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Karsyn's Kickass Jocoserious, Kooky, Jannock book blog: A Month of Favorites ~ A Year in Books Timeline

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Month of Favorites ~ A Year in Books Timeline

A Month of Favorites is hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T & Estella's Revenge.

Today's "A Month of Favorites" post is about creating a timeline of your Year in Books. I read a LOT this year, so we'll see if I can figure out what kinds of things to post, where.

In Sept of last year, we have finally bought a PS3 along with the game we had been waiting on ~ Grand Theft Auto 5. We were playing the CRAP outta it, so as the year began, I only challenged myself to 152 (a jokey number between hubby and I) books for the year, figuring I'd be playing GTAV for quite a while. I was right, and the first few months of the year are light (for ME), but then the year really took off. :) I upped my goal at GoodReads twice, finally leaving it, and surpassing it, a month or so ago. I'll hit 300 books for the year, the most since I've started keeping track.

I was going to do my own pretty graph thing, but I couldn't get it to look how I wanted it to, and I'll spend all day on it, getting it just right, if I didn't stop now, so I just deleted it. You'll have to settle for a VERY long verbal graph, If you choose to read it all. Anyone notice that I love to ramble?!

As expected, the year started off light. I was playing a LOT of GTAV. It was the first game I've ever played online with real people, and I actually made "friends", as much as you can be friends, running around killing each other in the game. It was really fun and I really got into making races (as I knew I would) and I had a bunch of people who raced my races with me, no matter how crazy they got, and damn, did I make some C-R-A-Z-Y ass races!!! Not only did I make CRAZY races (Power Insane is my favorite), I also made over 100!!!! If you play GTAV on PS3, feel free to look up my races at Rockstar ~ ImzadiRose. Anyways, so I knew my reading would be light for me. I understand that I still read a ton to some people, even on my light months.

For the First Quarter of the year, I read just 45 books. I was mainly playing then, and just reading at night, or times that a book came out I was waiting on or one caught my attention. Notable books, or times, in the first 3 months of the year ~
  • Started my Blog on March 12th
  • Posted 9 blog posts
  • 18 new to me authors which accounted for 29 of my 45 books
  • January Favorite ~ Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • February Favorite ~ I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • March Favorite ~ All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  • 1st Q Favorite ~ Cinder
  • 1st Q Least Favorite ~ Night Owl by M. Pierce

Though still caught up in GTA in April, my interest started to decrease in May and I started getting back to my books, and my Blog started picking up in April. I discovered Read-a-Thons such as Dewey's and Bout of Books, and I made some blogging friends. For the 2nd Quarter of the year, I read 73 books. Here's what the second 3 months of the year looked like ~
  • Posted 90 Blog Posts!
  • Posted first Author Requested Book Review ~ Deadly Fantasies by Kelly Miller
  • Posted 17 Book Reviews
  • Participated in my first Dewey's Read-a-Thon
  • Participated in my first Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
  • 24 new to me authors which accounted for 39 of my 73 books
  • Read my favorite book of the year ~ The Shadow of the Wind
  • April Favorite ~ The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • May Favorites ~ Redshirts by John Scalzi & Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • June Favorite ~ The Witness by Nora Roberts
  • 2nd Q Favorite ~ The Shadow of the Wind ~ My Review
  • 2nd Q Least Favorite ~ The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

The 3rd Quarter of the year brought my most reading, by far. In July, I was part of a team challenge at GoodReads that ended up running 7 weeks, from mid July until the end of August. My team started off strong and stayed strong. We fell out of first place only one time, the whole 7 weeks and ended up winning the challenge ~ YAY Astronomers!! :) It was a TON of fun and I really really pushed myself, especially in August, when there was another round of Bout of Books. For the 3 months, I read 120 books ~ 58 of which were during the month of August! It was a crazy, but fun time. Here's how the 3rd Q of the year looked ~
  • Posted 88 Blog Posts!
  • Posted 20 Book Reviews
  • Favorite Posts ~ I talked extensively about Erotica, talking Sex & my view of BDSM
  • In August, discovered I like some comics! Have read 56 to date (Dec 10th)
  • In September, I discovered the TBR List Poll meme, which I love.
  • 38 new to me authors which accounted for 57 of my 120 books
  • July Favorites ~ Close your Eyes by Iris Johansen & Timebound by Rysa Walker
  • August Favorite ~ Lock In by John Scalzi
  • September Favorite ~ Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
  • 3rd Q Favorite ~ Lock In ~ My Review
  • 3rd Q Least Favorite ~ Ruse by Kaley Copely

Finally, the 4th Quarter is still in swing. Depending on how these last 3 weeks go, I look to be on par with my 2nd Quarter number of books. In Oct & Nov I read 49 books, and so far for Dec (as of the 10th) I'm at 9 books, with 2 I will likely finish today. I have completed 296 books for the year (so far) and am excited to surpass 300 soon!
  • So far, I've posted 50 Blog Posts!
  • Posted 11 Book Reviews
  • Favorite Post ~ Posted about our 10 Year Anniversary
  • VOTE NOW on what book I should read in Dec for the TBR List Poll
  • 16 new to me authors which accounted for 25 of my 58 (and counting) books
  • Have read 296 books, so far, this year
  • Have read 56 comics, so far, this year
  • October Favorites ~ 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper
  • November Favorite ~ The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
  • December (so far) Favorite ~ Horde by Ann Aguirre
  • 4th Q Favorite ~ The Great Zoo of China ~ My Review
  • 4th Q Least Favorite ~ Queen of Clubs by Katie de Long

Graph Style ~

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And now, if you made it this far, I THANK YOU!! I will end this here and give your tired eyes a break. As for me, I suddenly have the desire to go make a race!! GTAV, here I come! :)


  1. Terrific stats!!! You did a great job with your post!!! Thanks for sharing for #amonthoffaves!

    1. Thanks, and thanks for visiting and hosting the link up! :)

  2. 58 books in one month! 196 (so far) for year! Wow!

    1. 296, so far. :) Yeah, August was crazy. We really wanted to win that challenge, and did. I was a little burnt out after that, but it was fun! :) Thanks for visiting!

  3. You already know I think you're a rock star on the numbers front, but I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your sex/BDSM posts! I don't anticipate posting my thoughts about it on my blog anytime soon ;), but really enjoyed your honest, open take! Thanks for it.

    1. Oh, I'm glad you checked out those posts and enjoyed them. I LOVE talking about sex, almost as much as talking about books. :) It was nice to have that read-a-thon time, even if not many people joined in. I could definitely talk more about sex/BDSM all the time, but that might need to be a separate blog, someday. :)

  4. Great post! I love the way you organized this. Putting your faves for each month was a great idea.

    1. Thanks, and thanks for visiting! Since I read so much, going by Quarters and monthly favorites was the best way I could think of to timeline my hear. It was fun revisiting everything I've read this year! :)

  5. Awesome detailed verbal timeline! Thank you for sharing with us!

  6. I'm currently doing something like this for later this month and its so fun looking at what you read over the year! I see a few favorites that I have on my list to read, so I'm going to have to bump them up the list!