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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Challenges Post Six (20 - 23) Around, Audio, Where, And Addict

How did I do? Completed 14 and failed 9

 Twenty (genres) Failed -missed poetry.
Twenty-one - Completed -- signed up for 24 but listened to 45 Audios!
Twenty-two 50 States - failed by 15.
Twenty-three 16 Challenges to be completed - Failed by two.

These are the rest of the challenges TWENTY thru TWENTY-THREE!

I just found this one or I might have added it to Post One. :-)

TWENTY:  Around the Stack
Missed this by one as I didn't ready a Poetry book. The genres we are using, are as follows:
  1. Crime/Mystery – Sherlock Holmes, Rebus, Lincoln Rhyme. 
    Night Rounds by Helene Tursten; Mystery, Scandinavian Crime; my rating 4.0.
  2. Thriller – Lee Child, Dan Brown.  The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi; Psychological Thriller; my rating 4.5
  3. Romance – Smitten. Scrumptious by Amanda Usen; Contemporary Romance; my Rating 4.25.  
  4. Fantasy – Can be anything from Lord Of The Rings to The Dark Tower.  Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1 by Kevin Hearne; Fantasy; my rating 4.5.
  5. Sci-Fi – Space Opera, China Mieville, Gollancz Classics.   Kicking Ashe by Pauline Baird Jones; Sci Fi Romance;  my rating 5.0.
  6. Literary – Just look at the past Booker lists. Read a winner for bonus points. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey; Fiction; my rating 4.5.  
  7. Young Adult – There’s plenty out there, scour your local bookstore.  My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond; Fantasy, YA; my rating 4.5. 
  8. Historical Fiction – Wolf Hall, Conn Iggulden. The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny; Historical Fiction; my rating 4.25.
  9. Dystopian – Never Let Me Go, Margaret Atwood.  Phantom Universe by Laura Kreitzer; YA, Fantasy, Dystopia;  my rating 4.5.
  10. Steampunk – Boneshaker, Affinity Bridge.  The Jupiter Chronicles by Leonardo Ramirez; Children's, Fantasy, Steampunk; my rating 4.0.
  11. Comedy/Black Comedy – Michael Chabon, Nick Hornby.  What In God's Name by Simon Rich; Comedy; my rating 4.0.
  12. Horror/Ghost Story – Stephen King, Clive Barker, Susan Hill.  Creative Spirit by Scott Nicholson; Horror;  my rating 4.25
  13. Adventure – Treasure Island, Jamrach’s Menagerie.  The Theft of Swords by Michael Sullivan; Fantasy Adventure; my rating 4.75.
  14. War – Birdsong, My Dear I Wanted To Tell You.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein; Historical Fiction; my rating 4.75.
  15. Gothic – Poe is a perfect example.  Firelight by Kristen Callihan; Paranormal Romance; my rating 4.5.
  16. Poetry – Research something that grabs you.
  17. Drama – Graham Swift, Ishiguro, The Help. Henny on the Couch by Rebecca Land Soodak; Women's Fiction;  my rating 4.0.
  18. Kids – Harry Potter, Narnia.  God Loves You. - Chester Blue by Suzanne Anderson; Inspirational, Children; my rating 4.25.
  19. Graphic Novel – Anything from Marvel and DC to Jonathan Cape stuff. Titanium Rain by Josh Finney; Science Fiction, Graphic; my rating 4.25.
  20. Classic – As it says on the tin, pick a classic book from Dickens to Haddon. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck; Adapted Classic, Dramatization; my rating 4.25.

  • Hiker – Up to 5 genres
  • Backpacker – 5-10 genres
  • Traveler – 10-15
  • Palin-esque – 20+
 I am starting with Traveler but I hope to upgrade! :-)

TWENTY-ONE:  Audio Challenge! You know I love my Audio and Audible listens!

  • Flirting-Listen to 6 Audio Books
  • Going Steady- Listen to 12 Audio Books
  • Lover- Listen to 25 Audio Books
  • Married-Listen to +++  Audio Books
I Choose Lover-Listen I expect to do at least two a month!

