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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

At the halfway point.

I don't do a monthly wrap up, but I thought I'd do a little 6 month check.

My goals for 2009 could be found here, but can be summarized:

- 50 books- I've read 23 and am a good ways through 2 others.
- Books published in 2009 read IN 2009- Hm. I forgot this was a goal. I haven't bought many new books but I am sure I have some from the library.
-Better reviews- FAIL.

I had a personal TBR challenge to read 12 specific books, I've read 2 of them.

So not doing so well on most of it!

Here's the complete list of 23:

  1. Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer
  2. Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  4. The Book of Vice by Peter Sagal
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  6. Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
  7. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
  8. Creation in Death by JD Robb
  9. A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
  10. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
  11. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  12. Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
  13. Gimme Shelter by Mary Elizabeth Williams
  14. A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
  15. Paper Towns by John Green
  16. Wake by Lisa McMann
  17. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  18. I Love a Man in Uniform by Lily Burana
  19. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  20. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  21. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  22. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  23. Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T Hallinan (Amazon link, no review)

How're you doing on your goals?


  1. looks like you are well on your way to meeting your goals. Congrats. I'm just going to leave it to a wrap-up post for the end of the year.

  2. The only one I have read out of all of these is "Persuasion".

    What were your favorites out of these?

  3. Looks like you're doing great to me! :-)


  4. I gave myself one goal at the beginning of the year: to read 2 books a week. So far I'm averaging 1 book a week, which has been my MO for the last 3 years. It was more wishful thinking than a goal so I won't spend much time lamenting over it.

    But I recently set a goal of requesting and reading less ARCs. It's been a month since I expressed that goal in writing. Since then I've read 3 ARCs and 3 non-ARCs. It's an improvement that I'd like to see continue.

    Don't beat yourself up for not reaching your goals; be proud of the reading that has been done because reading is rarely a waste of time. Berating yourself will keep you from success but meditating on your accomplishments will motivate you to accomplish even more.

  5. I haven't looked at my goals but I'm pretty sure I'm failing since I was doing page number rather than number of books. Haven't read as much this year.

    How does one measure "better reviews"?

    Anyway, looks like a great year for you so far, and you still have 6 months to reach the rest of your goals.

  6. I haven't read any of the books on your list but I do have several of them on list of books to read. What were your favorites? Those you'd most highly recommend?

  7. Serena, I think I'm doing ok. I used to have a lot more complicated set of goals, but having kids kinda killed that.

    Sarah and Nancy, It's hard to narrow it down. I'd say first is A Homemade Life by Wizenberg. Next Wintergirls, The Truth About Forever, Bone Crossed. Then 13 Reasons Why and Disreputable History. I also really enjoyed I Love a Man in Uniform. Oh, and the romantic tension in Persuasion was great. I pretty much like everything I read, because if I don't like it I don't finish it.

  8. it looks like you should be able to meet your goals by the end of the year. I decided to abandon all my reading challenges because it stressed me too much. I'm too much of a mood reader. My goal for this year is to read 52 books (averaging a book a week). Last year, I ended up reading over 60. Right now, I've read 26 which puts me right on target for the year.

  9. Thanks for stopping by! I'd say 23 books so far is pretty good.

  10. Sounds like you're doing good! I want to read Paper Towns and The Disreputable History... is on my YA challenge list. I'm off to read your reviews of those!

  11. Bless you! I was beginning to think I was the only one who hadn't made it out of the twenties reading wise so far this year.


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