In my previous post, I said that I was avoiding the task of assembling reading goals for this year. But, as I also said, I’m committed to read 70 books in 2012. Nana of ImageNations and I were tweeting about our “low” numbers in 2011, one thing led to another and soon out pops the number 70. Now I feel that without some structure, I may not make that number. Enter reading challenges. I’ve selected my usual favorites and some other fun ones. I’ll probably cover them all in two posts.
What’s In A Name 5
This is one of my favorite challenges. Between January 1 and December 31, 2012, participants are to read one book each with words in the title from the following categories:
- Topographical feature (land formation)
- Something you’d see in the sky
- Creepy Crawly
- A Type of House
- Something you’d carry in your pocket, purse or backpack
- Something you’d find on a calendar
This will be my third year of doing this challenge and I believe these categories are the hardest and trickiest to date. I congratulate the host, Beth Fish Reads, for coming up with them. It’s going to be fun. As always, participants are encouraged to be creative in matching books to the categories.
100 Shots of Short
My perennial challenge to read 100 short stories in a given year. To help with this challenge, I usually review short stories on Mondays.
The Eastern European Reading Challenge 2012
I wanted to sign up for this challenges last year but I never did. Luckily its host, Black Sheep Dances, is continuing it in 2012. I’m a fan of Czech literature but in recent years my readings in that area has ceased and I miss it. Participants can “shoot for 4, 8 or 12 titles and must chose books from the following countries: Croatia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Belarus, Estonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Romania, Moldova, and Kosovo”. I will read 4 books and will choose from the following titles:
- Glorious Nemesis by Ladislav Klima
- The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek
- The Engineer of Human Souls by Josef Skvorecky
- City Sister Silver by Jachym Topol
- Buddha’s Little Finger by Victor Pelevin
- Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin
- The Book of Memories by Peter Nadas
These are books from my shelves. I will have to find books by women.
Wishlist Challenge 2012
I have a feature on this blog where I post a list of books, usually culled from reviews by blogger, that I’ve added to my wishlist. Each list contains 6- 10 books and I have 8 such lists. My entire wishlist is growing and these are books that I really want to read. (Here is the most recent list: Oh I should get that, or Additions to my Wishlist #8). Fortunately, Judith (Leeswammes’ Blog) has crafted the perfect challenge for my woes! The rules basically state that:
- Challenge runs from January 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2012 (but a technicality extends this to January 15th, 2013 :)).
- Participants must read 12 books which were already on our wishlists prior to 2012
Now I have to make a list of 12 from my wishlist. List making – it never ends!
That’s it for now. I will probably sign up from 4 more challenges. I’m thinking of a chunkster, a classic and a quirky/fun one. All the challenges allow overlap and I’ll take full advantage of that!
Are you signing up for any challenges this year? Do you have any suggestions for the categories of What’s in a Name 5? BTW, is a chameleon considered a creepy crawly?