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message 1: by ╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (last edited Dec 31, 2013 11:31AM) (new)

╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) *~Due to a serious injury, I've been laid up and had way more time than anticipated to read. This year, it's back to 50!~*

2012 Summary
Goal Number: 50
Total Achieved books: 118
(+8 Children's Books that were not included!)
Goal Page Numbers: 15,000
Total Achieved pages: 37,006

Favorite Books of 2012
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes January First A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her by Michael Schofield The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1) by Barbara Kingsolver LEFT Neglected by Lisa Genova The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Wasted A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

2013 Goals
Books: 50
Pages: 25,000

I decided to keep a condensed list of the books I've read this year, up here, because I chat so much with people that they kind of get lost a midst the chatter. ;-) My thoughts the books and any other info will still be in the original post about them. In case anyone is interested ^.^


Key:
L = Library | K = Kindle | A = Audio | O = Owned | B = Borrowed (from a friend)

List is under the spoilers! :)
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message 2: by ╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (last edited Dec 31, 2013 11:32AM) (new)

╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) **~GOALS AND CHALLENGES SECTION~**:
(Completed challenges will be placed under spoiler tags and moved to the bottom so that I keep track, haha)

MID-YEAR NEW GOAL ADDITIONS
*****Added July 21******

1) 40 books from the library
Current count: 53 (as of 29 Oct)

2)15 books from personal bookshelf
Current count: 19 (as of 28 Dec)

3)20 books from Kindle/Audiobooks
Current count: 28 (as of 25 Dec)

ALPHABET BOOK CHALLENGE:
Update! DONE!!
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- To read at least 15 authors that are new to me
UPDATED: CHALLENGE COMPLETED! Now up to 36 authors new to me! (as of 31 Jul)
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- To read at least 5 books over 400 pages
UPDATED: CHALLENGE COMPLETED, WOO HOO!
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- To read 1 book in 3 genres that I do not read often
UPDATED: Challenge completed! Huzzah!
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message 3: by ╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (last edited Dec 31, 2013 11:42AM) (new)

╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) **ABANDONED BOOK GRAVEYARD**
..where all the books I started and painfully abandoned [for a variety of reasons] go to die..

Skinny by Ibi Kaslik The Dog Stars by Peter Heller Dachshunds Can Fly by Helga Stipa Madland Hollywood Stories Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies! by Stephen Schochet Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland Bringing Elizabeth Home A Journey of Faith and Hope by Ed Smart We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

1) Skinny was a jumbled mess of awful, fragmented writing. Not in the artistic, poetic way. In the "I can't believe this woman teaches writing" way. The editing being non-existent didn't help its case (Numbers in the middle of words "wh7en", misspelled words, etc.)

2) The Dog Stars has potential. I might still recommend to other readers who could lose them self in the narration. I gave it close to 120 pages before I dumped it (usually I only wait 50 pages, I really tried hard with this one). The story wasn't there for me, nothing was really happening, nothing was really explained, the saving grace was his relationship with his dog Jasper. The book had its moments where I thought it was getting better but never quite reached it for me. I couldn't get into the way he "spoke" it.

3) Dachshunds Can Fly just wasn't what I thought it would be and wasn't very well written. Made it close to halfway and just couldn't trudge through anymore. I had picked up the book via a local Doxie rescue I'm involved with and was hoping for cute stories of the dog during their trip. Meh.

4) Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies! just wasn't all that great. I was expecting more from his personal experience and not Twitter length bits that you could find out after doing a quick Google search.

5) Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. It pained me to abandon this book because this was the last book needed to complete my A-Z challenge this year! I tried, so hard, to push through just to complete the challenge but I couldn't. The formatting was not to my liking at all (unrelated definitions of made up words as side bars on the page, blurry tiny photos in the middle of sentences, the paragraph symbol in between sentences (instead of just actual line breaks), doodles..)) and the writing was boring, cliche and just extra doses of boring. Almost 70 pages in and nothing was happening, just whining. I usually love Coupland's writing, so this was a big let down for me. And now, I have to hunt down another book starting with an X!

6) Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope - The first 20 pages were seriously nothing but God-gushing. I'm mean, absolutely nothing but that. I've got no problem with or against any religion by I certainly didn't pick up the book wanting to know what a perfect, devout, Mormon family they were. In the opening of the book, they flat out say there won't be any details of Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping. I respect that choice of hers but it immediately lessened my desire to read the book. I wanted to learn the full family experience. So. This book just wasn't what I was expecting.

7) We Need to Talk About Kevin - I tried so hard to get into this book because people have been vomiting rave reviews about it but the writing style was atrocious. It's way overboard on thesaurus words and I find the POV atrocious. Past-tense letters. So I gave up and tried to watch the movie. It was a terrible movie, also. People are raving about the topic, how risque and unique it is. But, I recommend Hey Nostradamus! or any other book ever written on the topic of school shootings.

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**CHILDREN'S NOVELS & MISC**
For children's (10 & Under) books I read to screen before sending out-of-state to my 7 year old sister. Or, novellas that are under 75-100 pages. These books aren't included in my ultimate goal.

Mind Café by Lizzy Ford The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Serial Killers and Their Victims by J.G. Porter Pale by Chris Wooding Phoenix by Chuck Palahniuk UR by Stephen King Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach The Road Not Taken and Other Poems by Robert Frost Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

1) Mind Café 34 pages
2) The Yellow Wallpaper 68 pages
3) Serial Killers and Their Victims 44 pages
4) Pale 40 pages - estimated.
5) Phoenix - 32 pages
6) UR - 61 pages
7) Go the Fuck to Sleep - 32 pages
8) The Road Not Taken and Other Poems - 49 pages
9) Fantastic Mr. Fox - 92 pages


message 4: by ╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (last edited Jan 02, 2013 10:55PM) (new)

╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) *drum roll for first book completed in 2013...*

1) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

It is the sign of a great author when so little amounts to so much. Pray tell, where do I find myself a Mr. McShane, please?

After reading a bit more about the author, one would be hard-pressed not to imagine this story coming - at least somewhat - out of her own experiences in life. The time-frame, the end places, the city, the immigrant lifestyle, the essence..

Personal goal update:
400+ pages: 1/5


message 5: by Alison (new)

Alison G. (agriff22) | 540 comments ill read a classic with u this year. Im thinking about reading Emma and Les Miserables this year, and probably Anne of GREEN gables.


message 6: by Jess (new)

Jess Cattanach (jesscatt) | 217 comments I like your additional goals! It's always interesting to read something new, or that you wouldn't normally read! :)


message 7: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (fuzzybookworm) Good luck meeting your goals this year!!!


message 8: by Kelani (new)

Kelani | 205 comments I'm with you ladies on the classic! let me know


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Alison wrote: "ill read a classic with u this year. Im thinking about reading Emma and Les Miserables this year, and probably Anne of GREEN gables."

Kelani wrote: "I'm with you ladies on the classic! let me know"

If we all find one we want to read this year, we could do it around the same time and motivate each other! What dc you think? Emma is on my list too, Alison!

Jennifer wrote: "Good luck meeting your goals this year!!!"

Thanks Jennifer! You, as well!


message 10: by Alison (new)

Alison G. (agriff22) | 540 comments Ive got Emma and Les Miserables on my list for the year. I know I have a few more because I have a goal of 5 classics like I did last year. I just cant remember what the rest were. I think Anne of Green Gables...


message 11: by Rose (new)

Rose (obsessedreader9) | 215 comments Tiffani, I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. When I taught 10th grade English, I always used the excerpt about the Christmas tree (people could get a free tree on Christmas Eve if they could remain standing while a tree was thrown at them; the children have a try). I especially treasure that, when the man swears at the children, the girl knew, having heard that sort of language so often, that his intent was more gentle than his words. A great lesson.

