Making Reading Plans….

It’s the time of year! When the new crop of reading challenges pop up and, even though I’ve sworn not to join any, I do it anyway! So, let’s see what I have cooking so far…

2012 TBR challenge

The TBR Pile Challenge 2013 is organized by Adam of Roof Beam Reader. The idea behind this challenge is that you read older books on your shelves, books that have been there for longer than a year. They deserve to be read, too!

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).

1. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
2. Affinity by Sarah Waters
3. The Namesake by Jhumpta Lahiri
4. Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
5. Before Women Had Wings by Connie May Fowler
6. The Bells: A Novel by Richard Harvell
7. Beyond Black: A Novel by Hilary Mantel
8. The Bone People: A Novel by Keri Hulme
9. Symphony by Jude Morgan
10. The Chronicles of the Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
11. Atonement by Ian McEwan
12. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

2012 Back to Classics Challenge

The Required Categories:

  1. A 19th Century Classic – Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  2. A 20th Century Classic – Excellent Women by Barbara Pym  
  3. A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic: – The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox
  4. A Classic that relates to the African-American Experience – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  5. A Classic Adventure – King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  6. A Classic that prominently features an Animal – The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 

Optional Categories:

A.  Re-read a Classic – Either The Scarlet Letter or Dracula by Bram Stoker
B.  A Russian Classic – Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
C.  A Classic Non-Fiction title – The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell
D.  A Classic Children’s/Young Adult title – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
E.  Classic Short Stories Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories by Angela Carter

Other goals:

Read more nonfiction
Read more classics
Read (or try to read) Dickens again. Dickens is my literary nemesis. We hate each other. He’s my Moriarty.
Try Diana Wynne Jones again. With a different book. Fire & Hemlock…it’s another nemesis.
Try Eva Ibbotson again.
Read more with the children.

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At the rate I’m going, I may be wrapping up The Count of Monte Cristo this day. If (HOPEFULLY) I’m finished with the Count by then, I’ll be reading something else. Not sure what yet, though.

I also plan (hope) (wishful think) that I’ll keep better track of my challenge participation this time. I’ll have a page dedicated to all the challenges I join throughout the year and will try (no promises) to update monthly. We shall see! I hope to finish more than the RIP and the OUAT challenges this year!

What challenges have you joined? Go on, get me in more trouble. 🙂

13 thoughts on “Making Reading Plans….

  1. I have, for the MOST part, sworn off challenges :p I just hate the pressure of feeling like I HAVE to read something and I’m the kind of person where if I sign up, I’m going to stress over it :p BUT I am SO glad to see both The Bells AND The Bone People on your list 😀 You just made my Christmas even better!

    1. I went through a spell where I didn’t join any either, but I missed them so much! So, I decided to give myself permission to 1) change my book list if I wanted and 2) not beat myself up if I didn’t complete it. I have enough pressure in my life without adding to it! 🙂

      And you have yourself to thank for The Bells and The Bone People for being there!!! 😀

  2. Worthy goals! I think I’m really swearing off challenges this year with the exception of anything hosted by Carl (events) and anything we cook up at Estella, and the e-book challenge. I always finish that one. 🙂 Other than that, it’s another “whatever the hell I want, whenever the hell I want” kind of year.

  3. Heather! Glad you’re joining us in 2013 for the TBR Pile Challenge! I’m not a big reading challenge person (aside from ocassional read-athons), but the TBR Pile Challenge has been good for me these last few years – heck, 12 books per year? No problem. And BONUS, I have to choose books I already own? Great! They end up sitting on my shelves forever, anyway. I get too easily distracted by new releases (which, also, then sit on my shelves forever). Of course, all these challenge lists just make my own “to buy” lists grow even longer, but that’s part of the fun, too. Now, if only I were eligible for my own $50 prize. 😉

    I actually haven’t read any of the books on your list, but there are some that I definitely have my eye on, like: Cold Comfort Farm, The Namesake, The Bells, The Bone People, Atonement, and The Enchantress of Florence.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on all of these! Good luck!

  4. I have some of the same goals for new year! There’s very few challenges I plan on signing up for next year because I’m so bad at them. 😉 The Namesake and Cold Comfort Farm have both been on my shelves for longer than a year. Maybe next year’s the year to read them. Good luck on all of your goals!

  5. Great list! I have Jude Morgan on my list also, I have several on my shelf that are – tada!!- unread….
    Here is my list

    I suck at challenges, even though I may technically complete them I end up disqualifying myself by being too lazy and not linking up or whatever else is required… so hopefully I can handle this one. I have neglected these books far too long.

  6. I don’t always do so great with challenges, but I still love signing up for them! Fun to try to decide what I will be reading, even if I don’t end up reading them after all 🙂

    I have Enchantress of Florence on my list too — and I finally read The Namesake this year, though I didn’t review it. Found it just so-so. Will be interested in your take though!

  7. I’m currently avoiding challenges because I was a terrible, horrible blogger last year. I will probably cave in eventually, though, because I cannot resist anything book-related for long 🙂

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