13/13)
  9. Firestorm by Rachel Caine (2/16/13)
  10. The Hostage by Susan Wiggs (5/22/13)
  11. The Mistress by Susan Wiggs (6/4/13)
  12. Thin Air by Rachel Caine (2/22/13)
  13. Windfall by Rachel Caine (2/11/13)
  14. Change of Fortune by Jen Turano (1/3/13)
  15. One Day by David Nicholls (1/29/13)
  16. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (1/9/13)
  17. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (1/24/13)
  18. Almost America by Steve Tally (1/14/13)
  19. Locke and Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (1/4/13)
  20. Locke and Key Vol 2: Head Games (1/4/13)
  21. Locke and Key Vol 3: Crown of Shadows (1/5/13)
  22. Locke and Key Vol 4: Keys to the Kingdom (1/6/13)
  23. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche (5/31/13)
  24. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (6/23/13)
  25. The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs (6/13/13)
  26. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (6/24/13)
  27. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (7/26/13)
  28. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (8/17/13)
  29. The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason (7/13/13)
  30. Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason (7/15/13)
  31. When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason (8/5/13)
  32. The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason (8/1/13)
  33. As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason (9/5/13)
  34. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (9/8/13)
  35. Gale Force by Rachel Caine (9/9/13)
  36. Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel (9/10/13)
  37. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer (9/14/13)
  38. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder (9/17/13)
  39. Cape Storm by Rachel Caine (10/1/13)
  40. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (10/3/13)
  41. Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine (10/5/13)
  42. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (10/7/13)
  43. Her Ladyship’s Companion by Evangeline Collins (10/9/13)
  44. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman (10/9/13)
  45. Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa (10/10/13)
  46. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (10/20/13)
  47. Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (10/21/13)
  48. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (10/27/13)
  49. The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne (11/3/13)
  50. Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith (11/7/13)
  51. 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes (11/11/13)
  52. Love and Friendship by Jane Austen (11/11/13)
  53. The Watsons by Jane Austen (11/13/13)
  54. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (11/16/13)
  55. Jane Austen and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron(11/20/13)
  56. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (11/22/13)
  57. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (11/26/13)
  58. Boneshaler by Cherie Priest (12/14/13)
  59. Tanglefoot by Cherie Priest (12/15/13)
  60. Vanity Fair by Thackeray (12/18/13)

Goal: 52/52 books DONE!!!!!

  1. Wanted by Mark Millar (1/2/13)
  2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (1/10/13)
  3. Almost America by Steve Tally (1/14/13)
  4. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (1/21/13)
  5. Thomas Paine by Craig Nelson (1/28/13)
  6. Chicks Dig Time Lords by Lynne Thomas and Tara O’Shea (2/3/13)
  7. Windfall by Rachel Caine (2/11/13)
  8. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (2/18/13)
  9. The Complete Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales (2/26/13)
  10. Death: At Death’s Door by Jill Thompson (3/4/13)
  11. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (3/11/13)
  12. The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper (3/20/13)
  13. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (3/30/13)
  14. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (4/5/13)
  15. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (4/13/13)
  16. Zom-B by Darren Shan (4/13/14)
  17. Birth by Tina Cassidy (4/20/13)
  18. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (4/28/13)
  19. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (5/11/13)
  20. Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson (5/12/13)
  21. The Hostage by Susan Wiggs (5/22/13)
  22. The Postman by David Brin (5/27/13)
  23. The Mistress by Susan Wiggs (6/4/13)
  24. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (6/13/13)
  25. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (6/22/13)
  26. Fables 18: Cubs in Toyland (6/23/13)
  27. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (7/7/13)
  28. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (7/7/13)
  29. Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason (7/15/13)
  30. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (7/24/13)
  31. The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman (7/27/13)
  32. When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason (8/5/13)
  33. Wedding of the Century (8/14/13)
  34. Selected Stories of O. Henry (8/18/13)
  35. The Sandman Vol. 8 (8/29/13)
  36. M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman (9/1/13)
  37. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (9/8/13)
  38. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder (9/17/13)
  39. The Sandman Vol. 11: The Dream Hunters (9/27/13)
  40. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (9/28/13)
  41. Her Ladyship’s Companion by Evangeline Collins (10/9/13)
  42. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (10/20/13)
  43. Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (10/21/13)
  44. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (10/27/13)
  45. The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne (11/3/13)
  46. 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes (11/11/13)
  47. Jane Austen and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron(11/20/13)
  48. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (11/26/13)
  49. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (12/3/13)
  50. Inside the Creative Studio by Cate Coulacos Prato (12/11/13)
  51. Tanglefoot by Cherie Priest (12/15/13)
  52. Sandition by Jane Austen  (12/18/13)

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Goal: 15/15 books  DONE!!!!!!