Rose


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Obsessedreader wrote: "Tiffani, I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. When I taught 10th grade English, I always used the excerpt about the Christmas tree (people could get a free tree on Christmas Eve if they could remain st..."

Rose, that was also one of my favorite passages in the novel. What a wonderful book, I only wish I had been exposed to it even earlier in life. It is one that I definitely plan to re-read again.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) 2) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I read this book about 10 years ago and I'm sure I thought it was beyond spectacular because it was more within the same age bracket as I was at the time. I re-read it because I truly had no recollection of how the book went. It's decent, over-hyped but still a sound and honest portrayal of a young boy trying to figure out how/why things are the way they are in the mixed up, angsty teenage land.


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Diane (readingrl) | 130 comments Tiffani wrote: "**ABANDONED BOOK GRAVEYARD**
..where all the books I started and painfully abandoned [for a variety of reasons] go to die.."


Wow Tiffani, great start!
Can I borrow this Abandoned Book Graveyard idea??
Sadly I think I have one to put in mine...


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Diane wrote: "Can I borrow this Abandoned Book Graveyard idea??"

Of course, go right ahead! I'm sorry to hear that you may have to put one in there already, I always hate giving up on a book and feel somewhat guilty whenever I add one in there. I also have an exclusive shelf on here called "started-but-abandoned" so I can keep track of them without messing up my stats. I try to convince myself that someday I will go back and try to finish them (HA!) ;)


message 16: by Diane (new)

Diane (readingrl) | 130 comments Thanks for allowing me to use your Abandoned Book Graveyard Idea!!
You may get back to those abandonded books. Last year I made a point of reading books I started in previous years but could not get into. I actually enjoyed several of them. :)The book I may abandon started out lovely but I'm 325 pages into a 800+ page book (large print from my local library) and I have totally lost momentum. It would be different if I owned it and could shelve it temporarily, but I have lots of other books on my TBR pile I am excited about.


message 17: by Hailey (last edited Jan 08, 2013 02:46AM) (new)

Hailey (haileyreadsbookss) The books you are already reading have me wanting to break my rule of not buying anymore books until I read what I have!

I do love the challenges you have set forth for yourself, a great way to not only keep reading interesting but to possibly find a new genre that you will love.

I have a few Jules Verne books on my list, and from what I hear, he is Science Fiction, so that will be my first taste of it.

I have Emma and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and then As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, if you haven't read those ones, let me know, we can tackle the classics together. Solidarity and whatnot!


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Hailey wrote: "The books you are already reading have me wanting to break my rule of not buying anymore books until I read what I have!

I do love the challenges you have set forth for yourself, a great way to no..."


I'm also trying to clear out my shelves and not buy anymore new books until I've made a serious dent in them! I think I might have one Jules Verne book on my shelf, but I'm not positive. I know that I'll be reading a Stephen King book for my horror choice, because I used to love his books.

I have both As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury! We could pick one of those to tackle this year, if you'd like! I think Alison (up a few posts) has Emma, also. We could all three try that one out at some point! :)


message 19: by Alison (new)

Alison G. (agriff22) | 540 comments I have 2 books that have 50 classics in them each, so I might have the others. I read Pride and Prejudice last year. Ill look and let you know.


message 20: by Hailey (new)

Hailey (haileyreadsbookss) Diane(abandon book graveyard comment) and I have settled on reading The Sound and the Fury starting the 19th of this month, so if possible, let us all join in.

I am game for Emma at anytime.

I am lucky enough to have what I feel are quite a lot of good books on my shelf, so I should read plenty of wonderful books this year.

I think everyone should read at least one Stephen King book a year.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Well, I won't be able to join in with your and Diane's reading of The Sound and the Fury as it is too soon for me. I've got 4 library books to finish up in the next 2 weeks.

