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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011 Year in Review


Books read: 100
Pages read: 28,319
Books re-read: 1
Books DNF’d: 13
Books reviewed: 84

You can see a list of my Top Reads of 2011 HERE and my most anticipated 2012 book releases HERE.


Reading Challenges completed:

  1. Men in Uniform Reading Challenge – read 26 books
  2. eBook Reading Challenge – read 44 books
  3. Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge – read 18 books
  4. 100+ Reading Challenge – read 100 books
  5. YA Reading Challenge – read 28 books
  6. Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – read 34 books

Reading Challenges not completed:

  1. YA of the 80s and 90s Reading Challenge – read 0 books
  2. Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge – read 1 books
  3. Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge – read 100 books
  4. Off the Shelf Reading Challenge – read 18 books
  5. Stephen King Reading Challenge – read 0 books
  6. Show Me the Free Reading Challenge – read 7 books
  7. Book Blogger Recommendation Reading Challenge – read 5 books
  8. Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge – read 16 books

I went overboard with the reading challenges last year. This year I’m only participating in five:

  1. 100+ Books in a Year Reading Challenge – hopefully 101 this year.
  2. eBook Reading Challenge – starting off with 5 ebooks but I’m sure I’ll read way more.
  3. Men in Uniform Reading Challenge – starting off with 5 books.
  4. Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge – gotta read at least 101 books this year.
  5. TBR Pile Reading Challenge – starting off with 10 books but my ultimate goal will be at least 25 books.

*Links go to my specific reading challenge page


Goals for 2012:

  1. Keep it simple. 2012 is the year all about simplifying.
  2. Read 100+ books.
  3. Read books from my TBR Pile. 2012 is year of ‘tackle my TBR pile’ (on the shelf and on the Kindle).
  4. Better organize my Goodreads shelves.
  5. Don’t get behind on writing reviews. Write review soon after finish reading the book.
  6. Take a break from review requests. I may browse NetGalley once in a while but I plan to mainly read books I already own.
  7. Comment more. On my blog (interact) and other blogs.
  8. Limit time spent on Twitter. Oh, who am I kidding! Like that’s ever going to happen.
  9. Spruce up the blog a bit. Nothing major but I would like to make some aesthetic changes.
  10. Get my bounce rate down.
  11. Answer emails regularly and keep the inbox clean.

[ MISC ]

I’ve put some ‘quick links’ on the top middle section of my blog (under “Looking for Something?”). I’ve been putting links for winners, eBook deal posts, Reading Challenge sign-up posts and current month review link up posts. What do you think? Like?

I got rid of the @TBVKindleDeals Twitter account. (See goal #1 above.) I will tweet Kindle deals and freebies from my main (and only) Twitter account (@TheBookVixen).

What are your reading goals for 2012? If you did a 2011 wrap up post, link it in the comments so I can check it out.

7 People had something to say:

  1. MoonStarJan 5, 2012 01:38 AM
    You did really great on your challenges last year since you finished 6 of them.
    I only finished 1 :( But quiete happy with the amount of books I read. Even though it is not near your amount of books :P

    Happy reading in 2012. And good luck with your challenges :)
  2. Mary-Sweet BookshelfJan 5, 2012 09:29 AM
    I write my reviews pretty much the minute I finish a book. I love it that way. I can move on knowing I can jump fully into a book and leave the last one behind me. My thoughts are clearer too. I have always done it that way though, so I don't know any other way!

    I also want to tackle books I already own, and are on my TBR pile. I mean seriously, mine is out of control! I want to get it under control, and then pick 2012 books I am really excited for to read. =]
  3. Teacher/LearnerJan 6, 2012 08:47 AM
    Wow, I admire your challenge stamina :D I can only handle about 5 as well. It worked out well for me last year so I'm doing the same for 2012. But boy is it hard to resist them ;)
  4. The Book VixenJan 7, 2012 01:49 PM

    I went overboard on the reading challenges last year. Definitely toning it down this year. LOL
  5. The Book VixenJan 7, 2012 01:51 PM
    @Mary-Sweet Bookshelf

    Can you train me? I love your philosophy on jumping fully into the next book and leaving behind that last one. That's going to be my new mantra!
  6. The Book VixenJan 7, 2012 01:52 PM

    It's soooo hard to resist reading challenges! They're like an addiction. LOL
  7. You had a good year!

    I like the Quick Links.

    What is a bounce rate?

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