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December 2011 Wrap Up

December was fantastic! Although it was much warmer than usual, with no snow and hardly any feel of winter, it was an odd month. But it was the wonderful kind, and I got some good reading in:

In the Forests of the Night-Kersten Hamilton

Paintings from the Cave-Gary Paulsen

Shift-Jeri-Smith Ready

A Matter of Perception-Tahlia Newland

Can You Survive? Sherlock Holmes-Ryan Jacobsen

Ashfall-Mike Mullen

My Beating Teenage Heart-C.K. Kelly Martin

Every Which Way but Dead-Kim Harrison

Perfect-Ellen Hopkins

Nightspell-Leah Cypress

Books I purchased: 0
Won in Contest: 1
Borrowed from friend: 1
Checked out from library: 2
Review books: 6
Pages read: 3248

Challenge Status:

Show Me the Free: 2/12
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 1/12
Edgar Awards Reading Challenge: 1/5
2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: 11/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 9/6
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge: 2/4

So many new favorites, all in one month! And now there’s an entire new year before me. I wonder what will come next!

How was your December? Have any New Year’s resolutions?

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July 2011 Wrap Up

Okay, so this post is long overdue. xD Practically half a month overdue. But with a week’s vacation and a load of summer reading to get finished before school starts next month (!!), I’ve been freaking out much more than is necessary. Thankfully, things have calmed. In time for me to tell you what I read last month:

Losing Faith-Denise Jaden
Cryer’s Cross-Lisa McMann
Peter and the Shadow Thieves-Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
The Spell Book of Listen Taylor-Jaclyn Moriarty
Shine-Lauren Myracle
Storm Thief-Chris Wooding
Song of the Sparrow-Lisa Ann Sandell
Delirium-Lauren Oliver
Peter Pan-J.M. Barrie
Fractured: Happily Never After?-Joanna Karaplis
Past Midnight-Purnhagen
A Nail Through the Heart-Timothy Hallinan

Books I purchased: 3
Won in Contest: 1
Borrowed from friend: 0
Checked out from library: 6
Review books: 2
Pages read:4086

Challenge Status:

Show Me the Free: 1/12
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 1/12
Edgar Awards Reading Challenge: 1/5
2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: 9/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 9/6
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge: 1/4

I read 12 books in July, and out of all of them, I’ve got to say that there were plenty of new favorites for me here. From old classics like Peter Pan to a brand new series starter like Delirium, this month had loads of books that I’ll be returning to again and again.

How was your July?

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June 2011 Wrap Up

This month, I read:

 A Golden Web-Barbara Quick
Ash-Malinda Lo
Hush, Hush-Becca Fitzpatrick
A Great and Terrible Beauty-Libba Bray
Peter and the Starcatchers-Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Cloaked-Alex Flinn
Insatiable-Meg Cabot
Uncommon Criminals-Ally Carter
Dr. Franklin’s Island-Ann Halam

Books I purchased: 1
Won in Contest: 0
Borrowed from friend: 2
Checked out from library: 5
Review books: 1
Pages read: 3164

Challenge Status:

Show Me the Free: 0/12
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 1/12
Edgar Awards Reading Challenge: 1/5
2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: 8/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 8/6
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge: 1/4

It’s the start of summer! I look forward to this month every year! June was awesome. Once finals were over of course. (: I can’t wait to really get into the swing of things, and July will hopefully be twice as fun.

How was your June?

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January 2011 Wrap Up

The new year is here, and with it many new books releases. Though 2011 just started, there are some fall books I can’t wait to get my hands on. But until then, I’ve found some awesome novels to fill up time:

I read:

Poor Rich-Jean Blasiar
Everlasting [Everlasting #1]-Angie Frazier
The Green Mile-Stephen King
Safe House [1-800-Where-R-You #3]-Meg Cabot
The Lonely Hearts Club-Elizabeth Eulberg
Zombies vs. Unicorns
Dear John-Nicholas Sparks
Code Name Cassandra [1-800-Where-R-You #2]-Meg Cabot
The Unidentified-Rae Mariz
Fallen [Fallen #1]-Lauren Kate
The Lost Hero-Rick Riordan
Room-Emma Donoghue

Books I purchased: 2
Borrowed from friend: 3
Checked out from library: 5
Review books: 2
Pages read: 4380

Challenge Status:

Show Me the Free: 0/12
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 0/12
Edgar Awards Reading Challenge: 0/5
2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: 2/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 0/6
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge: 1/4

I did a good amount of reading this month, with everything being so busy. I didn’t expect to accomplish much by way of challenges (as is quite obvious…most are still at zero xD) but I’ve purchased several books for them, so hopefully I’ll make some progress. Especially since from the looks of it I’ll be snowed in until summer . . .

How was your January?

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2011 Debut Author Challenge

This challenge is hosted by The Story Siren. I’m so looking forward to a new year of YA books, so you can bet I’ll actually complete this challenge. I figure if I sign up for them early enough, they’ll get finished. xD You can read the original challenge post by clicking: here.

I’m shooting for 12 books right now, but if I get those completed I’ll go on for more. Here’s a list (that could be completely changed) of what I think I’ll pick up:

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal
Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Rocker
The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Yes, I did choose them all from the suggested list. But that helped me so much, and they all look like they’ll be wonderful. Can’t wait!