Monday, January 2

December Wrap -Up

And the last month of 2011 comes to a close! I will be posting a wrap up for the entire year, but that will come later. First comes the December wrap up. December was a good month for me, not my best, but still I was able to read some great books finish up reading challenges and some nice new books joined my collection as well.

The Books

This month I read 10 books, which I was happy about, considering it was a busy month for me (and for everyone I imagine) I read some great books, my focus was on books showcasing mental illness, as that was one challenge I was determined to finish (which I did). There were a lot of books this month that were down the middle on much I enjoyed them, but I did read some good books this month, hands down my favourite was The Piano Man's Daughter. My least favourite was Tender is the Night.

1) A Map of Glass - Jane Urquhart - 8.25/10
2) About a Boy - Nicolas Hornby - 6.75/10
3) Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger - 6.5/10
4) The Piano Man's Daughter - Timothy Findley - 10/10
5) A Bird in the House - Margaret Laurence - 7.75/10
6) The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht - 7/10
7) Halfway House - Katharine Noel - 7.25/10
8) Woman on the Edge of Time - Marge Piercy - 6.75/10
9) Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald - 5/10
10) Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey - 6.5/10

The Challenges
I managed to finish 3 more challenges this month, as I was very close with 3 others. I finished the A - Z Challenge for the first time since I started blogging, 4th attempt is always the one that wins! I also finished the Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge, and as promised I will be making a donation to the Canadian Schizophrenia Society - I'll highlight that in my yearly wrap up post. I finished the Fantasy Challenge with about 8 hours left of 2011. But I did finish it! :)

I failed six challenges this month, and have one that goes into February. I will go into more details about them in my yearly wrap up post.

Completed Challenges
A - Z Challenge - 52/52 - Completed December 9, 2011
Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge - 16/16 - Completed December 30, 2011
Fantasy Reading Challenge - 12/12 - Completed December 31, 2011

Failed/Did Not Complete

11 in 11 - 102/121
Book Blogger Bucket List - 18/26

Fall into Reading Challenge 10/14

Global Reading Challenge - 19/21
Take a Chance III Challenge - 9/10
War Through the Generations - Civil War -4/5

Current Challenges
Chunkster Reading Challenge - 5/8

Countries Visited
This month I visited Canada, USA, and Yugoslavia

Books that Followed me Home

Gifts - Secret Santa Thanks! Claire for the lovely books!
The Soldiers Wife
Three Quarters of the Orange

Tell it to the Trees

Followed Me Home - Print (I had a very Canadian Woman Writers month!)
Dancing Girls
The Box Garden
Too Much Happiness
The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories
Sanctuary Line

Followed Me Home - EBook
The Second Life of Samuel Tyne
The Blue Mountain
Halfway House
Changing Heaven
Stargate Atlantis Books 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15
Stargate SG-1 8, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17

And that's it for  the month of December. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday, and I hope you have a fantastic 2012.

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