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2013 Reading Challenges Results

In 2013 I signed up to do two reading challenges – Roof Beam Reader’s TBR Pile Challenge and The Crafty Book Nerd’s Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge. Did I succeed? Lets see.

TBR Pile Challenge:

This was the second year I signed up for this. Year one I failed, and unfortunately year two I failed too. I think the problem was that I carried some books over from the first year, and with the competition of other newer books, and them being sat on my list for over a year, I didn’t have the want to read them. That, and I tried some, and couldn’t get there with them. At the beginning of 2013, I had to chose 12 books, and 2 alternatives. This is the list, and how I got on:

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (on 2012 list). Fail. It’s so long. It would have taken up so much time. I want to read it, I really do, but it’s so long…

A French Affair by Susan Lewis (on 2012 list). Fail. I think I picked it up at some point to read it, but never got there. It’s not even back on the shelf now. No idea what happened to it.

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. Fail. I tried this though. I tried and tried, but I just didn’t get it. It bored me. I want to try it again – people rave about it, it’s a classic. Maybe I missed something. I’ll try again.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Fail. I didn’t even look at it.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver. READ. Finally, a pass. I loved it. Can’t wait to read the final in the series.

One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner. READ. Yes, that’s two. Good book. Enjoyed it.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. READ – three. It was ok, I enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I’ll read any others in the series though.

Build A Man by Talli Roland. READ (I’m on a roll here – four). Read it, enjoyed it.

Animal Farm by George Orwell. Fail. Didn’t even look at it.

The Liar’s Lullaby by Meg Gardiner. READ (five). Brilliant. Love everything she writes. Brilliant.

and the 2 alternatives

Flash Forward by Robert J Sawyer. Fail. I thought about it a couple of times. It’s not near enough the top of the pile.

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games trilogy, book 2) by Suzanne Collins. READ. (six). Absolutely loved it. Can’t enough good things about it.

So there we go. 6 out of 12. That’s terrible. I think I read more in 2012. I’m disappointed in myself when I read so many books. If I do it again in 2014, none of the books listed here will be carried forward!

Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge:

I’ve done several versions of this over the years, and can’t for the life of me remember how I usually do on them, I feel like I ‘win’ them. This year I read:

1 – The Headhunters by Jo Nesbo (Brilliant, my new fav thriller author)

2 – Sister by Rosamund Lupton (A little werid, but very enjoyable, with a great twist).

3 – Stalkers by Paul Finch (Fantastic. Another fav author discovered).

4 – Safe House by Paul Finch (Great)

5 – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Brilliant, still can’t get over the ending).

6 – Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robotham (Brilliant, absolutely brilliant)

7 – Liar’s Lulaby by Meg Gardiner (for TBR challenge too – as I said, fantastic)

8 – The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke (Great, really good, with brilliant ending)

9 – The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner (see, I told you I loved her, Liar’s Lulaby was so good, I had to read another in the series almost straight after).

10 – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriaty (really good, a little predictable, but great).

11 – Game by Anders de la Mott (Unexpectedly ace. Can’t wait for the next in the series).

12 – The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran (I’m not 100% sure it should be classed in this, but there was a mystery over the crash, so I’m using it) (Fab).

I did it. Yeah! Go me! However, I didn’t review any. Does that mean I fail? Hmmm…

As you can see from my comments, I chose some really good books this year (some were book club books, so not just my choices, and Game was sent by to me by the publisher, so not entirely chosen either). I really enjoyed this challenge again.

One out of two isn’t bad I guess. Now, for 2014 challenge(s)…

Week Round Up

I can’t believe it’s Sunday already. This week has gone so quickly. Too Quickly, I didn’t get as much done as I wanted. On Monday I had a migraine, it lasted all evening, so cut off any chance of doing anything that night. On Tuesday I had a headache all day, I always do the day after a migraine. Wednesday I stayed at work till about 7pm. Then today, I’ve had a headache all day again. So really, I haven’t had that much time to write, edit etc. Also, I’ve had to do some work, so again, that took away time from doing stuff for me.

Here’s my goals and what I achieved:

Week 1

Editing: My goal was 7 hours. I did 4 hours. I did an additional hour prepping for a short story (more later), so 5 altogether. Considering I’ve never done any novel editing before, and I’ve been putting this off for about a year, I’m really happy with it.

Writing course: Ah. Well. Um… So I totally have an excuse for not doing this. My next assignment (I vaguely remember) is to write the plot to a novel. I’m going to use The Man of My Dreams, cause I think it would be good to have a tutor give comments on it. But, seeing as I wrote most of it well over a year ago, I can’t really remember it, so I need to go through and write up what happens. Oh, and work out an ending. That’s what I’m doing at the moment in editing, so need to finish that before I can do the assignment. He he.

Book Reviews: I planned to do one for my blog, and one (my first) for Novel Kicks. I did the one for here – The Headhunters by Jo Nesbo. I’ve drafted the one for Novel Kicks, but I’m taking my time, because it’s someone else’s website, so I want it to be perfect. I’ve written up the bio I’ll send over with it. Massively excited about it.

ROW80 Check Ins: 2. Wednesday and Sunday. Done.

Reading challenge Blogs: 2, done. The TBR Pile Challenge blog and the Mystery/Crime Challenge blog.

Burn 1500Kcal on top of normal excercise: 800 done. It’s the fault of the migraines and headaches, I couldn’t exercise with them. Next week!

Fasting Days: 1 of 2. I planned to have my second one today, but because I’ve got this headache, I thought I should feed my body properly. I’ll do 3 next week to make up for it – starting tomorrow.

During the week, I found out about the Belinda Jones Travel Club’s Sunlounger Short Story Competition. You can enter a rom-com short story on the subject of holidays, with the prize being having the story printed in the Sunlounger anthology, along side Belinda Jones, Kate Harrison, Talli Roland, Chrissie Manby, and many, many more. I don’t have an exact idea for a story, but I’ve got a character idea and a situation idea. Closing date is the end of March, so I’ve got time to think about it.

Goals for this week:

7 hours editing

2 hours on my writing course

2 book reviews (one for here, and the completed one for Novel Kicks)

Burn 1,500 Kcal in addition to normal daily walking to work etc.

3 fasting days.

As long as I can shake this headache that’s been plaguing me all week, I should be OK.

2013 Reading Challenge – Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge

I’ve decided to do 2 reading challenges this year. This is the first, the other I blogged about last night – TBR Pile Challenge (although it seems I added my link to the site too late, so I’m not sure I’m going to be in the competition, if not, I’ll just do it for myself!). 

I’m sure I don’t need to say anything more, so I’ll just jump in to the details:

2013 Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge.

For the last three years, I’ve done variants of this on Book Chick City, but they don’t seem to be doing it this year, so time to find another one (I can’t even contemplate not doing it, I love it so much). Luckily The Crafty Book Nerd is here to save the day with the 2013 Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge – woop!

This is slightly different to the previous ones I’ve done, in that you don’t have to specify how many books you’re going to read, but the more you read, the higher level you get. Levels go from Detective (5 books) to Sherlock Holmes (30+ books). I’m going to aim for Lieutenant (15 books) or maybe even Captain (20 books – may be pushing it a little).

This is such a successful challenge idea. So far 62 people have signed up. I’ve kind of cheated a little, in that I’ve already read one novel this year. Figure it’s not really cheating, I always knew I was going to do this, I just hadn’t written the blog yet!

Good luck anyone joining in.