2011 Reading Challenges

It’s almost impossible to believe I am already planning my reading year, but I am. Bloggers are starting to issue their challenges for next year and I have already signed up for one; A Year of Feminist Classics!

A Year of Feminist Classics is a reading project started by Amy, Ana, Emily Jane and Iris! There is a different book to read every month. I’m not promising to read every single one, but I will certainly try! I’ve read a couple of them already and look forward to revisiting them. Here is the planned list:

January: A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollestonecraft – Amy
February
: The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill – Ana
March:
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen – Emily
April:
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Iris
May:
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – Ana
June:
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan OR The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer – Amy
July:
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir – Iris
August:
The Women’s Room by  Marilyn French – Emily
September: The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf – Amy
October:
Ain’t I a Woman? by bell hooks – Iris
November: Gender Trouble by Judith Butler – Ana
December:
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde – Emily

If you look to my side bar, you will see that I have challenges listed from three different people; Chris (from Stuff Dreams are Made Of), Debi (from ) and Nymeth (from things mean a lot)!  We four have challenged each other to read 5 books apiece this coming year.  Here are the 15 they have challenged me to read:

-Looking for Alaska by John Green
-Bone (One Volume Edition) by Jeff Smith
-Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
-Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
-The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

-Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
-A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle
-The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
-The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second by Drew Ferguson
-Atlas by Katrina Vandenberg

-Flora Segunda by Ysabeu S. Wilce
-No Name by Wilkie Collins
-The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
-Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
-Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith

And they all sound wonderful!  I can’t think of better challenges, than to read the 5 books my friends think I will love, especially because they all loved themselves.  I can’t wait to get started!  To round out the group, I have 5 books I have challenged myself to read next year:

-A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
-Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell.
-If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
-The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
-Midnight Becomes Her and In Ashes Lie by Marie Brennan

I’m sure as more challenges are introduced, I will join more.  I just can’t resist.  But these are special and  I can’t wait to get started!   What fun challenges have you joined so far?

8 thoughts on “2011 Reading Challenges

  1. Thank you for joining us!

    That challenge between the four of you sounds like a great concept.. And there are a few titles on that list that I can't wait to read myself. And I think I might have to add all of Ana's titles to my wishlist, just because she named them 😛

    Good luck!

    I am trying to ignore most challenges, but I think I'll find them impossible to resist by the end of this year..

  2. You are reading some great books!

    -Looking for Alaska by John Green
    -Bone (One Volume Edition) by Jeff Smith
    -Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
    -The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
    -The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
    -Flora Segunda by Ysabeu S. Wilce
    -Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith

    The rest I really should read myself. Some I really wanted to, but I have limited myself to the library a lot and the library doesn't have them all….

    A Year of Feminist Classics sounds really good, too, but I haven't decided if I am going to join any challenges this year or not…

  3. You know how ridiculously happy this post makes me, don't you? 😀 😀 😀

    And I'm excited about the Feminist Classics, too! I'm embarrassed to say I've never read any of them before, but here's my chance to change that, right?

  4. Thank you so much for joining in on and spreading the word for our Feminist Classics challenge. The friends challenge is such a neat idea, I hope you have fun with it as well.

  5. Aww, you made us little banners 😀 I so hope you enjoy my picks, Heather! And Chris' and Debi's too, of course – like I told you, they stole at least 3 of my ideas 😉

    And hooray, I'm so glad you're joining our project!

  6. The feminist list looks great! I've started Wives and Daughters and I'm really enjoying it. I'm going to add some of your friends' recommendations to my list of books to read in 2011.

  7. Great post! I have never done a "read these specific books" type of reading challenge, but for 2009 & 2010, I joined a group challenge on http://www.goodreads.com, that encourages the members to read 100+ books every year. Last year I read 116, but I'm only at 70 for this year {having cable in '10 versus no cable in '09!}. I see we've read maybe a handful of the same books, and I also see a few that are on my wishlist!

    I have all the books I've read listed on my blog, stop by and say hi sometime! Nice to meet you!

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