2012 Outdo Yourself Challenge

, by Kt Clapsadl

2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

  • Runs January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012 (books read prior to 1/1/12 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2012 than you did in 2011. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you could track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.
     Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
     Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
     Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
     I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books

Well, last year I read 301 books, and at times I was falling behind that goal, so I'm going to shoot for the first category of getting my heart rate up. So, at least 302. Whew!

Here's my list of books so far:

*Update 8/28: I'm a very goal oriented person, and I really hate not making the goals I've set. However that being said, my situation is currently changing and I just do not feel I can quite keep up with the rigorous pace need to read over 300 books again this year. When you break that down, that means that I have to read over 80% of a book every single day just to keep up. Between my new job, and the 1.5 hours I lose each day with driving to my daughter's school to pick her up, plus running my son to and from preschool, as well as my desire to get to the gym some century, not to mention my household responsibilities and spending time with my family, I just simply can't get that much reading in any more. So since I haven't fallen too far behind, I'm going to lower my over all goal by 27 books making it an even 275, and re-evaluate it later if necessary.

*Update 11/12: Unfortunately lessening my goal by 27 book only created a short-lived breather. As much as I still love to read, the pressure to keep up with my goals is making it a chore. With all of my other responsibilities, I just need to lower my goal again to make things more comfortable. I simply cannot handle not meeting a goal, and as much as it pains me to lower it, I really need to. So I'm knocking it down another 15 books to bring the total to 260. That leaves me with 23 left to go for the year, which is a little over 3 books per week. Considering the holidays coming up, I'll be very happy if I am able to squeeze that many books in. Otherwise, there may just be another reducing update in store. 
  1. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison 
  2. Storms's Heart by Thea Harrison
  3. To Walk the Night by E.S. Moore
  4. If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell
  5. Serpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison
  6. Horizon by Sophie Littlefield
  7. Hidden by Kelley Armstrong
  8. Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan
  9. Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall
  10. Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent
  11. Night Reigns by Dianne Duvall
  12. Shaded Vision by Yasmine Galenorn
  13. Visions of Magic by Regan Hastings
  14. Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus
  15. Tales of the Shareem by Allyson James (Short books, I'm counting the series as 1)
  16. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (Audiobook Re-read)
  17. Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
  18. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (Re-read)
  19. Siren by Tricia Rayburn
  20. Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane
  21. Raven Calls by C.E. Murphy
  22. If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl
  23. Undone by Rachel Caine
  24. Unknown by Rachel Caine
  25. Unseen by Rachel Caine
  26. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
  27. My Big Old Texas Heartache by Geralyn Dawson
  28. Partials by Dan Wells
  29. Gypsy Nights by Mandy M. Roth
  30. Maid for the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello
  31. Ra's Chosen Series by Marisa Chenery (Short books, I'm counting the series as 1)
  32. Legend by Marie Lu
  33. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
  34. Black Jack by Mari Carr
  35. Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff
  36. Wolves of East Anglia by Marisa Chenery (Short books, I'm counting the series as 1)
  37. Easy Pickings by Faith Hunter & C.E. Murphy
  38. Vampire's Kiss by Veronica Wolff
  39. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  40. Dangerous Grounds by Shelli Stevens
  41. Angels' Flight by Nalini Singh
  42. The Rent-A-Groom by Jennifer Blake
  43. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  44. Black Wings by Christina Henry
  45. Thread of Death by Jennifer Estep
  46. Black Night by Christina Henry
  47. Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown
  48. Black Howl by Christina Henry
  49. Scent of Passion by Elizabeth Lapthorne
  50. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  51. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer 
  52. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  53. Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
  54. Spider's Revenge (Audiobook Re-read)
  55. Fated by Benedict Jacka 
  56. Unbroken by Rachel Caine
  57. Pale Demon by Kim Harrison (Re-read)
  58. A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
  59. Catch Me If You Can by Nina Bruhns
  60. Sweet Revenge by Nina Bruhns
  61. Sweet Suspicion by Nina Bruhns
  62. The Misconception by Darlene Gardner
  63. The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter
  64. By a Thread by Jennifer Estep 
  65. Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper
  66. Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
  67. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
  68. My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent (Re-Read Review)
  69. Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
  70. Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison 
  71. The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens
  72. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
  73. Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin 
  74. Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin
  75. Magic Without Mercy by Devon Monk
  76. Fierce Dawn by Amber Scott
  77. The Shape of Desire by Sharon Shinn
  78. The Thirteenth Sacrifice by Debbie Viguie 
  79. Return of the Runaway Bride by Donna Fasano 
  80. Adversaries and Lovers by Patricia Watters
  81. The Prophet by Amanda Stevens
  82. Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne
  83. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  84. Under Attack by Hannah Jayne
  85. Under Suspicion by Hannah Jayne 
  86. And One Last Thing by Molly Harper
  87. Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
  88. Fated by Alyson Noel
  89. Divorced, Desperate, and Delicious by Christie Craig
  90. Ascension by Felicity Heaton
  91. Black Dawn by Rachel Caine 
  92. My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent (Re-Read Review)
  93. Twelfth Moon by Lori Villarreal 
  94. Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson
  95. Eve by Anna Carey
  96. Justified Deception by Patricia Watters
  97. See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
  98. Silence by Michelle Sagara 
  99. The Trouble With Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson
  100. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  101. True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
  102. A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer
  103. Nothing but Trouble by Rachel Gibson
  104. Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson
  105. The Impossible Cube by Steven Harper
  106. Sex, Lies, and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson
  107. I'm In No Mood for Love by Rachel Gibson
