Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Challenges Recap

2012 has now come to an end. This week will be a chance for us to reflect back on our reading this year as well as look at what is ahead. Today, we wanted to recap our challenges from the last year.

The 2012 Dystopia Challenge was hosted by Bonnie of Bookish Adour and I had challenged myself to read 15 (Level: Contagion) dystopian, post-apocalyptic, or ecotopia books. I was on a major dystopian kick in 2011, so I wanted to continue it in 2012; however, I found myself wanting to expand and read other genres this year and actually only read 12 though I loved every minute of it! 
1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
2. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
3. Dark Falls by Kat Falls
4. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
5. XVI by Julia Karr
6. The Griff by Christopher Moore
7. The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
8. Redwing by Holly Bennett
9. The Girl Who Remembered Horses by Linda Benson
10. The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
11. Son by Lois Lowry
12. The Last Free Black Cat by Jon Blake

The second challenge I decided to take part in was The Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge hosted by Shelleyrae at Book'd Out.  For this challenge, I challenged myself to read 12 books from 12 different genres throughout the year. 
1. Literary Fiction- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. Crime/Mystery Fiction- Man Overboard! by Curtis Parkinson
3. Romantic Fiction- Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
4. Historical Fiction- For What It's Worth by Janet Tashjian
5. Young Adult- Teen Boat by Dave Roman
6. Fantasy- Gossamer by Lois Lowry
7. Science Fiction- Star Challengers: Moonbase Crisis by Rebecca Moesta
8. Non-Fiction- My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
9. Horror- This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
10. Thriller/Suspense- This is Not a Drill by Beck McDowell
11. Classic- Maus by Art Spiegelman
12. Dystopian- Son by Lois Lowry 

The Award Winning Reads Challenge was hosted by Ashley at Basically Amazing Books & Jacinda at The Reading Housewives. With this challenge I got to set your own goal and I set it at 10 award winning books which I did meet. 
1. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Printz Award)
2. A River of Words by Jennifer Fisher Bryant (Caldecott Honor)
3. Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm (Newbery Winner)
4. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (Printz Honor)
5. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (Odyssey Honor)
6. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Newbery Award)
7. Maus I: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegalman (Pulitzer Prize)
8. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanha Lai (National Book Award)
9. Shine by Lauren Myracle (Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award)
10. Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri (Odyssey Award) 
11. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Odyssey Award)
12. Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Caldecott Honor)
13. Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (CLA Book of the Year) 

My final two challenges go together: 100+ Books In a Year hosted by Book Chick City and the 2012 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I challenged myself to read 300 books this year and I am so proud of myself that I hit the goal and actually surpassed it. I hit my goal of 300 on September 12th and if you count my rereads, I read 416 books this year! 
142 Juv/MG/YA Novels
7 Early Chapter Books
84 Graphic Novels
82 Picture Books
2 Adult Novels
6 Nonfiction Graphic Novels
36 Nonfiction Picture Books
21 Nonfiction Juv/MG/YA Books
6 Poetry Collections
6 Interactive/Game/Cooking
2 (Complete) Professional Books
1 Short Story
Reread 3 Graphic Novels
Reread (at least) 6 Picture Books
Reread 10 YA Novels
Reread 2 Short Stories

Oh, 2012, you were a fun year! I keep thinking over 2012 and keep still shaking my head at how it was just a great year. I'm so looking forward to 2013 after how great 2012 was. 

One thing that I love in general is setting goals and pushing myself...but I also know that if I didn't meet my goals that's okay, too. The good thing is that there's another year to look forward to, right? 
According to GoodReads, I read more books this year than last year. Last year, I read 378 and this year I read 414...but that includes picture books. My goal this year was to read 212 novels/chapter books but I only read 170 books. I think I'll try for 213 for 2013...aim high, right?!? 

 I chose to do the Fearless Poetry and Exploration Challenge by Savvy Verse and Wit just because I needed more poetry in my life! The challenge was to read 2 books of poetry. I read 12 poetry collections and 4 novels in verse. 

I didn't anticipate having a hard time on the 2012 Young Adult Audiobook Challenge hosted by A Book and a Latte but WOW! I listened to 54 audiobooks! How crazy is that? I guess it makes sense because I listen to a book a week as I drive my long drive to and from work but I've never counted them all before. It's cool to look back the titles and to be able to hear the narrators' voices in my head.

How did your 2012 reading go? 

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