2012 Reading Challenge: Done!

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Before I totally put 2012 in the past, I would like to share you my accomplishment last year. As the title suggested, I finished my Goodreads Reading Challenge with a time to spare. Last June 28, I joined the quest to read 50 books until the end of the year. That’s like 50 books in six months.

At first, I thought it would be easy. I am a fast reader and have a lot of free time. I am single (never married and no boyfriend), a bit of a loner, and dependent to helpers for house chores. So I was confident I can effortlessly finish what I signed up for. However, a few months after, I got engaged in a lot of social activities, thanks to my Korean friends who flocked the country all of a sudden. I became friend/translator/tour guide rolled into one. Slowly, my readings decreased.

But then I have to finish what I have started. So in the following days and months, I read a lot. You may notice that during the last months of the year I have read more than in the earlier ones. Is it possible to read more than ten books in a month? Yes. I didn’t know I could do that before; it never occurred to me to count the books I’ve read in a month. So in those months that I have read more than enough, I feel elated. Those novels were not audiobooks that could be easily finished; some were paperbacks while others are e-copies.

I have met new authors and tolerated other genres in this challenge. I went back to my comfort zone a lot of times after reading heart-wrenching or traumatic books for me. I laughed and cried. I experienced a lot in this journey and I am glad that I have chosen to do this. Now, I would like to share you the titles I have finished for my Reading Challenge.

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Note: You may find my reviews/comments about the books in the month headings.

June Reads

Rapture – Lauren Kate

A Night like This – Julia Quinn

July Reads

Hades – Alexandra Adornetto

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

Fallen in Love – Lauren Kate

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Underworld – Meg Cabot

A Duchess to Remember – Christina Brooke

Once a Princess – Johanna Lindsey

Let Love Find You – Johanna Lindsey

A Knight in Shining Armor – Jude Deveraux

Paradise – Judith McNaught

Thoughtless – S. C. Stephens

Playing the Odds – Nora Roberts

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

August Reads

Effortless – S. C. Stephens

Perfect – Judith McNaught

The Rise of Nine – Pittacus Lore

September Reads

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Heaven – Alexandra Adornetto

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey – Andrew Shaffer

The Time Keeper – Mitch Albom

To Marry a Prince – Sophie Page

The Proposal – Mary Balogh

The Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad – David Soman

The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond This World – Kevin and Alex Malarkey

October Reads

The Bargain – Mary Jo Putney

The Mark of Athena – Rick Riordan

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield – Bronwen Evans

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Viscount Who Loved Me – Julia Quinn

November Reads

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Kahled Hosseini

Art Geeks and Prom Queens – Alyson Noel

An Offer from a Gentleman – Julia Quinn

A Rogue by Any Other Name – Sarah MacLean

Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin – Bob Ong

Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere – Anna Gavalda

The Torturer’s Daughter – Zoe Cannon

December Reads

The Drought – Steven Scaffardi

Kindred – Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Deadly Eyes – Michael Meyer

His Black Wings-Astrid Yrigollen

The Stone Guardian – Theresa McClinton

Tempting Fate – Nora Roberts

Romancing Mister Bridgerton – Julia Quinn

To Sir Phillip, with Love – Julia Quinn

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

** End of Challenge (50 books reached)

Divergent – Veronica Roth

The Ugly Duchess – Eloisa James

Looking for Alaska – John Green

I have read 53 books by the end of the year. It is something of an achievement to me. Thus, I decided to join this year’s challenge again. I hope to see you there, too! If you have Goodreads account, you may add me as a friend here.

How many books have you read in 2012?

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112 thoughts on “2012 Reading Challenge: Done!

  1. That’s a lot of books in 6 months! Kudos to you. Out of all the titles you listed I only read two, haha. I managed to complete my Goodreads challenge too and read 33 books (I was aiming for 30). Going for 40 books this year. Baby steps!

    1. Thank you! Perhaps we read different genres, but I can suggest a few titles from the list. I think I am more of a reader than a writer unlike you so I read more. What’s your Goodreads name? Would like to add you. 🙂

  2. That’s a lot of books in 6 months! I may have done around that for the first six months of the year.

    In total I’ve read 64 for the year. Maybe 40 during the first six months. Anyway I had a busy second half. I had hoped to reach 100.

