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Reading Challenges for 2011

One of the really fun things about blogging is learning about all the reading challenges that people host! Reading challenges can really get you to expand your reading boundaries, read new authors, etc.

The only problem with reading challenges is you have to be fairly disciplined. It’s so fun to sign up for new challenges and to imagine how awesome this coming year of reading will be. Then the year goes by and you realized you didn’t really read for the challenges, you just continued reading whatever caught your interest at the time.

And when I say “you”, I mean me.

Last year I even hosted a couple of challenges, and probably wouldn’t have done too bad in them except that I lost about 75% of my reading time. C’est la vie, n’est pas?

So this year, I wasn’t going to join (or host) any reading challenges because I have no idea when I’ll get my reading time back. I’m anticipating it’ll be when I quit my day job, but shortly thereafter I’ll be welcoming a new baby boy into this world, so while I’m optimistic, I’m kind of waiting to see how things go.

But one of the things I’ve had to do with a lack of reading time is really take a close look at what I’m reading. I had to almost completely cut out the literary fiction, my genre of choice, because I wasn’t able to give it the attention it needs (and deserves). So in comes my guilty pleasures, crime fiction, because it can keep me up late at night, and if I put it down for days or a week, it’s okay because I can pick it back up without losing a beat.

That’s why, when my friend Jen from Jenn’s Book Thoughts decided to host a crime fiction reading challenge, I was all over it! It matches what I’ll be reading for at least the next six months or so, so it should be a lot of fun!

The challenge is Criminal Plots Reading Challenge. It starts on January 1, 2011 and goes through the year. Here’s the types of books I need to find and read:

  1. A book by a new to you author who’s blurbed a book you enjoyed. So check out the cover of a crime fiction book you’ve enjoyed and see who blurbed that book and is also an author you’ve never read before.
  2. A book that has been made into a movie. It doesn’t have to be a movie you’ve seen but it can be. The book, however, should be one you haven’t read before. (Examples: MYSTIC RIVER, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, LONDON BOULEVARD, HOSTAGE, etc.)
  3. A book with a protagonist opposite your own gender. So if you’re female, the protagonist should be male; if you’re male the protagonist should be female.
  4. A book set outside the country in which you live.
  5. A book that’s the first in a new-to-you series.
  6. A book by a 2011 debut author.

I’m not sure what books I’ll be reading that will qualify for the challenge, but it’ll be fun finding the books!


7 Responses to “Reading Challenges for 2011”

  1. Michelle

    Challenges are like the equivalent to your eyes being too big for your stomach! Good luck on this one, I’m sure you’ll do great. 🙂


  2. zibilee ()

    I am always pitiful when it comes to finishing challenges, and sometimes even when starting them! This sounds like a fun one though, and it sounds perfect for you! I hope that you are able to do fantastically with it!


  3. Virginia Bonnett

    I can not say no to a reading challenge. So, I shall be taking this one up!!


  4. Amy

    I hope you are able to take my suggestion and read Peter Watts “Rifters” series.
    These books are really some of the best I have ever read. There are three, Starfish, Maelstrom and Behemoth. They are older but still very chilling and possible.


  5. Beth F ()

    I love this challenge — as you know! I signed up immediately. But I’m challenge crazed. Regardless, I refuse to stress about unfinished challenges. So what? I tried and failed and I move on.


  6. jennygirl

    Interesting challenge, however I already signed up for the mystery and suspense one over at Book Chick City. Good luck 🙂


  7. Jessica ()

    What a fun challenge! I love the categories.

    Yeah, the baby thing initially had a big impact on my reading time, but then I managed to get a lot of it back. I hope your pregnancy is going well.

    Happy New Year!


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