Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have a great time unwrapping your presents, dig into those Christmas pudding and have a great time with family and friends.
The year of 2011 is almost ended and I have my eye on a few new reading challenges next year. So here is my sign-up post for all challenges that I hope to participate next year:
It is with sheer trepidation that I am signing up to two challenges of reading off my shelves again. This madness of acquiring books without reading them cannot go on and I agree with the host that the purpose of this challenge is to:
“decrease the size of the stack, not let it metastasize all over your bookshelves like some kind of fascinating but ultimately dangerous literary cancer.”
So that’s what I wanted to do. For Off the shelf challenge, I’ll be aiming for 30 books to read.
Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read
What is my current book hoarding crisis situation right now?
The stats for reading own books this year hasn’t been impressive. I have read 21 books from my shelf this year, many which are acquired the same year. 😦
At Christmas day, I have 240 unread books at home, I aim to read about 15 % (about 35 books) of the total unread books. If at weak resolve I acquire more books in 2012, that will skew my 15% target and I’ll never be able to achieve it. 😦
Roof Beam Reader 2012 tbr pile challenge : I’m also joining Roof Beam Reader’s TBR challenge. They are all one of the same challenge why sign-up for more you’d say? Well, the more pressure the better. This madness of not reading from my own shelf is going too far!!! 😦
So here’s another try for the 12 next year and two alternates:
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
- The Bird Song – Sebastian Faulk
- Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
- A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
- Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
- The Dark Side of Love – Rafik Schami
- Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
- A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
- The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
- Wolf Totem – Jiang Rong
- The Poisonwood’s Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
- White Teeth – Zadie Smith
- Small Island – Andrea Levy
Middle Eastern Challenge 2012: I consider reading books about Middle Eastern and North Africa my yearly staple. The new year with no exception.
I am joining Tea and Books reading challenge as well. First because the button is absolutely gorgeous, and I do have several chunksters of more than 700 pages to get through. So if I try out for the Chamomile Tea level at 2 books and achieve it I may feel motivated enough to drink Earl Grey after that!
Non-fiction non memoir challenge: Again I can’t see the year goes by without reading any non-fiction. They are my guilty pleasure and I will endeavour to read more in the new year than what I read this year.
Graham Greene Reading Challenge: Like Carrie I’m reminded how I love The Quiet American, when I first introduced to Graham Greene, since then I read another 3 of his novels.
For this challenge, I’m getting my feet wet (level title) with 2 Graham Greene books read for 2012. I’ll join in on the Brighton Rock readalong and maybe read “The Man in Havana” or “The Comedian” or “The General’s consul”. There are so many to choose from!
Over 2 years I have accummulated a lot of books written by Indian Authors and this year I’ll be taking this opportunity to participate in the South asian challenge!
These are some of the books I have in my shelf which qualifies:
- Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
- Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai
- The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
- A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna
- and a few Salman Rushdie’s books
Just off the boat: 1-3 books
This land is my land?: 4-6 books
Fully assimilated: 6+ books
All challenges run from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. That’s the way I like it. Gives me enough time to plod along at the beginning of the year and do the last sprint sometime at the end of the year!
For this reason I’ll have to take a rain check on some reading challenges that expects me to read books by category, and read one every month or read vigorously for the entire month on Charles Dicken (as much as I want to read Dicken soon but I can’t commit to posting about him every Tuesday) or books from European countries. It’s a little intense and restrictive for me.
That’s seven challenges (not counting TBR challenges which are of the same nature) so far that I have signed up. I’ll be watching out for the Japanese Literature Challenge later this year.
What about you? How did you do this year and how many have you sign up for the new year?