Wednesday, December 10, 2008

100+ Challenge Completed


The 100+ Reading Challenge has its own blog, its own yahoo group, and its own shelfari group. The goal was to read 100 or more books in a given year.

I know there are several weeks still to go on this challenge. But I've just totaled up my books from January 1 to November 30th, and I was at 377 books. (Not counting picture books.) For a list of each month's totals (title, author, page number, rating) visit my livejournal blog.

January 20
February 30
March 30
April 41
May 37
June 41
July 32
August 37
September 22
October 37
November 50

I'll also be posting--either December 31rst or January 1rst--a total list of books read during the year.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

6 comments:

N.Vasillis 10:07 AM  

377?? How do you find the time to read so many books? You're my hero.

Kristina 12:52 PM  

Yay!!! Congrats! That's fabulous!! I would love to be able to read 100+ books.....I was close but that was before baby Ethan lol. Way to go Becky!

3M 8:59 PM  

You amaze me, Becky!

Kailana 11:41 PM  

That's insane! 377 books...

Natasha @ Maw Books 11:55 AM  

377?! Serious envy . . .

Pascale 4:26 PM  

More than one book a day..... me = impressed *_*

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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