Well, I managed to finish all of my challenges last year, but I didn't manage even to post the status updates I actually wrote in the last half of December. So I'll include them with this month.
I'll sign in at Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts since I want to see what everyone else is reading this month.
This year I've read:
- The Arrangement, Mary Balogh. Gentle Regency romance with a poor woman and a blind guy. The author kept feeling guilty about the lack of conflict and trying to throw in some angst and misunderstanding, but the characters didn't really believe it.
- Paperboy, Vince Vawter. Kidlit. A stuttering paperboy in civil-rights-era Memphis starts to grow in understanding of himself and the adults around him.
- Navigating Early, Clare Vanderpool. Kidlit. Two grieving boys in Maine go on a river journey to learn about themselves with the aide of amazing coincidences.
- Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel, Jacqueline Carey. SF. Second volume in a urban fantasy set in a Michigan tourist town. Met all my expectations, in a good way.
- All the Possibilities, Nora Roberts. Romance. Set in Washington, D.C., for my 50 states challenge.
- Heaven and Earth, Nora Roberts. Romance & SF. Earth was a brownish-color for my color challenge.
- Unspoken Fear, Hunter Morgan. Thriller. Set in Delaware for the 50 states challenge.
- Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Chris Nashawaty. Non-fiction. Stripes finished off the Color challenge.
- Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad, Jackeline L. Tobin. Non-fiction. South Carolina for my 50-states challenge.
- The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family, Josh Hanagarne. Non-fiction. Utah.
- The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less, Terry Ryan. Non-fiction. Ohio. Are we seeing a pattern here?
- Coyote Autumn, Bill Wallace. Kidlit. Reading-My-Library book. Set in Oklahoma, which jumped it up the queue.
- After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris. SF. Cute.
- Calculated in Death, J.D. Robb. SF & Thriller. As expected.
- I'm With Stupid, Geoff Herbach. YA. NOOK. Wisconsin.
- The Storyteller, Antonia Michaelis. YA. Cybils. Last Cybils finalist. I didn't like it -- too grim.
- Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?, Louise Rennison. YA. Audio. Best-of-the-Best list that had my high schooler guffawing.
- Outside Providence, Peter Farrelly. YA? I have no idea what the audience was. Rhode Island.
- Wyoming Bold, Diana Palmer. Romance. Wyoming. Ahem.
- Seed No Evil, Kate Collins. Cosy Mystery set in Indiana. Fun.
- At Large and At Small, Ann Fadiman. Essays that I've been meaning to read. I love Fadiman's writing.
- Snow in Summer, Jane Yolen. YA. West Virginia, but anything by Yolen is a treat.
What am I currently reading? My book bag has some essays by Fadiman, a cozy mystery in Indiana, the latest paperback In Death book, and my NOOK.
- Unspoken, Sarah Rees Brennan. I'm finally free to read Untold, her latest book, but I want to reread the first book so everything is fresh in my mind. Also, it's fun seeing the stuff she seeds early know that I know what it will grow into.
- Paradise, Toni Morrison. I lost this! I was reading it, and then I walked out the door, and now it's gone! Could be in the car, could be on top the fridge. I have put out a bounty.
- Revenant Eve, Sherwood Smith. I've lost this too! I picked it up after losing Paradise, and then I put it down somewhere. I really hope that somewhere was not the Pacific Science Center.
- In Janesville, Jo Ann Beard. The next book in the Best-of-the-Best list, from the Alex picks, books published for adults that kids might like. I am not enjoying this list very much; this book is rather dull and occasionally rises to annoying. I think it's too close to home to be interesting, but not spot-on with my memories so I'm not nostalgic about it.
- Conspiracy, Lindsay Burokers. NOOK. Finally getting to read this -- dirigibles and train robbery -- good times.
- Rotters, Daniel Kraus. Audio. The back of this book tells me grave-digging will be involved. This lowers my enthusiasm about listening to it. At least I don't expect zombies.
- Developing Standards-Based Report Cards, Thomas R. Guskey & Jane M. Bailey. I really should just finish this -- the last session roamed all over the book.
- Radio Fifth Grade, Gordon Korman. The new teacher does not respect the radio.
- Out to Canaan, Jan Karon. The adopted son is home from college, and cranky.
- Keep Me Forever, Rosemary Laurey. I like the progress of the rich gardener.
- A General Theory of Love, Thomas Lewis. Some false notes about autism.
- The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens. Pickwick is defiant, and goes to Bath. I snore.
- How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, Orson Scott Card. I like his definitions of science fiction.
My elementary school book club is reading Eva Ibbotson's Dial a Ghost, and then my adult book club is reading Tarzan of the Apes. Vaginal Fantasy is doing The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, and I'd like to read along.
- Cybils: 74/74. Finished! I've started this year's list.
- Where Am I Reading?: 51/51. Hard work and dedication in December paid off. I shall resolve once more not to leave it to the last minute next year -- I'm definitely doing this again.
- Crazy Quilt Colors: 9/9. Earth and stripes gave me brown and patterns.
- TBR Triple Dog Dare: So far so good, although I haven't actually read anything. I would have finished that Paradise book if it hadn't secreted itself somewhere.
- Cybils: 3/77. I've ordered up the fiction picture books from the library.
- Reading My Library: Three done: Coyote Autumn, The Paperboy, and Navigating Early.
- Best of the Best 2012: 46/25. Started In Zanesville but so far I'm not enjoying it.