  1. History- US, World, European – Almost America by Steve Tally (1/14/13)
  2. Autobiography, Biography, Memoir – A Long Way Gone by Ishamel Beah (1/21/13)
  3. Food – Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (4/5/13)
  4. Family, Relationships, Parenting, Dating, Love – MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche (5/31/13)
  5. Music, Film, TV – Chicks Dig Time Lords by Lynne Thomas and Tara O’Shea (2/3/13)
  6. Health, Medicine – Birth by Tina Cassidy (4/20/13)
  7. Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy – The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (7/7/13)
  8. Anthropology, Archaeology – Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (8/12/13)
  9. How To – A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman (9/10/13)
  10. Cultural Studies – Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel (9/10/13)
  11. Business, Finance, Management – The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman (10/9/13)
  12. Home – Inside the Creative Studio by Cate Coulacos Prato (12/11/13)
  13. Crafts – B is for Baby by Suzonne Stirling (12/11/13)
  14. Technology – Final Jeopardy by Stephen Baker (12/13/13)
  15. Government – Universal Rights Down to Earth by Richard Thompson Ford (12/13/13)

monthly key word challenge

Goal: 12/12 Books  DONE!!!!!

  • January (cold) – Chill Factor by Rachel Caine (1/13/13)
  • February (family) – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein (2/7/13)
  • March (valley) – Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts (3/17/13)
  • April (garden) – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (4/30/13)
  • May (name) – Emma by Jane Austen (5/22/13)
  • June (never) – Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (6/20/13)
  • July  – Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason (7/15/13)
  • August – The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (8/17/13)
  • September (shadow) – As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason (9/5/13)
  • October (witch) – Witches 101 by Melissa de la Cruz (10/1/13)
  • November (number) – The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne (11/3/13)
  • December – The Road by Cormac McCarthy (12/6/13)

Goal: 20/20 movies/books  DONE!!!!

  1. The Reader (1/24/13)
  2. Mansfield Park (2/3/13)
  3. A Game of Thrones (1/9/13)
  4. One Day (1/29/13)
  5. The Secret Garden (4/30/13)
  6. Emma (5/22/13)
  7. Never Let Me Go (6/20/13)
  8. Coraline (3/21/13)
  9. Stardust (4/11/13)
  10. Cowboys vs. Aliens (2/9/13)
  11. 300 (2/12/13)
  12. Warm Bodies (6/13/13)
  13. The Color Purple (6/24/13)
  14. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (6/26/13)
  15. Guns, Germs, and Steel (8/12/13)
  16. The Host (8/24/13)
  17. Pride and Prejudice (8/28/13)
  18. The Count of Monte Cristo (11/22/13)
  19. Gulliver’s Travels (10/3/13)
  20. The Road (12/6/13)

Goal: 10/10 books  DONE!!!!!

