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The 2015 Reading Challenge – In Review

Last year, I thought it would be a grand idea to try the 2015 Reading Challenge: a list of prompts that would allow one to read 52 books. In the beginning of the year, I went all out with excitement determining what my reading list would be; I had the books separated from my gigantic TBR shelves and was all prepared to completely blow this thing out of the water. Looking at the 2015 Reading Retrospective, you would think that by having read 102 books, I totally did blow that challenge out of the water. Read more…

Reading Retrospective 2015

Well this year was a busy one regarding life in general; despite that, I managed to have a record-breaking year for reading books! I thought 80 books in 2013 was amazing. Thinking that I wouldn’t be able to come near that, I set my goal for 60. I blew that out of the water by reading 102!! Mind you, a lot are graphics novels (very quick reads for me), and many are free Ebooks found thanks to Still, a good year. Read more…

Reading Retrospective 2014

Well, apparently 2014 wasn’t a particular strong year for reading total; to say the least, it was a crazy busy year with major changes and new beginnings. Without realizing it though, it seemed the year of M/M novels, with 32 books falling within that genre; over half of my total books read. My greatest find was Westwind by Ian Rankin, making me squee not only because it was a rare out of print find, but because it officially allowed me to complete all of his novels published at the time. Another semi-happy but semi-sad squee (do those even exist!?) was the penultimate Ty and Zane novel by Abigail Roux; I loved it so much, that I had to read it back-to-back. And then don’t even get me started (or maybe do?) on the first full-length novel for Nick and Kelly; I will forever be an Abigail Roux fan. I read some really weird things; books that actually made me gag and skip sections because it went WAY past my comfort zone (of which I didn’t know that I had one). Of course, there were flops and of course there were amazing reads. As always, take a look at the list. I hope a few peak your interest like they did mine. Read more…

Reading Retrospective 2013

What a year for books! I thought it was impressive that I broke my first reading record of 71 books way back in 2006, by reading 74 books in 2010! This year I set my reading goal at 60 books but was somehow able to destroy that goal and set an awesome new reading record with 80 books read! I can’t even explain how excited this makes me; I didn’t see it happening and didn’t plan it, it just happened!

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Reading Retrospective 2012

Well, 2012 wasn’t as good as 2010 (with 74 books read, and a new record), but it was better than last year (in which I only read 40 books). Despite continuing my Masters program, it seems that I found a little more time to read (or I organized myself in a much better fashion). The final count was an even 60! Read more…

Reading Retrospective 2011

Well, despite saying that I may be able to beat my record made last year in this post, the Master’s program put quite a damper on my personal reading. That being said, it was still a very good year; tried some new classics and authors, broke into a few new genres (particularly horror) and started into graphic novels.

Without further adieu, here is my reading retrospective for 2011. I hope there are a few works here that may peak your interest.

  1. The Vault of Bones by Pip Vaughan-Hughes read January 11, 2011
  2. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning read January 28, 2011
  3. Master by Colette Gale read February 4, 2011
  4. The King’s Speech by Mark Logue read February 15, 2011
  5. Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian read February 26, 2011
  6. That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey read March 9, 2011
  7. The Night Season by Chelsea Cain read March 13, 2011
  8. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist read March 18, 2011
  9. The Killing Joke by Alan Moore (re-read) read March 27, 2011
  10. Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward read April 2, 2011
  11. Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison read April 2, 2011
  12. The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo read April 5, 2011
  13. My Irresistible Earl by Gaelen Foley read April 11, 2011
  14. Into the Night by Janelle Denison read April 17, 2011
  15. I Heard that Song Before by Mary Higgins Clarke read April 25, 2011
  16. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova read May 16, 2011
  17. The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine read June 9, 2011
  18. The Story of Son by J.R.Ward read June 25, 2011
  19. An Irresistible Bachelor by J.R. Ward read July 9, 2011
  20. Exclusive by Sandra Brown read July 9, 2011
  21. The Rebel by J.R. Ward read July 16, 2011
  22. Best Kept Secrets by Sandra Brown read July 30, 2011
  23. Mirror Image by Sandra Brown read August 6, 2011
  24. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis read August 8, 2011
  25. The Footprints of God by Greg Iles read August 16, 2011
  26. Dead After Dark by Sherrilyn Kenyon et al. read August 24, 2011
  27. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen read September 7, 2011
  28. Envy by J.R. Ward read September 19, 2011
  29. Lethal by Sandra Brown read September 27, 2011
  30. Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon read October 6, 2011
  31. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman read October 11, 2011
  32. The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon read October 17, 2011
  33. Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Erwin read November 7, 2011
  34. A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory read November 20, 2011
  35. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen read November 24, 2011
  36. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier read December 6, 2011
  37. The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon read December 14, 2011
  38. Keeping Company by Tami Hoag read December 24, 2011
  39. Heart of Gold by Tami Hoag read December 27, 2011
  40. Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag read December 28, 2011

I have to mention the worst and best book read for this year, as well as the greatest surprise. For the worst novel, the title unfortunately goes to Footprints of God by Greg Iles; I don’t know why I keep trying those types of novels (adventure, futuristic technology), because they just do not agree with me. The best novel has to go to The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon; I was unable to find time to review it, but it was a pleasure to see Jamie Fraser and Lord John Grey sharing the page again. The biggest surprise was Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; I was not even aware of what the novel was about until the trailer for the movie was released. Picking it up, I was surprised at how quickly it engrossed the reader in suspense, romance, violence, cruelty and a truly powerful tale; at the most unlikely part of the novel, I was brought to tears, and it was impossible to put down.

Well, that was the year 2011; with a five-month break from my Masters program, let’s see if I can beat 40 novels in 2012!


Reading Retrospective 2010

Well this year was interesting book wise. I tried some new genres, some new authors, reread some favourites and broke into the classics. A few of those were successes; a few were failures. The major success for 2010 was a broken record. The year 2006 was my best year for reading, with 71 books read, UNTIL NOW! New Record! 2010: … 74 books read! Let’s see if I can get this a little higher in the coming year!

Overall, I read a lot of great books and I hope you will take a gander of the list and choose a few for your own.

Happy New Years everyone! I hope 2011 is wonderful!

  1. The Switch by Sandra Brown read January 5, 2010
  2. Book Lust by Nancy Pearl read January 5, 2010
  3. The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford read January 17, 2010
  4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie read January 21, 2010
  5. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells read January 23, 2010
  6. Relics by Pip Vaughan-Hughes read January 29, 2010
  7. The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks read February 5, 2010
  8. A Cool Head by Ian Rankin read February 6, 2010
  9. Back in Black by Lori Foster read February 13, 2010
  10. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin read February 18, 2010
  11. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught read March 2, 2010
  12. Fool by Christopher Moore read March 2, 2010
  13. Once and Always by Judith McNaught read March 6, 2010
  14. Until You by Judith McNaught read March 12, 2010
  15. Perfume by Patrick Suskind read March 19, 2010
  16. Married Lovers by Jackie Collins read March 24, 2010
  17. The Scourge of God by William Dietrich read March 30, 2010
  18. A Night Out with Robert Burns by Robert Burns and Andrew O’Hagan read April 1, 2010
  19. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain (re-read) read April 11, 2010
  20. Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain (re-read) read April 14, 2010
  21. Dubliners by James Joyce read April 15, 2010
  22. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain (re-read) read April 19, 2010
  23. Lawyers Gone Bad by Philip Slayton read April 26, 2010
  24. A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Burke and John Rendall read April 27, 2010
  25. Lover Mine by J.R. Ward read May 1, 2010
  26. Dewey by Vicki Myron read May 6, 2010
  27. Vox by Nicholson Baker May 8, 2010
  28. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory read May 17, 2010
  29. Vampire Taxonomy by Meredith Woerner read May 21, 2010
  30. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman read May 26, 2010
  31. The Road by Cormac McCarthy read May 28, 2010
  32. The Pirate Prince by Gaelen Foley read June 4, 2010
  33. Princess by Gaelen Foley read June 11, 2010
  34. Next by Michael Crichton read June 16, 2010
  35. Prince Charming by Gaelen Foley read June 23, 2010
  36. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson read June 28, 2010
  37. Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown read July 2, 2010
  38. My Dangerous Duke by Gaelen Foley read July 5, 2010
  39. The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin read July 9, 2010
  40. Disorder in the Court by Charles M. Sevilla July 13, 2010
  41. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell read July 16, 2010
  42. Rainwater by Sandra Brown read July 20, 2010
  43. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell read August 3, 2010
  44. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon read August 5, 2010
  45. The Paranoia Switch by Martha Stout read August 11, 2010
  46. Tough Customer by Sandra Brown August 16, 2010
  47. Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore read August 31, 2010
  48. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens read September 2, 2010
  49. Unspeakable by Sandra Brown read September 14, 2010
  50. An Unforgettable Lady by Jessica Bird aka J.R. Ward read September 19, 2010
  51. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde read September 21, 2010
  52. The Exile by Diana Gabaldon read September 23, 2010
  53. The Crush by Sandra Brown September 26, 2010
  54. Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown read September 29, 2010
  55. Fantasy by Lori Foster read October 2, 2010
  56. Tantalizing by Lori Foster read October 2, 2010
  57. Dark Entries by Ian Rankin read October 2, 2010
  58. The Grave Maurice by Martha Grimes read October 9, 2010
  59. Crave by J.R. Ward read October 14, 2010
  60. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen read October 17, 2010
  61. Twice the Pleasure by Portia Da Costa read October 18, 2010
  62. No Longer Forbidden by Portia Da Costa read October 19, 2010
  63. Charade by Sandra Brown read October 25, 2010
  64. In Too Deep by Portia Da Costa read October 29, 2010
  65. Writing Out the Notes by Bob Hallett read November 3, 2010
  66. How to Train Your Dragon 2: How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell read November 7, 2010
  67. How to Train Your Dragon 3: How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell read November 8, 2010
  68. Vision in White by Nora Roberts read November 14, 2010
  69. Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts read November 16, 2010
  70. Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts read November 21, 2010
  71. Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts November 25, 2010
  72. How to Train Your Dragon 4: How to Cheat A Dragon’s Curse by Cressida Cowell read November 30, 2010
  73. Where There’s Smoke by Sandra Brown read December 9, 2010
  74. Shoot to Thrill by P.J. Tracy read December 15, 2010