2011 Reading Challenges

I’ve been searching the blogosphere for new reading challenges to join, and decided to compile them all here in one post.  I found a lot of fun ones, and picked out a few that are in line with what I like to read, but might give me a push in a direction I’d like to go more often.  So here’s what I have:

This one is hosted by A Few More Pages (love that name!)  The goal is to read a number of books that are the first in a series.  I’ve been wanting to look for new series to fall in love with, so that sounds perfect.  I’m going to aim for “Series Expert,” reading 12 books. 

So far this year, I’ve read:

1) Sarah’s Story by Ruth Elwin Harris (and the rest of the quartet too)


I already had a goal to read more classics, so this fits in nicely.  This one’s hosted by Stiletto Storytime and has a great definition of classic on the challenge page.  I debated what level to aim for–from the definition I think I can legitimately count children’s books and classic sci fi as “classics,” so I’ll aim for fifteen.  Alas, I don’t think I’ve read any yet this year…


I think we know by now that these are a favorite of mine, so I couldn’t resist this one, hosted by Among the Muses.  I’m going to aim for the Enchanted level, 6-9 novels.  That’s probably conservative.  Looking forward to following this one for some new book ideas!

Read so far this year:

1) Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley (Sleeping Beauty retold)

I’m moving this one from its separate post to here to join with all the others.  Hosted by Home Girl’s Book Blog, all you have to do is read books from the library.  Since most of my reading comes from the library, I’m being un-conservative on this one and aiming for 100 library books read in 2011.

Progress thus far:

1) Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

2) Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

3) Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

4) Looking for Marco Polo by Alan Armstrong

5) Stolen by Vivian Vande Velde

6) Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney

None of these are exclusive lists–that is, you may see books landing on more than one.  A classic novel of a fairy tale retold that comes from the library and starts a series could be on…every list.  I also haven’t seen any rule that says books have to be first-time reads, although I do have a goal of reading new classics, new fairy tale retellings, and new series, so hopefully a good percentage will be for the first time.

I’ll try to update the lists every month or so.  We’ll see how it goes!  🙂

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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3 Responses to 2011 Reading Challenges

  1. stilettostorytime says:

    Thanks for signing up for the Classics Challenge…happy to have you along! You’re absolutely right about children’s books counting as classics. Children’s book are the first classics we encounter and become part of who we are as we experience later works. I think that’s as classic as it gets…then again I am a children’s librarian so I might be partial. Can’t wait to see what you choose. Happy Reading!

  2. Pingback: Welcome to the Classics Challenge 2011 | Stiletto Storytime

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