That being said, I'd love to do Emma at some point. :)


message 22: by Hailey (new)

Hailey (haileyreadsbookss) I smell what you're steppin' in.

I am hoping to read Les Miserables before the end of January. I bought the book back in 2009 with four other classics that I have not read, and now seeing the movie stuff everywhere, has just made me upset at myself and I am trying to read it as soon as possible now to avoid further spoilers.

Emma, one day!


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Les Mis is definitely on my list this month (for the same reasons as you). I think I may own it and if I do, I'll jumpstart that and see if I can't get you ladies in on it, as well!


message 24: by Mackenzie, Group Read Curator (new)

Mackenzie | 295 comments Mod
Tiffani wrote: "Les Mis is definitely on my list this month (for the same reasons as you). I think I may own it and if I do, I'll jumpstart that and see if I can't get you ladies in on it, as well!"

I read Les Mis at the end of last year at the end of last year. I started out with a little trepidation since classics can sometimes be painful to get through, but I thought it was actually really good! Plus it kinda gets you to thinking a lot about the way you live and the way folks are(at least the parts about Jean Valjean do).


message 25: by Hailey (new)

Hailey (haileyreadsbookss) I bought the book way back when after I read Anna Karenina. I loved that book and I was thinking, well Gone With The Wind, Dracula, and Anna Karenina are now your favorite books, you have a love for massive and time period specific books, go forth and find more.

I love classic books, I haven't read that many, but I have loved all that I have read.

All of them always make me think. You get so set in those time periods and how life was for everyone, and then I am sure Les Mis just gives you a whole bunch more to ponder.


message 26: by ╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (last edited Jan 14, 2013 11:56AM) (new)

╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) 3) Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
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Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Harumph. Very disappointing for me. I would still recommend this author to everyone, I would just have them read her 2 previous books instead.


message 27: by ╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (last edited Jan 14, 2013 11:59AM) (new)

╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) 4) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

I really struggled with keeping interest in this book, it was quite dull. The character depth seemed forced, the plot was meh, there were sporadic moments of graphic sexual content which was very much against the general tone of the rest of the book.. I nearly abandoned it more than once but have been determined to not discard a book so early in the year. Still want to see the movie though, as I've heard it's much different and enjoyable.

Personal goal update:
An author that's new to me.


message 28: by Mackenzie, Group Read Curator (new)

Mackenzie | 295 comments Mod
Tiffani wrote: "the plot was meh..."

I love hearing people say this in my head!

Congratulations on meeting a goal!


message 29: by ╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (last edited Jan 22, 2013 04:51PM) (new)

╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) 5) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
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Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

What a perfect coincidence that I had just started watching Mad Men a few weeks before I started this book. They mesh wonderfully together!

Personal goal update:
2nd book over 400 pages :)


message 30: by ╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (last edited Jan 22, 2013 04:51PM) (new)

╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) 6) The Collector by John Fowles
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The Collector by John Fowles

What a great book, I can see why so many people were pushing me to read it.

Personal Goal Update:
An author that's new to me. 2 of 15


I think I might tackle a classic next, Les Mis or Emma? Oh, the decisions!


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Kristin Sullivan | 22 comments Tiffani wrote: "2) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I read this book about 10 years ago and I'm sure I thought it was beyond spectacul..."


recently read this one for my book club - i missed the hype the first time around - and wished that teenage me had read it instead. i seemed to keep giggling at the angstiness (new word) of it all.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Kristin wrote: "i seemed to keep giggling at the angstiness (new word) of it all.
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Oh gosh, so did I! I couldn't help myself.


message 33: by Alison (new)

Alison G. (agriff22) | 540 comments I'm gonna start Les Miserables. So I can get it done! Im gonna try to read two books at once again. It worked good last time I did it. I don't know why I stopped!!


message 34: by Amy (new)

Amy | 181 comments Alison wrote: "I'm gonna start Les Miserables. So I can get it done! Im gonna try to read two books at once again. It worked good last time I did it. I don't know why I stopped!!"

