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message 1: by Nyssa, Series Addict (last edited Nov 25, 2013 01:53PM) (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Main Goal(s) :
52 novels (1 book a week)
15,500 pages

Side Challenge(s) :

#1 January 2013 Challenge ~ New Year, New Reads! ~PA Group [Ended 01/31/13] (view spoiler)

#2 The I'll Try Anything Once... Challenge! (Courtesy of Mrs. J)
Goal : Read 1 book from each category throughout the year. (List in post #2)


message 2: by Nyssa, Series Addict (last edited Dec 27, 2013 06:49AM) (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments The I'll Try Anything Once... Challenge!


Adventure School of Fear
Auto-Biography/Biography
Chick-Lit
Childrens Book Of Thee I Sing
Classics
Cyberpunk
Drama
Dystopian The Hunger Games
Educational
Erotica Elfbitten
Espionage Casino Royale
Fantasy Elfstruck
Graphic Novels Chobits: Omnibus, Vol. 1 I've read: 4 of 4
Gothic
Hard-Boiled
Historical Fiction
Horror
Humour
Literary Fiction
Magical Realism Among Others
Mystery
Noir
Non Fiction
Paranormal Shadow Blade
Philosophical
Poetry
Post-Apocalyptic
Romance Solid Soul
Science Fiction A Scanner Darkly
Steampunk The Friday Society
Supernatural Clean Sweep
Thriller
True Crime
Urban Fantasy Geekomancy
Victorian
Young Adult The Iron King

Personal Bonus Categories:

Award Winner Soulless
Banned or Challenged
Mobile Read Author
Mythology Runes

Not Categorized:

A Town Like Alice
Kitchen Princess, Volume 1
Three French Hens

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick Among Others by Jo Walton Shadow Blade (Shadowchasers, #1) by Seressia Glass A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa Geekomancy (Ree Reyes, #1) by Michael R. Underwood Chobits Omnibus, Vol. 1 by CLAMP American Gods (American Gods, #1) by Neil Gaiman Casino Royale (James Bond, #1) by Ian Fleming Kitchen Princess, Vol. 01 (Kitchen Princess, #1) by Natsumi Ando The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress Solid Soul (Steele Series, #1) by Brenda Jackson Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger School of Fear (School of Fear, #1) by Gitty Daneshvari Of Thee I Sing A Letter To My Daughters by Barack Obama Runes (Runes, #1) by Ednah Walters Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews

Short Stories:
Help Wanted (Fantasy Heights, #1) by Meg Silver The New Girl (Fantasy Heights, #2) by Meg Silver At Her Command (Fantasy Heights, #3) by Meg Silver All Of Her (Fantasy Heights, #4) by Meg Silver One To Watch (Fantasy Heights, #5) by Meg Silver Into Her Fire (Fantasy Heights, #6) by Meg Silver Wish Her Well (Fantasy Heights, #7) by Meg Silver All the Queen's Men (Fantasy Heights, #8) by Meg Silver Elfbitten (Taryn Malloy Fantasy, #1) by Leila Bryce Sin Elfstruck by Leila Bryce Sin Three French Hens by Gayle Ramage


message 3: by Nyssa, Series Addict (last edited Dec 27, 2013 06:50AM) (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments The List:


A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick A Scanner Darkly ~ 01/07/13

Among Others by Jo Walton Among Others ~ 01/13/13

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute A Town Like Alice ~ 02/07/13

Shadow Blade (Shadowchasers, #1) by Seressia Glass Shadow Blade ~ 02/10/13

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games ~ 02/16/13

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa The Iron King ~ 02/24/13

Geekomancy (Ree Reyes, #1) by Michael R. Underwood Geekomancy ~ 02/27/13

Chobits Omnibus, Vol. 1 by CLAMP Chobits: Omnibus, Vol. 1 ~ 03/06/13

Help Wanted (Fantasy Heights, #1) by Meg Silver Help Wanted [Short Story]~ 03/25/13

The New Girl (Fantasy Heights, #2) by Meg Silver The New Girl [Short Story]~ 03/25/13

At Her Command (Fantasy Heights, #3) by Meg Silver At Her Command [Short Story]~ 03/26/13

All Of Her (Fantasy Heights, #4) by Meg Silver All Of Her [Short Story]~ 03/27/13

One To Watch (Fantasy Heights, #5) by Meg Silver One To Watch [Short Story]~ 03/27/13

Into Her Fire (Fantasy Heights, #6) by Meg Silver Into Her Fire [Short Story]~ 03/27/13

Wish Her Well (Fantasy Heights, #7) by Meg Silver Wish Her Well [Short Story]~ 03/30/13

All the Queen's Men (Fantasy Heights, #8) by Meg Silver All the Queen's Men [Short Story]~ 03/30/13

Casino Royale (James Bond, #1) by Ian Fleming Casino Royale~05/03/13

Kitchen Princess, Vol. 01 (Kitchen Princess, #1) by Natsumi Ando Kitchen Princess, Volume 1~05/12/13

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress The Friday Society~05/29/13

