In 2013, I participated in four challenges. Here’s how I did:
Roof Beam Reader’s TBR Pile Challenge: completed! I had to make a list at the beginning of the year with 14 books I’ve been meaning to read for over a year. I had to complete and review 12 of the 14, and Huck Finn was #12. This is my favorite reading challenge because it really gets me to read older literary fiction instead of what’s hot off the presses.
Giraffe Days‘ Around the World in 12 Books Challenge: This is another favorite even though I didn’t do so well. I read other novels set in different countries, like The Collection of Heng Souk (Vietnam) and Maya’s Notebook (Chile) but those weren’t specifically for the challenge.
Historical Tapestry’s Historical Fiction Challenge: I successfully read 10 books that might be called historical fiction, although what I learned this year is that I’m not sure how to categorize most of what I read. I generally don’t read “straight” historical fiction like the works of Phillipa Gregory or Sharon Kay Penman. I tend to read books set in the past like Gillespie and I or The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. Also, how long ago is historical? Is a book set in the 50’s or 60’s historical? I should think so but I’m not sure.
The Classics Club Challenge: I have a list of 50 classics to be read from 2012 to 2017. Two years in, I’ve read 15, reviewed 13, and gave up on 1. I’d like to be farther along than that. I read and reviewed 10 of those this year. I’m most proud of completing Daniel Deronda by George Eliot.
Here’s a round-up of challenges I know about for 2014 with links to their sign-up posts (if you have others, please add in the comments). No endorsements, this is just a list of challenges that look interesting.
And here are two sites where you can find a lot of different challenges:
I’m not sure what I’m signing up for, except I do want to repeat the ones I did this year. I’m intrigued by the idea of a “finish the series” challenge or a first-time novelist challenge. On the other hand, I don’t need a challenge just to read a certain number of books in the year. I read a lot as is. I don’t want to sign up for too many because I won’t really participate.
Here’s my list for the TBR Pile Challenge (12 books plus two alternates):
For the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge, I’m signing up as a “Casual Tourist”, which means I read 6 books set in different countries (not specified although I’m supposed to try to cover South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe).
And, I’ll keep working on my Classics Club list.
Did you find anything on this list that sounds good? What challenges will you be joining in 2014?
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