Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge 2011

Oh, if only I had known of this challenge last year...I would've actually mastered a challenge! I became addicted to True Blood early in the year, but didn't have cable TV until summer, so in the meantime I started reading the Sookie books. I read the first 8, which means I have yet to read:

9. Dead and Gone
10. Dead in the Family
11. Dead Reckoning (comes out in May 2011)

And if any others come out in the meantime, I'll tackle those as well!

The challenge is hosted here.

TwentyEleven Challenge

Hosted at Bart's Bookshelf, this challenge asks you to pick 20 books to read based on eleven categories. The categories:

Categories for TwentyEleven:

1.To YA or not YA
Tend to read more Young Adult than Adult Fiction books then read one or two adult fiction titles, vice-versa if you don’t tend to read much Young Adult.
2.With a Twist.
This one focuses on sub-genres, read a lot of chick-lit, then try a paranormal romance! Fantasy? Why not give some Steampunk a go, like a bit of Space-Opera in your Sci-Fi then pick up a military Sci-fi book. Like your Contemporary Literature, give a Young Adult Contemporary a chance.

3.Hot off the Presses.
Read a book published (in your country) in 2011? Then it counts for this category.
4.It Wasn't Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*)
Books in this category, should be ones you've picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
* Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.
5.Show it Who is Boss!
Tackle that overflowing T.B.R. pile! Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/12/10.
Read books that are translated from a language that is not your own.
7.Will-Power? What Will-Power? (aka: The Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.)
Bought a book NEW during 2011? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count.
8.Mind the Gap.
Need just one more book to compete that duology/trilogy/series then read it for this one! (Obviously as this is for that final book you need to complete it, then you can’t read two books from the same series! And it clearly can’t be your first or penultimate read!)
Because not everyone reads a series in order, this is for the last book you need to read, not necessarily the last book in the series…
9.Back in the Day.
Re-read an old favourite or two for this category.
10.Way Back When.
Read books that were published before you were born for this one, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
Got a novella you want to read? Then this one is the one for you! Any books between 90-150 pages count.

Book Blogger Recommendation 2011

Despite not finishing this one either, I really liked this challenge, hosted here, last year. I'm gonna keep it simple and go for level 1--just 5 books from the Book Blogger Recommendation List.

iChallenge 2011

This challenge, hosted here, is to read 10 books about vampires, witches, fairies or werewolves. Sookie Sookie here I come!

2011 Young Adult Challenge

This year the young adult challenge is being hosted here. This is one of the challenges I usually finish, although this year I missed it by two. I'm going to enter on the lowest level, which is the usual 12 books.

TBR 2011

I didn't complete this challenge last year, but I came close. Here is the sign-up page for this year's, and here is my list.

Abarat II--Clive Barker
The Alchemist--Paulo Coelho
Trainspotting--Irvine Welsh
The Crossing--Cormac McCarthy
Shantaram--Gregory David Roberts
Among the Imposters--Margaret Peterson Haddix
Neverwhere--Neil Gaiman
No Touch Monkey--Ayun Holliday
Just Kids--Patti Smith
Foundation and Empire--Issac Asimov
Searching For the Sound--Phil Lesh
The Eye of Spirit--Ken Wilbur


Eragon--Chris Paolini
Gone With the Wind--Margaret Mitchell
Elven Star--Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Are Men Necessary--Maureen Dowd
Danse Macabre--Stephen King
A Brief History of Time--Stephen Hawking
The Dreaded Comparison--Marjorie Spiegel
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess--Leonard Shlain
A Spot of Bother--Mark Haddon
Breaking Her Fall--Stephen Goodwin
The Book of Night Women--Marlon James
Twilight of Avalon--Anna Elliott

100+ (and Book a Week) Reading Challenge

Last year I read 56. Onward and upward! Find reviews here.


A - Z Challenge 2011

Doing it by author didn't work for me last year (I made it about half way) so this year I'm going back to by title. The sign up page is here.