Thursday, November 17, 2011

2012 Reading Challenges

I'm really excited to stretch my reading horizons further next year and in order to push myself I've signed up for four new challenges for 2012!

First up, I signed on to Curiosity Killed the Bookworm's Sci-Fi Challenge!  For this challenge, the object is to read one Sci-Fi book per month - I'm super excited!  Some possibilities I'm thinking about:

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler (I meant to read this in 2011 but never got around to it!)
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Triptych by J.M. Frey
  • Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
  • WE by John Dickinson
  • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
and many many more!

I also signed up for Beth Fish Reads' What's in a Name 5 Challenge.  It's such a creative challenge!  The object is to read one book from each of the following categories:
  • A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: I'll probably read The Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title: I'm thinking Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • A book with a creepy crawly in the title: I'll likely read The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison
  • A book with a type of house in the title: I'm think I might choose I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: I'll probably read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • A book with a something you'd find on a calendar in the title: I'm thinking Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory

Additionally, I signed up for the Back to the Classics Challenge 2012 hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much!  This should be relatively easy for me to accomplish since my book club will be doing a round of classic books starting in February.
  • Any 19th Century Classic
  • Any 20th Century Classic
  • Reread a classic of your choice
  • A Classic Play - I might kill 2 birds with 1 stone and re-read some Shakespeare :)
  • Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  • Classic Romance
  • Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your languange
  • Classic Award Winner 
  • Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime

And lastly, but definitely not least, I signed up for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012 hosted by My Reader's Block.  I was already challenging myself to get some of the books on my shelves read - but hopefully this challenge will keep that a priority!  I'm going for the Pike's Peak level (12 books from my pile) - because with 4 challenges total (and my undying love of the library) this is realistically what I will get accomplished.

Phew!  That's all of them!  What challenges are you guys signed up for?


  1. Good luck on all of the challenges, they all look great!

  2. So far I've signed up for a challenge about reading library books (might be a good one for you too) and one to read all of the Harry Potter books this year.

    I'm considering doing the Mount TBR challenge but I wish you were allowed to read books that you didn't own. The way I keep my TBR list is that I put books on it that I don't necessarily own but want to read. Like you, I'm library obsessed. I might make my own challenge for myself...

  3. Gosh there are SO MANY challenges I want to do, but I have only officially signed up for two of them. Most of them I have bookmarked until I can make a decision. I'm scared I'll sign up for a few and then, when I just cannot possibly take another one, the most awesome one EVER will come along. That's how my life works.

    The What's In A Name challenge looks really neat and charming. So I'm probably gonna bookmark that one too. This is getting WAY out of hand...

  4. Welcome to Mount TBR! So glad you'll be mountain climbing with us.

  5. 4 great challenges - very ambitious! I'm also probably going to sign up for the What's in a Name challenge. I love seeing I Capture the Castle on your list. One of my favs! Good luck!

  6. Great Challenges. I am hosting one myself this year, and hope to participate in 5. I've signed up for three so far...just gotta find two more that catch my interest. :)

  7. I've been hoping to see some list of challenges; I'd love to join some more next year. I think I'm going for "Back to the Classics" and "Mount TBR." Good luck!