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Monday, December 19, 2011

2012 Reading Challenges Page

 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
Hosted over here by Robin, join in the fun!  I am really looking forward to this one again this year mostly because there is a great thread on it continually going on the Well Trained Mind forums.    

 150+ Books Challenge
Amy over at My Overstuffed Bookshelf is going hog wild this year and upping her 100+ Challenge to 150 this year.  I don't know if I can pull this one off, I managed 125 for 2011.  But I'll play along because I think she is grand.

Here is my Goodreads 2012 Bookshelf where I keep track.  Previous years have their own pages over on the right of my blog page.

Week One
Finished the most recent of Seanan McGuire's, October Daye series.  Madly in love with these books and lost a fair amount of sleep reading late into the night.
Late Eclipses
One Salt Sea
Halfway to the Grave, Night Huntress Book I
I am currently on Book Two of Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, One Foot in the Grave.  I try to steer clear of the "steamier" side of the paranormal genre, these kind of cross the line to an uncomfortable degree for me but the plot is decent and I am intrigued to see where she goes with it.  I will say that it is an excellent twist on the genre and her main character is definitely someone I want to know more about.
I found her on Ilona Andrew's website, since I devoured everything they'd written recently and loved them  I thought I'd give them a try. Still doing only light reading, my escape from all the stress in our lives right now.

Week Two
On the most recent of the Night Huntress Books, almost done with the series as it is at the moment.
At Grave's End
Destined for an Early Grave
This Side of the Grave
This was the best one yet, the balance of humor is really working with the rest of out now. The emotions are real and the storyline gets better and better.
At last I'm utterly invested in their lives and reveling in being a part of it, one book at a time. I still skip over the steamier parts, but that's just me. Jeaniene Frost is an author to admire.

One Grave at a Time 

Week Three 
Read through the first three of Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock books.
Blood Cross
Mercy Blade

Really enjoying these, they are original and compelling.

Week Four
Raven Cursed, book four of the Jane Yellowrock series.  Slow reading week.
Started One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp.  Absolutely love the android app for this one.

Week Five
Re-reading the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.  
Getting ready for the release of the latest one in May, City of Lost Souls.
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
Week Six
Read through Mark Del Franco's Connor Grey series.
Paranormal fun, loved that it is set in Boston.  Was hoping for something a little more Spenser-esque I think, but I very much enjoyed this series.  Heading into his Laura Blackstone series soon, I love this writer.  He generously has the first chapter of each of his books on his website, (link above) so give them a try!
Unshapely Things
Unquiet Dream
Unfallen Dead
Unperfect Souls
Uncertain Allies
Undone Deeds

Week Seven
Decision Points, George Bush
A Different Dream for my Child, it wasn't all applicable, but enough to have been of huge help for this struggling Mom.  It helped to voice my prayers.

Week Eight
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame Smith 
soon to be a major motion picture, this book was a blast.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Week Nine
I reread the Iron Druid series in anticipation of the release of the 4th book, Tricked on April 25th.  Grand reads, I love these.   

Week Ten
 I've been so stressed I've no idea what I've read. Started a couple of new ones and ended up rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Comfort food for my head.

Weeks 11-14
Re-reading my way through one of my favorite series of all time, the Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker.   Finished the entire series, all 40 books.
They are here, in order.
Week 21
I am reading Lies My Teacher Told Me, Robert Loewen and the new Robert Parker novel written by Ace Atkins, Lullaby.
I was kind of appalled when I found out someone was taking over the series and so far my fears have been realized.  It is one thing to not get Spencer quite right, but to ruin Hawk is unforgivable.  I am so sad but I have to finish it anyway. 

Week 22 
Underworld, Greg Cox
Underworld 2, Blood Enemy, Greg Cox
Underworld 3, Evolution, Greg Cox
Underworld, Rise of the Lycans, Greg Cox 
Fun reads, now I can watch the movies. 
Movie marathon of Underworld, completed.

Week 23
Divergent, Veronica Roth
Insurgent, Veronica Roth
Excellent dystopian YA fiction, highly recommend.
Pretty amazing from a 22 year old author.

Week 24 
Term Limits, Vince Flynn
Deception Point, Dan Brown
Harry Potter series, books 1-3 on a weekend marathon with a friend and my daughters.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban
I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed Dan Brown, time to read some more and catch up on his writing.

Week 25-Week 27
Book One and two in T.A. Baron's Merlin series
The Lost Years of Merlin
The Seven Songs
Dan Brown's Digital Fortress
Hit a "fill a bag for a buck" sale and bought some fun summer reading.  

Read a fun, stupid book about genetically modified sharks called Hunger.
The first A Series of Unfortunate Events, A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket 
and The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature. 
Why didn't I ever read one of this series?  It is fabulous!
Now I have to spend a day cleaning my house then get back to my reading.
Also Once Burned by Jeanine Frost.   It is a spin-off from her Night Huntress series, which I loved featuring the original Prince of Darkness, Vlad Tepesh.

Week 28 
I read The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, very interesting tale based on Alice in Wonderland.
Jennifer Lynne Barnes, Raised by Wolves and Trial by Fire, interesting take on the whole genre and clean for a change so my teen can read it.
Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte, which would have been pure comic genius in the hands of a slightly better writer but I did love it and I look forward to more.   Who could resist the title?

Never mind that it is the sort of book I will someday end up writing myself, it follows in the tradition and vein of  Michael Perry's, Coop and I highly encourage you to read it. 

Week 29
This week I've read Katherine Kurtz's Adept series books one and two, The Adept and The Lodge of the Lynx, they are old favorites.
Started and abandoned Boyd Morrison's The Ark, it wasn't very good.
Also had an absolute blast reading [URL=""]Jim C. Hines, Princess Novels[/URL].  Original and fantastic takes off the old stories.  On the website linked above you can read the first chapter of the books and see if you like them.
The Stepsister Scheme
The Mermaid's Madness
Red Hood's Revenge
The Snow Queen's Shadow 

Week 30-33
Re-read the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson because my beloved bought me the last one which just came out.
The Angel Experiment
School's Out Forever
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
The Final Warning

Also, the latest Kate Daniels, Gunmetal Magic which was absolutely fabulous.
This one features Andrea and Raphael, a couple you just can't help rooting for in all things.

Bristol Palin's autobiography, Not Afraid of Life
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.  Not ashamed to say, I kind of really like the kid.

Janice Dickinson's autobiography, No Lifeguard on Duty

Jenna Black's Nikki Glass series #1 and #2, Dark Descendant and Deadly Descendant.

now re-reading Storm Front, Book 1 of the Dresden Files and planning to read the whole series to get ready for Cold Play, coming out November 27th!!!!


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