2013 Reading Challenges

Jan 03

I want to try some new stuff, reattempt some I didn’t tackle last year and just enjoy reading. This year, I am joining even more reading challenges! However, I might join at lower levels. Instead of ‘Go big or go home”, I am choosing to “go small and stay home. 🙂

A little of the old,

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Definition of a chunkster:
A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature, whether non-fiction or fiction. A chunkster should be a challenge.
Level: The Chubby Chunkster – this option is for the readers who want to dabble in large tomes, but really doesn’t want to commit to much more than that. FOUR Chunksters is all you need to finish this challenge.
1. Harlem Renaissance : five novels of the 1920s edited by Rafia Zafar (Review)
2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King (849 pages)
3. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (672 pages)
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Rules: Read x amount of books, one in each category you choose. Books cannot be re-read, except category 9. Each month post about your experience reading and link back. You can overlap categories.
Level: It’s not so bad out here!:  5-7 categories
1.  It’s my Birthday! So, have a party! Read a book that was published in either your birth month or birth year!
Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein (Review)
2.  It’s All About ME! Read a memoir. (True Compass or Tis’ or Angela’s Ashes or Teacher Man by Frank McCourt)
3. Visit an Old Friend Read a favorite again.
4. I couldn’t help myself! Grab a book by it’s cover—cover love.
5. To be or Not to be… Read a play, memorize a poem and analyze it since it’s rolling around in your head!
6. XyZ pdQ Grab a book that has either an X, Z or Q in the title! Or in the author’s name. (Quiet by Susan Cain or The Lost City of X by David Grann)
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The only rules are to read x-amount of books over 650 pages and enjoy tea while you do it. =) A C.S. Lewis inspired challenge. I like it. I love tea. I love books. So, this will be good.

Level: Chamomile Lover (2 books over 650 pages)
1. Harlem Renaissance : five novels of the 1920s edited by Rafia Zafar (Review)
2. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (672 pages)
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Rules:

  • Aesop (284), Anderson (64), or Grimm (120) are just examples of where the best and popular fairy tales can be found. ANY author who has written “fairy tales” (known or unknown) is applicable to this challenge.
  • Books must be read from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013
  • Reviewing between 2-4 stories you’ve read at any given time is easiest. (It does not have to be a full review, a sentence or two on Goodreads is more than sufficient.)

Level:

100+ Morals Master

  1. The Princess and the Pea
  2. Why the sea is salt — Lang
  3. The Fairy by Charles Perrault
  4. The Man and the Serpent by Aesop
  5. The Sick Lion by Aesop
  6. The Wolf and the Kid by Aesop
  7. The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
  8. FREDERICK AND CATHERINE by The Brothers Grimm
  9. THE TROOPING FAIRIES–CHANGELINGS by Lady Wilde
  10. The Seven Ravens by The Brothers Grimm
  11. THE DOG AND THE SPARROW by The Brothers Grimm
  12. Three Little Kittens
  13. Bremertown Musicians by The Brothers Grimm
  14. The Fox and the Cat by Aesop
  15. The Magic Porridge Pot by The Brothers Grimm
  16. The Tortoise and the Birds by Aesop
  17. The Old Woman and the Wine-Jar by Aesop
  18. The Fox and the Goat by Aesop
  19. The Two Pots by Aesop
  20. Belling the Cat by Aesop
  21. The Belly and the Members by Aesop
  22. The Swallow and the Other Birds by Aesop
  23. The Billy Goats Gruff
  24. Chicken Little
  25. The Leap-frog
  26. The Fox and the Monkey
  27. The Monkey and the Camel
  28. The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk
  29. Water Fairies
  30. The Bald Man and the Fly
  31. The Sparrow and His Four Children
  32. The Woodman and the Serpent
  33. The Peacock and Juno
  34. Avaricious and Envious
  35. The Bundle of Sticks
  36. Why the sea is salt — Lang
  37. The Fairy by Charles Perrault
  38. The Man and the Serpent by Aesop
  39. The Sick Lion by Aesop
  40. The Wolf and the Kid by Aesop
  41. The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
  42. FREDERICK AND CATHERINE by The Brothers Grimm
  43. THE TROOPING FAIRIES–CHANGELINGS by Lady Wilde
  44. The Seven Ravens by The Brothers Grimm
  45. THE DOG AND THE SPARROW by The Brothers Grimm
  46. Three Little Kittens
  47. Bremertown Musicians by The Brothers Grimm
  48. The Fox and the Cat by Aesop
  49. The Magic Porridge Pot by The Brothers Grimm
  50. The Tortoise and the Birds by Aesop
  51. The Old Woman and the Wine-Jar by Aesop
  52. The Fox and the Goat by Aesop
  53. The Two Pots by Aesop
  54. Belling the Cat by Aesop
  55. The Belly and the Members by Aesop
  56. The Swallow and the Other Birds by Aesop
  57. The Billy Goats Gruff
  58. Chicken Little
  59. The Leap-frog
  60. The Fox and the Monkey
  61. The Monkey and the Camel
  62. The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk
  63. Water Fairies
  64. The Bald Man and the Fly
  65. The Sparrow and His Four Children
  66. The Woodman and the Serpent
  67. The Peacock and Juno
  68. Avaricious and Envious
  69. The Man and the Wooden God
  70. The Dog and the Shadow
  71. The Mountains in Labour
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Rules: Read at least 12 books by British Authors by December 31st, 2013.
1. Pratchett
2. Rankin
3. Dickens
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Library Books Reading Challenge (2013)

 

 

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Requirements:

  • choose a level – you may move up as needed, just not down.
  • check books out of the library
  • books may overlap with other challenges
  • any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
  • reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is.
Level:
Adult – 36
  1. The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey
  2. Amphigorey Again by Edward Gorey
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  4. Harlem Renaissance : five novels of the 1920s edited by Rafia Zafar
  5. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  6. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  7. Ironweed : a novel / by William Kennedy
  8. The Exiles of Erin : nineteenth-century Irish-American fiction / Charles Fanning, editor
  9. The Irish voice in America : 250 years of Irish-American fiction / Charles Fanning
  10. Irish writing in the twentieth century : a reader / edited by David Pierce
  11. Emigrants and exiles : Ireland and the Irish exodus to North America / Kerby A. Miller
  12. Far from the shamrock shore : the story of Irish-American immigration through song / Mick Moloney
  13. Erin’s daughters in America : Irish immigrant women in the nineteenth century / Hasia R. Diner
  14. Studs Lonigan : a trilogy / James T. Farrell
  15. Irish America : coming into clover : the evolution of a people and a culture / Maureen Dezell
  16. Beggars of life
  17. A dozen and one, by Jim Tully
  18. Shanty Irish, by Jim Tully
  19. How the other half lives : studies among the tenements of New York : with related documents
  20. The golden book of poetry. Illus. by Gertrude Elliott

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Let’s see how this goes! Wish me luck or join me and I will wish you luck!
(Click on any of the graphics to see more about that particular challenge — at their websites)

4 comments

  1. A warm welcome to the Tea & Books Reading Challenge! Tea ready? Heavy tome in hands? Then you’re all set!

  2. Tea IS ready. I should have it on IV drip. =) Thanks for the welcome! This will be fun!

  3. Hi!
    I just wanted to stop by and welcome you to the Eclectic Reader Challenge and wish you good luck!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  4. Welcome to the British Books Challenge! I hope you enjoy taking part and find some fabulous new authors :o)

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