Challenges 2010

The road to knowledge begins with the turn of a page.

~ Unknown

I am not normally a person for book challenges, I like to read whatever I am in the mood for. But there are so many great challenges out there at the moment that I can't help myself! So this is a record of all the challenges that I intend to participate in. I will post the reviews of the books that I read as part of the challenges as I go along, but will consolidate links to the posts under the relevant challenges.

I have decided to join the Ebook Reading Challenge hosted by Royal Reviews in 2010. I am very excited about this challenge and think that I will really get into it.

I have been reading a lot of ebooks recently on my iphone. I was very excited to discover a program called Stanza that allows you to download books straight onto the phone. This is so convenient for reading on the run. Its especially convenient for me because ereaders are very difficult to come by in Australia (and I'm from Sydney).

I am going to aim for Addicted - 12 ebooks. That's one a month which I think is pretty do-able for me. I would like to think that I could attempt the obsessed level, but I'd rather be conservative and get a good surprise at the end of the year when I complete the challenge!

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I have decided to participate in the Flashback Challenge which is hosted by BookLust. I love re-reading books. There aren't many books on my bookshelf that I haven't read more than once, and this is a great challenge to try and get myself to re-read those that I haven't read more than once yet. I think that you can get a lot out of reading books a second or third time. You sometimes notice things that you missed first time round, sometimes you notice more detail and it can just make you realise how much you enjoyed the book.

I am going to aim for the Bookworm level of 3 books, but hope for the Scholar level of 4 - 6 books.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Household's Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide

The 2010 Bibliophilic Books Challenge is going to be really fun. The challenge is all about reading books that are about reading books, whether they be fiction or non-fiction. I really like the idea of reading books about books, it's not normally something that I have come across but I would love to give it a go.

The challenge goes from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010, but you must sign up before 31 January 2010 (which I have done). I am going to go for the bookworm level, that is, to read 3 books about books this year. Can't wait.

I will also be participating in the New Authors challenge hosted by Literary Escapism. The aim of this book challenge is to read books, preferably novels, by authors that you have never read before. I like this challenge because I definitely have my favourite authors and I do tend to read a lot of books by the same people.

The challenge runs from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010, and the aim is to read either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. I will be trying for 15, which I think is the most realistic option for me given the sometimes limited time in which I have to read.

NB: Wow, its the end of March and already I have 11 of the 15 I challenged myself to read. So I am having a re-think. I will now really try and challenge myself and aim for 50! I might not get there, but at least I will have tried.

The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Capricornia by Xavier Herbert
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

A Chunkster is an adult book (fiction or non-fiction) of 450 pages or more. The Chunkster Reading Challenge has its own blog which you can view here.

There are specific rules for the challenge which you can read at the blog, however the general gist is to read big chunky and challenging books (no ebooks or audiobooks allowed!).

I will be aiming for the chubby level of 3 books; better to play it safe is my theory!

The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter
by Xavier Herbert

The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver

I just recently found The Buy One Book and Read it Challenge which is hosted by Amy at My Friend Amy. She began the challenge because she read a statistic that over 50% of Americans hadn't read 1 book in the space of a year. I don't know what this statistic translated in Australia, but it is am admirable challenge nonetheless so I decided to participate.

The challenge is buy a certain amount of books and actually read them. I have decided to participate at Level 2, that is, I have committed to buying 6 new books this year, and actually reading them! I think that I will be able to do this easily, but I am not brave enough to try for level 3.

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter


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