    1. 64 books in a year isn’t bad either! It is understandable that we get busy in the second half of the year. It was a miracle to read more than five books during the -ber months, but I was lucky. For this year I only chose 50 books. Perhaps I’ll go to 100 in 2014.

  3. Congrats on such a great accomplishment! If you could pick your top ten favorites, what would they be? I always love asking that question with posts like this because usually I find some good, new reads! 😉

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Theresa! Your question is tough, but I will try to give you my top 10. Just to let you know, I love all those books mentioned but since you are asking only for ten, I’ll give these to you:

      The Catcher in the Rye
      The Alchemist
      The Timekeeper
      The Mark of Athena
      The Secret Garden
      By the River Piedra
      Clockwork Angel
      Knight in Shining Armor
      The Boy who Came Back from Heaven

      1. I’m sorry it took me so long to get back and comment on this! I’ve been so busy, but this list is awesome! You liked Clockwork Angel that much, huh? I’ve heard such mixed reviews about it– but isn’t that true for every book! lol. Awesome job, Monica!

  4. I have read around 15 books this year. I know not great. At my peak , I remember reading more than 100 books a year. I hope i can touch that number again. Off your list, I have only read 5 books. Need to Catch up. Any Suggestion from the list?

    1. 15 books a year is still great. Even a single book is better than not reading at all. And wow, 100 books a year? I am not sure if I can do that! I have answered a comment above about my top ten in the list above. I hope it helps. 🙂

  5. I aimed for 25 books in Goodreads and did reach the goal in mid December. However, I have a feeling that I read more but I just didn’t record it there. haha~

    Congrats on reaching your goals! Good luck for 2013!

  6. Congratulations! After reading the number of books you were able to read in a year I just had to say “Daebak!”

    I’ll try reading the books in your list. I’m looking forward to your 2013 book challenge 🙂

  7. I’ve never counted, either. I decided to keep a list in 2013, for various reasons. I’m not trying to reach a particular goal, but I do want a record of what I’ve been reading.

    1. Yes! I like her books because 1. They are YA fiction, and 2. There are classic quotations in her novels that keep me guessing as to who said those. Try to read the Mortal Instruments series. The first book, City of Bones, will be turned to a movie this year, I think

    1. Thank you. Since I finished school I think I have more time. After work, I don’t have to do homeworks, review for exams, and join extra-co activities. You must still read more, even textbooks! 🙂 Yes, I have set 50 books for 2013. I foresee being busy for this year so I cannot go to 100.

  8. What’s the new goal? I signed up for the reading challenge for this year s well and I’m going to try and push myself to read outside my comfort zone more. Also, to catch up on some books I’ve been meaning to read for forever and somehow haven’t got round to. Some of those are recommendations from you! 🙂

    1. I signed up for 50. I know I did the same number for only six months so it only follows that I can do 100 for a year. However, I felt like I will be busy for 2013. Besides, I don’t want to pressure myself reading every 3 days for the entire year. Haha.

      What’s your Goodreads name? Please add me! I also have books which I have put down for a lot of times without finishing, plus those classics that I need to read. 2013 will be an interesting reading year for us, indeed!

      1. I had to go back and check to see what you meant about “all those German books”. Mostly, they are books I read as a kid or teenager, you know, before I started reading English. Or books by German authors. I’m sure you have read heaps of books by authors from the Philippines! 🙂

  9. If you like Rick Riordan, I’d also suggest Cornelia Funke. She’s one of my favorites, along with Rick Riordan. If you like romance and suspense, Catherine Coulter is pretty good.

  10. Thanks for liking my review! I would actually love to hear what you thought about it 😛

    Congrats on completing your challenge! I couldn’t even finish 50 in a year, hah.

  11. Wow, I really miss reading. That is one thing that I can hardly live without. I always get so excited when I get a fresh new book in my hands. So many new things to find out.

  12. I think I read 114, but had to go nuts in December to reach many of my goals because I was writing a novel (well, most of a novel) in November. Isn’t setting these kinds of goals fun? If you can track down a copy of the book Tryst, by Elswyth Thane, I think you would like it. It’s a romance I read and loved as a teen and would still like to read again. My mom loved it as well (and she is not typically a romance reader–me either, actually). It’s old, but you may be able to find a library that has it somewhere. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/353306.Tryst

  13. That’s amazing!!… I cant ever imagine reading that much even though am a fast reader… I always leave a huge gap between 2 books to think over the plot of the book I just read… hehe.. I like doing that… Anyways, congrats :)… Someday I might do it too… hehe..

