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.
Note: You may find my reviews/comments about the books in the month headings.
Rapture – Lauren Kate
A Night like This – Julia Quinn
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
Effortless – S. C. Stephens
Perfect – Judith McNaught
The Rise of Nine – Pittacus Lore
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
The Bargain – Mary Jo Putney
The Mark of Athena – Rick Riordan
To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield – Bronwen Evans
The Viscount Who Loved Me – Julia Quinn
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
Tempting Fate – Nora Roberts
Romancing Mister Bridgerton – Julia Quinn
To Sir Phillip, with Love – Julia Quinn
** 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?