Reading Challenges

In March 2010, I learned of a reading challenge on another blog. I decided to set a challenge for myself, too.
I never kept track of how many books I've read before, so I thought it would be interesting to see how many I do read.
Audio books and books under 50 pages count as 1/2 book. All others count as a full book.

2011 Challenge
Last year I exceeded my goal of 52 books.
For 2011 I've decided to challenge myself to read/listen to 70 books.
I just found an e-book reading challenge on The Ladybug Reads . My goal is the Possessed level of 50 e-books.
That leaves 20 books in my overall reading challenge for physical books and audiobooks.

1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson
2. The Hidden Staircase, by Carolyn Keene
3. Veil of Night, by Linda Howard
4. Cure, by Robin Cook
5. Virals, by Kathy Reichs
6. The Bungalow Mystery, by Carolyn Keene
7. Ancestor, by Scott Sigler
8. Sizzle, by Julie Garwood
9. Choke, by Stuart Woods
10. The Secret of Shadow Ranch, by Carolyn Keene
11. Miracle Cure, by Michael Palmer
12. L.A. Times, by Stuart Woods
13. Damage, by John Lescroart
14. Private, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
15. The Secret of Red Gate Farm, by Carolyn Keene
16. Sweet Revenge, by Diane Mott Davidson
17. The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot
18. Death on the D-List, by Nancy Grace
19. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin
20. Improbable Cause, by J.A. Jance
21. Intervention, by Robin Cook
22. Run For Your Life, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwigde
23. Dark of the Moon, by John Sandford
24. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
25. Dead Silence, by Randy Wayne White
26. You’ve Been Warned, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
27. Dead or Alive, by Tom Clancy
28. The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, by Sam Kean
29. Strategic Moves, by Stuart Woods
30. Black Widow, by Randy Wayne White
31. Dead of Night, by Randy Wayne White
32. Night Vision, by Randy Wayne White
33. One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia
34. Twelve Mile Limit, by Randy Wayne White
35. The Eleventh Victim, by Nancy Grace
36. Hunter’s Moon, by Randy Wayne White
37. Shark River, by Randy Wayne White
38. 58 Degrees North: The Mysterious Sinking of the Arctic Rose, by Hugo Kugiya
39. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
40. Fer-de-Lance, by Rex Stout
41. The Clue in the Diary, by Carolyn Keene
42. This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper
43. The Motive, by John Lescroart
44. The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket
45. Nancy’s Mysterious Letter, by Carolyn Keene
46. How to Knit a Love Song, by Rachael Herron
47. The Sign of the Twisted Candles, by Carolyn Keene
48. Triptych, by Karin Slaughter (e)
49. Everglades, by Randy Wayne White (e)
50. The Reptile Room, by Lemony Snicket (e)
51. Broken, by Karin Slaughter
52. The Wide Window, by Lemony Snicket
53. The Miserable Mill, by Lemony Snicket
54. Fractured, by Karin Slaughter
55. The Austere Academy, by Lemony Snicket
56. The Ersatz Elevator, by Lemony Snicket
57. The Lincoln Lawyer, by Michael Connelly
58. A Widow’s Story: a Memoir, by Joyce Carol Oates
59. The Vile Village, by Lemony Snicket
60. Always Time to Die, by Elizabeth Lowell
61. The League of Frightened Men, by Rex Stout
62. Blue Smoke, by Nora Roberts
63. The Hostile Hospital, by Lemony Snicket


Physical Books:

Count as one half book:

Total to date: 63 books

Goal = 70 books

2010 Challenge
I've challenged myself to read/listen to 52 books by the end of the year.

Count as one book:
1. While My Pretty One Knits, by Anne Canadeo
2. Plum Pudding Murder, by Joanne Fluke
3. Dropped Dead Stitch, by Maggie Sefton
4. Holiday Grind, by Cleo Coyle
5. Apple Turnover Murder, by Joanne Fluke
6. Long Lost, by Harlan Coben
7. Hot, Passionate, and Illegal? , by Cristián de la Fuente with Federico Lariño
8. Skein of the Crime, by Maggie Sefton
9. Supreme Justice, by Phillip Margolin
10. Crashers, by Dana Haynes
11. Look Again, by Lisa Scottoline
12. Damaged, by Alex Kava
13. Evidence, by Jonathan Kellerman
14. Hell Gate, by Linda Fairstein

