Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fall Into Reading 2011 Challenge - Wrap Up

Another challenge has come to a close. As you can see from my list, I finished reading 24 out of the 25 books I had listed and I am in the middle of reading the last one right now. I was also able to read an additional 9 books  during this time that were not on my original list. That puts my total number of books read from September 23 to December 21 to 33 books!!!

Here's my original list:
  1. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
  2. Pumpkin Roll by Josi S. Kilpack
  3. A Lawman's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
  4. Paris Noire by Francine Thomas Howard
  5. Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins
  6. It's a Waverly Life by Maria Murnane
  7. Inseparable by Dora Heldt
  8. The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts
  9. True Colors by Kristin Hannah
  10. Larceny & Lace by Annette Blair
  11. Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
  12. Peony in Love by Lisa See
  13. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See - READING NOW
  14. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
  15. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
  16. The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis
  17. Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs
  18. The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson
  19. Between Two Queens by Kate Emerson
  20. By Royal Decree by Kate Emerson
  21. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
  22. Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts
  23. Night Road by Kristin Hannah
  24. An O'Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods
  25. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
Additionally I read:
  1. Navy Baby by Debbie Macomber
  2. Serendipity by Carly Phillips
  3. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
  4. Perfect on Paper by Maria Murnane
  5. Flirting With Mermaids by John Kretschmer
  6. Skeleton Letters by Laura Childs
  7. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
  8. Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr
  9. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Thank you to Katrina over at Callapidder Days for hosting this challenge!!! I got a lot of books read that have been sitting on my bookshelves, in addition to all the review books I had to read. I particularly enjoyed the weekly questions that Katrina came up with each week. It was a great way to get to know the other participants a little better. 

I read a lot of great books this time around and it's hard to pick one favorite, but some of the top books were: The American Heiress and Left Neglected.

This is the first time participating in this kind of reading challenge where I actually got to all the books I listed ahead of time. I didn't finish them all - still in the middle of the last one, but usually I have at least one on the list that I didn't even start.  And as usual, I managed to read quite a few additional books not on my original list, so I ended up reading more than I initially planned. This time around when selecting my original list, I was quite strategic - I picked books that would help me finish other reading challenges that I am participating in that end at the end of the year. I have to say, the strategy worked as I am almost certain I will complete all challenges!

What about you? Did you participate in the challenge and if so, how did you do?


  1. You did good with your reading list! I ended up adding another dozen to my original list, which kept me from finishing my original list. But that's okay. I had fun. :-) I love this challenge every time I do it.

  2. Excellent job!!! I only read 3 books from my list (and a bunch not on my list) But that is three off my shelf so I'm happy!

  3. Wow! You did great! You sure read some good ones too. You have several on your list I want o read eventually. I just can't get through a book as quickly as I used too because I have issues with my neck and get migrains. I can't wait to see your next years list!

  4. Wow! I am impressed! Most of your titles, I am not sure that I have seen before. I will have to check a few out!

    Merry Christmas,

  5. I am completely impressed! I cannot believe how many books you read! I am constantly amazed at how many books there are out there of which I have never heard. I have added a good portion of your books to my list. Thanks!


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