The old year has ended; the new one has begun. However, with the ending of the old is a report on the status of the resolutions before making any new ones.
To begin with, this pedometer geek managed to lose her pedometer midway through the month; thus, the step totals for December were some of the worst for the year. I only managed to record a little more than 79, 900 steps which included only one day of aerobic steps. Fortunately for this slacking pedometer geek, my sister Connie gave me a new pedometer for a Christmas present so that I am, once again, able to count my steps. As an aside, she also purchased one for herself so she will also counting her steps. Whether she becomes a true pedometer geek remains to be seen.
For the year, the high-water mark was the month of May when I logged over 276,000 steps on my pedometer. My highest total for aerobic steps (over 68,000) occurred in June. Both January and December had the lowest step totals. Coincidentally, those were the two months in which I lost my pedometer. Overall, there is vast room for improvement in the new year, if only to keep hold of my pedometer.
In my resolution regarding my reading, I had mixed results. My main resolution was to read more books than the previous year. Not only did I read more books in 2012 than in 2011, I had personally set myself a goal to read at least one hundred books, and I succeeded. Since I started recording the books I read, this was the most that I have read. Whether I ever repeat this feat or not remains to be seen.
I also had two bookcrossing.com challenges to complete. In the first one, the SIY (set-it-yourself) challenge, I came up short. I had chosen to read a particular fifteen books, but as the year ended, I was still reading three of them and had not even started the last one. Those four books as well as ten other books that I have chosen will make up the first quarter's SIY challenge.
The other bookcrossing challenge that I participated in was the pages-read challenge. Like the SIY challenge, it is a goal set by me. I originally chose 30,000 pages to be read over the year, but when I passed that number a few months ago, I upped my challenge to 35,000 pages read. While it was close, I managed to eke out 35, 145 pages read (based on the completion of books) for the year.
During the month, I read (completed) a total of nine books of various genres including thrillers, YA, general literature, and nonfiction. Overall, it was a diverse group of reads.
In the month of December, I read (finished) the following books:
Home for Christmas--Andrew Greeley *
Opal on Dry Ground--Sandra Scofield
Bared to You--Sylvia Day *
The Serpent's Shadow--Rick Riordan
Hiding in the Shadows--Kay Hooper
Making it Up as I go Along--Maria T. Lennon
Use All the Crayons: A Simple Guide to Happiness--Chris Rodell
Harvesting the Heart--Jodi Picoult
The Mark of Athena--Rick Riordan
While all are worthy of discussion, only a few will be highlighted. First are the two YA novels written by Rick Riordan. Riordan is known as the author of the Tres Navarre mysteries, but he has also added the title of YA and Tween author to his vitae. In these two YA novels, he tackles mythology once again. In The Serpent's Shadow he provides a satisfying conclusion to the Kane Chronicles which feature Sadie and Carter Kane battling the Egyptian gods to prevent chaos from destroying our world. In this series, he brings Egyptian mythology to the fore, and readers, young and old, will learn a great deal about all of the gods who ruled in Egypt.
The Mark of Athena is the third book in the series that features a mixture of Roman and Greek mythology. Here, there are teen demi-gods (half human/ half god) battling their counterparts in wild adventures and quests in order to save earth and re-establish peace from these same gods and titans, who manipulate the lives of all. Since this is only the third book in the series, Riordan leaves the reader hanging as to the outcome of the saga. Each of the series has a list of the gods so that the reader can keep all the mythology straight. Not only are they enjoyable reads, but a reader can only learn (or remember) the myths and legends.
The last book of note is Red Room's own Chris Rodell's book, Use All the Crayons: A Simple Guide to Happiness. Presented in a humorous style, it is a delightful read. He intersperses suggestions on ways to find simple things to do to make a person's world a bit more colorful with personal essays, called Colorful Day Diary entries, explaining one or more of his suggestions more fully. We live in a serious world with serious issues and events that we hear about 24/7. Rodell doesn't discount them, but he tries to lighten up an individual's world as counterpoint to all the seriousness. With all these pressing issues, a book with all its tips might just be the thing a person needs to read. I've tried a few of them and intend to do more in the coming year. Why don't you? Following Tip # 501, enough about that.
Enough about December's reads, too. In a subsequent blog post, I'll reflect on the whole of 2012's reads, trends in reading, and my resolutions for 2013.
* SIY book
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