Monday, December 31, 2007

UPDATE: December Books

At times I didn't think I'd finish 3 books this month, but some books go much faster than others. I am still loving the Lily Bard series, and since it only has two more books, I'll have to start the Sookie Stackhouse vampire mysteries to get more Harris. I usually wait until the month completely ends for an update, but everyone is writing year-end posts today, and I hate to feel left out. I really wanted to finish my 50_books challenge and other than Lord of the Rings which I had no intention of reading this year, I managed to get 13 excellent books read. At the first of the month, with both Lolita and the 600 page Owen Meany left, plus all the Christmas stuff, it didn't look good. I think I signed up for way too many challenges for next year; I can't even print them all out or I will have to be committed somewhere.

I am not liking this arbitrary year end date; I don't feel like starting a book today because I don't know where I would list it! So instead, I've taken all the ornaments off the tree, cleaned the living room a bit, and looked out the window at the 20ish cm of snow falling down. If the winds pick up like expected, it will be a zero-visibility blizzard out there. Luckily, we have no plans for ringing in the New Year. I am trying to decide what to do with all the reading challenge buttons and lists from this year. I like looking at them, but how long can this blog be? I'll be scouting around other blogs and shamelessly stealing great ideas, like I always do.

Here's to a Safe and Happy New Year to all the reading bloggers out there and anyone else who happens to stop by.

Christmas Book Challenge: 2 more read
2nds challenge: 1 and completed
50_books top 20: 2 read and completed

Best book of the month: A Prayer for Owen Meany

131. Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures - Vincent Lam
130. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
129. The Christmas Thief - Mary Higgins Clark
128. Mercy - Jodi Picoult
127. Ishmael - Daniel Quinn
126. Shakespeare's Christmas - Charlaine Harris
125. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
124. The Cricket and the Hearth - Charles Dickens


  1. You did a great job with your books in December and 2007! Blizzard, huh? And I am sitting in my living room with the A.C. and ceiling fans on! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. I had the same problem with not wanting to finish a book today too. I've been reading bits and pieces of essay books instead.

    The Sookie books are way better than the Shakespeare books, btw.

  3. Isn't it funny how we're all working around the December 31 "deadline" ? I did the same thing -- started a book on Saturday, realized I might just finish it and read like mad, and then found other stuff to do all day today!

    Great year in review ... looking forward to more in 2008!

  4. jill - AC? *shakes head* We have a lot of snow today. Happy New Year to you and your family. Big Wii tournament today?

    lisa - better than Shakespeare? I must get me some of those, soon

    laura - and, we are all playing on the computer on this big party night.We are such book geeks.
    ps. I loved your graphs on lj today. Charting numbers, about books? Pretty perfect activity.

  5. Just stopped by to say Happy New Year and thanks for participating in the Southern Reading Challenge! ;D

  6. The arbitrary end and start dates do tend to throw a damper on things, don't they? At least you got something done, even if not more reading. I squeezed in one last book because my husband said I could. I seriously thought of skipping it though.

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year. Happy Reading!

  7. Zowie! You read so many books this year! What's your secret?

  8. Happy New Year, raidergirl. I'm jealous of your snowfall. :)

  9. maggie- thanks, I really loved the southern challenge, and now think of it as a genre. Plus, I'm trying to read around thestates, so I'll get a few more read.

    literary feline - you have a good husband. Does he read crazily too?

    bybee - my secret? my husband cooks a lot, and I read very fast, always have.

  10. 3M - thanks, Michelle.

    kookie - my husband is out scraping snow off the roof, because we are expecting another storm tomorrow! And school hasn't started yet, so it is a real waste of a storm day.
    Somebody in Montreal sold a snowbank on ebay. How much are you willing to pay?


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