2012 Reading Challenges

Well, here we are at the beginning of a new year and the old familiar madness has set in. I’m speaking, of course, of the urge to sign up for reading challenges. I am cutting back this year, after last year got so out of hand. I’m attempting to limit myself(!) to the 15 challenges listed below:

1. Foodies Read 2
Short-Order Cook: 1 to 3 books
I’m one of those weird people who loves reading cookbooks and other books about food. This should be fun.

2. Greek Classics Challenge 2012
Sophocles: read 1-4 works
This is a little something to stretch the old brain cells.

3. What Would Jame Do Reading Challenge 2012
A Touch of Pride: Read 1-3 books
I’m not sure what all I’m reading for this one, but I’m pretty sure Mansfield Park is on the list.

4. The 2012 Graham Greene Reading Challenge
Dangling your toes: 1 book
I read The Comedians years ago, and haven’t gotten around to reading anything else by this author.

5. Time Travel Reading Challenge 2012
Surprise Trip: 1 to 3 time travel books
I actually bought a time-travel book at the last library sale that I just found again the other day.

6. Fairy Tales Retold Challenge
3 books – Peasant
One of my daughters is a huge fan of fairy tale retellings. She has recommended some to me for this challenge.

7. All the Books of Pern Challenge 2012
Green– The original trilogy (or any 3)
I plan to read at least the original trilogy and if I have time, the Harper Hall trilogy. I was saddened my Anne McCaffrey’s passing in November because I have many happy memories of reading her books in my younger years.

8. Clocks, Cogs and Mechanisms Challenge 2012
Brass Gears: Read 1-3 steampunk books
This is a new area for me. I’m usually a mystery buff, so steampunk is a little out of my usual purview. I’m looking forward to the challenge!

9. The 2012 Medieval Reading Challenge
Inferno – at least 4 books
More brain stretching going on here. The books have to be from 4 different genres and have to be written during the middle ages. Should be interesting.

10. The 2012 “Books I started but didn’t finish” Reading Challenge
4 books
1. The Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family
2. Bringing Up Geeks
3. Courageous for Women
4. Loving Our Kids on Purpose
These are all books I started last year and for one reason or another, never got around to finishing.

11. 2012 Operation Deepen Faith
II. Going Deep – I plan to read the book of James in 12 different translations as well as read 6 additional books written about the book of James (bible studies, commentaries, etc. In addition, I will be reading various study notes and additional resources on the book of James.
IV.Christian Nonfiction
10 books (in addition to the ones mentioned in the entry above)
I love this challenge. I have been meaning to take some time out and really study the book of James because it’s my favorite.

12. Mount TBR Reading Challenge
Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
My TBR piles are definitely in mountain range territory. I’ll be posting my list of books I plan to read in a couple of days, if I can narrow down which ones I’m going to focus on. 😀

13. Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge 2012
at least twelve (12) legally obtained FREE e-books
My Kindle is filling up fast with free books. I think I’ve purchased one book so far for it, but have managed to accumulate over a thousand books. I’d like to see how big a dent I can make in the mostly unread portion of them.

14. Wishlist Challenge 2012
12 books from your current wishlist
True confession time here. I have 56 Amazon wishlists. Hey, but only 48 of them are actually book lists. Sigh. Let’s just say it’s not going to be too much of a challenge to find 12 books to read off my wishlists.

15. 2012 Support Your Local Library Challenge
Level 1 – Read 12 library books
I’m a big fan of libraries and mine constantly amazes me with what pops up there. I’m signing up for the minimum level, but I suspect the final total will be much higher.

Well, that’s the extent of the madness for this year. Um, that is unless someone does a Christmas reading challenge again or a Lenten one or a summer one or…

11 comments on “2012 Reading Challenges

  1. Thanks so much for joining me on my Time Travel Challenge. I look forward to reading your reviews!

  2. Thank you for joining my What Would Jane Do Challenge and my Clocks, Cogs and Mechanisms Challenge. I hope you have a wonderful time with them.

  3. I hope you have fun reading fairy tales with me!

  4. Yay! Thanks for joining us for Why Buy The Cow? I hope you have fun getting those freebies off your TBR. 🙂

  5. Welcome to the Mt. TBR Challenge! So glad to have you join us!

  6. That’s a lot of challenges! Very best of luck on each of them, and thanks for joining the “Books I started but Didn’t Finish” challenge. 🙂

  7. Oh, I should say: I’m also reading Mansfield Park in 2012. 😀 I can’t wait!

  8. Welcome to the Graham Greene challenge!

  9. Welcome to Foodies Read 2. I’m so glad you joined. I looking forward to seeing what great food books you discover.

  10. A fellow medievalist! Looking forward to hearing from you this year.
    The Beauty of Eclecticism

  11. Thanks for joining me at the Greek Literature challenge! See you there!

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