Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or long lasting.
from My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison
I signed up for 5 new challenges this year. I completed 4 of them easily, but the States Challenge became a bit of an obsession. I only managed 76 books this year and still visited all 50 states! In the month of December I had to finish a book every 2.5 days to check this challenge off my To Do list. The Agatha Christie Challenge is ongoing so I hope to get more done on that in 2012.
I had one challenge holdover from 2010. I asked you all to choose 50 book from my TBR piles for me to read and I read 36 in 2010 and another 11 in 2011, leaving me with 3 left for 2012. Weird that I have had no desire in 2 years to pick up the one that garnered the most votes!
Except for those three books and the Agatha Christie challenge I am making 2012 a challenge free year. I need to take some of the pressure off of myself and have a more relaxed reading year. I do have a toddler running around here, you know 🙂
Here’s the challenge wrap up…
1. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – 12 votes (Mary, Marce, Jo-Jo, Amanda, Calico Critic, ‘Nise, Jo Ann, Allesandra, Piroska, Mom, Literary Feline, Melissa)
2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – 10 votes (Mary, BermudaOnion, Word Lily, Linda B, Em, Literate Housewife, Ms. Mazzola, Jessica, Mille, Margie)
4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – 10 votes (Gofita, Carol, Staci, Ms. Mazzola, Heather, Kerri, Rebecca, Alita Reads, Julie H., Rhapsody)
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – 7 votes (Carol, Staci, FleurFisher, Vasilly, Ms. Mazzola, Angie, Amanda)
11. Emma by Jane Austen – 6 votes (Candice, Jennifer, Ms. Mazzola, Alita Reads, Kathrin, Literary Feline)
14. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire – 5 votes (Shanyn, Jo-Jo, Calico Critic, Donna S, Lisa-Marie)
19. Roots by Alex Hailey – 5 votes (Cee-Cee, Staci, Literate Housewife, Sarah E., Angie S.)
35. Good Grief by Lolly Winston – 3 votes (Staci, Jenners, Margie)
36. Testimony by Anita Shreve – 3 votes (Marce, Allesandra, Mystica)
40. Three Junes by Julia Glass – 2 votes (Golda, Soft Drink)
42. Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins – 2 votes (Carol, Mille)
46. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – 2 votes (Golda, Heather)
49. The Human Stain by Philip Roth – 2 votes (Jackie, Mille)
50. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster – 2 votes (Candice, Jenny girl)
Alabama The Hellion by LaVyrle Spencer
Alaska Emerald Dreams by Caroline Bourne
Arizona Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay
Arkansas Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris
California The 9th Judgement by James Patterson, Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher
Colorado The Invitation by Jude Deveraux
Connecticut Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton
Delaware Hawke’s Harbor by SE Hinton
Florida Black Out by Lisa Unger
Georgia Quicksand by Iris Johansen
Hawaii Kona Winds by Janet Dailey
Idaho Killer Summer by Ridley Pearson
Illinois The Litigators by John Grisham
Indiana My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison
Iowa Laughing Through Life by Connie Corcoran Wilson
Kansas The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Kentucky Foxfire Light by Janet Dailey
Lousiana Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Maine Carrie by Stephen King
Maryland Earthly Possessions by Anne Tyler
Massachusetts Just Above a Whisper by Lori Wick
Michigan What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
Minnesota Buried Prey by John Sandford
Mississippi Third Degree by Greg Iles
Missouri Little Black Dress by Susan McBride
Montana Work Song by Ivan Doig
Nebraska My Antonia by Willa Cather
Nevada The Missing Ink by Karen E Olson
New Hampshire A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
New Jersey Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
New Mexico The Secret of Everything by Barbara O’Neal
New York Hush by Kate White, After Isaactown by Ward Jones, Deadly Vows by Brenda Joyce, Live Wire by Harlan Coben, The Fountain by Emily Grayson, Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon
North Dakota A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor
North Carolina The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart
Ohio The Lake Effect by Les Roberts
Oklahoma Six White Horses by Janet Dailey
Oregon HeartSick by Chelsea Cain, Good Grief by Lolly Winston
Pennsylvania Someone in the House by Barbara Michaels
Rhode Island The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
South Carolina What So Proudly We Hailed by James Howard
South Dakota Black Hills by Nora Roberts
Tennessee The Glass Flame by Phyllis Whitney
Texas Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Echo Burning by Lee Child, Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakthrough by Ruth Pennebaker
Utah The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Vermont Testimony by Anita Shreve
Virginia Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Washington The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts
West Virginia Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen
Wisconsin Afraid by Jack Kilborn
Wyoming Open Season CJ Box
Washington DC The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
1. What So Proudly We Hailed by James Howard. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
2. The 9th Judgement by James Patterson. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
3. After Isacctown by Ward Jones. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
4. Third Degree by Greg Iles. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
5. The Hellion by LaVyrle Spencer. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
6. Testimony by Anita Shreve. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
7. The Glass Flame by Phyllis Whitney. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
8. Emma by Jane Austen. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
9. Carrie by Stephen King. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
10. The Invitationby Jude Deveraux. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
11. Open Season by CJ Box. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
12. Skinny Legs & All by Tom Robbins. Reviewed here. Gave away here.
1. Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
2. Deadly Vows by Brenda Joyce
3. The Hellion by LaVyrle Spencer
4. A Room with a View by EM Forster
5. The Fountain by Emily Grayson
6. Emerald Dreams by Caroline Bourne
7. Emma by Jane Austen
8. The Invitation by Jude Deveraux
9. Foxfire Light by Janet Dailey
10. Kona Winds by Janet Dailey
11. Black Hills by Nora Roberts
12. Six White Horses by Janet Dailey
1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles reviewed here.
2. The Secret Adversary reviewed here.
Finish 100 miles in three months, July 1-September 30. I finished my 100 miles on September 14th!!!
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI September 1-October 31st.
1. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
2. Buried Prey by John Snadford