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2007 Year in Review

>> Monday, December 31, 2007

This was the year of reading challenges for me. I completed 12 reading challenges. The variety and new horizons this led me to was quite interesting. I started the year out by overwhelming myself with challenges, but quickly learned to pick and choose which challenges I joined to in order to keep the reading enjoyable and not stressful. I have to leave time for what I call my “whimpulse” reads.

Challenges Completed
The Winter Classics Challenge
The Chunkster Challenge
The Southern Reading Challenge
The Summer Mystery Challenge
The Non-Fiction Five Challenge
The Medical Mysteries Challenge
The RIP II Challenge
The 2007 TBR Challenge
The Unread Authors Challenge
The 2nds Challenge
The Hometown Challenge
The From the Stacks Challenge

Overall I read less books, but more pages than last year. Those chunksters had an impact! As for audiobooks, I didn’t complete as many this year as I did last year, but that means less time was spent in the car so that’s not such a bad thing.

2007 statistics:

Books Read 74
Pages Read 28,904
Audiobooks 18

Best of 2007
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (the translation by Richard Pevear)
My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt
The Last Catholic in America by John R. Powers
The Girls by Lori Lansens
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain


Joy 12/31/2007 6:12 PM  

Tee Hee! I referred to your "whimpulses" in my post. :)

Happy New Year, Suzi!

____Maggie 12/31/2007 9:51 PM  

Just stopped by to say Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2008! ;D

Literary Feline 12/31/2007 11:54 PM  

I love the term whimpulse. :-) It looks like you had a great reading year. The reading challenges certainly did keep us busy, didn't they?

Have a Happy New Year!

Eleanor 1/01/2008 4:41 AM  

I am so thrilled to see "The Girls" on your list! One of my absolute faves from 2007, too!

Bybee 1/01/2008 5:04 AM  

Congratulations on an awesome reading year. Wow...all those challenges!

Amy 1/01/2008 2:18 PM  

Happy New Year Suzi! We read close to the same amount last year. I read 69. I want to read Heartsick on "whimpulse"this year as I recently listened to a small sample of it and was hooked. Glad to see you loved it.

Bookfool 1/02/2008 6:51 AM  

I like that coined word of yours, "whimpulse". It fits! Looks like you had a terrific year and I'm glad to see at least one chunkster on your favorites list. :) Happy New Year, Suzi!

SuziQoregon 1/02/2008 5:31 PM  

Joy: I love the word and I love to see others starting to use it :-)

Maggie: Thanks and Happy New Year to you too!

Literary Feline: It really should be a legitimate word in my opinion ;-) I see you and are are on board for many of the same challenges again in '08 - looking forward to your reviews.

El: thanks so much for recommending that one - I've recommended it to many folks since. My SIL has my copy now.

Bybee: thanks - I've learned the value of having books that qualify for multiple challenges.

Amy: thanks! Heartsick is as my friend Eleanor says "seriously whacked" but it's also excellent for the "whacked" genre.

Bookfool: I think I need to go on a crusade to get everyone to start using the word "whimpulse" until we get it added to the dictionary. Your Chunkster Challenge put a couple on my top list - Les Miserables and The Three Musketeers.

Darcie 1/16/2008 3:55 PM  

Wow! You inspire me that the 4-5 challenges that I have signed up for isn't too many!! :)

SuziQoregon 1/16/2008 7:15 PM  

Darcie: I learned pretty quickly that the key for me is to use books that I've already put on a challenge list for any new challenges whenever I can. I've become pretty good at this. You'll find that most of my books are for multiple challenges. Without using crossover books like that I could never keep up with this many. Good luck with your challenges and when you see a new one that interests you start by looking at books you've already put on a challenge reading list.

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