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 also have progress meters in my side bar to measure where I am up to in each challenge.



E-Book Challenge


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
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Man with Two Left Feet and other stories by PG Wodehouse
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Flatland by Edwin A Abbott
French Fried by Chris Dolley
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle


 Flashback Challenge


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
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
COMPLETED


2010 Bibliophilic Books Challenge



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.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
COMPLETED 1 AUGUST 2010

I completed the bookworm level of 3 books about books about books on around the end of July. The books that I have read are not necessarily about books themselves - but have also been about literature and the art of story telling.

I have decided to increase my challenge size to the level of Lit Lover, this is, 6 books.

New Authors Challenge



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
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The Spare Room by Helen Garner
The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follet
Lost Paradise by Cees Nooteboom
The Double Crown by Dr Marie Heese
Moral Hazard by Kate Jennings
Silk by Alessandro Baricco
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark
By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano
The Boat by Nam Le
Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
An Iron Rose by Peter Temple
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood
Flatland by Edwin A Abbott
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Book of Lost Threads by Tess Evans
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
French Fried by Chris Dolley
Lovesong by Alex Miller
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Ape House by Sara Gruen
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham


Chunkster Challenge


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!

April 2010 - My original goal this year was to read 3 chunksters. It is April and I have already read 4. So I will now be aiming for the very top level: More-book-ly Obese, that is, 8 chunksters in total.

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver - 507 pages 
Capricornia by Xavier Herbert  - 569 pages 
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James - 626 pages
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling - 636 pages
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - 531 pages
The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson - 569 pages
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 584 pages 
The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark - 620 pages 
Completed 12 June 2010
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The Passage by Justin Cronin


Buy One Book and Read It Challenge




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. Although I initally decided to participate in level 2, having nearly reached that goal by the end of May, I have upped the ante and decided to go for level 3 - 12 books!

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter
The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follet
Silk by Alessandro Baricco
Lilian's Story by Kate Grenville
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Book of Lost Threads by Tess Evans
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 
COMPLETED 25 JULY 2010


Classics Challenge 2010



Although this challenge started in April, I have already read some books that count and it really appeals to me so I am going to join in. You can read all the details of the challenge at the The Classics Challenge Blog. 


I will be aiming for the top level of 6 books: Classics Feast.


The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Flatland by Edwin A Abbott
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
COMPLETED 15 JULY 2010

Wish List



Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.

~ Charles Caleb Colton

One of the problems I have is that there are so many books that I would love to read, that I find it hard to keep track of them all. People give me recommendations all the time and it is difficult to remember them all. This is especially true now that I am getting so many great recommendations from all the blogs that I have been reading.

So, I have finally decided to have a place where I can keep a track of them all. If the recommendation has come from a blog I will try to place a link in the wish list to the blog review of the books. I should add that this is by no way definitive. In fact, these are mainly just the books taht I want to read that I discover through other blogs. I have a whole scrapbook at home of newspaper articles about books that I want to read. I think the older I get, the longer the list gets!

A Deadly Business by Lenny Bartulin (Books Are Like Candy Corn)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Adventures Amoung Ants by Mark Moffett (The Black Sheep Dances)
Angel's Game, The by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Literary Musings)
Architecture of Happiness, The by Alain de Botton
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (A Literary Odyssey)
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
Behaviour of Moths, The by Poppy Adams (Scribbles)
Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell
Book is Dead, The by Sherman Young (ANZlitlovers)
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The by John Boyne (Books on the Brain)
Case of the Missing Books, The by Ian Sansom (My Cozy Book Nook)
Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Chrysalids, The by John Wyndham (The Literary Stew)
Common Reader, Second Series, The (1932) by Virginia Woolf (The Reading Life)
Diamond Dove by Adrian Hyland (Desert Book Chick)
Diaries of Anne Frank, The by Anne Frank
Disgrace by JM Coetzee
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss (The Literary Omnivore)
Elegance of the Hedgehog, The by Muriel Barbery (The Book Nook, Desert Book Chick)
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fidelity by Susan Glaspell (The Literary Stew)
For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri (Winstonsdad's Blog)
Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow (Internet Review of Books)
Girl with a Blue Dress by Gaynore Arnold
Grapes of Wrath, The by John Steinbeck
Grotesque by Natsu Kirino (A Reading Life)
Guernsy and Potato Peel Society, The by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Jules Book Reviews)
Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogwawa (My Cozy Book Nook)
I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes by Jaclyn Moriaty (The Age)
Inheritance of Loss, The by Kiran Desai (Books in the City)
Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint (Desert Book Chick)
Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
Lambs of London, The by Peter Akroyd (Between the Covers)
Lectures on Literature by Vladimir Nabkov (The Reading Life)
Let the Great World Spin by Colom McCann (Booklover Book Reviews)
Lieutenant, The by Kate Grenville
Little Stranger, The by Sarah Waters (The Book Lady's Blog, The Caribous Mum) 
Loney Polygamist, The by Brady Udall (The Reading Ape)
Magus, The by John Fowles (The Modern Library List of Books)
Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas 
Man who Loved Books Too Much, The by Allison Hoover Bartlett (Amazon)
Master, The by Colm Toibin (The Book Nook)
Master and the Margarita, The by Mikhail Bulgakov (Another Cookie Crumbles)
Me Cheeta by James Lever
Middlemarch by George Elliot
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Book Bath)
My Mistress Sparrow is Dead by Jeffrey Eugenides
Night by Elie Wiesel (Book Addict's Book Reviews)
Other Boleyn Girl, The by Phillipa Gregory
Painted Veil, The by W Somerset Maughan (Coffee Stained Pages)
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (Book Bath)
Postmistress, The by Sarah Blake (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader)
Purple Hibiscus by Chimmamanda Ngoize Idichie
Quiet American, The by Grahame Green (2010: The Year in Books)
Ransom by David Malouf
Reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker (The Book Bath)
Remains of the Day, The by Kasuo Ishiguro
Sex Diaries, The by Bettina Arndt
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Sinking, The by Amanda Curtain
Sixpense House by Paul Collins (My Cozy Book Nook)
Small Kingdoms by Antastacia Hobbet (Internet Review of Books)
Speaking Volumes: Conversations with remarkable authors by Ramona Koval (Paige Loves Books)
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis (Caroline Bookbinder)
Ten Hail Marys by Kate Howarth (Coffee Stained Pages)
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola (Caribous Mom)
This is How by MJ Hyland (Book Addict Book Reviews)
Tiger, The by John Valliant (Bites n Books)
Time We Have Taken, The by Steve Carrol
To the Islands by Randolph Stow (ANZ LitLovers LitBlog)
Voss by Patrick White
What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn
White Earth, The by Andrew McGahon
White Tiger, The by Avinda Adiga
Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence by Anita Heiss (Reading Upside Down)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Too Many Books, Too Little Time)
Woman in White, The by Wilki Collins (The Book Affair)
World Beneath, The by Cate Kennedy (Book Bath)
Year of the Flood, The by Margaret Atwood (Too Many Books, Too Little Time)
Zietoun by Dave Eggers (Start Narrative Here)