I just picked up Les Mis at Barnes & Noble this week! (Those big, fat, new-smelling books always suck me in!) It killed me to do it, though - I remember buying a copy many, many, MANY years ago (ie high school, I believe) and finally trashing it, convinced I would never slog through it. (I know - who throws books out?? I hang my head in shame.) Now, I just have to pick an ambitious moment to dig in.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Well ladies, I'm planning to start it next week if anyone wants to join me in powering through it together! I might be slow going on it, but darn it, I'm going to try!


message 36: by Kelani (new)

Kelani | 205 comments I ll join y'all. I have it on my kindle.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Kelani wrote: "I ll join y'all. I have it on my kindle."

Excellent! The more the merrier and the more motivation/encouragement we'll all have to keep at it! :D


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Naomi V (naomi_v) | 562 comments re: Les Miz -- can i join in as well? it's on my list for this year and i'll be much more likely to read it if prompted by a group read.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Naomi wrote: "re: Les Miz -- can i join in as well? it's on my list for this year and i'll be much more likely to read it if prompted by a group read."

Absolutely!


message 40: by Alison (new)

Alison G. (agriff22) | 540 comments I guess Ill finish up the 2 books im reading this weekend, so Ill be ready to read Les Mis... On Feb 1, I have to start on a Game of Thrones because I am moderating it, but Ill still and try and pluck my way through Les Mis too.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Alison wrote: "On Feb 1, I have to start on a Game of Thrones because I am moderating it, but Ill still and try and pluck my way through Les Mis too. ."

I'm definitely not going to be rushing through Les Mis, this will probably be a several-monther for me -- a more casual reading of it. I plan to join in the reading for Game of Thrones :)


message 42: by Alison (new)

Alison G. (agriff22) | 540 comments Can I use your Abandoned Book Graveyard?? I started this book last year, didnt like it, so I took a break from it and started reading it again and I still cant get in to it.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Alison wrote: "Can I use your Abandoned Book Graveyard?? I started this book last year, didnt like it, so I took a break from it and started reading it again and I still cant get in to it."

Go right ahead! I've just had to lay another one to rest today, I tried so hard to get into and just couldn't.


message 44: by Hailey (new)

Hailey (haileyreadsbookss) Woo hoo, everyone reading Les Mis. I have only gotten 55 pages in. It is good but I am in some kind of a reading funk and I am not getting really interested in anything. I do think Les Mis will be a few months reading as well.

A Game Of Thrones was amazing. That entire series was amazing. I think y'all will really enjoy it, or at least I hope you do.


message 45: by ╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (last edited Jan 28, 2013 04:38PM) (new)

╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) 7) Pledged The Secret Life of Sororities by Alexandra Robbins
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Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities by Alexandra Robbins

I don't really find the author to be a very credible source and she does little to remain unbiased. I'm debating whether to write a more in-depth review or not. It was an interesting read as trashy nothinginess but I wouldn't call it groundbreaking journalism or anything.

Goal Update:
3/15, Author that's new to me


message 46: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Heinzman (vasandra) | 138 comments Tiffany, I love your 2013 goals!


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Sandra wrote: "Tiffany, I love your 2013 goals!"

Thank you! It keeps me motivated! Do you have any specific goals, besides 50, this year? :)


message 48: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Heinzman (vasandra) | 138 comments Last year I read 145 books; this year I want to read 150! I joined GR and this year I have lots of challenges I signed up for!


message 49: by Julied (new)

Julied Would love to join in Les Miz. I read it several years ago and it has always been a favorite. This time I may listen... I have it on audible.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) Sandra wrote: "Last year I read 145 books; this year I want to read 150! I joined GR and this year I have lots of challenges I signed up for!"

Wow, awesome Sandra! I found the group "Bound Together" because of you, haha. :)

JulieD: I wish I had an audio version of it instead, I think it would be easier for me to do it that way!


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