  1. Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts (3/3/13)
  2. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (10/7/13)
  3. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche (5/31/13)
  4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (4/11/13)
  5. Matched by Ally Condie (2/21/13)
  6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (11/22/13)
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2/9/13)
  8. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (4/5/13)
  9. Storm Glass by Maria Snyder (9/17/13)
  10. Every Day by David Levithan (8/15/13)
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Goal: 20/20 books   DONE!!!!
  1. 300 (2/12/13)
  2. Cowboys and Aliens (2/9/13)
  3. The Walking Dead Book 5 (5/14/13)
  4. Fables Vol 17 Inherit the Wind (2/4/13)
  5. Wanted (1/2/13)
  6. Chicken with Plums (1/2/13)
  7. Locke and Key Vol. 1 (1/4/13)
  8. Locke and Key Vol. 2 (1/4/13)
  9. Locke and Key Vol. 3 (1/5/13)
  10. Locke and Key Vol. 4 (1/6/13)
  11. Locke and Key Vol. 5 (3/1/13)
  12. A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel (3/1/13)
  13. Death: At Death’s Door by Jill Thompson (3/4/13)
  14. The Walking Dead Book Six (5/14/13)
  15. The Walking Dead Book Seven (5/17/13)
  16. The Walking Dead Volume 17 (5/17/13)
  17. Fables 18: Cubs in Toyland (6/23/13)
  18. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (8/19/13)
  19. American Vampire Vol. 1 (8/21/13)
  20. Hyperbole and Half by Allie Brosh (11/26/13)
Goal: 5/5 books  DONE!!!!
  1. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (2/18/13)
  2. Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts (3/9/13)
  3. Storm Glass by Maria Snyder (9/17/13)
  4. Witches 101 by Melissa de la Cruz (10/1/13)
  5. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (11/16/13)

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Goal: 6/6 books  DONE!!!!!

  1. Zom-B by Darren Shan (4/14/13)
  2. The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman (7/27/13)
  3. The New Deadwardians (8/19/13)
  4. Apocalypse Z by Manel Loureiro (9/1/13)
  5. San Diego 2014 by Mira Grant (10/1/13)
  6. 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes (11/11/13)

2013EclecticReader

Goal: 12/12 books  DONE!!!!!

  1. Translated fiction – The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (1/24/13)
  2. Historical mystery – The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King (2/26/13)
  3. Romantic suspense – As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason (9/5/13)
  4. Made into a movie – P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (4/13/13)
  5. New Adult – Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker Smith (11/7/13)
  6. Urban Fantasy –London Eye by Tim Lebbon (3/15/13)
  7. Dystopian – Crossed by Ally Condie (3/1/13)
  8. Memoir – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (3/15/13)
  9. LGBT – Every Day by David Levithan (8/15/13)
  10. Action Adventure –The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper (3/20/13)
  11. Humour– Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (1/10/13)
  12. Published in 2013 – And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (8/8/13)
Goal: 5/5 books  DONE!!!!
  1. The Wedding Gift by Lucy Kevin (1/24/13)
  2. The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs (6/13/13)
  3. The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne (11/3/13)
  4. Her Ladyship’s Companion by Evangeline Collins (10/9/13)
  5. Wedding of the Century (8/14/13)

Goal: 15/15 books DONE!!!!!

  1. Almost America by Steve Tally (1/14/13)
  2. Thomas Paine by Craig Nelson (1/28/13)
  3. Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine (1/12/13)
  4. The Passage by Justin Cronin (1/20/13)
  5. Thin Air by Rachel Caine (2/22/13)
  6. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (7/7/13)
  7. When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason (8/5/13)
  8. Selected Stories of O. Henry (8/18/13)
  9. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (8/20/13)
  10. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (10/20/13)
  11. Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift (10/3/13)
  12. Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel (9/10/13)
  13. Gale Force by Rachel Caine (9/9/13)
  14. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer (9/14/13)
  15. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (9/8/13)

Goal: 15/15 books  DONE!!!!!!!

ROMANCE

  1. Contemporary – P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (4/13/13)
  2. Historical – Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson (5/12/13)
  3. Paranormal – Vampire for Christmas by Felicity Heaton (7/12/13)

HORROR

  1. Science Fiction – London Eye by Tim Lebbon (3/15/13)
  2. Psychological – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2/9/13)
  3. Young Adult – Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (3/11/13)

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

  1. Historical – A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock (1/22/13)
  2. Action – Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine (1/12/13)
  3. Supernatural – Chill Factor by Rachel Caine (1/13/13)

SCIENCE/FANTASY

  1. Vampire – Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts (3/3/13)
  2. Dystopian – Crossed by Ally Condie (3/1/13)
  3. Epic Fantasy – A Game of Thrones by George Martin (1/9/13)

MYSTERY/CRIME

  1. Historical – The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (10/20/13)
  2. Romantic – Change of Fortune by Jen Turano (1/3/13)
  3. Classic Whodunit – The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King (2/26/13)


Goal: 25/25 Ebooks  DONE!!!!!

