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2022 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama
- Alaska
- Arizona
- Arkansas
- California (1)
- Colorado
- Connecticut
- Delaware
- Florida
- Georgia
- Hawaii
- Idaho
- Illinois
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky
- Louisiana
- Maine
- Maryland (1)
- Massachusetts (1)
- Michigan (1)
- Minnesota
- Mississippi
- Missouri
- Montana
- Nebraska
- Nevada
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York (1)
- North Carolina (1)
- North Dakota
- Ohio
- Oklahoma
- Oregon
- Pennsylvania
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Tennessee
- Texas (1)
- Utah
- Vermont (1)
- Virginia
- Washington (1)
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin
- Wyoming
- Washington, D.C.*


Australia (1)
Sweden (1)

My Progress:

8 / 51 books. 16% done!

2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

5 / 50 books. 10% done!

2022 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

My Progress:

2 / 25 books. 8% done!

2022 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

My Progress:

8 / 56 books. 14% done!

Booklist Queen's 2022 Reading Challenge

My Progress:

13 / 52 books. 25% done!

Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2022

1 / 24 books. 4% done!

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

1 / 20 books. 5% done!

2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

My Progress:

11 / 50 books. 22% done!

2022 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

My Progress:

11 / 50 books. 22% done!

2022 Support Book Bloggers Challenge

2022 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Oh, 2013, Where in the World Have You Gone?

So, it's New Year's Day, 2014.  Wait a minute.  What?  How in the heck did that happen?  Honestly, these last few weeks have flown by in a haze of travelling and recovering from travelling.  I've been reading (I never really stop), but I just haven't had time to tackle the long list of reviews I need to write nor the pile of books I need to read.  I need to catch up.  A lot.  For now, though, I'm going to pretend I'm still sitting in front of that gorgeous view above, with my feet up and a book on my knee.  Serene, isn't it?  Believe it or not, this is a scene I got to enjoy just about every day for the first 18 years of my life.  I don't get to see it much these days, but when I do return to the Motherland (the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon/Washington), it still takes my breath away.  Just because I love it so much, here's another shot (taken on a clearer day):

Ahhh, my happy place.  Why did I ever come back to reality?

Since I'm here, how about a little year-end recap?  The stats are a bit pathetic (I blame games that end in With Friends), but here you go:

Total Books Read:  136 (*cringe*—my goal was 200)

Number of Fiction Books Read:  125 (92%)
Number of Non-Fiction Books Read:  11 (8%)
Number of Adult Books Read:  58 (43%)
Number of YA Books Read:  55 (40%)
Number of Middle Grade Books Read:  23 (17%)
Number of Books Read by Female Authors:  113 (83%)
Number of Books Read by Male Authors:  23 (17%)
Number of Books Read by LDS Authors:  20 (15%)
Number of Books Read from personal collection:  25 (18%)
Number of Books Read, review copies:  80 (59%)
Number of Books Read from library:  31 (23%)
Reading Challenges Joined in 2013:  2
Reading Challenges Completed in 2013:  O (ahem)  

What does it all mean?  Well, I read 21 fewer books than last year (21!), but I did read some really good ones.  Also, I need to enjoy more non-fiction.  My goal in 2014 will be (once again) to read 200 books.  We'll see if I can do it this year.  Other than that, I'm just planning to catch up on reviews, read more good books and keep on doing what I do.  Simple, right?  I hope so!

Thank you to all my readers for your generous support in 2013.  I love talking books with you—those conversations are what make book blogging so much fun for me.  I'm looking forward to a lot more of them in 2014.  Happy New Year!
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