Challenge Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2013

Wrapping up RIP VIII

RIP8main200Well what a fun challenge! Of course it really wasn’t much of a challenge for a person who eats, lives and breathes mysteries and thrillers 🙂

I did finish the challenge, reading 6 books in total. When I first signed up, I had set aside a stack of 8 books that I really wanted to read from. Of that list, I only finished 1 and had to DNF 2 others. The other books that I fulfilled for this challenge were chosen as I went along.

Here’s what I read:

  1. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  2. Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
  3. Darkness First by James Hayman
  4. The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton
  5. Shadow Prey by John Sandford
  6. 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

I’m not really sure which one would be my favorite book out of this list, I enjoyed them all quite a bit. Two were by new-to-me authors and I finally started the Sookie Stackhouse series!!

Overall I had a really fun time with this challenge.

If you participated, how did you do?

 

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Challenge Wrap-Up

I’m throwing in the towel….

… on my 2011 reading challenges. And the year technically isn’t over yet. I’m really kind of bummed at how close I got on some of them. But I’m not upset at all for not finishing all of them. I’m very happy at how much reading I’ve done this year (especially since getting that positive home pregnancy test back in September and the subsequent nausea).

However, I signed up for challenges that I had to find books to fit into certain categories. 9 times out of 10, I will fail at those types of challenges. But I don’t care, I had fun with what I did read and what categories I did fulfill!

Out of the 6 reading challenges I signed up for in 2011, only 1 was completed successfully. A second was completed without my goal being 100% met.

Instead of doing a wrap up post for each individual challenge, I’m just going to do one big post.


Criminal Plots Reading Challenge 2011 (83% complete)

 I was really looking forward to this challenge; it was right up my alley. Unfortunately, I was 1 book short of completing this challenge. Here’s what I did read:

New author who’s blurbed a book you enjoyed:
Book made into a movie: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Book with a protagonist opposite your own gender: Double Cross by James Patterson
Book set outside the country in which you live: A World I Never Made by James LePore
Book that’s the first in a new-to-you series: Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
Book by a 2011 debut author: Lonely Deceptions by D.R. Willis


Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2011 (100% complete!)

 I actually finished this challenge! And I finished it early in the year. Why? Because Mystery and Suspense books are practically all I read 🙂 I love this challenge and am seriously considering signing up for 2012’s version!

Double Cross by James Patterson (Police Procedural)
Judas Kiss by J.T. Ellison (Police Procedural)
Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark (Psychological Mystery)
Cross Country by James Patterson (Police Procedural)
Divine Justice by David Baldacci
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson (Cozy Mystery)
Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson (Cozy Mystery)
The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson (Cozy Mystery)
The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer (Legal Thriller)
Blood of My Brother by James LePore
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (Police Procedural)
Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin


Take a Chance Challenge 3 (60% complete)

 I honestly did take a chance when I signed up for this challenge. I knew I would be stretching myself to fit all the categories. And honestly, this is the challenge that I did the worst on. But that’s okay 🙂

Staff  Member’s Choice:
Loved One’s Choice: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Blogger’s Choice:
Critic’s Choice:
Blurb Book:
Book Seer Pick: State of the Union by Brad Thor
What Should I Read Next Pick : Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
Which Book Pick: The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King
LibraryThing Pick: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Pick A Method (Random Selection; Public Spying; Random Bestseller): The Chancellor Manuscript by Robert Ludlum


The TBR Dare (85% complete)

 So this challenge wasn’t really much of a challenge for me. All I had to do was only read my personal books for the first quarter of the year. I did great on this “challenge.” And while I didn’t meet my goal of  20 books, I was still very glad that I lasted until the end of the first quarter!

Double Cross by James Patterson
Judas Kiss by J.T. Ellison
Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
Cross Country by James Patterson
Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson
Divine Justice by David Baldacci
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson
The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
The Vig by John Lescroart
The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry
Killing Her Softly by Beverly Barton


TwentyEleven Challenge (85% complete)

 I knew when I signed up for this challenge that there were categories that I would have a very hard time fulfilling. But that didn’t stop me from participating anyway. And sure enough, the categories that I knew were going to give me trouble were indeed the ones I didn’t fill. Oh well. I still enjoyed finding what I could for this challenge.