  1. The Wedding Gift by Lucy Kevin (1/24/13)
  2. The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson (2/26/13)
  3. Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein (2/7/13)
  4. Beauty or the Bitch by Jasmine Haynes (1/9/13)
  5. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (2/3/13)
  6. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (3/21/13)
  7. 300 (2/12/13)
  8. Persuasion by Jane Austen (1/21/13)
  9. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (1/10/13)
  10. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (3/30/13)
  11. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (4/5/13)
  12. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (4/11/13)
  13. The Postman by David Brin (5/27/13)
  14. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (7/7/13)
  15. Vampire for Christmas by Felicity Heaton (7/12/13)
  16. Lost by Gregory Maguire (7/12/13)
  17. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (8/8/13)
  18. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (8/28/13)
  19. Max Stops the Presses by Colleen Gleason (9/5/13)
  20. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (9/10/13)
  21. Witches 101 by Melissa de la Cruz (10/1/13)
  22. Lady Susan by Jane Austen (10/10/13)
  23. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (9/20/13)
  24. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (9/28/13)
  25. San Diego 2014 by Mira Grant (10/1/13)

Goal: 8/8 series DONE!!!!

Started in 2012

  1. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series (6,7,8,9,10,11,12) (9/27/13)
  2. Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series (3) (7/24/13)
  3. Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood series (2) (3/11/13)

Started in 2013

  1. Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) (10/5/13)
  2. Jennifer Armintrout’s Lightworld/Darkworld series (1,2,3) – DNF’d
  3. Nora Robert’s Morrigan’s Cross series (1,2,3) (3/17/13)
  4. Ally Condie’s Matched series (1,2,3) (7/12/13)
  5. Susan Wiggs’ Chicago Fire series (1,2,3) (6/13/13)
  6. Colleen Gleason’s Gardella Vampire Chronicles (1,2,3,4,5) (9/5/13)
neil gaiman
Goal: 15/15 books  DONE!!!!!
  1. Neverwhere (3/30/13)
  2. Good Omens (1/10/13)
  3. Coraline (3/21/13)
  4. Stardust (4/11/13)
  5. M is for Magic (9/1/13)
  6. Sandman Vol 6 (8/19/13)
  7. Sandman Vol 7 (8/19/13)
  8. Sandman Vol 8 (8/29/13)
  9. Sandman Vol 9 (8/29/13)
  10. Sandman Vol 10 (8/29/13)
  11. Sandman Vol 11 (9/27/13)
  12. Sandman Vol 12 (9/27/13)
  13. Anansi Boys (10/7/13)
  14. The Graveyard Book (9/20/13)
  15. The Ocean at the End of the Lane (9/29/13)

Goal: 30/30 books  DONE!!!!!

  1. Matched by Ally Condie (2/21/13)
  2. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (2/18/13)
  3. The Passage by Justin Cronin (1/20/13)
  4. Crossed by Ally Condie (3/1/13)
  5. A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock (1/22/13)
  6. Thomas Paine by Craig Nelson (1/28/13)
  7. Terror by Night by Ambrose Bierce (2/14/13)
  8. Chicks Dig Time Lords by Lynne Thomas and Tara O’Shea (2/3/13)
  9. Fables Vol 17 Inherit the Wind (2/4/13)
  10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2/9/13)
  11. Cowboys vs. Aliens (2/9/13)
  12. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (2/14/13)
  13. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (3/15/13)
  14. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (4/28/13)
  15. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (6/20/13)
  16. Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris (6/6/13)
  17. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (8/12/13)
  18. Wedding of the Century (8/14/13)
  19. The Sandman Vol 6 (8/19/13)
  20. The Sandman Vol 7 (8/19/13)
  21. Selected Stories of O. Henry (8/18/13)
  22. The New Deadwardians (8/19/13)
  23. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (8/20/13)
  24. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (8/24/13)
  25. The Sandman Vol. 8 (8/29/13)
  26. The Sandman Vol. 9 (8/29/13)
  27. The Sandman Vol. 10 (8/29/13)
  28. M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman (9/1/13)
  29. Apocalypse Z by Manel Loureiro (9/1/13)
  30. The Dragon Men by Steven Harper (9/2/13)

Goal: 6/6 Books  DONE!!!!!!