Solid Soul (Steele Series, #1) by Brenda Jackson Solid Soul~11/18/13

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger Soulless~11/21/13

Night Heat (Steele Series, #2) by Brenda Jackson Night Heat~11/24/13

Elfbitten (Taryn Malloy Fantasy, #1) by Leila Bryce Sin Elfbitten~12/11/13

Elfstruck by Leila Bryce Sin Elfstruck~12/12/13

School of Fear (School of Fear, #1) by Gitty Daneshvari School of Fear~12/16/13

Of Thee I Sing A Letter To My Daughters by Barack Obama Of Thee I Sing~12/20/13

Runes (Runes, #1) by Ednah Walters Runes~12/22/13

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews Clean Sweep~12/25/13

Three French Hens by Gayle Ramage Three French Hens~12/26/13


message 4: by Nyssa, Series Addict (last edited Feb 16, 2013 10:47AM) (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments List Too:


message 7: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 12, 2012 10:53AM) (new)

FIRST!

Edited to add: I knew you'd be on board. Go 2013!


message 8: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments :)

How could I not. I love you guys!


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

And we love you! **group hug!!**


message 10: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments **hug back!!** lol (yes, I am that mushy).


message 11: by MrsJoseph, Resident Book Pusher (new)

MrsJoseph | 2479 comments Shoot! I wanted to be first!

*group hug!*


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

MrsJoseph wrote: "Shoot! I wanted to be first!"

Yes. I know.

Muahahahahah!


message 13: by MrsJoseph, Resident Book Pusher (new)

MrsJoseph | 2479 comments Christa wrote: "MrsJoseph wrote: "Shoot! I wanted to be first!"

Yes. I know.

Muahahahahah!"


:-P


message 14: by HomeInMyShoes (new)

HomeInMyShoes | 1609 comments LOL you two. Are you going to be running the challenge threads over on MobileRead again next year Nyssa?


message 15: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Sure, if the powers that be want me to. Any questions, suggestions or concerns?


message 16: by Nyssa, Series Addict (last edited Oct 25, 2012 07:56PM) (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Question: What would you say is a good avg. for the number of pages for a short story?

Novels avg. at approx. 300 pages, but I have no idea what the avg. is for a short story and I'd like to set a goal for "# of pages read" in 2013.

Thanks.


Edit: I read on Wikipedia that the accepted standard for a short story is anywhere between 5 & 20 pages; the average of which would be 12.5, therefore, 25 short stories would be just over 300 pages . So my page number goal for 2013 will be 15,500.


message 17: by HomeInMyShoes (new)

HomeInMyShoes | 1609 comments Pages are dumb to me, but then so are number of books. A given book can vary 50-100 pages some times depending on the format of the print and not all 443 page books are equivalent.

Next year's goal for me is another challenge which turns out to be 44 books and around 12,500 pages based on the stats.

For your short stories I would estimate a little higher than 12.5 and say probably 20 for 500 pages.


message 18: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Heh. I rounded up the number of pages challenge from 15, 300 to 15, 500 - 1. Because I know many of my novels are longer than 300 and 2. because it looks better. It seems that I can now add 3. Its more accurate, based on your suggestion! :)


message 19: by MrsJoseph, Resident Book Pusher (new)

MrsJoseph | 2479 comments Nyssa wrote: "Question: What would you say is a good avg. for the number of pages for a short story?

Novels avg. at approx. 300 pages, but I have no idea what the avg. is for a short story and I'd like to se..."


I'm all late...


message 20: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments LOL You can still answer, if you like, anyway. As the resident book-pusher your input is greatly appreciated. :)


message 21: by HomeInMyShoes (new)

HomeInMyShoes | 1609 comments Some more useless statistics. Short story collections I read this year:

11 stories for 239 pages = 21.7 pages per
11 stories for 297 pages = 27.0 pages per
10 stories for 229 pages = 22.9 pages per
17 stories for 223 pages = 13.1 pages per

overall 49 stories for 988 pages = 20.2 pages per


message 22: by Mikaela (new)

Mikaela (lindmikaela) | 58 comments Nyssa wrote: "Question: What would you say is a good avg. for the number of pages for a short story?

Novels avg. at approx. 300 pages, but I have no idea what the avg. is for a short story and I'd like to se..."


The length of a short story can vary between 1000-8000. I do know that a 4500 words long short story is 15 pages.
The lazy way would be to add the Count pages to Calibre.


message 23: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments I'm finally listening to myself and keeping my goal "manageable".

52 novels (1 book a week); 15,500 pages.

Most (if not all) will come from the 4 book clubs of which I'm a member:

MobileRead (of course)

Paranormal Addicts & Newbies - Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy

Fantasy Aficionados

Beyond Reality


My book club participation will be determined mostly by time, money and intrest.
I was so thrilled to see that my library system has finally added access to overdrive, only to learn that the selection online is worse than "in house"; very, very disappointing. I wish there was a way to use overdrive, without having to have a library connection.


