2012 Reading Challenge Round-Up — Failed Edition

I hear 2013 calling my name.  I think it’s time to call 2012 quits and start my end of the year posts.  In total I entered 27 reading challenges this year.  Let’s see how I did…  Failed challenges edition.

Wow!  Two years in a row I wanted to read this series and two years in a row I utterly failed…

  1. Outlander (1991)
  2. Dragonfly in Amber (1992)
  3. Voyager (1994)
  4. Drums of Autumn (1997)
  5. The Fiery Cross (2001) 

So close!  Yet, I didn’t complete it in time.  Those Us and Xs are very hard to find.  And I cheated a bit with the Q.

  • A — American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout (2/2/12)
  • B — Bad Doings and Big Ideas by Bill Willingham (4/23/12)
  • C — Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (1/12/12)
  • D — Doctor Who: Through Time and Space (2/22/12)
  • E — The Boys Volume 10 by Garth Ennis (6/7/12)
  • F — Frostbite by Richelle Mead (6/22/12)
  • G — A Gentleman Always Remembers by Candace Camp (2/7/12)
  • H — Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (1/8/12)
  • I – Intentions of the Earl by Rose Gordon (6/29/12)
  • J — The Joy of Scrapbooking by Lisa Bearnson (1/30/12)
  • K — Wonderland by Tommy Kovac and Sonny Liew (5/23/12)
  • L — A Lady Never Tells by Candace Camp (1/23/12)
  • M — The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore (2/11/12)
  • N — Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli (6/1/12)
  • O — Slanted and Enchanted by Kayla Oakes (9/16/12)
  • P — The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (5/7/12)
  • Q — Social Q’s by Philip Galanes (12/4/12)
  • R — Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (2/1/12)
  • S — Fables: Super Group (2/2/12)
  • T — Timeless by Gail Carriger (3/18/12)
  • U —
  • V — The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (4/20/12)
  • W — Fables: Witches by Bill Willingham (1/6/12)
  • X –
  • Y — The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs (2/26/12)
  • Z — Zombie Blondes by Brian James (2/4/12)

Failed, but a pretty decent showing considering my goal.

  • 0-99 — This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson (9/1/12)
  • 100-199 — Haunts of San Jose by David Lee (9/1/12)
  • 200-299 — The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs (2/26/12)
  • 300-309 — Click edited by J. Courtney Sullivan and Courtney Martin (12/7/12)
  • 310-319
  • 320-329 — Liberty Defined by Ron Paul (9/3/12)
  • 330-339 — The Green Book (12/11/12)
  • 340-349 — Active Liberty by Stephen Breyer (12/10/12)
  • 350-359
  • 360-369
  • 370-379 — Change.edu by Andrew Rosen (9/16/12)
  • 380-389 — On Target by Laura Rowley (9/19/12)
  • 390-399 – Social Q’s by Philip Galanes (12/4/12)
  • 400-499 — Words Words Words by David Crystal (12/5/12)
  • 500-599
  • 600-699 — The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson (4/18/12)
  • 700-709 — Slanted and Enchanted by Kayla Oakes (9/16/12)
  • 710-719
  • 720-729
  • 730-739 – Minigami by Gay Merrill Gross (12/11/12)
  • 740-749 — Blue by Lisa Cregan (12/10/12)
  • 750-759 — Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun by Gita May (9/21/12)
  • 760-769
  • 770-779 — The Joy of Scrapbooking by Lisa Bearnson (1/30/12)
  • 780-789
  • 790-799 — Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley (1/29/12)
  • 800-899 — Readings on Shakespeare’s The Histories (3/25/12)
  • 900-909 — The Lost Millennium by Florin Diacu (9/12/12)
  • 910-919 — Paris in Love by Eloisa James (5/16/12)
  • 920-929 — Not Quite What I was Planning (12/3/12)
  • 930-939 — Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History by Patrick Hunt (9/18/12)
  • 940-949 — Sprezzatura by D’Epiro and Pinkowish (12/6/12)
  • 950-959
  • 960-969 — A History of Egypt by Jason Thompson (12/7/12)
  • 970-979 – Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (6/17/12)
  • 980-989
  • 990-999

Another overly ambitious goal, but I gave it a try anyway.

