Tuesday, December 16, 2008


It's time to decide which Challenges I want to take on next year...like many others, I am feeling that I am reading far too many new books/ARCs lately and not getting to all the books on my own shelves. So, I will only be taking on a few. I rarely finish Challenges anyhow; but I do like signing up.

So far next year I will be doing:

I've just posted about this year-long challenge in which you only have to read 3 books; I can do that! And so can you -- for ideas about book choices, try looking through the existing Ars Hermeneutica book notes or Eva's huge list at A Striped Armchair.


I did this last year and really enjoyed the random nature of it. This year it works the same way: there are six categories and you have to choose a book with that thing in the title for each one. Here are 09's categories and my book choices (I'm choosing 2 in each to give me options)

A book with a "profession" in its title:

The Zookeeper's Wife / Diane Ackerman
The Yiddish Policeman's Union / Michael Chabon

A book with a "time of day" in its title:

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built / Alexander McCall Smith (tea time is a good time of day!)
Late Nights on Air / Elizabeth Hay

A book with a "relative" in its title:

Cousin Phyllis / Elizabeth Gaskell or My Cousin Rachel / Daphne DuMaurier
The Time Traveler's Wife / Audrey Niffenegger

A book with a "body part" in its title:

The Case of the General's Thumb / Andrey Kurkov
Oh Pure and Radiant Heart / Lydia Millett

A book with a "building" in its title:

The Magic Toyshop / Angela Carter
The Post Office girl / Stefan Zweig

A book with a "medical condition" in its title:

Consumption / Kevin Patterson (also counted toward the Canadian Book Challenge II)
Fever / Sharon Butala


I'm still moving along with the Canadian Book Challenge (which runs July 1-July 1) which I love -- I'm not quite halfway done but there's still lots of time.


I am also considering the Support your Local Library challenge. I read many, many books from the library in any case -- I work there so it's kind of unavoidable for me! I think I will sign up, and choose the 50 book option. I'll keep a running list here on the blog throughout the year.


There's another group event I'm signing up for which isn't exactly a challenge, rather, it's a charitable side to the year's reading. More on that shortly.


  1. I'll usually only sign up for challenges that I can complete with books I already have, but then I end up reading other books that happen to fit the challenges. Oh, well.

    And I also don't really care if I complete the challenge. I just like making the plan. If I find other stuff I'd rather read, then that's what I'll read.

    The only one of these I've signed up for is What's in a Name--and I see that we both have My Cousin Rachel down for that one. I'm excited to read more Du Maurier, especially after reading and enjoying Daphne last month.

  2. looks like a great list of challenges. Good luck with those. I'll be focused on the one I'm hosting with Anna at Diary of an Eccentric.

  3. I was hoping there'd be a 2nd round of the Graphic Novels Challenge next year. I didn't join last year, but only because I had already joined enough. I was looking forward to a 2nd edition. But, it was hosted by Dewey, and with her passing no one has taken up the reins. She was a great hostess with all her challenges and events. People probably understand what a difficult job it would be to fill her shoes.

  4. Hey, I've just put up a blog for a graphic novel challenge here. I can't compare to Dewey, of course, but I hope it will still be fun. :) Come sign up!


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