I decided that, for one of my goals, I would actually complete a reading challenge. At the beginning of each year, there are many reading challenges posted on the internet. Last year, I think I signed up for about 7 of them. I was really good at keeping track and everything at first, but then by March or so, I kind of just forgot. So this year I only picked one, and you only have to read 20 books, which I think is very manageable. I’ll keep track of my progress here, just updating it as I read the appropriate books for each category. I don’t think I’m going to list them in advance, but if I am currently reading something, I’ll put it on here in italics. Also, I will still post my accomplishments in the weekly updates.
So here it is!
The aim is to read a total 20 books, over ten categories, in 2010. (Was this challenge based solely around the name? I’ll let you decide!) (17/20)
- Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
- The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
- Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
- Each book can only qualify for one category.
- Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
- Books read from 01/01/2010 to 12/31/2010 are eligible.
So, on with the categories
- Young Adult
Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.
1. Better Latte Than Never- Catherine Clark
2. Spain or Shine- Michelle Jellen
- T.B.R. **
Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09.
1. Forever- Judy Blume
2. Westminster Abbey- Micol Ostow
- Shiny & New
Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? 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!
1. Forgotten God- Francis Chan
2. Extreme Exploits- Danny Lovett
- Bad Blogger’s ***
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.
1. Lock and Key- Sarah Dessen
2. Love in the Present Tense- Catherine Ryan Hyde
Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop.
- New in 2010
This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!)
1. The Promise- Robert Morgan (The copyright date was misleading. The version I read came out in 2010 though)
2. Guerrilla Lovers- Vince Antonucci
- Older Than You
Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
1. Faust Part 1
2. Madame Bovary- Gustave Flaubert
- Win! Win!
Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so!
1. The Interpreter of Maladies- Jhumpa Lahiri (Jan 28)
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night Time- Mark Haddon
- Who Are You Again?
This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before!
1. Accept No Mediocre Life- David Foster
2. The 4:8 Principle- Tommy Newberry
- Up to You!
The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state it in your sign-up post.
For this category, I think I’m going to read two books that are movies, and watch the movies as well. The movies & books don’t have to be new, just ones I have never read and seen.
1. Slaughterhouse Five- Both the book and the movie were really weird
2. The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde