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I feel as though I’m a bit behind in these monthly and yearly wrap-up posts, but finishing off the WWII Reading Challenge at War Through the Generations in preparation for this year’s Vietnam War Reading Challenge was a bit exhausting.  I’d fallen behind in updating the site due to a non-functioning computer, and I got the new laptop just in time.  I certainly broke it in between Christmas and the new year!

Anyway, I made good on my 2009 blogging goals.  First, I’d wanted to read 100 books last year, and having read 7 in December, my total for 2009 was 126 books!  Second, I’d wanted to review every book I read, and though I finished the last review of my 2009 reads in the early days of the new year, I’m happy to report that my goal was accomplished!

Here are the books I read in December and links to my reviews:

The Sky Rained Heroes by Frederick E. LaCroix*

Night by Elie Wiesel*

The Silent Gift by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (illus.)

Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen***

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith**

Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French*

*counts toward the WWII Reading Challenge at War Through the Generations
**counts toward the Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanie’s Written Word
***counts for both challenges

Reading is not about quantity; it’s about quality.  Yet I felt a need to set a goal for the number of books read to push myself to use my time on the train and at home more wisely than napping or watching television (I have a serious addiction to anything and everything on the Food Network).  And while it’s not necessary to review every book I read, I enjoy doing it and like to keep track of my thoughts so when I encounter a book and think I might have read it already, I need only check back here to make sure.  (Am I the only one who forgets books a year or so after reading them?  Not all books, but more than I’d care to admit.  Oh, wait, I just admitted it.)

In 2010, I’d like to continue to read a lot and review every book I read.  Also, I plan to accept no more than a handful of new review copies because I’d like to concentrate on clearing away the review copies already on my shelves, as well as read the unread books that have made up my personal library for quite some time and the new books I can’t stop myself from acquiring at library sales.  For me, it’s all about balance.

Did you achieve all of your 2009 reading goals?  What do you have planned for 2010?

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Wow, is it really December already?  November just flew by!  Well, last month I read 14 books, bringing me to 119 for the year.  I had set a yearly goal of 100 books completed for 2009…now I’m wondering what goal I should set for myself for 2010.

I’ve been doing pretty well with my other goal, which was to review every book I read.  I fell behind a bit because of my Thanksgiving vacation and computer troubles, but I should catch up with that over the next several days.

Here’s a list of the books I read in November (the links will take you to my reviews):

Conscience Point by Erica Abeel

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

The Hierophant of 100th Street by Cullen Dorn

Riddle in the Mountain by Daryl Burkhard

Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino*

Being Written by William Conescu

The Sentinels:  Fortunes of War by Gordon Zuckerman*

The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan and Mike Benny (illus.)

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink*

Fairy Glade & Other Enchanting Tales by Dawn Beaumont-Lane

Otis:  The Musical Owl by Joseph N. Chappelle

The Adventures of Songha:  The Amazing Savannah Cat by Linda R. Caterine

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay*

*counts toward the War Through the Generations WWII reading challenge

So tell, me…how many books did you read last month? Are you meeting all your reading goals?

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s already November.  The months are flying by, and sometimes it seems as though I don’t have time to stop and catch my breath.

Thankfully, I’ve had time to read.  In October, I read 15 books, putting me at 105 for the year!!  This means I’ve met my goal of reading 100 books in 2009.

Here’s my list for the month (click the links to read my reviews):

A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward*

Nubs:  The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace

Heaven to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace

The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene and Tim Raglin (illus.)

Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace

Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie

The Return by Victoria Hislop

Horrid Henry’s Underpants by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Fire in the Hills by Donna Jo Napoli**

*counts toward the Everything Austen Challenge
**counts toward the War Through the Generations Challenge

As for my challenge progress, I’ve completed 2/6 for the Everything Austen Challenge and 24 books for the War Through the Generations Challenge.  I plan to read at least a few more WWII books by the end of the year, as well as complete the Everything Austen Challenge.  Wish me luck!  (It’s a good thing I have the entire week of Thanksgiving off from work.)

So tell, me…how many books did you read last month? Are you meeting all your reading goals?

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I’d hoped to do a lot more reading in September, but the back-to-school chaos hasn’t died down like I hoped it would.  It’s more of an all-the-time-school-related chaos, with clubs and parent meetings and checking homework, so I haven’t had as much additional reading time as I’d wanted.

Still, I managed to finish 11 books last month, bringing my total for the year to 90.  Now if I can read just 10 more books this year, I’ll make my goal of 100.  I’m pretty confident I’ll surpass this goal, but by how much, who knows?

Here is the list of books I read in September, and you can click the links to read my reviews:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Late, Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow

The Apple by Penelope Holt*

Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell

Testimony by Anita Shreve

Katie & Kimble:  A Ghost Story by Linda Thieman**

Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch

Night of Flames by Douglas W. Jacobson*

Bending Toward the Sun by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie with Rita Lurie*

Kali and the Rat Snake by Zai Whitaker and Srividya Natarajan**

Dancing With Ana by Nicole Barker

*counts toward the WWII reading challenge at War Through the Generations
**reviewed with The Girl

I also posted a semi-review of Nella Last’s Peace by Patricia and Robert Malcolmson (editors), but as I didn’t finish the book, I didn’t include it in my totals for the month.

So tell me…how many books did you read in September?  Are you keeping up with your personal reading goals?

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August in Review

It felt like I did a lot more reading last month, but I read just one more book than July. I read 10 books in August, bringing my total for the year to 79. I’m pretty confident I can reach my goal of 100. I’ve also managed to keep with my goal of reviewing all the books I read.

Here’s my list for the month, and you can click the links to read my reviews:

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange*

Inés of My Soul by Isabel Allende

Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham

Stones in Water by Donna Jo Napoli**

The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean**

He Was My Chief by Christa Schroeder**

A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy by Charlotte Greig

The Luckiest Penny by Deborah Weed and Ernest Socolov

Dirty Water by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith and Jere Smith

Floating in My Mother’s Palm by Ursula Hegi

*counted toward the Everything Austen challenge
**counted toward the WWII reading challenge at War Through the Generations

So tell me…how many books did you read in August? Are you meeting your personal reading goals?

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July wasn’t my best reading month, but that’s because I went on two vacations and didn’t take advantage of the extra reading time. I read 8 books last month, one less than June, bringing my total so far this year to 69. I figure I still have time to reach my goal of 100, and if I don’t…well, if I meet my goal of reviewing every book I read this year, I’ll be happy. 🙂

Here’s my list for the month, and you can click the links to read my reviews:

Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg

Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

East Garrison by G.M. Weger

The Wave by Todd Strasser

A Hatful of Cherries by Félix Calvino

Our Longest Days edited by Sandra Koa Wing

Gray Apocalypse by James Murdoch

The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst

My monthly totals might not be where I’d like them (life’s too short to read too few books!), but my progress on the WWII reading challenge at War Through the Generations has exceeded my expectations. Officially, participants have to read 5 books to complete the challenge, but since there are so many WWII-related books I want to read, I never set a numerical goal.

Here’s what I’ve read for the challenge so far:

1. 10 Days: Anne Frank by David Colbert

2. Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas

3. The Holocaust: The Nazis Seize Power, 1933-1941 by Stuart A. Kallen

4. Keeping Hannah Waiting by Dave Clarke

5. An Obsolete Honor by Helena P. Schrader

6. Coventry by Helen Humphreys

7. Memory by Philippe Grimbert

8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

9. A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal

10. Bloody Good by Georgia Evans

11. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

12. Children of the Flames by Lucette Matalon Lagnado and Sheila Cohn Dekel

13. The Seventh Well by Fred Wander

14. T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte

15. The Wave by Todd Strasser

16. The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst

17. Our Longest Days edited by Sandra Koa Wing

So tell, me…how many books did you read last month? Are you meeting all your reading goals?

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June was a pretty good month for me, reading-wise. I finished 9 books, bringing my total for the year to 61. I read 5 books for the WWII reading challenge at War Through the Generations, bringing my total for the challenge to 14.

Here is my June list [click the titles to read my reviews]:

Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Bloody Good by Georgia Evans

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Children of the Flames by Lucette Matalon Lagnado and Sheila Cohn Dekel

Let the Shadows Fall Behind You by Kathy-Diane Leveille

The Seventh Well by Fred Wander

T4 by Ann Clare LaZotte

Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham

I’m enjoying the mix of review copies (always looking for good new books) and books that have been languishing on my shelves. I’ve been keeping up with my goal of reviewing all the books I finish, and I’m well on my way to meeting my goal of 100 books for the year.

Are you all making progress on your reading goals? How many books did you read in June? Let me know in the comments!

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I knew that I wasn’t going to surpass the 16 books I read in April, but May’s totals weren’t too shabby. I read 10 books, including 1 children’s book reviewed with The Girl and 1 book for the War Through the Generations WWII reading challenge (bringing my total for the challenge to 9). If I’ve calculated correctly, I’ve read 52 books so far this year, bringing me closer to my goal of 100. And I’m still on track with my goal of reviewing every book I read. It’s been exhausting, but well worth it.

Here is the list of books I read in May [click on the titles to read my reviews]:

The 8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal

The Wonder Singer by George Rabasa

The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone

Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You by Diana M. Raab

The Triumph of Deborah by Eva EtzioniHalevy

Princess Katie and the Silver Pony (Tiara Club book 2) by Vivian French

The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover

Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton

Precious by Sandra Novack

Of the authors listed above, I was happy to welcome Lauren Lipton to talk about her writing space and to interview George Rabasa and Sandra Novack.

I have numerous review copies to read over the next few months, but I’m not accepting as many these days so I can focus more on the War Through the Generations challenge and books that have been sitting on my shelf unread for too long. I wish there were more hours in the day for reading!

Are you all making progress on your reading goals? How many books did you read in May? Let me know in the comments!

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Another month just slipped away from me. I can’t believe it’s already May, but at least the warm weather is moving in. I was a reading machine last month, with 16 books completed! Granted, 4 of them were kids books, but this is a new record for me and I’m going with it. Adding these to the 10 I read in January, 8 in February, and 8 in March, I’m at 42 for the year and well on my way to hitting 100. And I’m amazed that I’ve kept with my one blog resolution — reviewing all the books I finish.

Here’s my list of April books with links to my reviews:

Coventry by Helen Humphreys

Rodeo Rocky by Jenny Oldfield

An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell

The Spare Wife by Alex Witchel

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

The Traitor’s Wife by Susan Higginbotham

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Memory by Philippe Grimbert

The Lost Hours by Karen White

That Went Well by Terrell Harris Dougan

Follow Me by Joanna Scott

Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie

I’m hoping to keep up this pace in May. We’ll see how it goes.

I thought this was a good time to see how I’ve been doing with the WWII reading challenge I’m co-hosting with Serena at War Through the Generations. Only 5 books are necessary to complete the challenge, but we encouraged participants to read more if they want. I didn’t set a numerical goal, simply because I want to read as many as I can during the course of the year. I’ve completed 8 WWII-related books since January:

10 Days: Anne Frank by David Colbert

Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas

The Holocaust: The Nazis Seize Power, 1933-1941 by Stuart A. Kallen

Keeping Hannah Waiting by Dave Clarke

An Obsolete Honor by Helena P. Schrader

Coventry by Helen Humphreys

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Memory by Philippe Grimbert

I have more than a dozen WWII books on my shelves right now, some I bought ages ago and some I’ve obtained just for the challenge. I hope to get to them all, or at least the shorter ones. If anyone knows of an absolute must-read WWII book, please let me know.

Happy reading!

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March was another slow month for me, but 2 of the books I read were nearly 600 pages long. I read 8 books last month, same as in February. Counting the 10 books I read in January, that’s 26 books so far this year. And I’m still making good on my goal of reviewing every book I read.

Here’s a list of the books I read in March and links to the reviews:

An Obsolete Honor by Helena P. Schrader

Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly

Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews

Everyone Is Beautiful by Katherine Center

Wild Horses by Jenny Oldfield

The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories by Catherine Brady

It’s only six days into April, and I’ve already finished 3 books. Here’s to my goal of 100 for the year…

Those of you who set reading goals for the year, how are you doing?

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