Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 Reading Challenge

Sorry to bore any of you with my reading posts but :-
Last year I joined the Goodreads 2011 reading challenge and set my goal at 50 books for the year.... the same amount I set as a personal challenge for 2010. I'm pleased to say that I not only reached my goal but exceeded it by 17 books!

This is what I read for the year:
1) Tomorrow 6: The Night is for Hunting by John Marsden
2) Tomorrow 7: The other Side of Dawn by John Marsden
3) Marked (House of Night 1) by P.C.Cast
4) Betrayed (House of Night 2) by P.C.Cast
5) Chosen (House of Night 3) by P.C.Cast
6) Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods 1) by Melissa De la Cruz
7) Untamed (House of Night 4) by P.C.Cast
8) Hunted (House of Night 5) by P.C.Cast
9) Tempted (House of Night 6) by P.C.Cast
10) Burned (House of Night 7) by P.C.Cast
11) Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush 1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
12) Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
13) Undead and Unwed (Undead and Unwed 1) by Mary Janice Davidson
14) Undead and Unemployed (Undead and Unwed 2) by Mary Janice Davidson
15) Undead and Unappreciated (Undead and Unwed 3) by Mary Janice Davidson
16) Undead and Unreturnable (Undead and Unwed 4) by Mary Janice Davidson
17) Undead and Unpopular (Undead and Unwed 5) by Mary Janice Davidson
18) I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore
19) Crescendo (Hush, Hush 2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
20) The Wee Free Men (Discworld 30) by Terry Pratchett
21) Awakened (House of Night 8) by P.C.Cast
22) City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments 4) by Cassandra Clare
23) The Devils Kiss (Billy Sangreal 1) by Sarwat Chadda
24) Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld 4) by Kelley Armstrong
25) Haunted (Women of the Otherworld 5) by Kelley Armstrong
26) Broken (Women of the Otherworld 6) by Kelley Armstrong
27) No Human's Involved (Women of the Otherworld 7) by Kelley Armstrong
28) Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld 8) by Kelley Armstrong
29) Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld 9) by Kelley Armstrong
30) Frostbitten (Women of the Otherworld 10) by Kelley Armstrong
31) Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld 11) by Kelley Armstrong
32) The Scent of Shadows (First Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson
33) The Taste of Night (Second Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson
34) The Touch of Twilight (Third Sign of the Zodiac) Vicki Pettersson
35) Gone (Gone 1) by Michael Grant
36) Hunger (Gone 2) by Michael Grant
37) Lies (Gone 3) by Michael Grant
38) Plague (Gone 4) by Michael Grant
39) While I Live (Ellie Chronicles 1) by John Marsden
40) Incurable (Ellie Chronicles 2) by John Marsden
41) Circle of Flight (Ellie Chronicles 3) by John Marsden
42) City of Souls (Fourth Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson
43) Strange Angels (Strange Angels 1) by Lili St.Crow
44) Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
45) Betrayals (Strange Angels 2) by Lili St.Crow
46) Jealousy (Strange Angels 3) by Lili St.Crow
47) Defiance (Strange Angels 4) by Lili St.Crow
48) Stray (Shifters 1) by Rachel Vincent
49) Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
50) Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles 1) by Kami Garcia
51) Divergent (Divergent 1) by Veronica Roth
52) Blood Rights (House of Camarre' 1) by Kristen Painter
53) Cheat the Grave (Fifth Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson
54) The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
55) Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynne Barnes
56) Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress 1) by Jeaniene Frost
57) One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress 2) by Jeaniene Frost
58) At Grave's End (Night Huntress 3) by Jeaniene Frost
59) Flesh and Blood (House of Camarre' 2) by Kristen Painter
60) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
61) Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress 4) by Jeaniene Frost
62) This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress 5) by Jeaniene Frost
63) One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress 6) by Jeaniene Frost
64) Reckoning (Strange Angels 5) by Lili St.Crow
65) First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World 1) by Jeaniene Frost
66) Angelic by Kelley Armstrong
67) Counterfeit Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Once again there is a lot of superantural fiction in the list thanks to my sisters influence which I mentioned in last years post here.  I'm still really enjoying what I read although I might try to throw a few classics into the mix for this year..... maybe :) 

Also, if you'd like to see how I've rated any of the above books you can check them out in my Goodreads. You can also read a bit about the story and checkout other peoples reviews which is where I get a lot of my recommendations.

Lastly, if you've read something that you think I might like.... please share! :)

Until next time.....


  1. Ah! I eventually found one book I had read on your list - "The Help"! Obviously my tastes are quite different to yours! I'm a fan of Kate Atkinson with Jackson Brodie as the protagonist!

  2. Great idea. I'm going to check out Goodreads for doing this for next year & look at reviews on some of your books. I read the Tomorrow & Ellie Cronicles series this year too, loved them. Tracee xx

  3. Congrats on exceeding your initial goal! I plan on doing the challenge again this year as well. I really am loving my nook, I don't think I've read this much, or enjoyed it as much since I was a kid! Best of luck this year!

  4. I love reading, but I'm so bad at picking out new books! I'm printing out this list and will be checking these out from the library. They all sound like books I'd enjoy - I've already read the Undead books and loved those. Happy New Year!

  5. WOW!! I thought I was doing well with the 29 books that I read in 2011.

    If you like reading "cozy" murder mysteries I can recommend highly Laura Childs; Monica Ferris (although I have been disappointed in a couple of her books recently) and Betty Hechtman.

    Jim Butcher is a new author (to me) and I found out about him through bouncing around blogland; his Dresdent Files series seems to be really good (I've only read the 1st book in the series but I enjoyed it) -- it is slightly in the fantasy genre but not totally fantasy (the main character is a wizard and there are fairies, but it is based in the "real" world as opposed to a "fantasy" world.

    It can get slightly graphic -- guess that would come from the male writing "style" but I didn't find it too distracting.

    Good luck with your reading in 2012!


Thanks so much for your comments...... It's nice to know i'm not just talking to myself!