Monday, January 02, 2012

Because Failing Miserably Is Always An Option

Because I did so brilliantly with 2011's reading challenges, I decided to sign up for a whole slew of 'em for 2012. Why not, right? I actually love reading challenges, especially when I don't take them too seriously. Lots caught my eye this year and, as usual, I had a very difficult time resisting the urge to sign up for every single one. I finally narrowed it down to five. What about you? Do you love reading challenges? Hate them? Which are you joining this year?
Mine are:

Bookmark Break Challenge - Because this one is so simple (all you have to do is read), I totally rocked it last year. I'm going to see if I can win it two years in a row ...

50 States Challenge - I didn't quite finish this one last year, but I came pretty close. Plus, I enjoyed doing it. So, I'm giving it another go this year.

Adoption Reading Challenge - I've always been interested in the subject of adoption, but even more so since experiencing it for myself. This one sounds fun and informative.

You don't have to make a reading list, but I'm going to do it anyway. I'm choosing Level 3, which requires that you read 12 books about adoption - 6 fiction, 6 non. I'm totally excited. Here's what I'm thinking I'll read:

Fiction:

The Red Thread by Ann Hood
Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman
The Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton
The Kitchen House
by Kathleen Grissom
Girls in Trouble
by Caroline Leavitt
The Buffalo Soldier
by Chris Bohjalian

Non-fiction:

The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
There Is No Me Without You
by Melissa Fay Greene
The Lost Daughters of China
by Karin Evans
Swimming Up the Sun
by Nicole J. Burton
The Girls Who Went Away
by Ann Fessler
Jessica Lost
by Bunny Crumpacker and J.S. Picariello

Dystopia 2012 Challenge - I love dystopian and am always reading it, so why not join up with this one? I'm going for the Contagion level, which means reading 15 books. Here's my list:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Monument 14
by Emmy Laybourne
Ashfall
by Mike Mullin
Crossed
by Ally Condie
Possession by Elana Johnson
Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi
1984
by George Orwell
1Q84
by Haruki Murakami
Under the Dome
by Stephen King
Fear
by Michael Grant
Inside Out
by Maria V. Snyder
Sapphique
by Catherine Fisher
The Other Side of the Island
by Allegra Goodman
The Death Cure
by James Dashner

YA Contemporary Challenge - I'm also loving contemporary lately, so I decided to challenge myself to read more realistic fiction. I'm going for Level 2, which involves reading 10+ books. Here's my list:

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
Bittersweet
by Sarah Ockler
Black Boy, White School
by Brian F. Walker
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins
Lola and the Boy Next Door
by Stephanie Perkins
Paper Towns
by John Green
Beauty Queens
by Libba Bray
How to Save A Life
by Sara Zarr
The Crazy Things Girls Do For Love
by Dyan Sheldon
Along for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen
Dreamland
by Sarah Dessen
Sparrow
by Sherri L. Smith

6 comments:

  1. Good luck on your challenges! Sometimes I choose them because I like the button hahah!! Last year I attempted 19!

    xo,
    La Toya (La Toya, Literally.)

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  2. Failing miserably IS always an option. I do it all the time. Your book picks for the Adoption Challenge look great. The Girls Who Went Away remains my all-time favorite non-fiction adoption book, followed shortly behind by Jessica Lost. I have The Blind Side on my "maybe I'll read this one" list too.

    Best of luck with all of your challenges!

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  3. (If you're looking to try John Green and haven't, I'd recommend Paper Towns instead of Looking...

    I didn't read Looking because of some content issues that are at least R-rated. FYI. But I love John Green, to a possible crush/fan-girl level, so I thought I"d put in my cents.)

    Happy reading.

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  4. La Toya - LOL - I've definitely been distracted by a shiny challenge button or two! Challenges are so addicting - it's easy to get in over your head :)

    Jenna - Oh good, I'm glad I chose some interesting reads. I always love reading about adoption, so I'm excited for this challenge.

    Becca - I debated between PAPER TOWNS and LOOKING FOR ALASKA, so I think I'll take your advice and go with the former. Thanks for the head's up!

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  5. Oh, you're going to love Stephanie Perkins. And Sarah Dessen. And--well so many. I don't do challenges, because I just want to read what I feel like reading at the moment--can I just go back at the end of the year and see which ones I completed by accident?

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  6. I like your book list for the Dystopia Challenge. I've read and enjoyed several of those books, and the ones I haven't look really goooood.

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