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GA (GARussell) | 193 comments Nyssa, I've been reading short stories all this year, and I would say that the shortest has been 20 pages, except for one. I would put the average short story at 25 pages.


message 25: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments So, I'm thinking.. Maybe instead of keeping a manual list, I should add one of the GoodReads widgets and/or a link to my 2013 shelf, so that whoever is interested can take a look.


message 26: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Or not! Apparently GoodReads widgets don't actually work on GoodReads.


Anyone else find that to be a bit ridiculous??


message 27: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments I've picked up a "Side Challenge" [ January 2013 Challenge ~ New Year, New Reads!] courtesy of the Paranormal Addicts & Newbies - Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Group

I know I can cover 3 of the 5 easily, possibly 4, this month, but the 5th may be tricky as not all of my January reads will be Fantasy themed.


message 28: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments So my first book of 2013 will be
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick A Scanner Darkly, which is the January SciFi Selection @ Beyond Reality.


message 29: by HomeInMyShoes (new)

HomeInMyShoes | 1609 comments ^Nice. I haven't read it yet, but probably will some time. I've got a P.K. Dick title in this year's required reading list as well.


message 30: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Homeinmyshoes wrote: "^Nice. I haven't read it yet, but probably will some time. I've got a P.K. Dick title in this year's required reading list as well."

This will be my first PKD title.

I checked out the one on your list: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. It sounds both interesting and creepy.


message 31: by HomeInMyShoes (new)

HomeInMyShoes | 1609 comments ^It's also from 1974. :)

My actual read list might end up being significantly different in the end. I've already started a couple of non-fiction books that might replace others on the list.


message 32: by MrsJoseph, Resident Book Pusher (new)

MrsJoseph | 2479 comments I haven't even started yet...


message 33: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Seems I just can't leave well enough alone.

I've added a 2nd challenge to my goals for 2013. (See Posts #1 & 2)


message 34: by MrsJoseph, Resident Book Pusher (new)

MrsJoseph | 2479 comments You're so organized!! I'm so not...


message 35: by HomeInMyShoes (new)

HomeInMyShoes | 1609 comments Well, I'm pretty interested in the I'll Try Anything Once challenge. That sounds crazy fun.


message 36: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments MrsJoseph wrote: "You're so organized!! I'm so not..."

Only online...to make up for the chaos that is my RL. LOL


message 37: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Homeinmyshoes wrote: "Well, I'm pretty interested in the I'll Try Anything Once challenge. That sounds crazy fun."

Doesn't it though?? Join us!!!! :D


message 38: by HomeInMyShoes (new)

HomeInMyShoes | 1609 comments I'm not sure about philosophical and chick lit. Would High Fidelity count as chick lit? :)


message 39: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Hmm Philosophical may be a challenge.

I'm sure you can find one chick-lit book to enjoy.

I might read The Help or reread The Color Purple - I'll have to find my copy, I haven't seen it lately.


message 40: by Nyssa, Series Addict (last edited Jan 07, 2013 10:08AM) (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments I have finally completed my first book of the year:
A Scanner Darkly A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick.

Next Up:
Among Others Among Others by Jo Walton.


message 41: by Nyssa, Series Addict (last edited Jan 12, 2013 05:41AM) (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments I love this site, so much!! So, as I'm writing an update for Among Others, I wonder, out loud, if there is a list of the novels mentioned in the story, which motivates me to check on Google.

Guess what I found and it was right here! :D

Novels Mentioned in Among Others

And here's one found on LiveJournal: Novels Mentioned in Among Others Too

I found another on LibraryThing: Novels Mentioned in Among Others Three


message 42: by MrsJoseph, Resident Book Pusher (new)

MrsJoseph | 2479 comments :-D


message 43: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments I finished Among Others (my 2nd book of 2013) tonight. What a great book. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did!


message 44: by HomeInMyShoes (new)

HomeInMyShoes | 1609 comments ^That one does look interesting. I'm resisting pressing the Want To button, but just barely.


message 45: by MrsJoseph, Resident Book Pusher (new)

MrsJoseph | 2479 comments Nyssa wrote: "I finished Among Others (my 2nd book of 2013) tonight. What a great book. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did!"

Yaay! Congrats!

I'm still not reading...


message 46: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Thanks Mrs.J :)

May your reading drought end with the return of your health and may both happen tomorrow, or at least soon!


message 47: by MrsJoseph, Resident Book Pusher (new)

MrsJoseph | 2479 comments :-)

I've fallen into Skyrim...

And Torchlight.


message 48: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments Having a very off week, mostly due to work. I'm usually able to find at least 15 minutes of reading time during my work day, but that just did not happen this time around. Persuasion is kind of keeping my intrest, but I think I already know how things will be resolved.


message 49: by Nyssa, Series Addict (new)

Nyssa | 807 comments To mix things up a little I've started Shadow Blade. I'm only a few pages in, but so far so good.


message 50: by MrsJoseph, Resident Book Pusher (new)

MrsJoseph | 2479 comments Nyssa wrote: "To mix things up a little I've started Shadow Blade. I'm only a few pages in, but so far so good."

Yaaay! I enjoyed that one.

I'm still playing games. :-)


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