book challenges for 2011

By bonnie, 23 January, 2011

I enjoy public challenges, especially centered around reading and writing, I think it’s a great way for people to be inspired and gain exposure to great books, other writers and artists and have a record of their own progress. So I’m hoping that by posting this, a couple of you will join me!  I would love to see the books you pick for your bucket list or the numbers you aspire to read.

1.  Goodreads 2011 Reading Challenge

This one is simple.  Sign up for Goodreads if you aren’t on there. Pick the number of books you are challenging yourself to read in 2011.  Use widget to display your progress or just monitor it within your own account.  I picked 50. We’ll see how that goes.

2.  The Book Bucket List Challenge

I follow yaReads on twitter and noticed they were discussing this challenge weeks ago.  I finally got around to sitting down and making my ultimate “Book Bucket List”.  You know the one, the infinite list of books that you always meant to read and just keeps getting longer and longer.  I work in a library and I love reading new book reviews, therefore there are a number of classics and older books that sit on my list, constantly overlooked by whatever catches my eye that is new.  So I signed up.

There are three levels that you can participate in if you officially want to do this challenge – to read 4, 8 or 12 “Bucket List” books.  I picked 12.  (I’m a go big or go home kind of gal)  Even though my life Book Bucket List probably numbers in the hundreds (I keep thinking of more).

I like this challenge because it’s something I’ve been meaning to do anyway, this just gives me a fun way to organize myself, see what other folks are doing and have a pretty badge in my sidebar.

You can sign up on yaReads if you also want to play along at home.  And no, they don’t have to be YA titles.  None of mine are on this list, even though I have several on my bigger, broader list for the future.

In case you are curious, here is my 12 for 2011:

Franney and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
1984 – George Orwell
A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
A Spy in the House of Love – Anais Nin
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
Walden – Henry David Thoreau
No Exit – Jean-Paul Satre
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

And number 12 is a series bonus comics challenge item:  I need to reread all of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and finish it this time.  (I never got through it because I couldn’t afford to buy them all at once and then I got distracted by others).


  1. Brandi says:

    1984 and The Bluest Eye are incredible reads. This is a great list, B. I don’t think so far ahead — I just grab whatever interests me most at the time. Right now? The Lost Girls.

  2. bonnie says:

    Thanks Brandi! I don’t usually plan ahead either, but that’s the point of this one. To catch up on things I never seem to pick up. I’m also reading books that just grab me. I work in a library, so I can’t not!

    Which Lost Girls? I think there is a novel out, a nonfiction book about traveling and the massive Alan Moore scandalous graphic novel?

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