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Books of the Year

Congratulations to Barbara Abway, the winner of our New Year’s Goal Prize Pack! I’ll be shipping that out to you today, Barbara!

The first real New Year’s goal I ever made was in 2012. I decided that I would read 52 books and average a book a week from my wedding day to my anniversary. That seemed totally attainable on the honeymoon, but then life happened! I only managed to read 34 books that year but still a success, as I’d been reading zilch for pleasure the previous 5 years of my life!

In 2013 I thought, I’ll just try to manage a book every 2 weeks. 26 books and I’ll be happy. 23 books later, I still hadn’t met my goal!

So, in 2014 I decided that I would just set out to beat last year’s book count. 24 books wasn’t that many. Just 2 every month. With a new baby in my life, that would be more than enough to push me. Well, I guess the 3rd time is the charm because I rounded out the year with 52 books read. An average of 1 a week! I’m not sure where that came from, but it made me feel good to see this on my Goodreads account
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First, if you love to read, you need to take the time to set up a Goodreads account. Not only can you track you reading, but you can make reviews, win free books, join forums to discuss your favorites, and even have the website recommend books for you based on your previously enjoyed reads. I LOVE IT! Not to mention you can set a challenge for yourself and watch it build throughout the year. Make sure to add me as a friend!

When I entered 2014, I had no expectation of tackling 52 books. Granted, many were young adult books, and some were even children’s books (I won those and reviewed them as a thank you to the authors who gave them away), so don’t start thinking I’m too awesome. I really wanted to read some of the books that I’d loved as a child and see if they still intrigued me. Many of them did, and I’m glad I re-read them as an adult. To give the amount which I read some perspective, I read 16,415 pages. Divide that by 52 and you get an average of roughly 316 pages per book. There are many people out there, many of which are friends, who probably think my joy of reaching 52 books is laughable. Either because you don’t like books or because there are some who read over 100 books a year. Those people (the later, of course) are my heroes. Maybe someday I can too reach such an awesome feat! Those others just fuel me to read more!

As we round out the first week of 2015, I have made a goal to read just one more book than last year. Frankly, I have no idea how I’m going to do that! Today, my book challenge looks like this:

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Just a blank slate ready to be written upon, and because it is the last day of the 1st week of the year, the fact that I have read no books yet means I am not exactly on track. There are still hours in the day though, so I might finish the one I’m working on by midnight. 🙂 Maybe.

So, why blunder on about books and challenges and all of that? Well, I love them and this is my blog, so I can write about whatever I want, right? HA! In all seriousness, I want to encourage others who think they have no time to read, but truly want to, to set a goal for themselves. Goodreads is a website with tons to do, but it is also an app that allows you to use the basic functions of the website. Track your daily progress! It is so easy, and I bet you can accomplish more than you think.

Also, I like giving stuff away, and what better thing to give away than a book! More about that, later 😉

I’d really like to know if you’re more of a real book or an e-book type of reader. I’m honestly a bit of both. I find the convenience of an e-reader remarkable and it is my go to choice, BUT I love to be surrounded by the look, smell, and feel of the real thing. I’m currently collecting books for a library in my home (my ultimate dream!)

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Here it is in all of its glory, before I started filling it with books (Notice some Harry Potter books were the first to grace its shelves. I felt it had to be this way).

I also have floating bookshelves in my office that hold my signed book collection. I currently have 34 (and even have them on their own “bookshelf” on Goodreads). Are you an author that would like to be added to the shelf? I’d LOVE to have you send me a copy! Leave a comment and we’ll talk details!

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Trying to find more room for my latest additions to the collection.

Are you itching to know how to win a book yet? All you have to do is comment whether you prefer e-readers or the real thing and why! Share this post (and let me know that you did) and you will receive a second entry!

Wait? Which book am I giving away? Any of the 52 I read last year! I will buy you any book on the following list in the format that you choose (via your comment). Some may only be available in one format, but I’ll let you know before I make the purchase. I’ll draw a winner this weekend. Happy reading, everyone!

The following list is in the order which I read them. There are links to Amazon, when available, for you to purchase the books for yourself. Some of these are currently free or 99 cents for e-readers.  Some are only available on e-readers and a few are only available in book form.

