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1BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 30, 2012, 1:47am

1. Juvenile 12/12
2. YA 11/12
3. Dystopias 5/12
4. Historical Romance 12/12
5. Vampire Urban Fantasy 12/12
6. Vampire Romance 12/12
7. Urban Fantasy (Non-Vampire) 11/12
8. Paranormal Romance (Non-Vampire) 12/12
9. New-to-Me Authors 12/12
10. Graphic Novels/Manga 12/12
11 Mysteries 12/12
12 Miscellaneous 12/12



2BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 13, 2012, 11:05pm

1) Juvenile

1. Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
2. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown ***1/2
3. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George *****
4. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster ****
5. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan ****1/2
6. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron **** (****1/2 for book itself, but deducted 1/2 for audiobook)
7. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot; drawings by Edward Gorey ****1/2
8. Lost Stories by John Flanagan ****1/2
9. No-Dogs-Allowed Rule by Kashmira Sheth ****
10. Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay ****
11. Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford ****
12. Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney ****

3BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 22, 2012, 12:20am

2) YA

1. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood ****1/2
2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor ****1/2
3. Stefan's Diaries: The Ripper by L. J. Smith ***1/2
4. Fate by Amanda Hocking ***
5. Flutter by Amanda Hocking ***1/2
6. Stefan's Diaries: The Asylum by L. J. Smith **1/2
7. Wisdom by Amanda Hocking ***1/2
8. Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross ****
9. Until I Die by Amy Plum ***1/2
10. False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen ****1/2
11. Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride ****1/22
12.

TBR:

Graceling

4BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 26, 2012, 6:41pm

3) Dystopias

1. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin ****
2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth ****1/2
3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi ****1/2
4. Reached by Ally Condie ****1/2
5. Outpost by Ann Aguirre ****1/2
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12.

TBR:

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Because It is My Blood - 9/18
Rebel Heart - 10/30
Ready Player One
Wither
Uglies

Fever?

Pretties?

5BookLizard
Redigerat: okt 14, 2012, 10:55am

4) Historical Romance

1. On the Way to the Wedding - Julia Quinn ****
2. A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean ****1/2
3. A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant ***1/2
4. A Night Like This by Julia Quinn ****
5. Let Love Find You by Johanna Lindsey ****
6. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas ****
7. Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas ****
8. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas ****
9. Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas ****
10. Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas ***1/2
11. Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas ****
12. Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas ****

6BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 14, 2012, 6:26pm

5) Vampire Urban Fantasy

1. Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells ****1/2
2. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff ****
3. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff ****
4. Blood Books Volume 3 ****
5. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris ****
6. Jabril by D. B. Reynolds ***1/2
7. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton ****1/2
8. Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells ****1/2
9. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost *****
10. Vampire Moon by J. R. Rain ***1/2
11. American Vampire by J. R. Rain ***
12. Moon Child by J. P. Rain ***1/2

7BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 27, 2012, 10:09pm

6) Vampire Romance

1. Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
2. Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
3. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon *****
4. Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward *****
5. Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands ****1/2
6. Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks ****1/2
7. The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands ****
8. Dark Storm by Christine Feehan ***1/2
9. One Silent Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
10. Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole ****
11. Night Reigns by Dianne Duvall ****1/2
12 .Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall *****

8BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 30, 2012, 1:46am

7) Urban Fantasy (Non-vampire)

1. Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones ****1/2
2. Timeless by Gail Carriger ****1/2
3. Fair Game by Patricia Briggs ****1/2
4. Blood Fever by Karen Marie Moning ****
5. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning ****
6. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning ****
7. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning ****
8. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones ****1/2
9. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione ****1/2
10. Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione ****
11. Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione ****1/2
12.

