Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Challenges Ahead, v. 2012

New Challenges:

There are a few Challenges that are new to me this year that I just can't resist. But there are also some old favourites that I'm going to continue on with for another year. Here are the Challenges I'm attacking this year!

What's In A Name 5 hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Here's How It Works:

Between January 1 and December 31, 2012, read one book in each of the following categories (no lists required but I always enjoy making my list of possibilities so here they are) :

A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title:
Bone Coulee / Larry Warwaruk
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country / Louise Erdrich

A View of the Harbour / Elizabeth Taylor

Read: Invisible Mountain / Carolina DeRobertis

A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title:
The Moon of Letting Go / Richard Van Camp
Aurora Montrealis / Monique Proulx

When Rain Clouds Gather / Bessie Head

Read: Prisoner of Heaven / Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A book with a creepy crawly in the title:
Feathered Serpent / Xiobin Xu
Serpent and the Scorpion / Claire Langley-Hawthorne

Read: What the Bee Knows / P.L. Travers

A book with a type of house in the title:
The Opposite House / Helen Oyeyemi
The Last House / Michael Kenyon

In the Spice House / Marnie Woodrow

Read: Limpopo Academy of Private Detection / Alexander McCall Smith

A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title:
Read: Textbook of the Rose / Joann McCaig
Letters of a Portuguese Nun / Myriam Cyr
The Chocolate Wars / Deborah Cadbury (because I alw
ays have chocolate in my purse, don't you?)

A book with a something you'd find on a calendar in the title:
Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis / José Saramago
Read: The New Moon's Arms / Nalo Hopkinson
Aleta Day / Francis Marion Benyon


Eastern Europe Challenge 2012 hosted by The Black Sheep Dances

Amy at The Black Sheep Dances is carrying this 2011 challenge over into another year due to popular demand -- yay! I love reading fiction from this part of the world, and as this year I aimed to read four books and ended up reading five, in 2012 I'm aiming at the next level: reading 8 by year's end. Some of my possibilities:

1. The Case of the General's Thumb / Andrey Kurkov
2. A Country Doctor's Notebook / Mikhail Bulgakov
3. The Master & Margarita / Mikhail Bulgakov
4. Dead Souls / Nikolai Gogol
5. Dreams of my Russian Summers / Andrei Makine
6. Russian Winter / Daphne Kalotay
7. Any of the books in Language Lantern's Women's Voices in Ukrainian Literature series


Tea and Books Challenge hosted by Birgit at The Book Garden (a new-to-me blog!)

This one is too enticing to miss; look at the gorgeous button! The challenge is to read books of over 700 pages, no rereads, large print or audio allowed. Too bad about the rereads -- there are a couple I'd like to get back to, but oh well, I'm signing up as a "Berry Tea Devotee" (ie: 4 books over the year). My possibilities:

1. Sir Charles Grandison / Samuel Richardson (1159 p)
2. Daniel Deronda / George Eliot (727 p)
3. Celestial Harmonies / Peter Esterhazy (846 p)
4. The House of Nire / Morio Kita (765 p)


Truth in Fiction Challenge hosted by Amanda at the Fig & Thistle (another new-to-me blog!)

This Challenge has a great concept: read one fiction and one non-fiction book that are thematically related and then blog about them as a pair. There are 7 levels, but I'm going to stick with "Freshman" level and just see if I can get one pair read and reviewed. Any more than that would just be a bonus. Not sure what they will be yet!


2012 Fearless Poetry Exploration hosted by Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit (a great poetry promoter)

And because I love poetry, I have to sign up for this one too! It's easy: I'm signing up to read & review 2 books of poetry over the year, plus be a part of April's Poetry Month blog tour. Fun stuff - I do enjoy sharing poetry on this blog.

Poetry I read in 2012
Omens in the Year of the Ox / Steven Price
Monkey Ranch / Julie Bruck
Dear Hermes / Michelle Smith
Halfway to the East / Marusya Bociurkiw


The Hopeful Librarian

This Challenge is just what it sounds like: read the unread books you have sitting around your house -- as many as you can. I'm going to join in on this one because I'm making an effort to include possible titles for all of this year's challenges from the books I already own. So far there are only a couple of titles listed for all of my challenges that I do not already own. And I am continuing on with my "TBR Twenty" for this year as well (more on that later) so we'll see how I do with this!


Ongoing Challenges:

I know I'll repeat the Canadian Book Challenge when it flips over on July 1st - it is one of my favourites, definitely.

There are also a few seasonal challenges I like to join, most specifically the very Autumnal RIP Challenge held by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings (though I only read 3/4 this year).

But more on those later in the year!


  1. Fantastic challenges! I see several here I've been contemplating, but I'm also trying to keep new challenges at a minimum. :D

  2. Wow, so many challenges ;-) !
    Welcome to the Tea & Books Reading Challenge on my blog and happy reading!!

  3. Andi - I've decided to throw caution to the wind and go crazy with my challenges this year :) That's because I'm not too worried about whether I complete them or not, it's just fun to contemplate titles!

    Birgit - thanks for hosting - your challenge looks fun, and maybe I'll finally get a few of the larger books on my shelves read :)

  4. Best of luck with them all! The Tea and Books challenge does have a gorgeous button! And any excuse to read more Eliot is a good one.

  5. Lots of challenges and they are all so different and interesting. Good luck!

  6. Nymeth - yes, indeed!

    Stefanie - i like the variety -- should be one for every mood, I think :)

  7. Thanks for joining the poetry challenge.

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