Wednesday 1 June 2011

My Disgusting Inability to Stop Signing Up for Challenges...

I decided that since I've managed to sign myself up for two more challenges this week, it was probably time for an update/roundup of what's going on, challenge wise. More for myself than anything, as I've totally lost track of what I'm doing with challenge reading!

So first for the two new ones:

2011 Nonfiction Challenge

Hosted by the ever-awesome The Broke and the Bookish, I'm really excited I found this one. As you'll see by my recent posts, I've decided that I need to branch out a lot more into the non-fiction side of the book world. This challenge seems a great way to do it. I'm going to attempt to read 4-6 books from the different categories, which are:
* Culture
* Art
* Food
* Medical
* Travel
* Memoir/Biography
* Money
* Science/Nature
* History

I don't have a complete list of the books I'll be attempting yet, but my first book is Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, for the culture section, and so far I'm loving it!

Award Winning Reads Challenge

Hosted at Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing, this focuses on another one of my current loves, Newberry and Printz Award Winning Children's books. I really love love love this idea! The challenge runs until September 5th, so I have to constrian myself. I'm going to go for Level 2, which is 6 books, 3 Newberry Award Winners, and 3 Printz Award Winners. Here is my book list as it currently stands:
* How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (Printz Award Winner)
* An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Printz Award Honors)
* Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Printz Award Winner)
* When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Newberry Award Winner)
* The View from Saturday by E.L Konigsburg (Newberry Award Winner)
* The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (Newberry Award Honors)

Ok, so that's the new ones... what's going on with the old ones? :-/

The Canongate Myth Challenge - I'm still doing terribly with this one... but my lovely best mate has a copy of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ for me, so hopefully I'll pick that up when I'm back in London next month!


Back to the Classics 2011 - I've not read any more for this for a while. So far I've done two, one was a huge struggle and I kind of hated it, and the other was absolutely amazing and I loved it, so it's a tough one. There are some fantastic books on my list for this one so I really do want to get a move on with it! Now I'm off my ban, I can actually get hold of a copy of The Satanic Verses, as it's proved ridiculously difficult to get hold of through library and swap!


Graphic Novel Challenge - This may well be my favourite challenge of this year. It's the challenge I've read the most for so far, and I just love love love Graphic Novels in a way I didn't before.


Historical Fiction ChallengeReally enjoying this one so far. I have a lot of the books for it sat on my shelves, but I keep getting distracted by other things! I did read one more book for this this month, which was Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, and I really enjoyed it!


The Global Reading Challenge - I'm probably learning the most from this. A lot of my reading generally is contained to Western novels, so it's been lovely to break away from that.


The Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge - I've collected a few more books from this list this month, namely The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and Franny and Zooey by J.D Salinger.


So basically, I have a ton of reading to do, wish me luck!  


  1. I really want to read Reading lolita in Tehran, hope you are enjoying it so far :)

    When is your big day? I'm really excited for my dress fitting on Sunday, it should go fine as it fits pretty much everywhere apart from on top. And don't worry about what you should do - it's your wedding, do what you want! :P

  2. You really should read it, it's very absorbing. Big day is September 10th, so I have a bit of time,but it's awkward as i'm organising the wedding which is in London while living in Kent.... Your is so soon!:-D

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