15. U is for Undertow, by Sue Grafton
16. Don't Blink, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
17. Deep Shadow, by Randy Wayne White
18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
19. Nine Dragons, by Michael Connelly
20. The Postcard Killers, by James Patterson and Liza Marklund
21. Growing Up Laughing, by Marlo Thomas
22. 1022 Evergreen Place, by Debbie Macomber
23. Deeper Than the Dead, by Tami Hoag
24. Wicked Appetite, by Janet Evanovich
25. Bad Blood, by John Sandford
26. Is It Just Me?, by Whoopi Goldberg
27. The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson
28. Step on a Crack, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
29. Hot Ice, by Nora Roberts
30. The Sinner, by Tess Gerritsen
31. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey
32. Ice Cold, by Tess Gerritsen
33. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
34. Spartan Gold, by Clive Cussler
35. The Mystery at Lilac Inn, by Carolyn Keene
36. 16 Lighthouse Road, by Debbie Macomber
37. Divine Evil, by Nora Roberts
38. Lost Empire, by Clive Cussler (finished at 11:24pm 12/31/10)

Count as one-half book:
1. True Blue, by David Baldacci - audiobook
2. The 8th Confession, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - audiobook
3. The Tower Treasure, by Franklin W Dixon - audiobook
4. A Plague of Secrets, by John Lescroart - audiobook
5. Hothouse Orchid, by Stuart Woods - audiobook
6. Kisser, by Stuart Woods - audiobook
7. The Scarpetta Factor, by Patricia Cornwell - audiobook
8. Treasure Hunt, by John Lescroart - audiobook
9. The Appeal, by John Grisham - audiobook
10. The Maze of Bones, by Rick Riordan - audiobook
11. One False Note, by Gordon Korman - audiobook
12. 9th Judgement, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - audiobook
13. The Sword Thief, by Peter Lerangis - audiobook
14. Beyond the Grave, by Jude Watson - audiobook
15. The Black Circle, by Patrick Carman - audiobook
16. Loitering with Intent, by Stuart Woods - audiobook
17. Piper Reed Gets a Job, by Kimberly Willis Holt - audiobook
18. In Too Deep, by Jude Watson - audiobook
19. The Viper's Nest, by Peter Lerangis - audiobook
20. The Emperor's Code, by Gordon Korman - audiobook
21. Storm Warning, by Linda Sue Park - audiobook
22. First Family, by David Baldacci - audiobook
23. Worst Case, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge - audiobook
24. Big Nate in a Class by Himself, by Lincoln Peirce - audiobook
25. Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer, by John Grisham - audiobook
26. I, Alex Cross, by James Patterson - audiobook
27. Promises in Death, by J D Robb - audiobook
28. Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko - audiobook
29. Al Capone Shines My Shoes, by Gennifer Choldenko - audiobook
30. The Quickie, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge - audiobook
31. Honeymoon, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan - audiobook
32. The Glades, by Clifton Campbell - < 50 pgs
33. Devil Bones, by Kathy Reichs - audiobook
34. Break No Bones, by Kathy Reichs - audiobook
35. Staying True, by Jenny Sanford - audiobook
36. Dead Aim, by Iris Johanssen - audiobook
37. Back to the Bedroom, by Janet Evanovich - audiobook

Total to date: 56.5 books

Goal = 52 books

YEA! I accomplished my goal, and with three weeks left in the year. For a while I thought I wasn't going to make it, but then I bought a Nook. That made all the difference. Having it with me all the time allowed me to take advantage of every opportunity to read. I love it!