Mid-Year Update

First Half of 2012 in Review

Wow, I can’t believe the year is half over already. Of course I find it hard to believe that we also welcomed our baby boy already as well – those 40 weeks of pregnancy seemed to fly by (well, technically only 39 for me).

Anyway, a shameless self-promotional plug – Happy Birthday to me 🙂

Moving on.

I have to say that with everything that has gone on this year, it is truly amazing that I have managed to read 17 books.  And three of those were completed AFTER Garrett arrived. There’s not much else to do with a baby who has to stay elevated for 30 minutes after he eats to relieve his reflux. At 2 in the morning. 🙂 Of course I’ve spent more than my fair share on Pinterest during those moments as well – downloading the iPhone app was the worst move – it’s soooo addicting! However, I am only going to be mentioning the first 16 in this post seeing as how the 17th book was completed in July.

Anyway, you guys are here about the books not to hear my rambling.

Visually, here’s what I’ve read so far this year. Clicking on the individual book covers will link you back to my review:

Overall I’m quite pleased with this year’s read thus far. I’ve read some really good ones. I can say with certainty that at least 3 of the above books will make my yearly Top Ten reads (Damage by John Lescroart; The Pawn by Steven James; The Wrong Man by David Ellis) with another two definitely being in the running (Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow; Stolen Prey by John Sandford).

The only thing that disappoints me is that I have yet to read a non-fiction book this year. Of course that’s probably due to the fact that my concentration level is at an all-time low. Unfortunately that’s not likely to change anytime soon. So I may or may not get any non-fiction reading done this year. I’m reading purely to escape right now. So I need quick, fun, exciting reads.

Statistically:

  • Fiction: 16
  • Non-Fiction: 0
  • Pages Read: 6,720
  • Sources – Personal Copy – 12
    Review Copy – 3
    Library Copy – 1
  • Male Authors: 12
  • Female Authors: 4
  • New-to-Me Authors: 5
  • Part of a Series: 14
  • New Series Started: 6
  • Copyright Year – 2012: 3
    2000-2011: 9
    1990s: 2
    1980s: 2
  • Challenge Update – Mystery & Suspense 2012: 14/12 completed – 100% completed
    Off the Shelf 2012: 12/30 completed
    The Eclectic Reader Challenge: 5/12 completed

So there you have it. That’s all the stats I can think to come up with right now. To briefly discuss them, I’m glad that I’ve been reading off my shelves – that is something I desperately need to do! I’m disappointed that I have only read 4 books by female authors, I need to work on upping that! However, I am ecstatic that I have found 5 new-to-me authors so far this year. As far as book series goes, I am hopelessly addicted and did not need to start 6 new series in the first half of this year! Oh well. I’m very pleased as to where I am on my challenges. I have successfully completed the Mystery & Suspense Challenge, but I am going to continue to work toward the 24 book option of the challenge; Off the Shelf, I think I’ve done pretty good. I’m pleased as to where I am on that one as well; The Eclectic Reader Challenge I’m a little disappointed in, because the genres that I have read are the ones that are easiest for me. I need to get started on the other more challenging genres – that is what this is about, challenging myself!

I think that’s all I’ve got for right now. I hope everyone has a good rest of the week and weekend and happy reading 🙂

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Mid-Year Update

2010 Mid-Year Reading Update

Wow, another half a year gone by! It’s really quite amazing that it always seems to roll around so quickly. Unfortunately this year I have not been reading as much as I had hoped to by this point. But overall I’m happy with where I’m at. I wish I had more time in the day to read, but that’s simply not possible for me right now.

So overall, I have finished 32 books thus far this year.

I didn’t sign up for as many reading challenges as I have in the past two years. This is probably a good thing, seeing as how I’m losing interest in challenges – I really would prefer to just see where my reading leads me.

Here’s some quick statistics regarding my challenges:

  • 100+ Reading Challenge: 32/100 done (Ends 12/31/10)
  • Celebrate the Author Challenge: 4/12 done (Ends 12/31/10)
  • Countdown Challenge: 32/55 done (Ends 10/10/10)
  • Finish that Series Challenge: 0/3 done (Ends 12/31/10)
  • Harry Potter Reading Challenge: 1/7 done (Ends 7/31/10)
  • Random Reading Challenge: 10/12 done (Ends 7/31/10)
  • RYOB: 24/50 (Ends 12/31/10)
  • Thriller & Suspense Challenge: 12/12! FINISHED: 6/14/10

Okay, so I’m definitely not going to be finishing the Harry Potter Challenge. I’m not even really sure why I signed up for this challenge in the first place. Oh well. And I think I can finish the Random Reading Challenge by the end of the month, I’ve just got to start immediately! But I know I can get two more books in for that one. Otherwise I’ve got a pretty decent start on the rest of these challenges. So I should come out pretty good at the end of the year in terms of my challenges and whether or not I finish them.

So I suppose I should include some sort of a break down in terms of the books that I have read so far this year. Here goes!:

  • Finished: 32
  • Abandoned: 3
  • Fiction: 32
  • Non-Fiction: 0
  • New-to-Me-Author: 8
  • Female Authors: 8
  • Male Authors: 12
  • Books in a Series: 20
  • Review Books: 5
  • Books I Own: 24
  • Library Books: 3

One stat that really disappoints me is the fact that I have not read a single non-fiction book this year! It’s not like I don’t have a gazillion non-fiction books on my shelves! It’s not like I don’t like them! I need to read a couple of non-fiction books this year! That is on my immediate to-do list!!

I’m really pleased that I have been reading a lot of books that are part of a series! I love to read books in a series, I love to watch the characters grow throughout the course of the series.

I’m really looking forward to the second half of this year and seeing where my reading will take me!!!