  1. Up or Down: Windfall by Rachel Caine (2/11/13)
  2. Kitchen Find: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (8/20/13)
  3. Party or Celebration: The Wedding Gift by Lucy Kevin (1/24/13)
  4. Fire: Firestorm by Rachel Caine (2/16/13)
  5. Emotion: Terror by Night by Ambrose Bierce (2/14/13)
  6. Lost or Found: Lost by Gregory Maguire (7/12/13)

Genre Variety

Goal: 18/18 Books  DONE!!!!!!

  1. Contemporary – One Day by David Nicholls (1/29/13)
  2. Historical – The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (7/7/13)
  3. Paranormal – Windfall by Rachel Caine (2/11/13)
  4. Fantasy – A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (7/26/13)
  5. Romance – The Mistress by Susan Wiggs (6/4/13)
  6. Thriller – The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason (7/13/12)
  7. Nonfiction – The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner (6/26/13)
  8. Women’s Fiction – The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (2/14/13)
  9. Chick Lit – The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (8/1713)
  10. Dystopian – Matched by Ally Condie (2/21/13)
  11. Horror – Terror by Night by Ambrose Bierce (2/14/13)
  12. Biography – Thomas Paine by Craig Nelson (1/28/13)
  13. Fairy Tales – The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (8/20/13)
  14. Classics – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (6/23/13)
  15. SciFi – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein (2/7/13)
  16. Short Stories – The Complete Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales (2/26/13)
  17. Erotica – Beauty or the Bitch by Jasmine Haynes (1/9/13)
  18. Epic Fantasy – A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (4/28/13)

Goal: 25/25 authors  DONE!!!!!

  1. Jane Austen (1/21/13)
  2. Carrie Bebris (6/6/13)
  3. Alison Bechdel (8/19/13)
  4. Rachel Bertsche (5/31/13)
  5. Kendare Blake (3/11/13)
  6. Rachel Caine (1/12/13)
  7. Tina Cassidy (4/20/13)
  8. Ally Condie (3/1/13)
  9. Gillian Flynn (2/9/13)
  10. Jessica Day George (3/2/13)
  11. Colleen Gleason (8/1/13)
  12. Jasmine Haynes (1/9/13)
  13. Felicity Heaton (7/12/13)
  14. Laura Hillenbrand (5/11/13)
  15. Stacey Kade (3/8/13)
  16. Jenny Lawson (3/15/13)
  17. Paula McLain (7/7/13)
  18. Kate Morton (2/14/13)
  19. Nora Roberts (3/9/13)
  20. Marjane Satrapi (1/2/13)
  21. Lynne Thomas (2/3/13)
  22. Jill Thompson (3/4/13)
  23. Alice Walker (6/24/13)
  24. Stephanie Grace Whitson (5/12/13)
  25. Susan Wiggs (5/22/13)

Goal: 25/25 authors   DONE!!!!!!

  1. Cecelia Ahern (4/13/13)
  2. Sarah Addison Allen (2/18/13)
  3. Ishmael Beah (1/21/13)
  4. Mark Bittner (6/26/13)
  5. David Brin (5/27/13)
  6. Ally Condie (2/21/13)
  7. Justin Cronin (1/20/13)
  8. Jared Diamond (8/12/13)
  9. Jessica Day George (3/2/13)
  10. Colleen Gleason (7/13/13)
  11. Steven Harper (5/4/13)
  12. Joe Hill (1/4/13)
  13. Stacey Kade (3/6/13)
  14. Laurie King (2/26/13)
  15. Tim Lebbon (3/15/13)
  16. David Levithan (8/15/13)
  17. George R.R. Martin (1/9/13)
  18. Craig Nelson (1/28/13)
  19. David Nicholls (1/29/13)
  20. Caro Peacock (1/22/13)
  21. Nora Roberts (3/3/13)
  22. Bernhard Schlink (1/24/13)
  23. Darren Shan (4/14/13)
  24. Steve Tally (1/14/13)
  25. Jen Turano (1/3/13)

Goal: 24/24 books  DONE!!!!!

