Wrapping up 2012’s reading challenges


Challenge host: War Through the Generations Blog
Challenge time frame: January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012
Challenge commitment: I committed to the “Wade” level – Read 4-10 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.

1. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2. A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
3. The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey
4. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
5. An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
6. A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
7. An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd


Challenge host: Book Journey
Challenge time frame: January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012
Challenge commitment: Try to read a book set in each of the 50 states (bonus points for a drawing are available for reading in other countries, as well)

I knew I would never complete all 50 states, but I had fun trying! And it changed my reading a bit to pay more attention to the state setting of the books I read. As far as countries I read from, my love of British definitely shows, as England was the most frequent setting in my reading in 2012. I read from 23 states and 15 countries.

United States
California – Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry; Pretty by Jillian Lauren; Fear by Michael Grant; Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris; Starters by Lissa Price; The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh; Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry
Connecticut – Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
Illinois – Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Indiana – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Iowa – These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
Kansas – Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Kentucky – That Distant Land: The Collected Stories by Wendell Berry; The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry; Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Louisiana – You Take It From Here by Pamela Ribon; The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
Maine – Delirium by Lauren Oliver; Need by Carrie Jones; Captivate by Carrie Jones; Under the Dome by Stephen King
Maryland – The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman; Digging to America by Anne Tyler
Massachusetts – Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult; The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan; Being Flynn by Nick Flynn; Impossible by Nancy Werlin; The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier; Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara
Minnesota – The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Mississippi – A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
Missouri – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
New Hampshire – While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky; Escape by Barbara Delinsky
New Jersey – My New American Life by Francine Prose; Black Heart by Holly Black
New York – Promises to Keep by Jane Green; The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge; Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs; Heat Wave by “Richard Castle;” Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen; Naked Heat by “Richard Castle;” The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan; Stay by Allie Larkin
North Carolina – The Last Child by John Hart; The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Pennsylvania – Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry; Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer; Look Again by Lisa Scottoline; Daddy’s Girl by Lisa Scottoline
South Carolina – Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Texas – 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Virginia – All the Truth by Laura Brodie
Washington – Lottery by Patricia Wood; When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek; Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio; The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister

Other countries:
Argentina – The Innocent by Taylor Stevens
Australia – Incurable by John Marsden
Cambodia – The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay
Canada – Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery; Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery; Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery; Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery; Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery; Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
Czechoslovakia – The Book of Blood and Shadows by Robin Wasserman; Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
England – A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd; I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella; Memento Mori by Muriel Spark; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons; Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson; The Midnight Gate by Helen Stringer; An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd; Ninepins by Rosy Thornton; The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella; The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl; The Yard by Alex Grecian; Emma by Jane Austen; The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley; A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray; A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd; The End of the Affair by Graham Greene; Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen; Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier; The Human Factor by Graham Greene; Abdication by Juliet Nicolson; An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
Equatorial Guinea – The Informationist by Taylor Stevens
France – The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson; When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris; Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett
Guatemala – The Candidate by Paul Harris
Ireland – The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney; Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer; The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey; Broken Harbor by Tana French
Japan – Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner
Philippines – Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos
Russia – Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Sierra Leone – The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
Sweden – The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler

Other worlds:
Outer space – A Million Suns by Beth Revis


Challenge host: Books and Movies
Challenge time frame: January 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012
Challenge commitment: I committed to read 30 essays

1. “Flying Rabbits: Denizens of Distant Spaces” by Margaret Atwood
2. “Burning Bushes: Why Heaven and Hell Went to Planet X” by Margaret Atwood
3. “Dire Cartographies: The Roads to Ustopia” by Margaret Atwood
4. “Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy” by Margaret Atwood
5. “H. Rider Haggard’s She” by Margaret Atwood
6. “The Queen of Quinkdom: The Birthday of the World and Other Stories by Ursula K. Le Guin” by Margaret Atwood
7. “Arguing Against Ice Cream: Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age by Bill McKibben” by Margaret Atwood
8. “George Orwell: Some Personal Connections” by Margaret Atwood
9. “Ten Ways of Looking at The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells” by Margaret Atwood
10. “Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro” by Margaret Atwood
11. “After the Last Battle: Visa for Avalon by Bryher” by Margaret Atwood
12. “Brave New World by Aldous Huxley” by Margaret Atwood
13. “Of the Madness of Mad Scientists: Jonathan Swift’s Grand Academy” by Margaret Atwood
14. “It’s Catching” by David Sedaris
15. “Keeping Up” by David Sedaris
16. “The Understudy” by David Sedaris
17. “This Old House” by David Sedaris
18. “Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie?” by David Sedaris
19. “Road Trips” by David Sedaris
20. “What I Learned” by David Sedaris
21. “That’s Amore” by David Sedaris
22. “The Monster Mash” by David Sedaris
23. “In the Waiting Room” by David Sedaris
24. “Solution to Saturday’s Puzzle” by David Sedaris
25. “Adult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete Toadstool” by David Sedaris
26. “Memento Mori” by David Sedaris
27. “All the Beauty You Will Ever Need” by David Sedaris
28. “Town and Country” by David Sedaris
29. “Aerial” by David Sedaris
30. “The Man in the Hut” by David Sedaris
31. “Of Mice and Men” by David Sedaris
32. “April in Paris” by David Sedaris
33. “Crybaby” by David Sedaris
34. “Old Faithful” by David Sedaris
35. “The Smoking Section” by David Sedaris
36. “Stuff” by Anna Quindlen
37. “Next of Kin” by Anna Quindlen
38. “Girlfriends” by Anna Quindlen
39. “Generations” by Anna Quindlen
40. “Near Miss” by Anna Quindlen
41. “Mirror, Mirror” by Anna Quindlen
42. “Solitude” by Anna Quindlen
43. “The Little Stories We Tell Ourselves” by Anna Quindlen
44. “Older” by Anna Quindlen
45. “Push” by Anna Quindlen
46. “Expectations” by Anna Quindlen
47. “Faith” by Anna Quindlen
48. “Step Aside” by Anna Quindlen
49. “Mortality” by Anna Quindlen
50. “To Be Continued” by Anna Quindlen
51. “What Are We Talking About and How Did It All Begin?” by P.D. James
52. “The Tenant of 221B Baker Street and the Parish Priest from Cobhole in Essex” by P.D. James
53. “The Golden Age” by P.D. James
54. “Soft-centred and Hard-boiled” by P.D. James
55. “Four Formidable Women” by P.D. James
56. “Telling the Story: Setting, Viewpoint, People” by P.D. James
57. “Critics and Aficionados: Why Some Don’t Enjoy Them and Why Others Do” by P.D. James
58. “Today and a Glimpse of Tomorrow” by P.D. James


Challenge host: Books and Movies
Challenge time frame: January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012
Challenge commitment: Diving headfirst – 4 books

1. The Heart of the Matter
2. The End of the Affair
3. Travels With My Aunt
4. The Human Factor


Challenge host: Books and Movies
Challenge time frame: January 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012
Challenge commitment: Ceilidh level – I committed to 12 books

Well, I failed this one – and my own challenge, no less! I’m not quite sure what happened – all of a sudden, the year was almost over, and I hadn’t read as much Irish fiction as I usually do.

1. The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney – historical fiction
2. Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer – children’s fiction
3. The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey – historical fiction
4. Broken Harbor by Tana French – mystery
5. Lola’s Secret by Monica McInerney – contemporary fiction


Challenge host: Beth Fish Reads
Challenge time frame: January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012
Challenge commitment: Read 6 books that fit the following categories

1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
2. A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
4. A book with a type of house in the title: The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey
5. A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan
6. A book with a something you’d find on a calendar in the title: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

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10 Responses to Wrapping up 2012’s reading challenges

  1. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Look at how good you did!! So impressive.

  2. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Wow, you did fantastic with your challenges!

  3. Michelle says:

    You did so well this year! Congratulations!

  4. You did a great job on your challenges, Carrie! Congratulations. I think I’m going to stick to one challenge this coming year. Although, I do want you join you in a couple read-alongs if I can.

  5. You did a great job with your challenges! Thanks for joining us for the WWI challenge.