Bare with my jokes folks. I blame the meds I'm on from minor surgery. (This is a pre-written TSS post since I'm laying around and not focused enough to get in some reading right now).
I'd thought I'd spend a couple of minutes thinking about 2012. (Seriously?! I still can't believe...) And that means, of course, reading challenges...or as James would refer to one in particular...reading dares. This year I'm going to participate in a couple, unlike 2011 where I hung out with some readalongs (Thanks Allie!) and sucked up James' dare.
BUT FIRST, I wanted to mention a reading challenge (of sorts, cuz I don't think it's a challenge as much as a focus) of my own. Due to the Borders close outs, I managed to acquire a lot of books this past year. One genre that I increased was my collection of mysteries. First let me admit something terrible, folks. I have never read an Agatha Christie book. *shudder* I know, I know. And while I'm unburdening myself: I've never read a Dorothy Sayers or Sherlock Holmes. This of course has to change. SO, mysteries will be my focus for March. Look. I even created a button!
I would love to have others join me so I can get some recommendations. If you're interested, leave me a comment or find me on twitter @ReadingThruNite.
Now, enough about my own plug -
-some other challenges/dares I'll be participating it.
First, and this is technically before 2012...I'll be ending the year with Advent with Austen. She's such a snuggly read and I've slowly been savoring her. I've read three of her six finished works. I have Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey left, plus some fun Jane-inspired books.
Now, at the beginning of 2012, I will be
suffering participating in the TBR Double Dare hosted by the amicable James. The plot is simple: he has dared us not to read any books that are not on our TBR shelves already until April 1st. The catch is we can purchase books, just not read them. I survived last year, and this year I'd like to grow some guts and tell myself that I won't purchase any books either. Yeah, well, we'll see about that. Thankfully, HIS dare just says I have to read from my own shelves. Man knows I have tons. (Remember? Borders Closeout). Do you dare?
Finally, I love this challenge hosted by a new-to-me-blogger, Sarah over at She Reads Too Much. The challenge is Back to the Classics 2012. Yay! At the beginning of 2011 I managed to stay pretty on target with my classical reading; but, about midpoint I became engrossed in YA literature. And don't get me wrong, I still love me some YA literature, but I do miss the satisfaction I get after reading a classic. I'm not going to fill out the books yet because I'm still in bed. But a list will be coming soon!
- Any 19th Century Classic
- Any 20th Century Classic
- Reread a classic of your choice
- A Classic Play
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
- Classic Romance
- Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your languange - To clarify, if your native language is NOT English, you may read any classic originally written in English that has been translated into your native language.
- Classic Award Winner - To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award.
- Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime - To Clarify, this does not have to be a country that you hope to visit either. Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.
So, tell me...what kind of fun plans are you making for 2012?