Sunday, December 16, 2012

2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

I will once again be challenging myself to read more books in the next year than I did in the last year! I honestly don't know how long I can keep this growth up (I went from 37 in 2010 [still in university] to 72 in 2011, and I'm already up to 82 in 2012 with a few weeks to go), but I'm liking it! That 100 book goal that once seemed so unattainable suddenly seems within reach!

In 2012 my goal was the Out of Breath level (6 to 10 more books), but I ended up reaching the Breaking a Sweat level (11 to 15 more books). So I'm going to go with Breaking a Sweat for 2013. That means that my 2013 reading goal will be at least 93 books. I'll update this post at the end of the year with the final numbers.

Oh, one other quick thing. I just realised that I cheated a bit last year, as I didn't realise kids' books aren't supposed to count. But I count them everywhere else, so I'm just gonna keep counting them. There aren't a lot of them, and I figure the huge chunksters I read balance them out. According to Goodreads I'm already at almost 20000 pages in 2012, so I think overall my books are a decent size!

I will list my 2013 books below to keep track for this challenge.

Update: I read 90 books in 2012, so since I signed up for the Breaking a Sweat level, that means my 2013 goal is 101!

  1. Geomancer (The Well of Echoes #1) by Ian Irvine
  2. 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga by David Alexander Robertson
  3. The Secret (Animorphs #9) by K.A. Applegate
  4. The Uninvited by Liz Jensen
  5. Shadows of Kings by Jack Whitsel
  6. Damage Control by J.A. Jance
  7. Caarina the Cooking Fairy by Julia Dweck
  8. Bright Star by Nickie Anderson
  9. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  10. The Android (Animorphs #10) by K.A. Applegate
  11. The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
  12. Burnish Me Bright by Julia Cunningham
  13. The Ghost Witch by Betty Ren Wright
  14. The Forgotten (Animorphs #11) by K.A. Applegate
  15. The Reaction (Animorphs #12) by K.A. Applegate
  16. Lasher (The Mayfair Chronicles #2) by Anne Rice
  17. Uglies: Cutters (Uglies: Graphic Novel #2) by Scott Westerfeld
  18. Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic Version 5 by Bruce Buzbee
  19. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
  20. The ABACUS Protocol: Sanity Vacuum by Thea Gregory
  21. Water Harvest by Eric Diehl
  22. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  23. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  24. The Change (Animorphs #13) by K.A. Applegate
  25. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
  26. Ghosts Beneath Our Feet by Betty Ren Wright
  27. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  28. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight #3.5) by Stephenie Meyer
  29. Wild Children by Richard Roberts
  30. The Andalite Chronicles by K.A. Applegate
  31. Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld #3) by Kelley Armstrong
  32. The Testing (The Testing #1) by Joelle Charbonneau
  33. Wars in Toyland by Joe Harris
  34. Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld #4) by Kelley Armstrong
  35. The Orphanage of Miracles by Amy Neftzger
  36. The Testing Guide (The Testing #0.5) by Joelle Charbonneau
  37. Angel on the Ropes by Jill Shultz
  38. Brianna the Ballet Fairy by Julia Dweck
  39. Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga #1) by S.M. Boyce
  40. Riding on a Beam of Light by Ramsey Dean
  41. Ten Girls to Watch by Charity Shumway
  42. Hello Hot Lunch, Hello Cool Lunch by Lisa Leconte
  43. Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps by Jo Piazza
  44. Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
  45. The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic
  46. The Dark Victorian Vol. 2: Bones by Elizabeth Watasin
  47. Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable
  48. The Unknown (Animorphs #14) by K.A. Applegate
  49. Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb by Ally Malinenko
  50. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  51. The Show (Northwest Passage #3) by John A. Heldt
  52. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #1) by Louise Rennison
  53. The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
  54. Wanted! by Caroline B. Cooney
  55. Glitches (Lunar Chronicles #0.5) by Marissa Meyer
  56. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  57. On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #2) by Louise Rennison
  58. The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles #1.5) by Marissa Meyer
  59. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
  60. Taltos (The Mayfair Chronicles #3) by Anne Rice
  61. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  62. The Escape (Animorphs #15) by K.A. Applegate
  63. Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #3) by Louise Rennison
  64. The Warning (Animorphs #16) by K.A. Applegate
  65. Dancing in My Nuddy Pants (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #4) by Louise Rennison
  66. Club Monstrosity (Monstrosity #1) by Jesse Petersen
  67. The Monsters in Your Neighborhood (Monstrosity #2) by Jesse Petersen
  68. Haunted (Women of the Otherworld #5) by Kelley Armstrong
  69. Donuts by Julia Dweck
  70. Pie-Rits by Julia Dweck
  71. X-Men: Schism by Jason Aaron
  72. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
  73. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
  74. The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
  75. Deadly Offer (The Vampire's Promise #1) by Caroline B. Cooney
  76. The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
  77. The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King
  78. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  79. Angel Omnibus by Christopher Golden, Joss Whedon, etc.
  80. Apocalyptic Organ Grinder by William Todd Rose
  81. Will O' the Wisp by Tom Hammock


  1. 20000 pages? Wow! I'd definitely say those kids books have balanced out. Good luck :)

  2. Whoa that's a lot of pages. I should join this challenge but my list is too long already. I picked 64 the year before lasts and 75 this year. I think I'm going to go up to 85 this next year. I read a hundred this year but that's because I counted audioboks. With the trauma of this year, I spent tons of time on the road. I'm hoping not to do that this coming year so I'm not going to raise my goal by too much.

    1. I know what you mean. This kind of growth cannot be sustainable! But I think I'm still in the growth period. I went from 37 in 2010 (last year of university) to 72 in 2011, and it looks like I'll end with 89 in 2012. I feel like I can still increase that a bit!

      It's crazy, 'cause I used to look at the people who read 100 books a year and think, that's impossible! Now I'm almost there! The new crazy is the people who read 500 a year. :P

  3. Thanks for participating! Good luck reaching your reading goals :)