  • 1982 — Blade Runner / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (11/27/12)
  • 1983 –
  • 1984 –
  • 1985 –
  • 1986 –
  • 1987 –
  • 1988 — The Sandman Volume 1 Preludes and Nocturnes (6/4/12)
  • 1989 –
  • 1990 — The Sandman Volume 2 the Doll’s House (6/6/12)
  • 1991 — Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (1/8/12)
  • 1992 — The Sandman Volume 4 Season of Mists (7/2/12)
  • 1993 — The Sandman Volume 5 A Game of You (7/5/12)
  • 1994 —
  • 1995 — The Dark Compass by Philip Pullman (8/12/12)
  • 1996 — The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (4/20/12)
  • 1997 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • 1998 — Reading’s on Shakespeare’s The Histories (3/25/12)
  • 1999 — HP 2 by J.K. Rowling (2/22/12)
  • 2000 — The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman (8/20/12)
  • 2001 — Sprezzatura by D’Epiro and Pinkowish (12/6/12)
  • 2002 –
  • 2003 — HP 5 by J.K. Rowling (5/29/12)
  • 2004 — Persepolis: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi (7/4/12)
  • 2005 — The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (4/8/12)
  • 2006 – Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (6/17/12)
  • 2007 — Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster (1/29/12)
  • 2008 — Hatter M Vol. 1 (1/15/12)
  • 2009 — The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks (1/7/12)
  • 2010 — Fables: Witches (1/6/12)
  • 2011 — Jack of Fables: The End (1/6/12)
This one was a bit of a joke.  I think I knew signing up that I wouldn’t complete it.  Oh well!
1. Blue — Blue by Lisa Cregan (12/10/12)
2. Red — Fables: Rose Red (1/10/12)
3. Yellow —
4. Green — The Green Book (12/11/12)
5. Brown — Choclate by Shara Aaron and Monica Bearden (12/4/12)
6. Black — Blackout by Mira Grant (10/17/12)
7. White — The White Pearl by Kate Furnivall (12/13/12)
8. Other Color —
9. Word that implies color —

This one was a seasonal challenge with interesting qualifies.  And yet I only finished 9 out of the 14 categories.

  1. Read a book chosen for the U.S. 2012 World Book Night.
  2. Read a book you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted.
  3. Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. – Paris in Love by Eloisa James
  4. Read a book in one calendar day. – The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults by Stephen Mitchell
  5. Read a book that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to yet. – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  6. Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles. – Beauty by Robin McKinley and
  7. Read a book that is set in a place you’ve never been but want to visit. – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (Salem, Massachusetts)
  8. Find a book written the year you were born that was later made into a movie. Read the book and watch the movie; compare. Or find a movie released the year you were born that was based on a book. Do the same thing.
  9. Go into a bookstore or library. Pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top
  10. Read a book about which you’ve heard bad things. – Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  11. Read a trilogy (or any three consecutive books in a series). Total page count for all three books together must be at least 500 pages. – A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray; Rebel Angels by Libba Bray; The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

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Music Monday — 2012

As part of my ongoing celebration for my 30th birthday, I am highlighting some popular songs from throughout my years.  Songs were picked based off of a list of Grammy award winners and Billboard Top 100.  Then, I chose my favorites to highlight.  

Year: 2012

Music Selections: I realize that it is only September, but I’ve come to the end of my Music Mondays My Years posts.  So I thought I would end them with some of my favorites for this year so far.

  1. Florence + the Machine “What the Water Gave Me” — Such a beautiful song.  This is hands down my favorite song on the album.
  2. The Black Keys “Gold on the Ceiling” — Who doesn’t love The Black Keys?  I would take them home any day.
  3. Green Day “Oh Love” — While I wasn’t that excited about 21st Century Breakdown, I am loving this song…
  4. David Guetta feat. Sia “Titanium” — This is my summer song.
  5. The Shins “Simple Song” — Another favorite band. I love this song way too much and James Mercer’s voice is to die for…
  6. Jack White “Sixteen Saltines” — I really must buy this album. I love everything Jack White does.
  7. Santigold “Disparate Youth” — I’m not a huge fan of hers, but I love the music behind this one.
  8. Mumford and Sons “I Will Wait” — I can’t wait until the new album. I already pre-ordered it on iTunes.
  9. Alex Clare “Too Close” — A relatively new find for me. Love his voice.


Music Monday — 1994

As part of my ongoing celebration for my 30th birthday, I am highlighting some popular songs from throughout my years.  Songs were picked based off of a list of Grammy award winners and Billboard Top 100.  Then, I chose my favorites to highlight.  

Year: 1994

Book: Unknown

Music Selections: 

  1. Veruca Salt “Seether”
  2. Dave Matthews Band “What Would You Say”
  3. Ace of Base “The Sign”
  4. Billy Joel “Lullaby”
  5. Lisa Loeb “Stay”


Music Monday — 1986

As part of my ongoing celebration for my 30th birthday, I am highlighting some popular songs from throughout my years.  Songs were picked based off of a list of Grammy award winners and Billboard Top 100.  Then, I chose my favorites to highlight.  