TBR
Demonica 4

9BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 28, 2012, 8:07pm

8) Paranormal Romance (Non-vampire)

1. Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
2. Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
3. Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon ***1/2
4. Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
5. Upon the Midnight Clear by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
6. Dream Chaser by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
7. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning ****1/2
8. To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning ****1/2
9. Highlander's Touch by Karen Marie Moning ****
10. Rapture: A Novel of the Fallen Angels by J. R. Ward ****
11. Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning ****1/2
12. Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning ****

10BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 22, 2012, 12:12am

9) New-to-me Authors

1. Unclaimed by Courtney Milan ****
2. My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking ***
3. Raphael by D. B. Reynolds ****
4. Dearly Departed by Lia Habel ****
5. Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning ***1/2
6. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James ***1/2
7. Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin ****
8. Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson ***1/2
9. In Search of Cleo by Gina Gershon **
10. Moon Dance by J. R. Rain ***1/2
11. Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian ****
12. Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall ****1/2

Devoured by Darkness

11BookLizard
Redigerat: aug 29, 2012, 8:16am

10) Graphic Novels/Manga

1. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon ****
2. Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon ***1/2
3. Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale by Zack Whedon****
4. Simon's Cat: Beyond the Fence by Simon Tofield
5. Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead ****
6. Dark Hunters Volume 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
7. Dark-Hunters Volume 2 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
8. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned Book 3: The Scoundrel by Laurell K. Hamilton ****
9. Dark-Hunters Volume 3 by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
10. Dark-Hunters Volume 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
11. Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Moon Called by Patricia Briggs ****
12. True Blood Volume One: All Together Now by Alan Ball ***1/2

12BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 27, 2012, 5:14pm

11) Mysteries

1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich ****
2. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich ****
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich ****1/2
4. High Five by Janet Evanovich ****
5. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich ****
6. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich ****
7. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich ****
8. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich ****
9. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich ***1/2
10. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich *****
11. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich ****1/2
12. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich *****

13BookLizard
Redigerat: dec 14, 2012, 6:28pm

12) Miscellaneous

1. The Dark-Hunter Companion by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg ***1/2
3. Cleveland Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia by William Wilke ****
4. Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James ***
5. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James ***1/25.
6. Where's My Hero? by Lisa Kleypas et al ****
7. Fever Moon by Karen Marie Moning ****
8. It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas ****
9. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas ****
10. Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas ****
11. A Historical Present by Lisa Kleypas ****
12. A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas ****

14lkernagh
jan 2, 2012, 9:33am

Welcome to the challenge! Have fun and happy reading!

15mamzel
jan 2, 2012, 2:17pm

I will be very interested to read comments on your choices for the year!

16BookLizard
jan 18, 2012, 11:40pm

I haven't been posting, but I have been reading.

I was pleasantly surprised by Born Wicked. It's an alternative history YA novel set at the turn of the 20th century. The main character and her 2 sisters are witches, but they must keep their power a secret from everyone because witchery is a crime.
Silver-tongued Devil is the 4th book in the Sabina Kane series. Loved it as well. The demon cat is such a laugh!
Unclaimed was really good - different, but good - and it had its funny moments. I was going to list it under Historical Romance, but Milan is a new-to-me author, so I'll put it there.

17BookLizard
jan 21, 2012, 7:20pm

Read two of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter books this weekend. Seize the Night and Sins of the Night were both really good.

18BookLizard
jan 28, 2012, 6:13pm

Read two books in Tanya Huff's Blood series. About to start another tonight.

Not sure if I should count audiobooks or not. I might. After all, it's not like I don't know how to read . . . I just can't read and drive to work at the same time.

19VictoriaPL
jan 29, 2012, 1:58pm

You should definitely count audiobooks! You still experience the work and have an opinion to offer about it.

20DeltaQueen50
jan 29, 2012, 2:53pm

I agree that you should count your audio books, after all, a book cleared from a reading device is just as useful as a book cleared from the shelves. They both give you room to add more!

21thornton37814
jan 29, 2012, 8:12pm

I think most people count their audio books. I'm not a huge fan of them, but I do listen to one occasionally. When I do, I count it.

22BookLizard
feb 3, 2012, 5:57pm

Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to count the audiobooks.

It's amazing how much reading you can get done when you're home sick from work (and so congested, you can't sleep). I'm working my way through Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series - trying to get to Acheron. I'll probably take a break from her after that one.

Read My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking. I had to request it through interlibrary loan since it wasn't in either of my library systems. They don't usually get self-published books, and I don't usually read self-published books. It could have really used some editing and I can see why it wouldn't have been picked up by a regular publisher. The first 3/4 of the book are pretty unoriginal and the narrator is TSTL, but at the end it takes an unexpected turn and shows some promise. I have requested the next book in the series, just to see if it lives up to the promise.