  1. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (3/11/13)
  2. Locke and Key Vol. 5 (3/1/13)
  3. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (1/21/13)
  4. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King (2/26/13)
  5. A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel Vol. 1 (3/1/13)
  6. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George (3/2/13)
  7. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (3/2/13)
  8. Death: At Death’s Door by Jill Thompson (3/4/13)
  9. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade (3/6/13)
  10. Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade (3/8/13)
  11. London Eye by Time Lebbon (3/15/13)
  12. The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper (3/20/13)
  13. Zom-B by Darren Shan (4/14/13)
  14. Birth by Tina Cassidy (4/20/13)
  15. The Impossible Cube by Steven Harper (5/4/13)
  16. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (5/11/13)
  17. Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson (5/12/13)
  18. The Walking Dead Book Five (5/14/13)
  19. The Walking Dead Book Six (5/14/13)
  20. The Walking Dead Book Seven (5/17/13)
  21. The Walking Dead Volume 17 (5/17/13)
  22. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (6/113/13)
  23. Fables 18: Cubs in Toyland (6/23/13)
  24. Reached by Ally Condie (7/12/13)

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Sandition by Jane Austen

Title: Sandition

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classics

Pages: 320

Rating:  4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Jane Austen; 52 Books — W52

How I Got It: iBooks free download

Sanditon might have been Austen’s greatest novel had she lived to finish it. Its subject matter astonishes: here is Austen observing the birth pangs of the culture of commerce, as her country-bred heroine, a foolish baronet, a family of hypochondriacs, and a mysterious West Indian heiress collide against the background hum of real-estate development at a seaside resort.

Instead of reading one of the continuations or completions of the novel by another author, I stuck to Austen’s fragment.  I was really getting into the story of the little seaside town of Sanditon and its quirky residents.  I wish that Austen would have continued, the novel holds such promise.  We have a mysterious character, a few potential romances, a grand scheme, and all the usual meddling neighbors.  Really a fun little read…

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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron

janeTitle: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (Jane Austen Mystery #1)

Author: Stephanie Barron

Publisher: Crimeline 1996

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 353

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Jane Austen; Mount TBR; Fall into Reading; 52 Books — W47

How I Got It: iPad read

On a visit to the estate of her friend, the young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, Jane bears witness to a tragedy. Isobel’s husband—a gentleman of mature years—is felled by a mysterious and agonizing ailment. The Earl’s death seems a cruel blow of fate for the newly married Isobel. Yet the bereaved widow soon finds that it’s only the beginning of her misfortune…as she receives a sinister missive accusing her and the Earl’s nephew of adultery—and murder. Desperately afraid that the letter will expose her to the worst sort of scandal, Isobel begs Jane for help. And Jane finds herself embroiled in a perilous investigation that will soon have her following a trail of clues that leads all the way to Newgate Prison and the House of Lords—a trail that may well place Jane’s own person in the gravest jeopardy.

I picked this up in my exploration of Jane Austen adjacent books.  I thought it might be a fun mystery, but I was fairly disappointed.  Overall the book just didn’t grab me at all.  It was a fairly dry mystery without any interesting characters or plot twists.  Everything was super predictable.  I didn’t like the character of Jane Austen.  This series is just not for me.

Jane Austen Mystery (DNFed series)

  • 1. Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
  • 2. Man of the Cloth
  • 3. Wandering Eye
  • 4. Genius of the Place
  • 5. Stillroom Maid
  • 6. Prisoner of Wool House
  • 7. Ghosts of Netley
  • 8. His Lordship’s Legacy
  • 9. Barque of Frailty
  • 10. Madness of Lord Byron
  • 11. Canterbury Tale

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The Watsons by Jane Austen

watsonsTitle: The Watsons

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classics

Pages: 88

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Jane Austen; Mount TBR; Fall into Reading

How I Got It: iPad read

Mr. Watson is a widowed clergyman with two sons and four daughters. The youngest daughter, Emma, has been brought up by a wealthy aunt and is consequently better educated and more refined than her sisters. But when her aunt contracts a foolish second marriage, Emma is obliged to return to her father’s house. There she is chagrined by the crude and reckless husband-hunting of two of her twenty-something sisters.