Year: 1986

Book: Unknown

Music Selections: 

  1. Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach”
  2. Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name”
  3. The Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian”
  4. The Bangles “Manic Monday”
  5. Paul Simon “You Can Call me Al”


Music Monday — 2006

As part of my ongoing celebration for my 30th birthday, I am highlighting some popular songs from throughout my years.  Songs were picked based off of a list of Grammy award winners and Billboard Top 100.  Then, I chose my favorites to highlight.  

Year: 2006

Book: Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

Music Selections: 

  1. Shakira “Hips Don’t Lie” — I do love the way she moves
  2. Justin Timberlake “Sexy Back” — And the way he moves
  3. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” — This video is just gorgeous
  4.  Dixie Chicks “Not Read to Make Nice” — Love their response to the “outrage” over their anti-Bush comments
  5. John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change” — This is just a great song even if he is a bit of douche


Music Monday — 1989

As part of my ongoing celebration for my 30th birthday, I am highlighting some popular songs from throughout my years.  Songs were picked based off of a list of Grammy award winners and Billboard Top 100.  Then, I chose my favorites to highlight.  

Year: 1989

Book: Unknown

Music Selections: .

  1. Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” — Love me some hair bands
  2. The Bangles “Eternal Flame” — I still love The Bangles
  3. Paula Abdul “Cold Hearted” — I was obsessed with this song for awhile.
  4. New Kids on the Block “Hangin’ Tough” — Yes, I was a fan of NKOTB back in elementary school
  5. Tom Petty “Free Fallin'” –Still love this song


Music Monday — 2000

As part of my ongoing celebration for my 30th birthday, I am highlighting some popular songs from throughout my years.  Songs were picked based off of a list of Grammy award winners and Billboard Top 100.  Then, I chose my favorites to highlight.  

Year: 2000

Book: Unknown

Music Selections: 

  1. Jars of Clay If I Left the Zoo — Love old Jars of Clay.
  2. Silverchair “Anthem for the Year 2000” — I graduated high school in 2000.  This was my friend’s and I’s unofficial song.
  3. Vertical Horizon “Everything You Want” — Obsessed with this song during the summer.
  4. Matchbox Twenty “Bent” — I really really liked Matchbox Twenty for a while there… and I got to see them in concert this year.
  5. No Doubt “Ex Girlfriend” — I think my favorite No Doubt song, although Tragic Kingdom is the best album.


Music Monday — 1998

As part of my ongoing celebration for my 30th birthday, I am highlighting some popular songs from throughout my years.  Songs were picked based off of a list of Grammy award winners and Billboard Top 100.  Then, I chose my favorites to highlight.  

Year: 1998

Book: Readings on Shakespeare’s The Histories

Music Selections: 

  1.  The Offspring “Americana” — I loved The Offpsring, all the old stuff.  The new stuff just doesn’t have the same fun.  I think this was their last record that liked.  And I saw them in concert either 2000 or 2001.  Great times.
  2. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” — One of my all time favorite songs.  I’ve recently caught this song on Lithium multiple times.  Can’t help but stop and sing along.
  3. Matchbox Twenty “3 am” — Another high school favorite of mine.  I hear they have a new song.  Haven’t heard it yet, but I’m sure it won’t compete with 3 am.
  4. Savage Garden “Truly Madly Deeply” — A gooey love song.
  5. Barenaked Ladies “One Week” — I still can’t sing the entire song, but I love it anyway.  Plus, it was on the soundtrack for 10 Things I Hate About You, which is one of my favorite high school era movies.

Music Monday — 2004

As part of my ongoing celebration for my 30th birthday, I am highlighting some popular songs from throughout my years.  Songs were picked based off of a list of Grammy award winners and Billboard Top 100.  Then, I chose my favorites to highlight.  

Year: 2004

Book: Persepolis: The Story of a Return

Music Selections: 

  1. Third Day “Wire” — I was obsessed with this band for awhile.  And this is my favorite song of theirs.
  2. Green Day “Holiday” — Green Day at the height of their creativity.  Their current album just doesn’t compete to American Idiot.
  3. Jason Mraz “You and I Both” — Love this song to pieces.  I definitely don’t like everything Mraz does, but this song is just lovely.

Music Monday — 1990

As part of my ongoing celebration for my 30th birthday, I am highlighting some popular songs from throughout my years.  Songs were picked based off of a list of Grammy award winners and Billboard Top 100.  Then, I chose my favorites to highlight.  

Year: 1990

Book: Unknown

Music Selections:

  1. Janet Jackson “Escapade”
  2. Wilson Phillips “Hold On”
  3. New Kids on the Block “Step by Step”
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