Here is my second batch of challenges:
Off the Shelf
Like most readers, I have lots of unread books on my selves. I want to read a bunch of them this year. I really need the push. I have chosen Off the Shelf, hosted by Bookish Ardour, out of the many TBR reading challenges available. The challenge runs from January 1st – December 31st 2012. My level is “Trying” which means I have to read 15 books that have been in my house prior to January 1. Books purchased in 2012 are not eligible. Participants can change the levels at any time and overlaps with other challenges are allowed.
The Back to the Classics Challenge 2012
My mother has been gently nudging me to fill in gaps in my reading of some English classics. I will have to compile a reading list later in the year. The Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much, looks exciting and is a popular choice among book bloggers. There are categories and while participants can count the books read towards other challenges, we are urged to read a different book for each category. So, the categories and my book choices are:
- Any 19th Century Classic : Hard Times by Charles Dickens or The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
- Any 20th Century Classic: Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
- Reread a classic of your choice: Beloved by Toni Morrison or To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- A Classic Play: Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw or The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- Classic Romance: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (technically not a romance but I’m determined to read it this year)
- Translated Classic: Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
- Classic Award Winner: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime – The Odyssey by Homer or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Most of these books are on my shelves already so they count towards the Off the Shelves challenge.
Tea and Books
It appears that without some prodding I will not read any of my big books. The Tea and Books challenge, hosted by The Book Garden, requires participants to read books with more than 700 pages. I will read two books which makes me a Chamomile Lover. I much prefer Earl Grey but that would mean reading 6 books and I can’t possibly do that! My options are:
- The Good Soldier Svejk by Jarslav Hasek ( 864 pages)
- The Book of Memories by Peter Nadas (720 pages)
- A reread of Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong’o (784)
The 2012 Chunkster Challenge
Thankfully, books of 450 pages qualify for the Chunkster. I’m committing to four books at the Chubby Chunkster lever. My options are:
- all of the above books listed for the Tea and Books Challenge
- The Engineer of Human Souls by Josef Skvorecky (571 pages). Sadly, Josef Skvorecky passed away this week, on Jan 4th. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.
- Paradiso by José Lezama Lima (466 pages)
- Listening Now by Anjana Appachana (514 pages)
- City Sister Silver by Jachym Topol (498 pages)
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (560 pages)
- Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham (607 pages)
Again, that’s it for now.