1. Audible Book Review: Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1 by Kevin Hearne; Fantasy; my rating 4.5.
2. Audible Book Review: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper; Paranormal Romance; my rating 4.25. 
3. Audible Book Review: Grant Me Timely Grace by Timothy Woods; Historical Fiction; my rating 4.25.
4. Silver Borne: Mercy Thompson, Book 5 by Patricia Briggs My Rating: 4.75.
5. Audio Book Review: Lothaire by Kresley Cole; Paranormal Romance;  my rating 4.0.
6. Audio Book Review: Jacob's Return by Amanda Blair; Inspirational Romantic Fiction  my rating 4.25.
7. Audio Book Review: The Templar Chronicles 1 The Heretic by Joe Nassise; Urban Fantasy;  my rating 4.25.  
8. Audible Book Review: Illusion by Frank Peretti; Paranormal, Christian Fiction; my rating 4.5.
9. Audible Book Review: Crusade: Destroyermen Book 2 by Taylor Anderson; Science Fiction;  my rating 4.5.
10. Audio Book Review: A Tar's Wandering by Helen Sea; Paranormal; rating 4.5. 
11. Audio Book Review: The Withering of Willoughby and the Professor by Joe Bevilacqua; Fantasy Comedy, Sci Fi;  my rating 3.75.  
12. Audio Book Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater; Paranormal Romance, Werewolves;  my rating 4.0.  
13. Audio Book Review: Turn Up For the Book by Julia Franklin; Romantic Comedy;  my rating 4.25. 
14. Audible Book Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs; Urban Fantasy; rating 4.5.
15. Audio Book Review: Phantom Universe by Laura Kreitzer; YA, Fantasy, Dystopia;  my rating 4.5. 
16. Audio Book Review: Web of Evil by J.A. Jance; Mystery, Thriller; my rating 3.5. 
17. Audio Book Review: Wired Kingdom by Rick Chesler; Thriller; my rating 4.25. 
18. Audible Book Review: Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen; Mystery (Historical); my rating 4.25. 
19. Audio Book Review: Whisper II: The Books by Terry Rich Hartley; Psychological Thriller; my rating 4.25. 
20. Audible Book Review: Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate Fifth by Gail Carriger; Paranormal Romance, Steampunk; my rating 4.5
21. Audible Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; fantasy; rating 5.0
22. AudioBook Review: Eathed, A Dragon's Tale by Troy Lee Henderson; Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction; my rating 4.5.
23.  Audible Book Review: The Watchman of Ephraim by Gerard de Marigny; Thriller, Christian Fiction; my rating 4.25.
24. AudioBook Review: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch; Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic; my rating 4.25.
25. AudioBook Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth; Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic; my rating 4.25.  
26. Audio Book Review:  Titanium Rain by Josh Finney; Science Fiction, Graphic; my rating 4.25.
27. Audio Book Review:  Steel Whispers by Hayden Trenholm; Science Fiction; my rating 4.5.
28. Audio Book Review: Night Rounds by Helene Tursten; Mystery, Scandinavian Crime; my rating 4.0.
29. Audio Book Review:  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck; Adapted Classic, Dramatization; my rating 4.25.
30. Audible Book Review: The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card; Fantasy; my rating 3.75.
31. Audio Book Review: Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs; Forensic Mystery; my rating 4.25.
32. Audio Book Review:  Dying for You by MaryJanice Davidson; Paranormal Comedy; my rating 4.25.
33. Audio Book Review:  The Aleppo Codex  by Matti Friedman;Documentary Historical; my rating 4.5.
34. Audio Book Review: Scarifyers: 08 The Thirteen Hallows; full cast, comedy; my rating 4.5.
35. Audio Book Review: The Magician's Apprentice; Fiction, Middle Grade; my rating 5.0.
36. Audio Book Review: Emily Goes to Exeter: The Traveling Matchmaker, Book One by Marion Chesney; Historical Regency; my rating 4.5.
37. Audio Book Review: A Brew to a Kill: A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle; Cozy Mystery; my rating 4.5.
38. Audio Book Review: The Crooked Wreath by Christianna Brand; Mystery; my rating 4.5.
39. Audio Book Review: Karma's Law by Kristi Lamb; Mystery; my rating 4.5.
40. My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent; Paranormal; my rating 3.75.
41. Audio-Theater Book Review: The Man Who Murdered His Mother-In-Law by Jeffrey Hatcher; Audio Theater; my rating 5.0.
42. Audio Book Review: Colony Scott Reeves; Sci Fi; my rating 4.25.
43. Audio Book Review: Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck; Thriller; my rating 4.0.
44. Broken Token
45. Audio Book Review: Christmas in An Elevator by Kay Murky; Holiday Romance; my rating 4.0. 

TWENTY-TWO:  Where are you Reading Challenge
I never got started with this last year but I'll give it a shot this year!