Another unfinished piece from Jane Austen.  I was more intrigued by this piece than Lady Susan or Love and Friendship, but it’s still sorely lacking (and not because of it’s unfinished state).  The piece just doesn’t have the same wit and critique that her six finished works do.  I did grow to enjoy the interplay between Emma and Penelope.  Such fun characters!  If only they were a bit more developed.

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Love and Friendship by Jane Austen

loveTitle: Love and Friendship

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classics

Pages: 64

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Jane Austen; Mount TBR; Fall into Reading

How I Got It: iPad read

From Wikipedia:

Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790. From the age of eleven until she was eighteen, Jane Austen wrote her tales in three notebooks. The notebooks still exist – one in the Bodleian Library; the other two in the British Museum. They include among others Love and Freindship, written when Jane was fourteen, and The History of England, when she was fifteen.  Written in epistolary form, like her later unpublished novella, Lady SusanLove and Freindship is thought to be one of the tales she wrote for the amusement of her family; it was dedicated to her cousin Eliza de Feuillide, “La Comtesse de Feuillide”. The installments, written as letters from the heroine Laura, to Marianne, the daughter of her friend Isabel, may have come about as nightly readings by the young Jane in the Austen home. Love and Freindship (the misspelling is one of many in the story) is clearly a parody of romantic novels Austen read as a child. This is clear even from the subtitle, “Deceived in Freindship and Betrayed in Love”, which completely undercuts the title.

An interesting bit of writing from my favorite author.  Right away you can tell that this was written very early on in her life.  There’s a sense of immaturity about the characters and the plot.  But we do get a little of the wit and social criticism that are so prevalent in her later works.  I wouldn’t say that I really enjoyed this volume, but I did appreciate discovering another piece of Austen’s writing.

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Lady Susan by Jane Austen

ladyTitle: Lady Susan

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classic 1805

Pages: 95

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Jane Austen; ebook; Fall into Reading

How I Got It: iPad read

The early epistolary novel LADY SUSAN depicts an unscrupulous coquette, toying with the affections of several men.

Right away, I could tell that this was a very early work for Austen.  It has glimmers of wit and critique of society, but doesn’t live up to her six finished novels.  Instead of a main character we can follow through the trials and tribulations of society, we get Lady Susan.  She is thoroughly unlikable.  Therefore, I didn’t care if things worked out for her at all.  Having a likable main character helps Austen navigate the rest of society.  This early novel just doesn’t reach the bar.

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Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

Title: Cotillion

Author: Georgette Heyer

Genre: Regency Fiction

Pages: 482

Rating:  3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Jane Austen; Mount TBR; Dusty Bookshelf

How I Got It: I own it

A sham betrothal isn’t the only thing that gets Kitty and Freddy into trouble, but it’s definitely the beginning ..

A most unusual hero
Freddy is immensely rich, of course, and not bad-looking, but he’s mild-mannered, a bit hapless-not anything like his virile, handsome, rakish cousin Jack …

A heroine in a difficult situation
Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible and eccentric guardian-provided she marries one of his great-nephews …

A sham betrothal
No sooner does Kitty arrive in London then the race for her hand begins, but between confirmed rakes and bumbling affections, Kitty needs a daring scheme …

I’ve read that Georgette Heyer is the successor to Jane Austen herself.  So I thought i would give her another chance (previously read The Black Moth), but I am a bit disappointed.  That isn’t to say that Heyer is a bad writer.  I think overall the books is well written and interesting.  It’s just not Jane Austen to me.  Heyer doesn’t have the wit or the social awareness of Austen.  I predicted the plot line, but that’s not the main problem.  I could predict Austen’s plot lines before I got 30 pages into her novels.  The issue is that unlike Austen, Heyer’s characters are caricatures to me.  I just can’t seem to get behind any of them.  They seem so one dimensional.  I want to be surprised or at least enchanted with the main characters.  Yet, I felt none of that here.  Overall, many people may love this book, it just wasn’t for me.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Pages: 279

Rating:  5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Jane Austen Etc.; ebook; Book to Movie; Book Bingo — 4 rereads

How I Got It: Own It!

