Saturday, November 26, 2011

Super Saturday - My 2012 Challenges!(I need to become SuperGirl!)



Here are my challenges for this year. As I put them all together in a neat little package, I kept thinking, is this too much, but then as I mentioned in my earlier post for today, reading is fun, reading challenges add more variety to the fun and I am doing the challenges for the fun of it. So, the 'Super-me'(need to get some reading superpowers! or powers to make extra time) is ready for these challenges in 2012.

What's in a Name:

I found this one interesting - it is hosted by BethFishReads - and involves choosing books with titles that fall into one of these categories:
  1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
  2. A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title: Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas
  3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
  4. A book with a type of house in the title: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Ape House
  5. A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: Sarah's Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
  6. A book with a something you'd find on a calendar in the title: Day of the Jackal, Elegy for April, Freaky Friday, Year of Magical Thinking
  • The challenge is from Jan 1, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012
  • The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.
  • Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
  • Books may overlap other challenges.
  • Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed but encouraged.
  • You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
  • You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.

2012 e-book Challenge
Since many of the books I read are eBooks of some sort (including some of the picture books I read for the kids), I decided to participate in this and go at the 25 books level
Challenge Guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  2. Anyone can join, you don't need to be a blogger. If you don't have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
  3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year. 


Books-published-in-the-first-years-of-my-life-challenge
I do not think I gave much thought to the year of publication of books and this sounded interesting. I have decided to start at the toddler level this year and if possible will go up a level.
What it is about?
Easy: pick up and read a book that was published in the first years of your life.
Just pick up 1 book per year.
There are four levels:
Levels:
- 3 years = Toddler
- 5 years = Kid
- 10 years = Pre-Teen
- 15 years or more = YA


Reading Romances Challenge 2012 
I have loved reading romances ever since my first Mills and Books about 20+ years ago now (I started reading them a little later than my friends did but still enjoy them) and this one challenges me to explore genres I have not before, so why not this challenge too?
Challenge Guidelines:
  1. The 2012 Reading Romances Challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012.
  2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to have a blog. Feel free to sign-up in the comments – you can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari etc).
  3. I’ll post a list of romance sub-genres and a few cool themes for you to choose from each month (you can read all of them or just a couple).
  4. You can list your books before reading them (by leaving a comment on the post with the topics for that month) or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, don’t feel obligated to read them, changes are welcomed!
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the Reading Romances Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please link it to the page where you post your reviews (Goodreads, Shelfari, Amazon etc).
  6. You don’t have to participate every month, but please try to!
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  • You can read the same author more than once and the books can be old or new, but they must be read during the course of the challenge.
  • Books used in this challenge may be used in other challenges.
  • Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebook.
  • Post the button to post on your sidebar, this way others can find their way back to this post and join in the fun!
The League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men Challenge 2012 
This is a movie I have not seen (not sure if I want to see it though) but I still find the theme interesting and will read a few books which I have not read at all (Fu Manchu novels, Allan Quatermain novels) and others I want to reread now(Jekyll and Hyde, Invisible Man, Sherlock Holmes). So here goes...
1. The goal is to read the clas­sic books and the graphic novel to see how they all tie together. No blog is needed, a review on Ama­zon, Goodreads, etc. is good enough.
2. What counts: books, eBooks, audio books
3. Crossovers from other read­ing chal­lenges count.
The books are (in no spe­cific order):
Drac­ula by Bram Stoker
Twenty Thou­sand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Steven­son
The Invis­i­ble Man by H.G. Wells
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
– Any Fu Manchu novel
– Any Sher­lock Holmes novel
– Any Allan Quater­main novel
– Any James Bond novel
and
- The League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men graphic novel to tie it all together. (if you don't have it in your local library Ama­zon sells afford­able issues).

Classics Challenge 2012

Read seven works of Classic Literature in 2012.
Only three of the seven may be re-reads

How Does it Work?

This challenge is designed to work a little like a blog hop
Instead of writing a review as you finish each book (of course, you can do that too), visit November's Autumn on the 4th of each month from January 2012 - December 2012.
You will find a prompt, it will be general enough that no matter which Classic you're reading or how far into it, you will be able to answer. There will be a form for everyone to link to their post.
  • What if I'm not sure I can participate every month? Don't worry, the main goal is to read seven Classics. Try to participate in at least three prompts throughout the year
  • What if I'm still reading the same book as last month? That's ok!
  • What if I'm not reading something for this challenge during one of the months? You can choose to either skip that prompt or answer about the Classic you've most recently read.
  • What is considered a Classic? A work that transcends time. Usually it's well recognized but there are many lesser-known gems too.
  1. Write a post on your blog with a list of the seven works you hope to read in 2012 and why you chose them-- but don't feel bound by the list. 
  2. Please include a link back to this page in your post, so others can learn about the challenge and join us. 
  3. Fill out the form at the bottom, linking to your post.
  4. Check back on the 4th of each month.

And if the following two challenges are there again then those as well:
http://www.theresabook.com/read-to-me-picture-book-reading-challenge/
http://www.skrishnasbooks.com/2010/06/south-asian-challenge.html


Reading is fun!

6 comments:

  1. All the best with your challenges in 2012!

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  2. Your challenges are all so organized. Good luck in 2012! Also, thanks for following my blog, I'm now following back.

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  3. Thank you for joining A Classics Challenge! Best of luck with all of them. :)

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  4. Thanks for joining the reading romances challenge!! I hope you have fun =D

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  5. Welcome to the League of Extraordinary Gentleman challenge, hope you enjoy it.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  6. Wow...GREAT CHALLENGES. Perfect organization too.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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Love to hear from you! I do read all your comments and do reply whenever I can.. but I will definitely hop on over to visit you...