The point of the challenge is to read in each of the 50 States between January 1 2012 – December 31, 2012.
I am thinking this will be fun.
Here is my MBS Map link.
Missed 15
View MBS Where Are You Reading 2012 in a larger map
Alabama - Power
Alaska - How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Arizona - Hounded
Arkansas -
California - Irish Rogue and more
Colorado - The Proposal and more
Connecticut - Templar Chronicles
Delaware -
Florida -  Miss Hildreath Wore Brown
Georgia - Deeper Water
Hawaii -
Idaho - A Cold Creek Secret and more
Illinois - Home and more
Indiana -
Iowa - One Breathe Away
Kansas -
Kentucky -
Louisiana - Untouched
Maine - Beyond the Misty Shore
Maryland - Keeper of My Heart and more
Michigan -
Minnesota - Forever and more
Mississippi - A Light on the Veranda
Missouri -
Montana - 77 Days in September
Nebraska - Secrets of the Red Box
Nevada - The Watchman of Ephriam
New Hampshire - Exclusively Yours
New Jersey - The Claimed
New Mexico -
New York - Scrumptious and more
North Carolina -  Creative Spirit and more
North Dakota -
Ohio - Scent of Rain and more
Oklahoma - Grapes of Wrath (starts in OK)
Oregon - Believe it or Not
Pennsylvania - Bossypant and more
Rhode Island -
South Carolina - Flabbergasted and more
South Dakota -
Tennessee - The Bridge
Texas - Calico Canyon and more
Utah -
Vermont - Smitten
Virginia - In the Doctor's Bed and more
Washington - Lucky in Love and more
Washington, D.C - Grant Me Timely Grace and more
West Virginia -
Wisconsin - Baby, Baby and more
Wyoming -

TWENTY-THREE: Obviously I now qualify for Reading Challenge Addict!
Reading Challenge Addict

How addicted are you?

  • Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
  • On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
  • In Flight: 11-15 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
  • Out of This World: 16+ Challenges (Entered & Completed)
I didn't set out to do so many challenges but the list kept growing and there are more listed below that I'm still tempted by! Yikes!!
That puts me in the OUT OF THIS WORLD level.

How did I do? Completed 14 and failed 9.

 If I get time to figure out how this works I would like to participate in:
Seasonal Challenge - 11 Dec to 31 March

Other Challenges that Tempt Me:
1001 Books You Must Read - I may check to see if any of these fit my other challenges and thus read a couple.
Operation Deepen Faith - but I will probably stick with my read the Bible through the year and add some faith reads along the way.
Clocks, Cogs and Mechanisms Reading Challenge 2012 - I do like Steampunk!
Find the Cover, Coversuch 2012 - Match items on the covers to the letters in 2012 ie.: TWOTHOUSANDTWELVE  I'll check as I go along and see if I can do this.
Harlequin Silhouette - I'd like to do this if I find time to add more Harlequin books.
52 Books in 52 Weeks - I know I'll read that many books and I like the subcatagories.
Fairy Tales Retold - can sign up until "Junish."  I'll have to see if any of my reading goes this direction.
Time Travel Reading - I love this genre so I may sign up if I end up with books that fit.
I Want More - This entails reading a second stand alone book from an author you like.  It could happen for me. If I do this it will be for the lower challenge:   Waited too long: 2 - 4 books.

I'm almost up to date on Patterson 1st to Die Women's Murder Club Series and Sookie Series so I won't be joining the Challenges although I hope to read the latest releases. I have read/listened to the Outlander series but I could do the Lord John series.

I scanned months of posts last week but as I go back through I see more and more of interest but I must STOP.
There are a lot more great challenges to be found... the best list I know of to check for challenges is at
A Novel Challenge.  If you host a challenge - send it in there to get it included in the long list!


  1. In case you have some big tomes on your bookshelves, the ones witch a thick layer of dust ... I almost don't dare mention this ... but my Tea & Books Reading Challenge might be for you! Lowest level is two books with 700+ pages :-) made you curious?
    The following link shall (not) lead you into temptation:

  2. Hi Martha,
    I signed up for five challenges and that's enough for me. One of them is a problem, the A-Z challenge. "X" is difficult to find. I have no problem finding books for all the other letters but it looks like I will have to have to do some hunting for "X".
    I am wondering do you or any of your readers have a good "X" book to read? LOL


  3. Phooey computer - I had an answer all but completed and another problem caused a crash.
    Here is my comment:

    @ Birgit - Thanks for the invitation but I generally avoid 700+ tombs... oh I mean tomes. LOL It is not really tempting to me unless I decide to finish some of the Harry Potter series - some of those were long. Maybe then...?

    @ Carol - Good for you on the challenges! Now your query challenged me to take a quick look see and here are three possibilities. :-) Good Luck!

    1) This sounds fun -
    X Marks the Spot: We're All Going to Die! So... What's for Lunch? [Kindle Edition]
    David Boyne (Author)

    2) This is apparently graphic novels first published in Japan -
    X, Vol. 1: 3-in-1 [Paperback]
    CLAMP (Author)

    3) This could be interesting -
    Xanadu: Marco Polo and Europe's Discovery of the East [Paperback]
    John Man (Author)


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