Sunday, March 1, 2015

February 2015 Challenge Update

How are we only two months into the year?! I cannot believe how much reading I have done in such a short amount of time.  Granted being snowed in constantly helps (even though I end up reading a lot of children's books and I can recite WallE, Happy Feet & Frozen word for word).
Personal Re-Read Challenge
My goal is to read 10 books, off to a little bit of a slow start so far but that is okay.
Personal Children's Book Challenge
I was shooting for 60 books in this challenge, I know I am going to read way more than that if these first two months are any indication!
13. Again!
26. Out of This World
27. Potty Time!
28. Elmo Says
29. Potty Time with Elmo
30. Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble!
31. I am a Garbage Truck
32. Sweet Dreams, Curious George
33. ABC Zooborns
34. Mr. Grumpy

Personal Beginning Reader Challenge:
I was shooting for 30 books for this challenge and only a little ahead of schedule, but will be jumping ahead this month to prepare for the upcoming Children's Book Week.
1. Charlie's Snow Day
2. Monsters Munch Lunch
3. Brave Dragon
4. Kick Pass and Run
5. Charlie The Ranch Dog: Where's the Bacon
6. Big Bear, Little Bear
7. Chase on the Case

Personal Read Across the States Challenge
Obviously there are 50 books in this challenge (though I might add a few for the country in general).  After a good kick off last month, things have calmed down but I am still ahead with this challenge.

Alabama  -
Alaska - If you Lived Here
Arizona -
Arkansas -
California -
Colorado - Calves in the Mud Room
Connecticut - A Whole Latte Life
Delaware -
Florida - Because of Winn Dixie
Georgia - Deep Dish
Hawaii - Birth
Idaho -
Illinois -
Indiana -
Iowa -
Kansas -
Kentucky -
Louisiana - Taste the Heat
Maine - Stone Bay
Maryland -
Massachusetts -
Michigan -
Minnesota -
Mississippi -
Missouri -
Montana -
Nebraska -
Nevada -
New Hampshire -
New Jersey - The Fighting Ground
New Mexico -
New York - 
North Carolina -
North Dakota -
Ohio - Dragons of Spratt Ohio
Oklahoma -
Oregon -
Pennsylvania -
Rhode Island - By the Sea Tess
South Carolina - Girls in Trucks
South Dakota -
Tennessee -
Texas -
Utah -
Vermont -
Virginia -
Washington -
West Virginia - Locking Horns
Wisconsin - Blankets
Wyoming - Stone Fox

Audio Book Challenge
I am planning to read 10-12 audio books this year, I am a little ahead of schedule but I know many of the books I am planning to listen to in the future are long and will take a month or more to finish.

1. The Fighting Ground
2. The Last Valentine
3. Deep Dish
4. The Tao of Pooh

Graphic Novel Challenge
Since I am featuring one graphic novel every other week my goal is 26 this year. I am ahead of schedule but its hard not to read them.

1. Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Vol. 3
2. Blankets
3. Shadows of Endor
4. From Fabletown with Love
5. The Books of Magic
6. Mouse Guard: Winter 1152

Series Challenge
With a goal to read at least 5 full series, if not 7, I am pretty much on track. I have completed one full series so far, but the next few have many more books.

1. The Hearts of Anemoi - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4 - COMPLETE

TBR Challenge
So I think I underestimated myself this year by only setting a goal of 50 books, especially since I owned most of the books I planned on reading before January.

1. Girls in Trucks
2. Because of Winn Dixie
3. Athena the Brain
4. Nubiana
5. Persephone the Phony
6. The Fighting Ground
7. Aphrodite the Beauty
8. The Last Valentine
9. Artemis the Brave
10. By The Sea, Book One, Tess
11. Hickory Daiquiri Dock
12. Locking Horns
13. Stone Bay
14. Dragons of Spratt, Ohio
15. Deep Dish
16. Stone Fox
17. Dragon in the Sock Drawer
18. Birth
19. The Tao of Pooh
20. West of Want
21. South of Surrender
22. Taste the Heat
23. If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name
24. Fish Perfume
25. More Than Pancakes
26. Reading Between the Lines
27. I'll Never Forget
28. This Point Forward
29. Risking It All
30. East of Ecstasy
31. Sand Dollar
32. Glassblowers Apprentice
33. A Whole Latte of Life
34. Every Sunday

Requested Reviews
I had planned to only read 25 requested reviews this year but it is so hard to say no to these great books, and NetGalley could definitely become an addiction!

1. Dear Hank Williams
2. Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season
3. Calves in the Mud Room
4. Gooseberry Island
5. Dizzy Miss Lizzie
6. Just Not Ready Yet
7. Poole's Paradise
8. Darkness
9. Don't Forget Me Bro
10. Paint
11.  Spawn of Medusa
12.  The Queen's Dagger

Goodreads Challenge
My Goodreads challenge is out of control of course, I am already at 96 of my original goal of 312. I think I might have another 365+ year this year if this pace keeps up!

Wow! What a month! I read 41 books in this short month, while I expect it will slow down soon I am very happy with the reading progress I have made.  I have noticed however that with all this reading, I have become much more critical of books, I have given out far less 5 star/ Four paw and stump wag reviews than I have in the past.

As far as my other goals and resolutions . . .
This month was Letter Writing month, and while I didn't get one sent out every day, I did manage to send 19 letters, cards, post cards and packages this month!
I have painted my nails at least once every week this week (I did go on a little polish buying spree and got some great new colors).
This month with Munchkin we did do some new things, we made slime for his classmates, played with playdough and made it out of the house in undies! I call potty training complete!
While I didn't get a one on one date with hubby we did make it out for a late lunch (before another blizzard) with Munchkin. It was nice to go somewhere new and Munchkin was so good and the food was so good it didn't matter that we weren't alone.

Points Earned this Month: 115
Points Spent this Month:  245
Pages Read/Time Listened this Month: 5,885/ 2:46

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