I had a TSTDM moment today. (Too Stupid To Do Math.) It's the start of a new month and I wanted to figure out how many books I need to read each month to reach my goal. I used a calculator. *sigh* I suppose I could blame it on my cold or the cold medication, but I think I should forget the math and just stick with reading . . . like the name of this group.

23The_Hibernator
Redigerat: feb 4, 2012, 7:54am

I count audiobooks! If it gets you through the book enough that you have an opinion, then it's as good as read. Although, admittedly, I have a poor hearing comprehension compared to my reading comprehension. I think I'm kind of like an auditory dyslexic. So I started listening to audiobooks to practice my concentration and comprehension. It worked wonders for me, but listening is still more work for me than reading. So I OUGHT to count audiobooks. :)

My experience with self-published books is that mostly they're pretty average; some are horrible--I read one that was so riddled with grammatical and spelling errors that I wondered about the IQ of the person who wrote it. Not intelligent enough to press the spell-check button, at the very least? And he substituted the word "venerable" instead of "vulnerable" THREE times! Every once in a while I find a real gem, though. I decided to avoid them for the most part unless it looks dashingly good.

24BookLizard
feb 9, 2012, 11:14pm

23> I started listening to audiobooks a year ago when I got a pinched nerve in my neck. My physical therapist told me to use my other arm when driving. (I used to drive with one hand on the wheel and one on the radio, changing stations.) I was surprised that I could actually pay attention and not get lost.

About the self-published book - if he used the wrong word three times, at least he was consistent! LOL. Have you noticed how many "real" books seem to have typos these days? I think they're using spell-check and not proof reading at all.

25BookLizard
feb 9, 2012, 11:23pm

I finally read Acheron and it was worth the "effort" of reading all the previous books. It was over 700 pages and I was thinking about saving it until next weekend when I have 2 days off in a row so I could just read all day/all night, but I decided I didn't want to wait that long and I probably wouldn't be able to read it all in one sitting anyway. I ended up reading it into the wee hours of the morning 2 nights in a row. Loved it.

So now I can take a break from Sherrilyn Kenyon and maybe read a few books from some of my other categories.

26BookLizard
feb 16, 2012, 11:04pm

Finished listening to the audiobook for Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich. It was a fun read although the mystery wasn't too mysterious, if you know what I mean.

Also read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I can see why it got so many honors. Really fascinating plot that sucked me in, although towards the end, it got a little "meh" for a few chapters.

27BookLizard
feb 23, 2012, 10:04pm

Raphael by D. B. Reynolds was better than expected. Stefan's Diaries: The Ripper by L. J. Smith was exactly what I expected. Amanda Hockings Fate and Flutter are each better than the previous book in the series. The main character is still TSTL (or should it be TSTBU?), but the series is totally plot-driven and moves quickly.

28BookLizard
mar 3, 2012, 1:09pm

So it took me a week to get through Stefan's Diaries: The Asylum by L. J. Smith - partly because I was doing other things, but mostly because it was boring as all hell. I don't expect much from this series - it's a spin-off from the TV series - but a whole lot of nothing happens in this book and what does happen, doesn't make any sense. It's so episodic, nothing is resolved, and it was pretty much a waste of my time. The first three books were each their own adventure set in different locations. This one is stretching out over at least 3 books and there's simply no need for it. The series went from entertaining fluff to annoying, pathetic, marketing ploy. It was supposed to be a quick, light read and instead it took me a week to get through. A week! I think I'm done with series, which is a shame because the next book is out this month and has a really pretty cover - Damon.

I read most of Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown while waiting for take-out pizza. It's a beginner chapter book that my nephew in second grade just read. His class is doing a project based on the book, so he mailed me a "Flat Stanley" version of himself that I'm supposed to bring places and take pictures with and then send everything back to him with a letter telling about our adventures.

I included Simon's Cat: Beyond the Fence in my graphic novel category even though some could argue that it's a comic. It's not a comic strip, and it has an overarching storyline that shows why he leaves home and what happens, so I'm including it. I'd recommend it to any cat lovers.

29BookLizard
mar 4, 2012, 11:48pm

Third Grave Dead Ahead was so good. I love that series.

30BookLizard
mar 8, 2012, 9:05am

Another good week for reading. A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean is a great start to her new series.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George is a wonderful story. On the surface, there's nothing original about a castle that can move hallways and add rooms, but the story is really about a young princess and her siblings who live in the enchanted castle. When their royal parents are attacked by bandits and presumed dead, the siblings must navigate the dangerous political waters filled with scheming council members and foreign dignitaries.