To YA or not YA… Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Shelter by Harlan Coben
…With a Twist
.: Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson (cozy mystery)
Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth (Vampire thriller)
Hot off the Presses. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson
Lonely Deceptions by D.R. Willis
It Wasn’t Me!
(aka Bad Bloggers*) Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Show it Who is Boss!
: The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry (on shelf since 2009)
Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath (on shelf since 2010)
Bablefish. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Translated by Lisa Hartford)
Will-Power? What Will-Power? (aka: The Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.) Closer than Blood by Gregg Olsen
Mind the Gap.
Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci (Most recent in Camel Club series)
Hotwire by Alex Kava (Most recent in Maggie O’Dell series)
Back in the Day. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Way Back When:
Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark (published 1975, 10 years before my birth)
Cop Hater by Ed McBain (published 1956, 29 years before my birth)
Slim-Pickings


What’s in a Name 4 Challenge (83% completed)

 This is the other challenge that I really wanted to complete. Bad. And I fell one book short. But honestly, when I looked over my books, I really didn’t have anything that I wanted to read that would fulfill the category properly. Oh well. Excuses 🙂 I’m considering signing up for the 2012 version, but I haven’t decided yet. I only took a cursory glance at the categories, I need to look at my shelves with those categories in mind before I make my final decision.

Number: The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer
Jewelry/Gem: Cross Fire by James Patterson
Size: TBD
Travel/Movement: We‘re Not Leaving by Benjamin J. Luft, M.D.
Evil: Killing Her Softly by Beverly Barton
Life Stage: Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark

 

Challenge Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2011

Completed Challenge: TBR Dare

Um, yeah, so as I was shutting down my computer last night due to the wicked storm that came through my area last night, I realized that this challenge actually ended April 1st! Yeah, I guess I totally missed that! I’m not sure what I was thinking. Haha! Oh well, it did me good to continue working on it. Not included in this list are the 3 review books that I picked up this year. Although I didn’t make my original goal of 20 books, I’m really pleased with how much I did get read. I have so many books on my shelves here at the house it’s not even funny. I’m going to restrain myself and continue reading my books for as long as I can. Last year I read 45 of my own books and only 11 library books (and 11 review books) – I liked that breakdown, and I’m wanting to continue that trend. So without further ado, here’s what I read for this challenge:

  1. Double Cross by James Patterson
  2. Judas Kiss by J.T. Ellison
  3. Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
  4. Cross Country by James Patterson
  5. Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson
  6. Divine Justice by David Baldacci
  7. Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
  8. Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
  9. The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson
  10. The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer
  11. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
  12. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  13. Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin
  14. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
  15. The Vig by John Lescroart
  16. The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry
  17. Killing Her Softly by Beverly Barton
Challenge Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2011

Completed Challenge: Mystery & Suspense Challenge

Well, here it is only March and I have finished my first reading challenge. Of course this is the easiest challenge I have signed up for, seeing how it is that I primarily read mystery/thrillers/suspense books. Overall, I’m really pleased with what I read for this challenge. I might have stretched one of the books, classifying it as a mystery/thriller book, when it might not have been. But I considered it to fit that category, so it works 🙂 Here’s what I read:

  1. Double Cross by James Patterson
  2. Judas Kiss by J.T. Ellison
  3. Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
  4. Cross Country by James Patterson
  5. Divine Justice by David Baldacci
  6. Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
  7. Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
  8. The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson
  9. The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer
  10. Blood of My Brother by James LePore
  11. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  12. Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin

In years past with this challenge I have tried to read books that are from different sub-genres within the mystery/thriller genre. This year I elected not to do that, hence the reason I was able to complete the challenge so quickly. I always like to pick a favorite and least favorite book from the challenges that I finish, so my FAVORITE would have to be: Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin and my LEAST FAVORITE would probably be: Cross Country by James Patterson. I’m definitely glad that I participated in this challenge, and it really helps me to know that I’m 1/6th of the way finished with the challenges that I signed up for this year!! I would like to say a BIG THANKS to Book Chick City for hosting this great challenge again!

