Sunday, December 20, 2009

9 out of 16 ain't bad?

Here's my list:

Kids and YA stuff:
  1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    - Review
  2. The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution by Sally Gardner
    - Review
  3. The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent - Review
  4. Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale Basye
  5. The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd - I placed a hold on this at my library at the very beginning of this challenge. I'm still 3rd in line to get the book.
  6. Blood Captain (Vampirates 3) by Justin Somper

  7. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
    - Review
  8. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
    - Review
  9. Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman
    - Review
  10. Tennyson by Lesley M.M. Blume
Adult stuff:
  1. Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriyār Mandanī╩╣pūr
  2. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  3. Dreaming in French by Megan McAndrew - I just picked this up from the library a couple days ago, after putting it on hold at the beginning of the challenge.
  4. A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire - I've been told I'm getting this for Christmas, so I made a conscious decision not to read it now.
  5. King Rat by China Mieville
  6. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
  7. The Secret of the Fire King by Kim Edwards - I've been reading this in between other things. I think I have 1-2 stories left to read from this collection.
  8. Shelf Discovery: Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading by Lizzie Skurnick (this should probably go up there, but I want 10 and 10) - still 3rd in line for this at the library...
  9. All the issues of New Yorker that are stacked up on my coffee table to remind me that I just had to have a subscription. - didn't even make a dent...
  10. War and Peace - I'm more than halfway through now instead of only having read a third. ;)
So, if I leave off the books that I had library hold issues with and my future Christmas present, I've finished 9 (almost 10!) out of 16 challenge items. That's more than half! Of course, if I count everything like I should, I've finished almost half, but we won't talk about that. If I had changed my list to accommodate my lack of self-control when it comes to my reading tastes, I'm sure my stats would be much better. :)

Most importantly, I had a lot of fun and gave myself permission to read books that I knew from the get-go I wouldn't review here. I'll definitely be back for Spring Into Reading in March!


Stephanie said...

I consider anything over 50% a definite win! :-) I'm glad you had fun!

Lisa notes... said...

I'd consider it a success, too. Great job! It was a fun challenge for me to stick to my list. (And I have tons of magazines unread as well.)

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

You did a good job. I read War and Peace at the beginning of the year, so stick with it, you'll make it.

Susanne said...

That's the main thing is that you had fun! I never thought to put magazines on my list. I have a pile of Reader's Digest that I'm trying to slog through.

Lawral the Librarian said...

Thanks for the comments and encouragement! I'm glad it's not just my subjective math working in my favor. :)

Lisa and Susanne - The magazines are the killer! Clearly I don't need to pay for as many subscriptions in 2010 if I can't even commit to reading them for a challenge.

Robin - I'm loving War and Peace! I just don't love carrying it around, so I'm making very slow progress.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

I'll give you credit for more than half. ;)

Your review of The Graveyard Book has me even more curious to read that one. It'll have to go on my library list.

Nise' said...

You did great! I want to read The Red Necklace,

Graywolfie said...

U did great..! To me it's not the number of books read (although it's an important target)'s having fun while reading..
Merry Christmas..!

Diane said...

You did just fine :)

Wishing you the nicest holiday ever. Happy reading and blogging in 2010.