Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's a Challenging World

I love Reading Challenges! In 2010, my first full year of blogging, I took the plunge and started signing up for them. I signed up for nine and only dropped out of one (and I think I will successfully complete the rest!). I find that it's fun to sign up for challenges in categories that I am already reading and then track how many I actually read. Here's the one's I'll be participating in so far for 2011.

Challenge #1:

Book Obsessed is hosting the 50 States Reading Challenge 2011. The goal is to read a book that is set in each and every state. This is challenge intrigues me, not because I think I will actually accomplish it but because it will be interesting to see how far I get and where I 'travel' next year. Any genre or format are fine and crossovers from other challenges are also fine. Of course, you don't have to be a blogger to participate!

Challenge #2:
The Book Vixen is hosting the 2011 Outdo Yourself Challenge. I am going to sign up for the Getting My Heart Rate Up level with the goal of reading 5 more books then I did in 2010.

  • Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011(books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. You can sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2011 than you did in 2010. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate.
     Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books      Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books      Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books      I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books

Challenge #3:
One of my favorite challenges last year was Beth Fish Read's What's in a Name Challenge and she is hosting it again! So I am signing up! Below are the What's in a Name 4 levels and the potential books that I own that I may read for this one:

Between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:

  1. A book with a number in the title: 97 Orchard; Alistair Cook's American Journey: Life on the Home Front in the Second World War; The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Place in the Word; Hothouse Flower: and the Nine Plants of Desire; Mixed Doubles; One Day; One Good Affair; A Thousand Acres
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: 
  3. A book with a size in the title: A Fraction of the Whole; The Queen of the Big Time; A Short History of Nearly Everything; A Short History of Women; Such a Pretty Fat; 
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title: Alexandra, Gone; Alistair Cook's American Journey: Life on the Home Front in the Second World War; Bad Trips; Fly Away Home; Going Home; The Hundred Foot Journey; 
  5. A book with evil in the title: Almost a Crime; Bad Trips; City of Thieves
  6. A book with a life stage in the title: American Girls About Town; Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons; Babyface; The Children's Book; Daughter's of Fortune; The Deposition of Father McGreevy; The Emperor's Children; The Wives of Henry Oades; Yes, My Darling Daughter
So I've definitely got some choices for this challenge from my own current shelf if I get stuck in the year ... except for the jewelry or gem one. Anyone have a good book they can recommend to me for that category? 

Challenge #4
This year I've really discovered that I like audio books. I've never really gotten into them before but thanks to book bloggers I've found that they've can be another great avenue of reading and so when I discovered that Teresa's Reading Corner was hosting the 2011 Audio Book Challenge I knew I had to sign up!

The 2011 Audio Book Challenge will run from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011. I am signing up for the "Addicted" level which means I hope to read 12 Audio Books next year.

Challenge #5
I try to mix plenty of 'older' books in with the latest books coming out that I review. It can be hard to do because so many books that are the most tempting are those that are constantly advertised to us are the newest and best but some of the great books are ones that I haven't even read yet that have been sitting on my shelf over looked! When I saw the Into the Old World Reading Challenge announced I knew I would do it. Hosted by Splash of Our Worlds and My Love Affair With Books and book that you read in 2011 that is published BEFORE 2009 counts. 

Here's the thing, they want me to list ahead of time what books I plan on reading next year to fit in this category. That is way to much planning ahead for me. Let's just say that I'll read somewhere between 5-10 books that fit in this category and I'll review all of them here and post the links up and do a complete wrap up post which will then list them all. Hope that sounds good!

Challenge #6
I LOVED the 2010 New Author's New World's Challenge (so much so that I didn't even know my own strength!) so when it was announced again this year of course I had to sign up! Literary Escapism is once again hosting the 2011 New Author's New World's Challenge. Same rules apply as previous years. Any new to  you author counts that you read in the year 2011. Sign up levels are either 15, 25 or 50 new authors.  It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.  For me, since I easily did 50 last year I'll be doing so again this year!

Challenge #7:
Memoirs are another favorite genre of mine so when I learned that the Betty and Boo Chronicles was hosting the Memorable Memoirs, 2011 Edition this was an easy choice for me.  There are no levels to sign up for, you just post your reviews of memoirs over at site of what you've read in 2011. Pretty simple I'd say and so how can I resist?!

Challenge #8:
Much like the memoirs challenge, sometimes challenges are just made for the types of books you like to read. Such is the case with Journey to the End of the TBR Pile's 2011 Chick Lit Challenge. Chick Lit is one of my favorite genres so when this one was announced it was a no-brainer. I was thinking of creating this challenge for myself it wasn't already out there even! The rules for this one are pretty simple too. The goal is to read at least 8 chick-lit books in 2011. Can do. In fact, I'll probably surpass that!

Challenge #9:
Well any book lover will tell you they love more than one genre so I am on a real roll now (that is if  you are actually still reading the ... longest ... post ... ever!) and another one of my favorite genres is anything to do with food. Yep I am food obsessed! I love to eat it, I love to read about it, I love to watch it being made on tv, and I love to talk about where we are going to eat next and tell people where they should be eating next! So when I say Joyfully Retired had announce the Foodie's Reading Challenge I thought perfect! 

Much like the other challenges, whatever you read that fits in the food book category in 2011 counts. And just so  you know, a food book is a book which is centered around food and/or drinks. That could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir, a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant. Also allowed is a fictional story in which food plays a major role.

I am signing up for the Gourmet level which is 10-12 books, hoping that I will read 12!

Challenge #10:
Last year Book Chick City hosted the Typically British Reading Challenge and it was breeze for me to reach the top level of 8 British authors. Being a bit of an anglo-phile I think I finished this challenge in the summer. When I saw that The Bookette had revamped the challenge of course I would sign up! Now called the British Books Challenge 2011 you either sign up for the Home Grown levels if you live in England or the International Friend levels if you live outside.

As I live in San Fran I will be signing up for the International Friend level of The Royal Family - challenging myself to read 12 books by British authors in 2011.

Well there you have it! I may post a few more challenge sign ups but this should be the majority. Yes it's a lot but they allow for cross overs and, heck, I enjoy them. If you are signing up for any of these, let me know and I wish you all luck!


  1. WOOT! I will be cheering you on like crazy :)

  2. GL with your challenges!!! Like you, 2010 was my 1st year of blogging, reviewing and challenges and I have now found that not only am I addicted to books, but challenges too. So much fun!!!

  3. Oh my gosh! I'm doing Name and Foodie, but that's IT!

  4. Welcome to the Audio Book Challenge. I'm glad that you decided to join us. I'm in the process of lining up some great surprises. Good Luck with your other challenges. You've chosen some good ones.

  5. I need to finalize my challenge plans soon. Good luck with yours!

  6. You are one ambitious reader - good luck!

    I'm doing the Memorable Memoirs challenge too. The Into the Old World one would appeal to me if it didn't ask for a list of what you planned to read - I can commit to a number in advance, but not to the titles.

  7. wow, these are a lot of challenges you are joining, I am tempted to join a couple too. All the best.

  8. I need to decide which challenges I'm going to do. I know I'm doing the Foodie and What's in a Name but I'm not sure what else. Good luck with your challenges.

  9. So many good challenges! I'm doing What's in a Name 4, too. But that Foodie Challenge looks so fun. I may have to add another to my list!

  10. I just seen Book Obsessed Challenge - gah! Its almost identical to the one I am hosting called Where Are You Reading.

    When I posted it in mid November I was sure I was the only one hosting a challenge like that. I hope I didnt do the same challenge that someone else had. :)

  11. Wowsa! I am seriously impressed if you manage all of these. I wish you best of luck with the British Books Challenge.

  12. good luck with the challenges! i'm still debating on whether or not i want to join in on the challenges or not.

  13. Hoo-ray! I'm so glad you added the Foodies Challenge to your reading plans for next year. I'm looking forward to seeing which books you find to share with us. Good Luck.

  14. Thanks for participating in the Outdo Yourself challenge :)

  15. These all sound fun but the 50 States Reading Challenge piques my interest the most. I can't wait to see the places in the U.S that your reading takes you!

  16. I've joined the British Books Challenge and can't wait to get stuck in. I only have a few books on my list so far, but I'm sure it will grow quite quickly!


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