So I am going to totally ignore the wisdom of the blogosphere and sign up for a gazillion challenges. Quite a few of them double up in their goals, but I went for the “killing all the birds with only a few stones” approach.
Cracking down on the TBR
shelf pile bookcase room
The TBR Double Dare: this permits me only to read books which were already physically in the house on 01 January 2012 until 01 April 2012.
Off The Shelf – I have chosen the “Making a Dint” level, which is 30 books from my shelves to be read during 2012
The 2012 TBR Challenge – 12 books which I have owned for more than a year i.e. they are of the TBR 2010 or before population. This is the only challenge where I have to specify my books in advance, and they are:1. I Capture The Castle (Dodie Smith) 2. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke) 3. Remembering Babylon (David Malouf) 4. The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga) 5. Brick Lane (Monica Ali) 6. The Island (Victoria Hislop)
7 . The Piano Tuner (Daniel Mason)
8. Small Island (Andrea Levy)
9. Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
10. Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
11. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
12. An Equal Music (Vikram Seth)
Mount TBR Reading Challenge – I’m going for Mt Vancouver, which is 25 books from my shelves to be read during 2012.
Types of books
The Chunkster Reading Challenge: I have signed up at the “Mor-book-ly Obese” level, which means 8 books of 450+ pages, of which 3 must be 750+
What’s in a Name 5: at least one book for each of the following categories: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
eBook Challenge – I have signed up for the CD level, which is 10 eBooks in 2012
Audiobook Challenge - I have signed up for the “Flirting” level, which is 6 audiobooks in 2012 (this really will be a challenge!)
A-Z Book Challenge – a book starting with each letter of the alphabet
Tea & Books Challenge (with that name, how could I not?) – 4 books of more than 700 pages.
Classics (I’m hoping for a lot of overlap here!)
Any 19th Century classic, any 20th Century classic, a classic re-read, a classic play, a classic mystery/horror/crime novel, a classic romance, a translated classic, a classic award winner, and a classic set in a country that I will not realistically visit during my lifetime.
King Solomon’s Mines, Dracula, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Final Problem - the books from which the characters of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are taken. Almost all available as eBooks so I will be getting my eBook fix thusly.
A Classics Challenge: 7 classics, of which up to 3 may be re-reads
Victorian Challenge: 2-6 Victorian books/film adaptations
South Asian Challenge – I’m aiming to read at least 3 books for this
Ireland Challenge – Shamrock level (4 books)
European Challenge – Deluxe Entourage (5 books by authors of different nationalities within Europe and/or settings within Europe)
Mixing it Up! – Cupcake Mix level of 5-8 genres from the given list
Eclectic Reader Challenge – all of the 12 genres listed
Whew! That is a lot of challenges. I have created a Challenges page to track my progress, and I have an absolutely monumental spreadsheet listing my intended reading for the next few months and how it meets each challenge, which I won’t share because it’s just too scary.