Reading Challenges for 2010

It’s that time of year… Time to set a lot of probably impossible but definitely inspirational reading goals for myself, egged on by the fellowship and community of my fellow book bloggers!

I’ve organized the challenges by when they are “due.” Some of the challenges I’ll meet with YA books, but I’d like to throw other stuff into the mix as well.

By… the end of 2010 I will have:

Read 2 books that I currently own and have never read for the Read Your Own Books challenge. I am pretty bad at reading books I own. They lose their lustre once they are sitting on my shelf. I’d much rather drool over my library request list online than peruse my own shelves. So reading two in the next year will actually be much more of a personal accomplishment than it sounds!

  1. Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick
    This was my Holiday Book Swap gift and I am actually incredibly psyched to read it
  2. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
    I really went out of my way a few years ago to find a used copy of this because I knew the library borrowing period wouldn’t be enough time for me to get through it, but I’ve never made it past the first chapter.

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Reviewed every book I read in 2010 for the Read ‘n’ Review Challenge. No, wait, that would be insane. I have an active food blog, an active life outside the internet, and a chronic illness. I’ll bargain that down to “every YA book I read in 2010.” And my reviews may be getting quite a bit more concise. (Five-star ratings, anyone?)

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Read 12 books that I’ve been wanting to read for at least 6 months for the TBR Reading Challenge. I’ll decide the books now, with the idea of reading one a month (~ish) by the end of the year. I can also make a list of alternates, in case I am not in the mood for all twelve. Audiobooks count, which is great because that’s my plan for getting through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. All those endless Swedish names!

  1. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  3. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  4. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  6. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
  7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  8. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
  9. The Other Wind by Ursula K. LeGuin
  10. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  11. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  12. Stiches: A Memoir by David Small

Alternates (all are Best of 2009 YA books I never managed to read in ’09): When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, How To Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford, The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge.

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Read at least 3 books that people have raved about and I’ve always meant to read but never have for the Raved-About Reads challenge. This is a perpetual challenge, meaning there’s no set end date, but I want to highlight a few particular books I hope I get to by the end of the year. Of course my “really I must read that someday” list is much, much longer than 3! One thing that’s fun about this type of event is looking at other peoples’ “someday” lists and seeing how many I’ve already read! (I’m sure it would be the same if they read mine…)

  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    It was all the insane buzz about this coming out last year that led me to read Hunger Games a few months ago. I definitely enjoyed it – I stayed up all night to finish it, actually – but I am slacking on catching up with the sequel.
  2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  3. I’ve started this once already, but it has been so raved about I want to give it a more concerted effort.

  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
    My boyfriend’s sister, dad, and mom all love this book. They’ve passed the same copy around, from the Bay Area to Paris to New York and back here. I don’t want to miss out!

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Read at least two books written by women authors that were written and/or published between 1700 and 1900 for the 18th & 19th C. Women Writers challenge. This is where my Jane Austen addiction does me a great disservice. There’s nothing left of hers that I haven’t read at least once. I’ve read quite a bit of the Brontes as well (all they sold in English in St. Petersburg in 1998 were the classics…), so I needed go searching farther afield. I am pretty excited about this challenge. I tend to shy away from books written long ago out of fear that they’ll be dry or hard to get through, but, as the aforementioned Jane Austen addiction shows, this is hardly the case.

  1. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1862)
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

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Read 26 books, one from each letter of the alphabet (either by title or by author name) for the A to Z Challenge. I’m going to be kind of mellow about this one. I like the idea a lot, so I’ll see how far I get with either author names or titles, and sometime around June if it looks like I have a good diversity going, I may deliberately go after some of the missing letters.

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Read 25 books by authors I’ve never read before for the New Authors challenge. This should be no problem for me as most of the books I read are YA I either reserve from the library or pick up off the shelf, so I am constantly checking out new authors. This year I want to be really intentional about noting down which new authors I really like so I can watch for more work from them in the future. (In 2008 I discovered Isabel Hoving. I am still waiting patiently for something, anything new from her!)

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Read 20 books from 10 different categories (2 of each) for the TwentyTen Reading Challenge. For this challenge, each book can only qualify for one category, but I can cross over with other challenges (hurrah!), and I can figure out the books as I go along. The categories and their potential crossovers are:

  1. Young Adult (X-over with everything I already read)
  2. T.B.R. I must own these already. (X-over with Read Your Own Books)
  3. Shiny & New
    This will be nearly impossible. I don’t buy new books. Do cookbooks count?
  4. Bad Bloggers Books I get turned on to by other bloggers. This is one of my goals for the year, to learn about great new YA from other blogs.
  5. Charity Shop Hmm… Unlikely. Unless cookbooks count.
  6. New in 2010 (X-over with Debut Author Challenge)
  7. Older Than You
    (X-over with 18th & 19th C. Women Writers)
  8. Win! Win!
    A couple of books I need to read to fulfill another challenge!
  9. Who Are You Again?
    Totally unknown authors (X-over with Debut Author Challenge)
  10. Up to You!
    I get to determine this category. I want to read two fiction books, preferably YA, with queer central characters, where their queerness isn’t the main theme of the book. If such books exist.(X-over with Lambda Challenge, GLBT Challenge)
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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for letting me know about your book blog! As you saw from my own blog, I’m rather over the top full of challenges, but I really like the 20/10 challenge you mentioned last. Perhaps…

    YA books are some of my favorite. I don’t know that I read a ton of these in high school (which is now a rather remote time for me), but I do think the genre really took off right about the time I went to college. I don’t really need an excuse for what I read, but being a librarian sure lets me get away with reading way more YA books than others my age. 😉

  2. Oh, I meant to say that I have a book blog now, too. http://eyesareburning.wordpress.com

    Not much there yet, but that will change.

  3. Hey, there…

    I hope you don’t mind me dropping by…I was signing on for the 2010 TBR Challenge and (being a latecomer) decided to check out those who signed up from Jan 1st onwards -so I clicked on your link 🙂

    We have a couple of books in common (The Book Thief & The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

    Anyway happy reading and -of course- feel free to drop by my blog anytime…

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