Friday, 21 December 2012

2012 Challenges Wrap-Up

Hello there everyone! I know I said that I was going to get back at the blog once we got the internetzz, but I have still been totally MIA. Sorry about that. I have been crazy busy working extra shifts at my part time job, and trying to get the house ready for my parents who are staying with us over Christmas, and I have been crafting like a lunatic! Not much time for reading, and even less for blogging!

My mom and dad just got in last night, and they are here until December 30th so I feel like I won't be posting at all for the rest of 2012! So, I'm going to wrap up the three challenges I participated in this year today. Only one of which I actually finished... (shame shame on me!) But, this was the first year I tried to do any, and I think I'm going to sign up for even more this year, because as much as I strayed from them, I do sort of like having the organization and the goals to work towards, even if I may not complete them.

The first, and only challenge I finished, is the one from Goodreads! I signed up to read 50 books this year, and I am currently at 58! So, obviously I'm going to up the anti for 2013 and try and hit 75!


2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Jessica has completed her goal of reading 50 books in 2012!

The second challenge I signed up for, and I hope someone does this one again for 2013 is the '2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge' I had wrote an initial challenge list when I signed up (it's below) with 40 books on it. Throughout the challenge, I deviated from this list A LOT and ended up having blogged about 43 books that fell into this challenge, which is great! But, from this list I only managed to read 17/40.. which is pretty terrible. It's extra terrible because a lot of these books I REALLY Want to read! Some I ended up skipping with good reason - such as number 3, I didn't know this was sort of a second series to Vampire Academy, so I did read the first 2 VA books instead, and am not going to start Bloodlines until I'm done those. If this challenge gets done again, you will definitely see some of these turn up on my list for next year!

You can get all the reading challenge details here:

My (un-official) Challenge List

1) Love The One You're With - Emily Giffin
2) The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen (I started this a few days ago, but I'm only about 25 pages in)
3) Bloodline - Richelle Mead
4) Marked - P.C. Cast
5) The Struggle - L.J. Smith
6) Divergent - Veronica Roth
7) Under the Dome - Stephen King (I will be done this book before the end of December, so I'm counting it. I'm on page 900 of 1062).
8) Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
9) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
10) Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
11) Matched - Ally Condie
12) Bumped - Megan McCafferty
13) Chasing Harry Winston - Lauren Weisburger
14) Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
15) Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster
16) A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
17) Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
18) The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
19) Slash - Slash
20) The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell
21) Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella
22) Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
23) Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
24) Forever - Judy Blume
25) Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
26) Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin
27) Bad Taste in Boys - Carrie Harris
28) The Nannie Diaries - Emma McLaughlin
29) The Debutante Divorcee - Plum Sykes
30) Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
31) The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
32) A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
33) The Guernsey Literacy and Potato Peel Society - Annie Barrows
34) The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
35) The Color Purple - Alice Walker
36) The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
37) Let The Great World Spin - Colum McCann
38) Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
39) Bossypants - Tina Fey
40) Then He Ate My Boy Enhancers - Louise Rennison

The final challenge I was participating in I don't really know where it came from, but I saw it on someone elses blog and made a list too :) It was based on the characters in books and the alphabet. I missed 8 letters: I, K, N, O, Q, U, X, and Y. I had made a list with books with these characters, but I never got around to them :( But I had fun with this challenge, and hope to find something similar next year :) 

2012 A-Z Character Challenge

Duration: January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
Read 26 different books having the main character begin with a letter of the alphabet. (if the story goes around more than one character you can pick only one of them for the challenge)
You can sign up anytime, and you can backdate books if you know when you finished them, as long as it was done in the year 2012.
A- Adina
Beauty Queens
B- Bree
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)
C- Carrie
Summer and the City (The Carrie Diaries #2)
D- Damon
The Fury and Dark Reunion (The Vampire Diaries, #3-4)
E- Eve
Naked in Death (In Death, #1)
F- Four
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
G- Ginny
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
H- Hana
Hana (Delirium, #1.5)
J- Jessica
Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling, #1)
L- Lola
Lola and the Boy Next Door
M- Magdelena (Lena)
Delirium (Delirium, #1)
P- Puck
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
R- Rose
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
S- Stefan
The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #2)
T- Tessa
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
V- Vasilisa
Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)
W- Wanderer
The Host (The Host, #1)
Z- Zen
Bumped (Bumped, #1)
Anyway, That's my challenges in a wrap for the year! I;m on the hunt for some new ones to sign up for for 2013 that I can pick away at for the year! So, if you knwo of any, leave me a comment!

I hope that everyone has a fantastic holiday season, and I will get back to you in the New Year!!


  1. I love challenges. My Goodreads challenge to myself was 24 books and I ended up reading 33. I'm tempted to try and get one more in before the end of the year but with so much going on, I don't think I could pull it off, lol!

    Happy Holidays!

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