Monday, January 05, 2009

2008 Reading Stats

Here's my stat's for the year. Please note that I tracked all this for the 100,000 Book Challenge at (eHQ). That's why I have all the break downs for various things revolving around eHQ
2008 Reading Goals:
150 Books Total
50% from Harlequin Lines (for their annual Book Challenge)
Actual Numbers:
Harlequin books: 98
Other books: 89
Harlequin: 52% of total
Other Books: 48%

Print books: 81
eBooks: 19
audio books: 87
Print: 43%
eBooks: 10%
Audio: 47%

Harlequin Lines I've read during the challenge (* indicates first time I read the line):
* Harlequin American Romance - 3
Harlequin Blaze - 6
* Harlequin Historical Undone - 1
* Harlequin Mini - 4
Harlequin Romance - 3
Harlequin SuperRomance - 1
HQN - 2
Luna - 2
MIRA - 26
Silhouette Desire - 12
Silhouette Nocturne - 5
* Silhouette Nocturne Bites - 6
Silhouette Romantic Suspense - 7
* Silhouette Special Edition - 1
Silhouette Special Releases - 1
Steeple Hill Love Inspired - 8
* Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical - 2
* Gold Eagle - 12
New to Me Lines (% just from full length HQ line books read): 18%

My goals for 2009:
Total 200 books
50% Harlequin Lines
At least one book each month from the featured line for Harlequin's 60th Anniversary Celebration
At least 25% from my TBR (to be read which include past purchased audio books)

My December Reads

I had an excellent reading month in december, but that's thanks to my nice long two week vacation over the holidays. I read a total of 22 books thi month and 4 novella length eBooks. My personal reading goal for the year was 150 and I came in at 187 books for the year! yay me! So I blew away my goal again this year. I intend to write a 2008 Wrap Up as well with all my stats.


(164) Book 1 -  Frontier Courtship by Valerie Hansen (print) (HQ)
(165) Book 2 - Everything but a Wedding by Holly Jacobs
(166) Book 3 - Mission: Christmas by Lindsay McKenna and Susan Grant
(167) Book 4 - Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
(168) Book 5 - The Journey Home by Linda Ford
(169) Book 6 - The Player by Rhonda Nelson
(170) Book 7 - Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler
(171) Book 8 - The Golden Valkyrie by Iris Johansen
(173) Book 9 - The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
(174) Book 10 - Wolfsbane and Mistletoe Anthology edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner
(175) Book 11 - Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
(176) Book 12 - Demon's Hunger by Eve Silver
(177) Book 13 - The Gypsy Inheritance Book 1: Between Strangers by Linda Conrad
(178) Book 14 - A Bride for All Seasons Book 4: Marry-Me Christmas by Shirley Jump
(179) Book 15 - Dorina Basarab Book 1: Midnight's Daughter by Karen Chance
(180) Book 16 - Rescued by the Magic of Christmas by Melissa McClone
(182) Book 17 - All I Want for Christmas by Stacy Connelly
(183) Book 18 - The Demonborn Book 1: Insatiable Desire by Rita Herron
(184) Book 19 - Small Town Christmas: Return to Promise by Debbie Macomber
(185) Book 20 - Small Town Christmas: Mail Order Bride by Debbie Macomber
(186) Book 21 - The Touch of Twilight: The Third Sign of the Zodiac by Vicki Pettersson
(187) Book 22 - Homecoming Heroes Book 6: Homefront Holiday by Jillian Hart


And a few shorts (the number in parentheses before titles is where they fell in my running counter for the year):
The Viking's Foridden Love Slave by Michelle Willingham (eBook) (HQ)
The Pack: Mate of the Wolf by Karen Whiddon (eBook) (HQ)
Mortal Enemy, Immortal Lover by Olivia Gates (eBook) (HQ)
Mahina's Storm by Vivi Anna (eBook) (HQ)


Current Reads:
Dream Catcher by Anna Leonard (eBook)
The Ebony Swan by Phyllis A Whitney (print) 
Rogue Angel Book 13: Gabriel's Horn by Alex Archer (audio)


Next up:
American Dad's Book 3: Once Upon a Valentine's Day by Holly Jacobs (print)

2008 New Year's Resolutions Recap

I had to go hunt this down to see how I did. LOL Here are my results:

1. - Well I did manage to pay off two or three cards completely. One I cancelled, one I kept for emergencies since it is a low limit only around $1500.00. One I had them cut my credit limit in half after I paid it off but haven't yet made up my mind if I'll cancel it or not. And another one I just had the credit limit cut almost in half today (1/5/09).

2. - well some weeks were worse than others.

3. - uh... nope, didn't happen. Started strong but...

4. - I did join a gym and started dieting. I lost about 20 lbs then stalled out. Haven't gained any back though. :-)  Still did really well on the gym through until the holidays when I went home.

5. - Sort of. Still ate out too much but stopped, for the most part, buying the stuff I shouldn't be eating.

6. - Did really well most of the year but towards the end of the year had to pull a couple hundred out for Christmas presents.

7. - Read a total of 187 books and more than 50% were Harlequins, not much more than 50%, but still, I beat it. :-)

2008 Resolutions:
1. Continue to work on getting out of debt. Get more credit cards paid off and cancelled while not building up even more debt.
2. Stop goofing so much at work. 
3. Get caught up on reviews (and review books I need to read) and keep caught up. 
4. Start exercising again and get in shape again and lose this darned 45-50 lbs again! 
5. Eat healthier. 
6. Get more money put away in savings in case of emergencies or exciting opportunities.
7. Read 150 books and keep up my 50/50 or Harlequin books vs other books that I need for the challenge.

2009 New Year's Resolutions

Here are my New Year's Resolutions for 2009. Let's hope I do even better this than last year!
1. Continue getting out of debt. Pay off at least two more credit cards and cancel them.
2. Work harder at work to finish projects promptly and as good as I can do them.
3. Get caught up on review books (and review books I read just for fun) and keep caught up.
4. Continue weight loss regimen and lost the 24 lbs I still want to drop.
5. Eat healthier.
6. Streamline at home and get rid of all the excess STUFF I don't need.
7. Be better about staying on top of house cleaning.
8. Keep in touch better with friends and relatives.
9. Get more money into savings.
10. Read a total of 200 books (at least 25% from my TBR) and maintain the 50/50 Harlequin ratio needed for the annual Book Challenge at the Harlequin Boards.
What about you? What are your resoltions?