3. I’m in the car a lot for work, especially during the spring and fall months, so the Audio Book Challenge hosted by Teresa’s Reading Corner is a given. I’m going to increase my goal for this one to the Going Steady level, which means that I’ll strive to listen to 12 audio books this year. That should really be no problem. (25 seems a little high, but that might not even be entirely out of the question, especially in the fall.)
4. The 2012 Chunkster Challenge is hosted by Wendy and Vasilly at chunksterchallenge.blogspot.com. There are a few changes to the 2012 challenge, namely the dates. It typically started in February but has now switched to beginning on January 1. There are several other changes too, so you’ll want to read the sign up post carefully. I’m going for The Chubby Chunkster, which means that I will be aiming to read 4 books of at least 450 pages. (Personally, I’m striving for The Plump Primer level – especially since there are new categories allowed this year! – but am only officially commiting to the Chubby Chunkster).
5. The E-Book Challenge has a new host this year, that of Sarah of Workaday Reads. I only read 6 e-books this year (which is pretty pathetic, but still met my goal for this year’s challenge). Still, I’d like to increase that number, so I’m going for the CD level, which is 10 e-books.
6. For Serena’s Fearless Poetry Exploration Challenge, I am going to commit to reading and reviewing two books of poetry during 2012.
7. I didn’t do so well with the Foodies Reading Challenge this year (bit off a bit more than I could chew) but that’ not stopping me from going back to the buffet table for more. I’m going for the Pastry Chef level this year, which means that I will strive to read 4-8 food-related books.
8. I’m delighted to be hosting the Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge again, and it certainly isn’t too late to sign up if you haven’t already done so. You can do so here. We keep things pretty low-key. I’m going for the Memoirist level on this, which means I’m going to try and read 10 or more memoirs. We’ll see if that happens. This year I read 9.
9. This is absolutely, without a doubt, THE challenge I need this year. I mean, if I do no other challenge, this is the one, hosted by My Readers Block. I need to make a serious commitment to reading my own books this year. I know I say this each and every year, but we’re quickly becoming crunched for space here in the apartment and my books are a big part of that problem. I also have quite a few boxes in storage, too. That being said, I’m going for the Mt. Ararat level, which means I am committing to reading 40 of my own books. This is HUGE for me, people, especially when you consider I’m probably only going to read 70 books total this entire year. But it needs to be done. That’s 3-4 books a month. Definitely doable.
10. Hosted by Literary Escapism. I really enjoy this challenge, and I confess that it’s one of the easier ones for me. I like discovering new authors and am going for the 25 New Author level again this year.
11. I love reading non-fiction, so I am thrilled to see that Julie of My Book Retreat is hosting a Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Reading Challenge. I’m officially in for the Diploma Level on this one (10 nonfiction books) but I’d really like to strive for the Bachelor’s level (15 nonfiction books).
12. I think self-published authors tend to take a lot of crap, so I’m glad that Sarah is hosting the Self-Published Reading Challenge. I’m going for the Sentence level (5 books) on this one.
13. I’m so glad someone (Library of Clean Reads) is hosting a Short Story Reading Challenge, because you know how much I love my short stories. I’m going for the Tales Galore level for this one, which is 7-9 books (collections of short stories).
14. This was another challenge that I didn’t fare so well at this year, but I’m going for the Y’all Come Back Now, Y’Hear? Level on this one in 2012. That means I’m committing to read 4 books set in the South (SC, GA, AL, NC, VA, TN, MS, LA, KY, WV, TX, AR, FL) and written by an author from the South.
15. Also hosted by Library of Clean Reads, is the Time Travel Reading Challenge. I’m going for the Surprise Trip, which is 1-3 books.
16. This is probably going to be my most challenging Challenge of this year. Truth in Fiction is being hosted by Fig and Thistle with the goal of reading a specified number of book pairs that are comprised of one fiction book and one related non-fiction book. (The non-fiction book could be journals, memoirs, etc.) Instead of individual reviews, after each pair write a joint review. I’m going for the Sophomore level on this Challenge, which is to do 2 such pairings.
17. Finally, the What’s In a Name Reading Challenge is one of my favorites, so I am absolutely thrilled that Beth Fish Reads is hosting this again! This one is a lot of fun, as we have to read one book in each of the following categories:
A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title
A book with a type of house in the title
A book with a something you’d find on a calendar in the title.
I can’t guarantee that I won’t be adding to this, but I think that’s a pretty good list. How about you? Are you participating in any of these challenges? Did I entice you to join me in any?