2012 Challenges

Of course, I am joining the South Asian Challenge, hosted by myself

My goal is to read 30 books that qualify for the challenge.

What’s in a Name 5, hosted by Beth Fish Reads

The categories for this year are:

  1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title
  2. A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title
  3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title
  4. A book with a type of house in the title
  5. A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title
  6. A book with a something you’d find on a calendar in the title


2012 Audiobook Challenge, hosted by Teresa’s Reading Corner

My goal for this challenge is to listen to 12 audiobooks (1 per month) in 2012

2012 Middle East Challenge, hosted by Helen’s Book Blog

This challenge includes books from and about the countries/areas of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

My goal is to read 5 books for this challenge.

2012 Ebook Challenge, hosted by Workaday Reads

I’m aiming for the DVD level, which consists of reading 25 ebooks over the year.  I’m actually hoping to do more like 35, but the next level up of the challenge is 50, which is probably not realistic.

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012, hosted by My Reader’s Block

This challenge aims to encourage you to read your own books acquired prior to January 1, 2012 instead of review copies.  My goal for the year is Mt. Ararat, or 40 books.

Back to the Classics Challenge 2012, hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much

This is one I’m pretty sure I am going to fail, but I’ve been wanting to read more classics, so it appeals to me!

  • Any 19th Century Classic
  • Any 20th Century Classic
  • Reread a classic of your choice
  • A Classic Play
  • Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  • Classic Romance
  • Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language
  • Classic Award Winner
  • Read a Classic set in a Country that you probably will not visit during your lifetime

Criminal Plots II, hosted by Jen’s Book Thoughts

  1. Novel with a weapon in the title
  2. Book published at least 10 years ago
  3. Book written by an author from the state/provinence/etc. where you live.
  4. Book written by an author using a pen name
  5. Crime novel whose protagonist is the opposite gender of the author
  6. A stand-alone novel written by an author who writes at least one series

I am also continuing with the Amy Einhorn Challenge, the Reagan Arthur Challenge, and my Booker Prize Challenge.

Challenge: Sign-Ups for Even More 2011 Challenges…

You might call it an obsession.  Maybe even a sickness.  I simply cannot get enough of some of the great challenges being hosted in 2011!  This is my third (and hopefully last) comprehensive sign-up post.

The Book Junkie’s Bookshelf is hosting the Support Your Local Library Challenge.  I participated in that challenge for 2010 and sadly, it looks like I’m going to be one book short of finishing the challenge.  I want to do more in 2011 and to utilize my public library more fully, so I’m definitely in for this one again.  I made it to 24 books this year, so I’m only signing up for the minimum for the challenge, 30 books.

The Ladybug Reads is hosting a 2011 E-Book Challenge.  I participated in and enjoyed this challenge last year, so I’m happy to be participating again this year!  I’m in for the “Obsessed” level, which means I have to read 20 ebooks in 2011.  I don’t think this one will be too hard since I do read a lot of ebooks.

Sheila at Book Journey is hosting one of the most interesting challenges I’ve ever come across.  It’s called the 2011 Where Are You Reading Challenge, and the challenge is to basically read one book set in each of the 50 states in the US, for a total of 50 books.  However, every book you read is eligible for this challenge.  The way it works is you create a map on Google Maps and then stick a pin for every book you read.  It’s a great way to see “where” you read.  I’m not sure I’m going to fulfill the 50 states part of the challenge (though I will try), but I find the idea of a reading map fascinating!

Challenge: More 2011 Sign-Ups + A Readalong!

TwentyEleven Challenge – I enjoyed the TwentyTen Challenge, hosted by Bart’s Bookshelf, so I was excited when the TwentyEleven Challenge was announced!  It runs from January 1 through December 31, 2011.  To fulfill the requirements of the challenge, I need to read a minimum of one book and maximum of two books in each of the following categories.

1. To YA or not YA… (read 1 or 2 YA titles, since I mostly read adult fiction)

2. …With a Twist (focus on a subgenre I don’t normally read)

3. Hot off the Presses (book(s) published in 2011)

4. It Wasn’t Me (Books picked up on the recommendation of another blogger)

5. Show it Who is Boss! (TBR books already on your shelf as of December 2010)

6. Bablefish (A book in translation)

7. Will-Power? What Will-Power? (Book bought new during 2011)

8. Mind the Gap (Final book needed to complete/get caught up on a series)

9. Back in the Day (Re-read an old favorite)

10. Way Back When (Published before you were born)

11. Slim Pickings (Any book between 90 and 150 pages long)


Another challenge I’m entering is the Foodie’s Reading Challenge, hosted by Margot from Joyfully Retired.  I’m joining at the “Gourmet” level, which means I need to read 10-12 foodie books – these can be memoirs, a food biography/history, cookbooks, or novels that center around food.  As I love foodie books, this is a challenge I’m really looking forward to!


It’s not really a challenge, but I’m also joining the 2011 Maisie Dobbs readalong, hosted by Book Club Girl!  This is a series I have always been wanting to read, so I figure this is the perfect chance to do so.  The schedule is a little tight, so I’m not sure how well I’m going to be able to keep up, but I want to at least get through the first few books!

January 14th – Maisie Dobbs
January 31st – Birds of a Feather
February 14th – Pardonable Lies
February 22nd – Paperback edition of The Mapping of Love and Death goes on sale
February 28th – Messenger of Truth
March 14th – An Incomplete Revenge
March 22nd – Hardcover of A Lesson in Secrets goes on sale
March 28th- Among the Mad
April 11th- The Mapping of Love and Death
April 25th – A Lesson in Secrets

I’m also joining the 2011 Audiobook Challenge, hosted by Teresa’s Reading Corner.  I just got into audiobooks in 2010 and have really been enjoying them!  I’m joining at the Addicted level, which means I need to listen to 12 audiobooks in 2011.

Challenge: 2011 Challenges Sign-Up Post

Here are the challenges I’m planning on participating in next year. I’m combining these into one post so you don’t have to wade through multiple challenge sign-up posts to find my reviews. All of these challenges run from January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011

For the What’s In A Name 4 Challenge, hosted by Beth Fish Reads, I have to read one book in each of the following categories:

1. A book with a number in the title
2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title
3. A book with a size in the title
4. A book with travel or movement in the title
5. A book with evil in the title
6. A book with a life stage in the title


I’m also participating in the brand new Criminal Plots 2011 Challenge hosted by Jen Forbus.  I have to read one book in each of the following categories:

1. A book by a new to you author who’s blurbed a book you enjoyed. So check out the cover of a crime fiction book you’ve enjoyed and see who blurbed that book and is also an author you’ve never read before.
2. A book that has been made into a movie. It doesn’t have to be a movie you’ve seen but it can be. The book, however, should be one you haven’t read before.
3. A book with a protagonist opposite your own gender. So if you’re female, the protagonist should be male; if you’re male the protagonist should be female.
4. A book set outside the country in which you live.
5. A book that’s the first in a new-to-you series.
6. A book by a 2011 debut author.

I’m participating once again in the E-Book Challenge for 2011.  This is hosted at The Ladybug Reads

I’m signing up at the Obsessed level, which requires me to read 20 ebooks over the course of the year.




A new-to-me challenge this year is the 2011 Global Reading Challenge.  This is hosted by Dorte, a new-to-me blogger!  I will be signing up at the Easy level, which requires me to read one book set on the following continents:

North America (find a country, state, or author that is new-to-me)
South America
For the seventh continent, I can either read a book set in Antarctica or in a fictional setting. 

I will also be joining the Graphic Novels 2011 Challenge, hosted by Vasilly.  I’m still new to graphic novels, so I’m signing up at the Beginner level, which calls for 3 graphic novels/comics.




Another challenge that is new this year is Violetcrush’s South and Southeast Asia Challenge.  (She kindly excluded South Asia from her challenge, since I already have a South Asian Challenge!) 

I am signing up at the minimum level, for 3 books, though I will likely read more than that over the course of the year.


The 2011 Gothic Reading Challenge sounds really interesting, and you know I love gothic mysteries!  I will be signing up at the 5 book level.



I’m also continuing with my perpetual challenges: The Booker Shortlists (1990-Present), the Amy Einhorn Challenge, and the Reagan Arthur Challenge.  I may sign up for more challenges, but this is all I’m planning to do for right now.

Challenge: South Asian Challenge 2011 Sign-Up Post

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that I’m signing up for the challenge I’m hosting in 2011, the South Asian Challenge.  If you’re interested in this challenge and would like more information, please see this post.  You can sign up here.  I’m signing up at the South Asian Guru level, which means I will read […]

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COMPLETED: E-Book Challenge 2010

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COMPLETED: South Asian Author Challenge

I’m thrilled to say I’ve completed the South Asian Author Challenge – I’m really happy with the 10 books I read for it.  However, there are many more books by South Asian authors that I still want to read, so I’m going to continue keeping track of the books I read on my Challenges page. […]

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COMPLETED: Chunkster Challenge

I’m excited to announce I’ve completed the Chunkster Challenge! I’m especially proud of this because I recall that it took me a lot longer than this to finish it last year.   February 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011 1. Angelology – Danielle Trussoni 2. Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh 3. The Scarlet Lion […]

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