Challenge Wrap-Up, End of Year Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2010

2010 Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

So I didn’t do as good on my reading challenges as I had hoped, but that’s okay. I’m still pleased with what I accomplished in 2010. Here’s where I stand in terms of my challenges for 2010:

FINISHED CHALLENGES:

  • Random Reading Challenge (12/12)
  • Thriller & Suspense Challenge (12/12)
  • Finish That Series Challenge (3 Series caught up with)|
    ALEX KAVA’S MAGGIE O’DELL SERIES
    JAMES PATTERSON & MICHAEL LEDWIDGE’S MICHAEL BENNETT SERIES
    TESS GERRITSEN’S JANE RIZZOLI & MAURA ISLES SERIES

 

UNFINISHED CHALLENGES:

  • 2010 100+ Reading Challenge (67/100)
  • Celebrate the Author Challenge (10/12)
  • Countdown Challenge 2010 (45/55)
  • Harry Potter Reading Challenge (1/7)
  • RYOB 2010 (45/50)
Challenge Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2010

FINISHED CHALLENGE: Finish The Series Challenge 2010

Well, I finally finished this challenge. It was a much needed challenge for me. And although I read quite a few books that are part of a series this year, I was only able to get caught up on 3 challenges (which was my original goal). Here’s what I finished:

 So overall, I’m very pleased with where I’m at. Because in addition to these series that I was able to catch up with, I was able to read 12 books in the Kay Scarpetta series and 4 in the Alex Cross series.

Challenge Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2010

Unfinished Challenge – Countdown Challenge 2010

Countdown2010

So, I didn’t finish this challenge. I had really hoped that I would be able to get this one done, but I just couldn’t. And I’m not sure why I didn’t finish it, it’s not like I didn’t have enough books to read that would fulfill this challenge. Oh well, here’s what I did read for this challenge:

2010 (complete)

  1. The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello
  2. Burn by Ted Dekker & Erin Healy
  3. Victim Six by Gregg Olsen
  4. The 9th Judgment by James Patterson
  5. Never Let You Go by Erin Healy
  6. The Alexandria Letter by George R. Honig
  7. Damaged by Alex Kava
  8. Death on the D-List by Nancy Grace
  9. 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan
  10. The Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund

2009 (completed)

  1. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain
  2. Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak
  3. The Eleventh Victim by Nancy Grace
  4. The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson & Martin Dugard
  5. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
  6. Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz
  7. Decoding the Lost Symbol by Simon Cox
  8. Conflicts with Interest by Michael Ruddy
  9. 18 Billion by Jack Gresham

2008

  1. The Aztec Heresy by Paul Christopher
  2. Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
  3. Exposed by Alex Kava
  4. Final Breath by Kevin O’Brien
  5. The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

2007

  1. The Book of Names by Jill Gregory & Karen Tintori
  2. The Dying Game by Beverly Barton
  3. The Next Killing by Rebecca Drake
  4. Step on a Crack by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

2006

  • Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass
  • The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
  • The Black Sun by James Twining
  • The Collectors by David Baldacci
    1. 2005 (completed)

      1. Michelangelo’s Notebook by Paul Christopher
      2. The Double Eagle by James Twining
      3. No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
      4. The Camel Club by David Baldacci
      5. The President’s Assassin by Brian Haig

      2004

      1. London Bridges by James Patterson
      2. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen

      2003 (completed)

      1. The Murder of Laci Peterson by Cliff Linedecker
      2. The Sorority: Eve by Tamara Thorne
      3. The Sorority: Merilynn by Tamara Thorne

      2002 (completed)

      1. Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
      2. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

      2001 (completed)

      1. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
      Challenge Wrap-Up

      Finished Challenge – Random Reading Challenge

      So Caribousmom hosted this great challenge. The idea behind this challenge was to get some books of our shelves in a random manner, assigning books numbers and using random.org to select the next book to read! Here’s what I read:

      1. The Piper’s Sons by Bruce Chandler Fergusson
      2. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker
      3. Denial by Keith Ablow
      4. Roses are Red by James Patterson
      5. Shall We Tell the President? by Jeffrey Archer
      6. Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
      7. The Dying Game by Beverly Barton
      8. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
      9. The Camel Club by David Baldacci
      10. The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
      11. The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
      12. Pacific Vortex by Clive Cussler

      For ths most part, I really enjoyed all of these books. I’m not sure I could even pick a favorite out of those 12 books to be honest. Well, I take that back, I would probably choose Roses are Red by James Patterson as my favorite book from this particular list. I really enjoyed this challenge a lot, it allowed me to get quite a few books off of my shelves that have been sitting there for quite some time!!

