Monday, December 2, 2013

#NaBoReMo Recap

After the first week of the National Book Reading Month challenge, I revised my reading goal from 1,500 pages to 5,000 pages. I'm sure you're all wondering if I managed to reach that goal! Here's what I read during the month:

Reading Roulette challenge books:
Persuasion, Jane Austen
For Darkness Shows the Stars, Diana Peterfreund
A Fire Upon the Deep, Vernor Vinge
Renegade Magic, Stephanie Burgis
Stolen Magic, Stephanie Burgis
The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy

Read for fun:
Cursties & Conspiracies, Gail Carriger (ARC)
Like Jazz, Heather Blackmore (e-ARC)
Love Overdue, Pamela Morsi
The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (audiobook)
Oath of Honor, Radclyffe (ebook)
Finding Home, Georgia Beers
A Rogue by Any Other Name, Sarah MacLean
The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas

Still in progress as of 12/1/13:
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (audiobook)
I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (audiobook)
Across A Star-Swept Sea, Diana Peterfreund

As you can see, many of the books I read were not from my other reading challenge. I decided that in order to read 5,000 pages in thirty days, I was going to allow myself to read whatever I wanted. Unsurprisingly, it turned out that I wanted to read romance novels. This list doesn't include the array of fanfiction I read in November.

The average number of pages for the fourteen books I completed was 346 (thanks, Brandon Sanderson!). In the case of the unfinished audiobooks, I used paper copies to determine what page I had gotten to. After all this, the total number of pages was:

(drum roll)

(still rolling)

(drummer rolling eyes at me)


Deploy the self-cleaning confetti!


schomj said...

Wow, that's quite an accomplishment! I tried to informally participate, but the class I'm taking made it not work out so well.

Now that your reading roulette year is almost over, are you thinking about doing it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Anna M said...

I am definitely going to keep going with that project next year, if only because it has brought a nice variety to my reading. However, I have learned that I can't really stick to just doing the project and have to let myself read things that catch my eye. And I'm getting a little better at quitting books when they're just not doing it for me.

jenna said...

nice job! while my 1200 pages pales in comparison, it's still probably 25% more than I would read in a normal month. the challenge definitely made me rethink my choices when I had free time.

i'm definitely up for doing it again. and without having a class at the same time, I'm sure I'll whiz right by that 1500 page goal. thanks for playing with me.