31BookLizard
mar 17, 2012, 12:55am

Listened to The Phantom Tollbooth on audiobook. I think it would have been better to read than it was to hear.

32BookLizard
apr 22, 2012, 9:37pm

I've fallen behind in my reading due to illness and stress at work. I'm still listening to audiobooks in the car. I'm up to High Five in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I had been trying to pace it so I would "read" each one in the corresponding month (2 in February, 3 in March, etc.), but they're so addictive I can't wait. I'm halfway through 5 and I've already requested 6 from the library.

Just finished All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin. Good dystopian, YA novel. No real love triangles or anything paranormal - just futuristic, star-crossed lovers. I enjoyed it.

Timeless was a satisfying conclusion to the Parasol Protectorate series. Fair Game was good, although I like Briggs' Mercy Thompson series better. Not sure what to read next.

33BookLizard
jun 3, 2012, 8:42pm

Read a few graphic novels to try to bring my overall count up to speed. I'm still six books behind and it's the start of another month. Might have to read a few more juvenile books as well.

Read Fifty Shades of Grey to see what all the fuss is about. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I had to go get the next 2 to see how it all plays out. I'm withholding my final judgment until I finish the trilogy.

34BookLizard
jun 13, 2012, 10:29pm

Listened to The Higher Power of Lucky on audiobook. I would recommend reading the book instead. Lucky has a fascination with bugs. It's hard to drive while you're squirming in your seat.

Read a few graphic novels. Still behind for the year and I don't have a single thing in my literature category. *sigh*

35BookLizard
jun 21, 2012, 10:26pm

Finished the Fifty Shades series. Nothing great, but if they make some people happy, more power to them.

Kiss the Dead by Laurel K. Hamilton was a good addition to the series. It's like the author has finally heard the criticism of all the sex and decided to go back to writing stories. So the first half or more was story, then about a third was sex, then it finishes up with the ending of the story. After the pages and pages of sex, the ending seems a bit rushed, but the whole book takes place in 2 or 3 days (or nights), so it isn't really rushed.

I really enjoyed Insurgent despite a few flaws. Tris does some incredibly stupid things, and Four is stupid for forgiving her repeatedly, but overall, the book was satisfying.

I know I've read most of the poems from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats before, but I'm not sure if I read all of them, so I counted it as a read instead of a re-read.

Currently reading A Night Like This by Julia Quinn. I love funny romance novels, so I'm enjoying this one.

36Colivia0320
jun 25, 2012, 9:32pm

I just joined the "12 in 12 Challenge" and just for the heck of it, I searched the threads for "Janet Evanovich", and here I am! It's oddly comforting to know that someone else has spent a good portion of 2012 reading the Stephanie Plum series. I think I might have an addiction. Every time I finish a novel, I gravitate toward my stack of unread Janet Evanovich books and have to pull myself away. It's going to take some serious self control to complete this challenge. If there was a "how-many-books-can-you-read-in-the-Stephanie-Plum-Series challenge", I would most definitely take the cake. But unfortunately, that challenge doesn't exist....yet.

37BookLizard
jun 27, 2012, 12:10am

Hmmm, I don't think I'm going to read 5 books in 4 days, so I'll still be behind, but I made some progress this month.

Read two enjoyable historical romances: A Night Like This by Julia Quinn & Let Love Find You by Johanna Lindsey.

38BookLizard
jun 27, 2012, 12:32am

36> I've been "cheating" and listening to the Stephanie Plum books on audiobook. I read the first one years ago, but it was too "scary" for me. (I had just moved into a ground-level condo and people kept breaking into Stephanie's apartment, so I had to stay up all night to finish the book, then still had trouble sleeping. "Re-reading" it on audiobook in the comfort of my car was not so scary . . . and her condo only got broken into twice - seemed like a lot more than that the first time I read it. LOL.)

I just tried to listen to Seven Up on audiobook, but the narrator was different and it just ruined it for me. So now I have the actual book checked out from the library. I'll have to read it on a weekend when I don't have to get up for work the next day.