      Challenge Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2010

      Finished Challenge – Thriller & Suspense 2010

      Book Chick City hosted this challenge – and I sure am a sucker for thriller/suspense books considering it’s my favorite genre 🙂 I had a lot of fun reading the books for this challenge, and it surprised me how easily I was able to fit the books that I already had on my shelves to the list of sub-genres provided. Here is what I read for this challenge:

      1. Exposed by Alex Kava (Eco-Thriller)
      2. Four Blind Mice by James Patterson (Police Procedural)
      3. Shall We Tell the President? by Jeffrey Archer (Conspiracy Thriller)
      4. Final Breath by Kevin O’Brien (Stalker Thriller)
      5. 18 Billion by Jack Gresham (Terrorist Thriller)
      6. Hotshot by Catherine Mann (Romantic Thriller)
      7. All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell (Serial Killer Thriller)
      8. The Dying Game by Beverly Barton (Private Detective Mystery)
      9. The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen (Medical Thriller)
      10. The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry (Historical Mystery)
      11. The Alexandria Letter by George R. Honig (Religious Thriller)
      12. The Spire by Richard North Patterson (Psychological Thriller)

      For the most part, I enjoyed all of the books that I read for this challenge, but my personal favorite is the book that I just finished, The Spire. (I just can’t stop raving about that book!! It was great!) I’m relieved that I was able to finish a challenge this year, since I have been in somewhat of a slump – I’ve been reading, but most of the books that I’ve been reading have not been all that great to me. But I enjoyed this challenge and if it is hosted again, I will definitely sign up again!!

      Challenge Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2009

      Unfinished Challenge – RYOB 2009

      MizB hosted Read Your Own Books in 2009. She’s also hosting again in 2010 and I’m signed up again. Now, the idea of this one was to set a number of books that you wanted to read … but they had to be your OWN books. Needless to say, this was not a problem with my huge TBR mountain. However, I still fell short! I was a little disappointed that I didn’t read more of my own books than I did. I was actually quite surprised to realize how many library books I did read this year. But there were more than a few new releases that I wanted to read immediately and I absolutely refuse to buy a hardcover book (for a person who can fly through a book in 2-3 days, nearly $30 is insane to spend on a book). My goal was 50 books, 25 of which needed to be on my shelf prior to 2009. I did pretty good only falling short by 4 books. So I’m actually quite proud of my final results of this challenge. And I’m definitely looking forward to doing this challenge again in 2010 because I just keep adding books to my shelves!! Here is what I read:

      1. Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      2. Jack & Jill by James Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      3. Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      4. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      5. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      6. To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      7. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      8. The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinksy (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      9. The 6th Target by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      10. Hearstopper by Joy Fielding (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      11. The Broken Parachute Man by Robert B. Bolin (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      12. Heart of Ice by Gregg Olsen (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      13. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      14. Capital Offense by Kathleen Antrim (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      15. 7th Heaven by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      16. Whispers by Lisa Jackson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      17. The 8th Confession by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      18. A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      19. Snagged by Carol Higgins Clark (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      20. In a Dark Time by Larry Watson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      21. Sail by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      22. Cat & Mouse by James Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      23. The Piper’s Sons by Bruce Chandler Fergusson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      24. Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      25. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      26. She Loves Me Not by Wendy Corsi Staub (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      27. When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      28. Michelangelo’s Notebook by Paul Christopher (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      29. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      30. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      31. ‘D’ is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      32. A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      33. Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      34. The Murder of Laci Peterson by Cliff Linedecker (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      35. The Double Eagle by James Twining (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      36. Silent Witness by Richard North Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      37. Denial by Keith Ablow (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      38. The Aztec Heresy by Paul Christopher (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      39. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      40. No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      41. Roses are Red by James Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
      42. The Sorority: Eve by Tamara Thorne (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      43. The Sorority: Merilynn by Tamara Thorne (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      44. The Sorority: Samantha by Tamara Thorne (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      45. Violets are Blue by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
      46. The Book of Names by Jill Gregory & Karen Tintori (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW