2012 Reading Challenges

Mount TBR

This challenge, issued by Bev at My Reader’s Block, specifies: “Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2012. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. . . . The intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents. . . . Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.”

I actually don’t have a towering TBR stack. I get the vast majority of my books from the public library. Still, there are quite a few! I’m signing up at the lowest level, Pike’s Peak. That’s twelve books over the course of 2012. I’ll list them as I go.













Back to the Classics

This challenge comes from Sarah at Sarah Reads Too Much. Sarah defines a classic as “any book that has left its mark on the world. I want to say ‘literary world,’ but that is not always exactly the case, is it? It is a book that is remembered, or can conjure an image in anyone’s mind whether they have read it or not. In most cases, these books are old. But I also believe that some more recent works could be considered classics.”

My picks (some of which were influenced by the fact that they also fit the requirements for Mount TBR):

1. Any 19th century classic — Anthony Trollope: The American Senator

2. Any 20th century classic — Saul Bellow: Herzog

3. Reread a classic of your choice — Louisa May Alcott: Little Women

4. A classic play — Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler

5. Classic mystery/horror/crime fiction — Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep

6. Classic romance — D.H. Lawrence: The Fox

7. A classic in translation — Stendhal: The Charterhouse of Parma

8. Classic award winner — Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses

9. A classic set in a country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime — Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart

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  1. I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to set up my own reading challenge page where I can list books…might have to copy the format of yours :P I’m not sure when I’ll pick my lists yet though so it might have to wait a bit. Gl with the challenges =)


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