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A Year Of Challenges

Posted on: January 11, 2011

So a little while back I wrote a post about reading challenges and the fact that I planned to join a few and I thought I should do an update post to let you guys know which ones I’ve decided to join.

Plus announcing my choices makes me accountable and more likely to succeed…pride is a hell of a thing.

So first off I must admit I’ve surprised myself, because I only expected to commit to three challenges and I ended up committing to five.

Hopefully I haven’t overshot my boundaries but here we go…

Challenge #1:

This one was taken from one of my favourite podcasts Books on the Nightstand and was started by one of the hosts Ann Kingman and her friend Kalen.

The challenge is to read Tolstoy’s War and Peace in 2011.

Yes I’m aware that’s a daunting task but they’ve made it into a little read-along with a schedule for us to follow and discussion threads for each part.

The read-along starts the 1st of February and is paced at about a part or two a month which isn’t that awful so it seems doable…

Ya, so all the information is on their wikispace page War and Peace Read-Along.

Challenge #2:

This challenge was also taken from Books on the Nightstand. The other host Michael Kindness proposed a challenge on Goodreads of reading 11 more books this year than you did last year.

Which isn’t a very daunting task since I only read 32 books last year and so I would only need to read 43 books this year to complete my goal.

So since Goodreads had recently rolled out a reading challenge where you challenge yourself to read a certain number of books and they’ll keep track of it for you and 43 is an odd number I’ve joined the two together and decided to read 50 books in 2011.

Yes, 50, that might sound like a big number to some of you and a very small number to the rest but it’s a number I’m comfortable with and think I can manage especially with school taking up so much of my time.

So if you want more information on this challenge head on over to Books on the Nightstand and check it out and if you have a Goodreads account go and sign up for their 2011 Reading Challenge.

Challenge #3:

This third challenge I found while trying to fill my need to read the books on my bookshelf at home that I’ve always meant to read but haven’t and the classics and series that have met the same fate.

While prowling the A Novel Challenge blog I came upon The Fill in the Gaps: 100 Project started by Emily Cross over on Blogspot.

This challenge is to read 1oo books that you have meant to read but haven’t and or books that you’re embarrassed to say you haven’t read yet.

I know what you must be thinking….didn’t she just say she was aiming for 50 books this year, and doesn’t this challenge call for a 100?

It does but the beauty of this challenge is that you have 5 years to complete it.

Yes, I know, it’s awesome like that. No need to pressure yourself or rush anything, you can just pace yourself because the deadline isn’t until 2015 and you only need to finish 75% of your list to have completed the challenge.

I know this challenge will resonate with a lot of people out there so if you want to join in just head on over to The Fill in the Gaps:100 Project and send Emily an email and she’ll give you access to the blog so that you can put up your list and give reviews on the books you’ve read. You will however need a Blogger account but you can always host it on your blog if you want.

Over by Blogger I go by Shiney and you may find my list posted on The Fill in the Gaps:100 Project blog and of course of this blog.

Challenge #4:

I was watching a YouTube video by Elle Fowler recently and she was raving about her favourite author Nicholas Sparks and his new book Safe Haven and it got me thinking. I’ve always wanted to read his books because I love the movies his books get turned into and I just never got around to it, I think I’ve only ever read one of his books and hence I decided to find a challenge dedicated to him.

This brought me to the 2011 Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen.

In this challenge there are four levels.

First Date – Read 1–4 Nicholas Sparks novels
Going Steady – Read 5–8 Nicholas Sparks novels
Engaged – Read 9–12 Nicholas Sparks novels
Married – Read 13–16 Nicholas Sparks novels

I think I should start small so I think I’ll commit to going on a First Date with Nicholas but if I really enjoy our date I’ll definitely go steady with him and we might even end up engaged.

Yes that’s what’ll happen when you find an author that you love….you read everything they’ve written and sit and wait in anticipation for more.

The books I’ve chosen for the challenge are the four that have been turned into movies that I love. And since the book is always better than the movie they should be AWESOME!

1. The Notebook

2. A Walk to Remember

3. Dear John

4. The Last Song

Challenge 5:

Finally I thought Harry Potter is ending this year, the final movie is coming out and since it has been my obsession since I was 13, it’s only right to end it’s run with a bang.

So I’ve decided to join the Harry Potter Reading Challenge which runs from January 1, 2011 to August 31, 2011.

You are required to read a book a month in chronological order and split the last book between the last two months.

This of course is to gear you up for last movie which is set to come out July 2011.

Are you stoked? I am totally stoked…it’s gonna be a bittersweet moment. It’ll the moment I’ve been waiting for and the one I’ve been dreading. *sighz*

Anyways I’m getting off topic. This challenge is hosted by Daemon’s Books and comes with prizes for its participants.

They’re giving away a boxed set of the 7 HP books each month and a surprise give-a-way at the end but you have to live in the US or Canada to receive these prizes so I’m out of it but you guys can head on over and try your luck.

You can find all the info over at Daemon’s Books and their sister site Daemon’s Movies is having a Harry Potter Movie Challenge so you can head on over there and check that out as well.

Ya, so those were my reading challenges for the year. I hope this inspires some of you join a challenge and read more.

If you decide to join any of these challenges let me know. I’d love to follow your progress as well and see your book choices.

If you know of any other cool challenges let me know as well, it doesn’t have to be book related just something to keep you motivated.

For example I know Luke Nevarro from the Guys Can Read podcast hosted a 52 weeks of geek challenge last year which required you to read 52 books, watch 52 movies and play 52 video games over the course of 2010 and that was pretty cool. Not sure if he’s hosting it this year but you could do the challenge regardless just to see if you could, I might one year….but not this year.

I’ve also decided to join WordPress’ Blog More 2011 Challenge. There are two levels the Post A Day level and the Post A Week Level.

I’m going to be doing the Post A Week Level since I know I won’t be able to post once per day especially when school starts.

So I’m looking forward to that.

Wish me luck in my challenges and all the best in yours.

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Thanks for the pingback. 🙂

Wow, that’s quite a lot of reading. I love it! I have never done a reading challenge but I should sometime.

You have read all the Harry Potter books already right? I just re-read the last book recently to gear up for the movie. It’s so bittersweet. I really wish she’d come out with some more books. She’s such an amazing writer!

Of course I have. Lol!

I wish there were more too…maybe after it’s all said and done she won’t be able to stop thinking about them and the world she’s created and write some more. *fingers crossed*

You should join a reading challenge. It’ll motivate you to read more.

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