39Colivia0320
jul 1, 2012, 10:40am

BookLizard that's really funny, because I did nearly the same thing! I had just moved out on my own for the first time (no roommates) and I was on the ground floor of a building as well, and I had this big sliding glass door that I had convinced myself that someone was lurking on the other side of. I think I was reading the book in the series where that terrible thing happens to Lula on Stephanie's fire escape (I don't want to give away any spoilers!). I feel like as the series progresses, the books get less intense and gruesome, but equally more hilarious.

40mamzel
jul 2, 2012, 2:06pm

I also had a similar experience when I was in college. I returned to school a day early and was the only person in the dorm. I was reading Stephen King's The Shining. I had to make myself stop reading the book since it was scaring me so badly.

41The_Hibernator
Redigerat: jul 2, 2012, 3:37pm

Ah! When I was in grad school (living alone) I rented the movie The Ring...you know, the one about ghosts that come out of your TV after you watch the movie? I thought I returned the movie, only I returned the empty box. Then my electricity went out. When it came back on again, my DVD player and speakers started playing the movie again, though my TV was still off. I was SO creeped out by the eerie ghost-noises!

42BookLizard
jul 2, 2012, 10:24pm

I'm glad I'm not the only one.

41> That must have been REALLY scary!

43BookLizard
jul 9, 2012, 9:55am

OK, so I'm halfway through the challenge and I decided to change my categories. I was going to be finished with my vampire category and the year is only half over! Since vampires are my favorites, I decided to get rid of my "Rereads" category and split the vampire category into "Vampire Urban Fantasy" and "Vampire Romance." I figure that's not cheating since Rereads are the easiest category, right?

I'm eyeballing the "Literature" category which is empty. I was thinking of changing it to "Bestsellers" but that does feel like a cop-out.

44lkernagh
jul 9, 2012, 8:38pm

The half year mark is a great time to revisit your challenge and 'tweak' it, especially when there are empty categories that might prove problematic to fill later in the year. I like your idea of changing "literature" to Bestsellers". This challenge is supposed to be fun and not a slog! ;-)

45BookLizard
Redigerat: jul 10, 2012, 9:06am

lkernagh> I was thinking maybe Literature/Best Sellers but I can't put the Fifty Shades series next to the Brontes LOL

Edited so it doesn't look like I'm talking to myself!

46mamzel
jul 10, 2012, 2:16am

47BookLizard
jul 22, 2012, 1:05pm

OK, so I caved and changed "Literature" to "Best Sellers," but I'm still going to try to make it a little challenging. I can't count best sellers that I would normally want to read - it has to be books I read because they're best sellers. For example, I have Shadow of Night on hold at the library, but that doesn't count because it's a sequel that I would have read anyway.

48BookLizard
jul 22, 2012, 1:34pm

I feel like I'm so far behind, but I know I'm not really. Realistically, I think I can finish 3 more books this month. So that would leave 70 books to read in 5 months, or about 14 a month. I can do about 2 audiobooks a month, so that leaves 12 books to actually read - so about 3 a week. Only 2 categories might be challenging . . . I can do this! I know I can, I know I can, I know I can . . .

49VictoriaPL
jul 23, 2012, 12:15pm

Don't get too hung up over the numbers. Enjoy yourself.

50BookLizard
jul 23, 2012, 11:14pm

49> Thanks for the advice. I think I'm just mad because I lost so much reading time in April and May being stressed out over work. I love reading and I think I need to make it more of a priority. I need some "me" time alone with my books. LOL.

51mamzel
jul 24, 2012, 12:40pm

Hey, life happens, you know. May was a low month for me, too. Books are patient. They'll be there when you're ready for them.

52BookLizard
jul 24, 2012, 10:52pm

Now that I've done the math and broken it all down and set new realistic goals . . . I'm ahead of my new schedule already. LOL. Instead of reading 3 books before the end of the month, I read them in 3 days!

53christina_reads
jul 25, 2012, 2:41pm

See? You can definitely do it! :)

54BookLizard
jul 26, 2012, 10:58pm

53> Thanks for the vote of confidence.

I finished 2 more books and one category is now complete - Graphic Novels/Manga. Even though those are the "easiest" to read, I didn't expect to finish this category first, just because I don't usually read many of them. (OK, I would have finished my vampire category first if I hadn't decided to cheat and change my categories.)