  108. Tangled Up in You by Rachel Gibson
  109. Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson
  110. Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
  111. My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent (Re-Read Review)
  112. Lola Reveals All by Rachel Gibson
  113. Daisy's Back in Town by Rachel Gibson
  114. Arise by Tara Hudson
  115. Revived by Cat Patrick
  116. The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze 
  117. Crazy on You by Rachel Gibson
  118. Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
  119. Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
  120. Take Me by Bella Andre
  121. Love Me by Bella Andre 
  122. The Look of Love by Bella Andre
  123. Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs
  124. From This Moment On by Bella Andre 
  125. Tempest Unleashed by Tracey Deebs
  126. Blood Kin by M.J. Scott
  127. Blazing the Trail by Deborah Cooke
  128. Can't Help Falling in Love by Bella Andre
  129. Surviving Passion by Maia Underwood
  130. Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione
  131. I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre
  132. Intimate Strangers by Laura Taylor
  133. Almost a Bride by Patricia McLinn
  134. If I Die by Rachel Vincent (Re-Read Review)
  135. Cursed by Benedict Jacka
  136. Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown 
  137. Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler
  138. Intangible by J. Meyer
  139. Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells 
  140. Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson
  141. If You Were Mine by Bella Andre
  142. In a Fix by Linda Grimes
  143. Red Hot Fury by Kasey Mackenzie
  144. Darkness Devours by Keri Arthur 
  145. The Hunter and the Hunted by Kelley Armstrong
  146. Tin Swift by Devon Monk
  147. The Asylum Interviews: Bronx by Jocelynn Drake
  148. Blood and Bullets by James R Tuck
  149. Green-Eyed Envy by Kasey Mackenzie
  150. Blackhearted Betrayal by Kasey Mackenzie 
  151. Grave Memory by Kalayna Price
  152. The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
  153. Dragon Justice by Laura Anne Gilman
  154. Sin's Dark Caress by Tracey O'Hara
  155. Blood Fever by Veronica Wolff
  156. Hearts of Darkness by Kira Brady
  157. Otherkin by Nina Berry 
  158. Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh (Audiobook Re-read)
  159. Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
  160. Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh (Audiobook Re-read)
  161. Bedeviled by Sable Grace
  162. Blood and Silver by James R. Tuck
  163. Chosen by Sable Grace
  164. Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
  165. Darklands by Nancy Holzner
  166. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
  167. Savage Hunger by Terry Spear
  168. Shift by Kim Curran
  169. Immortally Yours by Angie Fox
  170. Two Weeks' Notice by Rachel Caine
  171. Primal Possession by Katie Reus
  172. Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway
  173. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
  174. Fever Moon by Karen Marie Moning
  175. Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
  176. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
  177. Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong 
  178. How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde
  179. Silver by Talia Vance
  180. Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
  181. Archangel's Consort (Audiobook Re-Read)
  182. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
  183. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
  184. Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield
  185. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (Re-Read) 
  186. Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne
  187. The Asylum Tales: Trixie
  188. Boyfriend From Hell by Jamie Quaid
  189. Archangel's Blade (Audiobook Re-Read) 
  190. How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde
  191. Headstrong by Meg Maguire
  192. Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
  193. Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
  194. Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall
  195. Into the Woods by Kim Harrison
  196. Haunted by Jeanne C. Stein
  197. Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh
  198. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Audiobook Re-Read) 
  199. Fury's Kiss by Karen Chance
  200. Covet by Melissa Darnell
  201. Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison (Audiobook Re-Read)
  202. Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay
  203. Angels' Flight by Nalini Singh (Audiobook Re-Read) 
  204. Angel's Ink by Jocelynn Drake
  205. The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa 
  206. Let Me Be The One by Bella Andre
  207. Wrong Bed, Right Guy by Katee Robert
  208. Alchemystic by Anton Strout
  209. Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
  210. Black Lament by Christina Henry 
  211. All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey
  212. Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
  213. Construction Beauty Queen by Sara Daniel
  214. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione (Audiobook Re-Read)
  215. Mortal Ties by Eileen Wilks
  216. Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine
  217. Chasers by James Phelan
  218. Adaptation by Malinda Lo
  219. Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione (Audiobook Re-Read)
  220. Darkness Hunts by Keri Arthur
  221. Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione (Audiobook Re-Read)
  222. The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams
  223. Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer
  224. Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione (Audiobook Re-Read)
  225. Daughter of the Spellcaster by Maggie Shayne
  226. Sin Undone by Larissa Ione (Audiobook Re-Read)
  227. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
  228. Magic for a Price by Devon Monk
  229. Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews
  230. Lucky Girl by Cate Lord
  231. The Dragon Men by Steven Harper
  232. Undeadly by Michelle Vail
  233. Blood Crime by Kim Harrison
  234. Touched by Corrine Jackson
  235. Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione (Audiobook Re-Read)
  236. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
  237. The Prey by Andrew Fukuda
  238. The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
  239. Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
  240. All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey   
  241. Othermoon by Nina Berry
  242. The Farm by Emily McKay
  243. Ever After by Kim Harrison 
  244. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
  245. The Trouble With Fate by Leigh Evans
  246. Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione (Audiobook Re-Read)
  247. Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre
  248. Tainted Night, Tainted Blood by E.S. Moore
  249. Sultry With a Twist by Macy Beckett
  250. A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett 
  251. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper (Audiobook Re-Read)
  252. House Rules by Chloe Neill
  253. All I Want For Christmas is a Duke by Delilah Marvelle & Maire Claremont    
  254. Blessed by a Demon's Mark by E.S. Moore
  255. Blood of the Sorceress by Maggie Shayne 
  256. Prodigy by Marie Lu
  257. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
  258. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  259. What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis
  260. Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington                  
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