  14. Wow! Good for you — that’s some list. I think I read about 20 books this year. My current read is Anna Karenina. It’s a slow start, but I’m enjoying it. It will probably take me a couple of months to finish.

  15. What a great accomplishment! I love reading and have let go of a bit due to university etc etc. This seems like a great challenge to get back into it and try new genres (as I am very prone to sticking to the genres I am familar with).

    1. I know how difficult it is while studying. I was forever in torment whenever I felt tempted reading a novel while it’s exams week.

      I am also the same with you. I have this comfort zones – genres which are familiar and comfortable for me. I find myself going back to them whenever I read something sad and tragic.

  16. Congrats, I’m a huge fan of Goodreads, and think that your 2012 Challenge deserves every possible bragging right. 🙂 50 books in a year is great–I read 21 last year, which surprised me a little because I’m a college student and don’t have as much time as I’d like to devote to my guilty pleasure, reading. I’ll add you.
    I also think it’s appropriate that you read ‘Looking For Alaska’ by John Green last. Out of any teen love book, this one caught my attention more than any other…I’ve read it twice now and was very moved by its contents. Green has a gift.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing such an awesome post. Best of luck on this year’s Goodreads Challenge, I still have to figure out how many books to read for mine!

    1. Then I’ll definitely want to be friends with you in GR. True, finishing a reading challenge is an accomplishment that deserves some bragging rights. It’s good you like that book. I’ll read The Fault in our Stars though my friend warned me about that. You see, I easily got absorbed in a story that I felt traumatized after a tragic incident in a book. I had recurring nightmares about the characters and the like.

      I hope you will be able to read more this year and I believe that you will be able to finish it.

      1. Recurring nightmares? Doesn’t sound good. Hopefully that doesn’t happen to you too often.

        Thanks, I fell short of my goal by just a few books last year, so this year I’m really going to try and make it!

  17. Wow, you read so many books in such a short amount of time. I have only recently really got into reading bigger amount of books. In 2012 I read 33, in 2011 I think 13, and before that even less. But this year I’m hoping to read 50. Good luck with this years challenge!

    1. Thanks though I still think that I could’ve read more. Well, we can’t get enough of books, they say. I am glad that you are improving in your reading! I believe in you and that I will look forward to your 2013 summary – 50 books read!

    1. Thank you! I admit that I felt a little pressured especially when November was coming to close. I got stressed when I counted how many books I had to read. However, once I read a book, it all melts away. Only the bond between the book and me existed. 🙂

  18. Congratulations on exceeding your target of 50 books. I took up 100 books for 2013. You make it sound like a breeze. I have finished 3 so far. On target if I don’t get distracted this year. Thanks for visiting my blog & liking the review on Rapture. I see you read it in 2012. What did you think? So many of your books listed I want to read. We must have similar taste. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    1. Thank you, Sharlene. I was a bit pressured for 50 books to read during those months. You see, people tend to get busy in the later part of the year, me included. Anyway, I hope you get to finish 100 this year. I signed up for another 50!

      Even though others think that The Fallen series is trashy, I like the star-crossed lovers story. I am a sucker for exactly that kind, and I’m a hopeless romantic, so you get the idea. Hmm perhaps you could try some books in the list. If we are friends in Goodreads, you can see which books I rated high and you can take it from there.

  19. Wow!!! You guys are so awesome! I’m getting a flood of e-mails in my inbox. “Impressions of A Princess New Comment!” lol. I’m like, wow, I gotta go see what they’re all talking about! Such great conversation.

    I haven’t had a chance to set a reading goal as much as a writing goal. I have been reviewing a few books, but I don’t think I’ll have the time to read 25 books while writing the rest of my series. haha. You guys are so great for reading so much!

  20. I am thoroughly impressed. I am aiming for 50 books in one year. That would be about a book a week. Wonderful that you met your reading challenge. Reading and writing keeps our minds open and continues to inform and inspire. It is a wonderful goal to read as much as possible.

  21. Hi Monica, Last night I typed The End to the third book in my series with characters from Reconstructing Charlie. Second came Sin of Omission and now The Catch. When you have the time and inclination, check out Reconstructing Charlie. She’s a teen. Read how she grows into a remarkable woman full of love and spirit, much like you.

Share your thoughts, I would love to read them!