  1. Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson
  2. Vanished by Irene Hannon (#1 in the Private Justice Series)
  3. Back on Murder by Mark Bertrand (#1 in the Roland Marsh Mystery Series)
  4. The Faraway Car by Barbara Falk
  5. The Journey to Joona by Kim Engelmann (#1 in the Joona Series)
  6. The Defenders of Joona by Kim Engelmann (#2 in the Joona Series)
  7. The Crown of Joona by Kim Engelmann (#3 in the Joona Series)
  8. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  9. Powerful Listening. Power Influence by Tim Hast
  10. An Angel Without Wings by Chris Smith (Short Story to accompany the Angels Without Wings Series)
  11. The Path to Sacrifice by Chris Smith (#2 in the Angels Without Wings Series)
  12. Love’s Sweet Sword by Chris Smith (#3 in the Angels Without Wings Series)
  13. Red Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub (#2 in the Grimmtastic Girls Series)
  14. The First by Jason Mott (#0.5 in The Returned Series)
  15. The Sparrow by Jason Mott (#0.6 in The Returned Series)
  16. The Choice by Jason Mott (#0.7 in The Returned Series)
  17. Trapped by Irene Hannon (#2 in the Private Justice Series)
  18. Away in a Manger: An ABC Book on the Birth of Jesus Christ by Cindy Brouse Kenealy
  19. True Devotion by Dee Henderson (#1 in the Uncommon Heroes Series)
  20. When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason (#1 in the Deadly Reunions Series)
  21. When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason (#2 in the Deadly Reunions Series)
  22. When a Secret Kills by Lynette Eason (#3 in the Deadly Reunions Series)
  23. True Valor by Dee Henderson (#2 in the Uncommon Heroes Series)
  24. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  25. The Night Eagles Soared by S.B.  Newman
  26. Broken Pieces: Nothing is Wasted by Ross Hill
  27. Best Laid Plans by Ray Tompkins
  28. How Tortoise Helped Jack Rabbit Win Too by Robert Kanary
  29. Vanished by Kendra Elliot (#1 in the Mason Callahan Series)
  30. Hidden by Kendra Elliot (#1 in the Bone Secrets Series)
  31. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (#1 in the Harry Potter Series)
  32. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (#2 in the Harry Potter Series)
  33. Mark Whitacre: Against All Odds by Stevin Hoover
  34. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (#1 in the Heroes of Olympus Series)
  35. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (#3 in the Harry Potter Series)
  36. The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan (#2 in the Heroes of Olympus Series)
  37. The Mark of Athena Rick Riordan (#3 in the Heroes of Olympus Series)
  38. The House of Hades Rick Riordan (#4 in the Heroes of Olympus Series)
  39. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (#4 in the Harry Potter Series)
  40. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  41. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (#1 in the Artemis Fowl Series)
  42. The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer (#2 in the Artemis Fowl Series)
  43. The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer (#3 in the Artemis Fowl Series)
  44. What it’s Like to be Married to Me: And Other Dangerous Questions by Linda Dillow
  45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (#5 in the Harry Potter Series)
  46. The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer (#4 in the Artemis Fowl Series)
  47. The Blood of Olympus Rick Riordan (#5 in the Heroes of Olympus Series)
  48. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (#6 in the Harry Potter Series)
  49. The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer (#5 in the Artemis Fowl Series)
  50. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (#7 in the Harry Potter Series)
  51. Cape Refuge by Terri Blackstock (#1 in the Cape Refuge Series)
  52. Southern Storm by Terri Blackstock (#2 in the Cape Refuge Series)

There you have it!
REMEMBER: All you have to do is comment whether you prefer e-readers or the real thing and why!
Share this post (and let me know that you did) and you will receive a second entry!

Grab a good book, and I’ll see you soon,

Ashley

Ashley • January 7, 2015


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  1. Marilyn Morris January 7, 2015 - 2:32 pm Reply

    I prefer the “Real Thing”, probably because of my age, but I think it’s mostly due to the feel of a book, turning the pages & the smell of a really good book! I am a mystery lover, first & foremost, having cut my teeth on Nancy Drew mysteries, but would enjoy reading #10. (An Angel Without Wings) I enjoyed reading your Blog, as always.
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  2. Caleb January 7, 2015 - 2:34 pm Reply

    Well done on the reading! I use LibraryThing to track mine (I have since August 2009…517 and counting!), you can see my “library” at http://www.librarything.com/profile/caleblack

    I personally prefer physical books, although I love the convince of Kindle and it’s apps. I just love the feel, and to have them lying about, ready to transport you to a new place just by picking them up. And, of course, bookshelves look best with lots of books on them.

  3. Crystal January 7, 2015 - 2:54 pm Reply

    While I prefer the real thing having a very grabby little man makes reading from my iPad so much easier … Kindle or iBooks are my go to apps to purchase & download my must read books.

  4. valerie Ornatowski January 7, 2015 - 2:57 pm Reply

    Love the real thing.. And I don’t have a kindle or that type of reader. Love the blog. Keeps me thinking.

  5. Momma January 7, 2015 - 3:04 pm Reply

    It depends on what I am reading. I love both! I just can’t choose.

  6. Chris Smith January 7, 2015 - 6:27 pm Reply

    Both for me. Lately, I’ve been reading on the Kindle. I enjoy having a book in my hands more though. The convenience of the tablets makes it so much easier (particularly for night reading in bed). Plus, I’m not much of a shopper so it saves me time going to the store and is generally quite a bit cheaper for an eBook.

    And I’ve been on Goodreads for almost two years now, thanks to you! Great site for readers. I’m always looking for new fantasy books to get my hands on. I’m reading “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss, right now. It has great reviews on Goodreads.

  7. Navina January 7, 2015 - 10:49 pm Reply

    I prefer the real thing. I love turning real pages and the smell of books…some haha! Also, having the real book in your hand could be the perfect icebreaker if in public! You never know, you could me your best friend just by reading a book! Try doing THAT with an e-reader… 🙂

  8. Jessica Contreras January 9, 2015 - 10:29 am Reply

    I enjoy reading the real thing because I don’t have an e-reader or anything. Maybe if I start reading more I’ll invest in one!

  9. valerie Ornatowski January 11, 2015 - 4:42 pm Reply

    I’m almost done with first book of my year. I’ve been on a book buying spree. Amazon cheap . $1.10 for one.. Love it!

  10. Michelle Rose January 11, 2015 - 5:49 pm Reply

    I prefer the ebook version since we travel to altos at least once a month.

  11. Michelle Ferguson August 24, 2015 - 8:35 am Reply

    I like paper books! Love the feel, the smell, the texture, the ability to turn the physical page! I’ve used my e-readers, too, but they don’t have the weight of a really great novel, literally!

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