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2013.reading.challenge:complete

I did it! At the very last minute I finished the last few pages of the 40th book of the year! Hooray! I read some really great books this year, and some pretty terrible ones, but in the end it’s always good to be reading a story. I have challenged myself to read another 40 this year and there is already a stack by the bed vying for my attention first. One of the most anticipated books is Butler’s Lives of the Saints – I’m so excited to read about all of these fabulous and crazy religious folks! I may not be buying what they are selling, but I am most certainly impressed with their devotion to the cause.

  1. Dead as a Doornail – Charlaine Harris
  2. Later, At the Bar – Rebecca Barney
  3. Definitely Dead – Charlaine Harris
  4. All Together Dead – Charlaine Harris
  5. From Dead to Worse – Charlain Harris
  6. Dead and Gone – Charlain Harris
  7. Dead in the Family – Charlain Harris
  8. Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris
  9. Deadlocked – Charlaine Harris
  10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
  11. Wideacre – Philippa Gregory
  12. The Favored Child – Philippa Gregory
  13. Meridon – Philippa Gregory
  14. Pope Joan – Donna Woolfolk Cross
  15. The Kingmaker’s Daughter – Philippa Gregory
  16. Wickett’s Remedy – Myla Goldberg
  17. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  18. Annie John – Jamaica Kincaid
  19. Girls in Trucks – Katie Crouch
  20. The Potty Mouth at the Table – Laurie Notaro
  21. Dead Ever After – Charlain Harris
  22. The Other Queen – Philippa Gregory
  23. The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown
  24. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk – David Sedaris
  25. What to Wear to See the Pope – Christine Lehner
  26. I Am Nujood, Age 10 & Divorced – Nujood Ali
  27. Down the Common – Anne Baer
  28. Medieval Women – Eileen Power
  29. The Queen’s Fool – Philippa Gregory
  30. Flower Children – Maxine Swann
  31. The Beet Queen – Louise Erdrich
  32. The Last Pope – Luis Miguel Rocha
  33. Mastering the Art of French Eating – Ann Mah
  34. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  35. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  36. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  37. Versailles – Kathryn Davis
  38. The Birds’ Christmas Carol – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  39. The Book of Salt – Monique Truong
  40. Common Sense – Thomas Paine

12,475 pages read this year. I’ll take it!

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reading.challenge.update

I’ve been plodding along working towards my goal of reading 4o books this year. I’m right on track with 30 down and only 10 to go!

  1. Dead as a Doornail – Charlaine Harris
  2. Later, At the Bar – Rebecca Barney
  3. Definitely Dead – Charlaine Harris
  4. All Together Dead – Charlaine Harris
  5. From Dead to Worse – Charlaine Harris
  6. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris
  7. Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris
  8. Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris
  9. Deadlocked – Charlaine Harris
  10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
  11. Wideacre – Philippa Gregory
  12. The Favored Child – Philippa Gregory
  13. Meridon – Philippa Gregory
  14. Pope Joan – Donna Woolfolk Cross
  15. The Kingmaker’s Daughter – Philippa Gregory
  16. Wickett’s Remedy – Myla Goldberg
  17. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  18. Annie John – Jamaica Kincaid
  19. Girls in Trucks – Katie Crouch
  20. The Potty Mouth at the Table – Laurie Notaro
  21. Dead Ever After – Charlaine Harris
  22. The Other Queen – Philippa Gregory
  23. The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown
  24. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk – David Sedaris
  25. What to Wear to See the Pope – Christine Lehner
  26. I Am Nujood, Age 10 & Divorced – Nujood Ali
  27. Down the Common – Anne Baer
  28. Medieval Women – Eileen Power
  29. The Queen’s Fool – Philippa Gregory
  30. Flower Children – Maxine Swann

9691 pages read thus far. Huzzah!

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  1. Dead as a Doornail – Charlaine Harris
  2. Later, At the Bar – Rebecca Barney
  3. Definitely Dead – Charlaine Harris
  4. All Together Dead – Charlaine Harris
  5. From Dead to Worse – Charlain Harris
  6. Dead and Gone – Charlain Harris
  7. Dead in the Family – Charlain Harris
  8. Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris
  9. Deadlocked – Charlaine Harris
  10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
  11. Wideacre – Philippa Gregory
  12. The Favored Child – Philippa Gregory
  13. Meridon – Philippa Gregory
  14. Pope Joan – Donna Woolfolk Cross
  15. The Kingmaker’s Daughter – Philippa Gregory
  16. Wickett’s Remedy – Myla Goldberg
  17. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  18. Annie John – Jamaica Kincaid
  19. Girls in Trucks – Katie Crouch
  20. The Potty Mouth at the Table – Laurie Notaro
  21. Dead Ever After – Charlain Harris
  22. The Other Queen – Philippa Gregory
  23. The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown (8040 pages)

8040 pages read thus far & only 17 more books to reaching my goal of 40 for the year. I haven’t been doing much reading from “the list” but have a few good ones in the bunch. I was quite pleased with Pope Joan and passed it along to my mother who thought it was pretty great as well. It’s about the legend of a female pope in the 9th century – cool stuff and interesting theories! Other than that I may have now read everything Philippa Gregory has ever written, but that may not be true – stay tuned for more. Ha!

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2012.book.challenge:complete

I did it! I’m so proud of myself. I managed to not only finish the 30 book goal which I had set for myself at the beginning of the year, but managed to squeeze the 31st in just under the wire thanks to a very nasty and unpleasant cold reminiscent of the plague. I think I will try for 35 next year. What do you think?

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Click the logo for a complete list via Goodreads as well as any reviews or ratings. A total of 10,883 pages read feels AWESOME!

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