Book: Always a favorite. I have to reread the complete Austens once every few years.  This particular novel always rates highly with me.  Every time I reread it, I find something else new. This time I picked up the animosity between Wickham and Elizabeth after he and Lydia are married.  You could cut the tension in that room with a knife.  And yet, Elizabeth tries to be polite and cordial while giving Wickham the what for.  Love it!  As I have now read the main six novels, I guess I need to start over again next year.

BBC Version: This is the definite version.  I love Colin Firth’s standoffish manner.  I love Jennifer Ehle’s version of Elizabeth.  Her spirit is just amazing.  The scene with Darcy emerging from the pond is a lovely piece of cinema, but I always have a bit of an issue with how completely out of time it is.  Overall, I’m just loving this version.

Movie Version: I’m not a huge fan of Keira Knightly.  In this film, I can see her as Elizabeth.  She’s quieter and more reserved than Ehle’s version, but it works in the mood of this film. Darcy is to die for in this one.  Love him so much.  My only issue is the scene in the field between Elizabeth and Darcy. The scene is not canon at all, but I do love the romantic feel of it.

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Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris

Title: Pride and Prescience (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy #1)

Author: Carrie Bebris

Publisher: Forge 2004

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 287

Rating:  3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Jane Austen; Women Authors; TBR Pile; Bingo – 3 from series

How I Got It: I own it

The lovely Caroline Bingley is engaged to marry a rich and charismatic American. Unfortunately, this windswept courtship is marred by many strange events– nocturnal wanderings, spooked horses, carriage accidents, and even an apparent suicide attempt. Soon the whole Bingley family seems the target of a mysterious plot, with only the Darcys recognizing the danger.
I finally convinced myself to read one of the Jane Austen sequels. This one was a mystery story featuring the characters from Pride and Prejudice. Overall I found it a fairly decent mystery novel. The characters are true to their real Austen selfs. The mystery is intriguing. The setting in London and Netherfield is fairly fun. I was okay with the book until the last 30 pages. The ending to too unbelievable. I was very disappointed. Because of my thoughts those last few pages, I will not be continuing on in this series.

Mr. and Mrs. Darcy (DNFed series)

  1. Pride and Prescience
  2. Suspense and Sensibility
  3. North by Northanger
  4. The Matters at Mansfield
  5. The Intrigue at Highbury
  6. The Deception at Lyme

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Emma by Jane Austen

Title: Emma

Author: Jane Austen

Pages: 446

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: T4MC – A author; Classics – Reread; Monthly – April;  Books to Movies; Bingo – 4 rereads

How I Got It: Own It!

Book: Every time I read Emma, I like it more and more.  I remember the first time I read the novel, I hated Emma.  I thought she was selfish and immature.  And she is, but that’s only at the beginning.  In the novel, we see a great growth arc.  Emma starts to realize her faults and tries to change them.  I just love the entire story.  And this novel has some great side characters.  I loathe Mr. and Mrs. Elton. but that’s okay, I’m supposed to.  I laugh at Miss Bates and Mr. Woodhouse.  I adore Mr. Knightley.  And I might say, that I partially loathe Miss Fairfax and Frank Churchill.  In all the characters, we get a great rounded out cast.  At this point, I think Emma is my third favorite Austen.

Gwyneth Paltrow version 1996:

This movie version has some great qualities.  The side character actors pull off their scenes well.  Alan Cummings is gorgeous as Mr. Elton.  I really love Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley.  My favorite scene of his is when he chastises Emma for her treatment of Miss Bates.  Spot on! While I love these characters, I’m not a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma.  She’s too old acting.  She comes off as mean instead of just insensitive.  And the archery scene irks me way too much. I just can’t get completely behind this one.

2009 Miniseries:

I love this version.  Romola Garai has that childlike countenance that makes me believe her as a young slightly naive lady.  Michael Gambon is great as Mr. Woodhouse.  He delivers those great unintentionally funny lines with ease.  Although, if I’m not looking at the screen, my mind always got to Dumbledore.  Tamsin Grieg is a great chatty Miss Bates.  I just want to invite her to my house for tea.  But the prize goes to Johnny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley.  Almost every line has a tinge of sarcasm.  I definitely fall for him in the first scenes.  This version does a great job with the book’s content.  It doesn’t deviate too much and hits all the good scenes.  This is my favorite movie version.

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