The only category I think I might still have trouble with is Best Sellers. I know, I know, I changed "Literature" to "Best Sellers" because my literature category was empty and those are the hardest to read and I had the Shades of Grey trilogy just sitting there in my "other" category . . . but there are a bunch of books that I WANT to read in the Literature category. I can't think of anything else I'd want to read from the best seller lists, and they're almost impossible to get from the library anyway. LOL. Maybe I'll wait until after I actually READ some literature before I go changing categories again.

So I think I can finish 3 more books this month (where have I heard that before?), then I'll only be 5 books behind schedule, so that's only 13 books a month - one extra. I can do this!

55BookLizard
jul 27, 2012, 11:13pm

Why didn't anyone tell me Hard Eight is another scary one in the Stephanie Plum series? I had to stay up until 3-4 in the morning to finish it . . . then I still couldn't get to sleep right away!

56BookLizard
jul 29, 2012, 2:12pm

I borrowed a Nook to read Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. I liked the story and I liked the Nook. Might have to get one for myself.

57BookLizard
aug 22, 2012, 11:52pm

Got a Nook with the built-in nightlight for myself - makes it easy to whip through older series. I'm currently reading the 5th and final book in Karen Marie Moning's Fever series.

Finished another category. Might have to rename "Other" to "Misc." so I can have some overflow from other categories.

58lkernagh
aug 23, 2012, 10:58pm

Congrats on finishing another category!

59BookLizard
nov 29, 2012, 10:51pm

Will I or won't I be able to finish in time?

60mamzel
nov 30, 2012, 3:22pm

We're waiting with bated breath.

61BookLizard
dec 3, 2012, 11:04am

OK, I changed my Ticker Factory Counter from a turtle to a rabbit since I'm ready to sprint to the finish line!

62BookLizard
dec 9, 2012, 10:31pm

Argggghhhhhh! Now my Ticker Factory Counter won't work! I finished 2 more books, but I can't update my counter. I think I've read 116 now and have 28 to go.

I read Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione and listened to Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich on audiobook. I'm bummed out because this is the last book in the series narrated by C. J. Critt. I tried listening to one with the other narrator, but it was awful. Now I'll have to actually read the rest in the series. Not a hardship, but finding something I like on audiobook can be challenging.

63BookLizard
dec 9, 2012, 11:59pm

No-Dogs-Allowed Rule by Kashira Sheth makes it 117. 27 to go. I'm glad I saved a bunch of the juvenile titles for last. Quick reads!

64BookLizard
dec 10, 2012, 8:02am

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay makes it 118. 26 to go.

Ticker Factory still not working for me.

65BookLizard
dec 11, 2012, 10:22pm

Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot makes it 119 down and 25 to go. I'm 1/2 way through one audiobook and I have another on standby. I'm halfway through a novel too. I have a long weekend coming up - I think I'll spend most of it in bed with my books.

66BookLizard
dec 11, 2012, 10:23pm

Yay! Ticker Factory is working again!

67BookLizard
dec 13, 2012, 11:09pm

One more category finished. I think the game plan now is to read all the shorter books, finish the categories that are almost complete, then if I don't actually finish everything on time, at least I'll have accomplished something.

There's still time though - only 24 books to go. I need to see if I can find some more titles on audiobook.

68BookLizard
dec 14, 2012, 11:30am

Yay! Finished one more and my math was off, so I only have 22 books left to read.

69lkernagh
dec 14, 2012, 11:49pm

6 categories completed with 124 books read is very impressive! You went for the full 12 in 12.... which I could not imagine myself completing. I am still plugging away at mine and I went for only half as many books in each category!

70BookLizard
dec 18, 2012, 10:15pm

Hmmm . . . OK, so I finished Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian. Can't decide which category it should go in. Could be New-to-Me Authors or could be Vampire Romance. I guess I'll put it in New-to-Me authors for now and change it later if necessary.

71BookLizard
dec 22, 2012, 9:27am

One more category finished!

Just 15 books to go.

72mamzel
dec 23, 2012, 2:04pm

Good luck! Hope they are short ones! ;-)

73lkernagh
dec 23, 2012, 9:21pm

I second the good luck message! You can do it!

74BookLizard
dec 27, 2012, 10:35am

12 more to go. Doesn't look good for reaching 144, but I'm going to try to finish 3 more categories. The dystopias are all long books, and I'm supposed to finish 7 more, so I'm leaving those for last. LOL.