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Every year I do a lot of reading challenges – I find my challenges from 3 main sources, plus I challenge myself:

  1. Yahoo book discussion Groups
  2. Blogs
  3. Goodreads groups I belong to,
  4. Personal

This year was no exception so here is an overview of my (now all completed) challenges for 2012:

1. Yahoo groups:

1. On The Porch Swing Reading Challenge

  • A book that has something to do with the weather in the title – Chill Factor
  • A book that is set in a foreign local – The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Lienbenberg
  • A book with a size in the title – Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A book with the name of a bird in the title: Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola by Sean Dooley
  • Read a book with a yellow cover: Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Extra Task – spell your first name:

S – Space Scout: The Big Freeze by H. Badger

A – Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari

L – Last Chance Café by Liz Byrski

L – Lone Star Sanctuary by Colleen Coble

Y – The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough by Neta Jackson

2. Reading Cove Potluck Challenge

  • January = "Freeze" – Space Scout: The Big Freeze by H. Badger
  • February = "Valentine" or "Heart" – Outback Heart by Joanne van Os
  • March = "Spring" – Ravensdale Spring by Kate Fielding
  • April = "Number" – Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • May = "Jewel" – Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd
  • June = "Beach" – The Beach House by Jane Green
  • July = "Hot" – Hot Silver – Riding the Indian Pacific by Steven Lewis
  • August = "Fruit"– On the banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • September = "Classic" (published before 1950) – Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • October = 1st Book in a Series – A Modern Witch by Debora Geary
  • November = "Indian" – Indian Summer by Will Randall
  • December = "December" – December by Elizabeth Winthrop

3. Mystery Reader Café Reading Challenge

Your challenge for 2012, if you choose to accept it:

  • Read a "first" mystery by a "new to you" author – Hunters Way by Gerri Hill
  • Read a mystery that has a food item in the title – Assault And Pepper by Tamar Myers
  • Read a mystery by an author whose last name starts with an "R" – A Lie for a Lie by Emilie Richards
  • Read a mystery with a gem in the title (e.g. ruby, opal, diamond, etc.) – Opal Fire by Barbara Annino
  • Read a mystery that has a blue cover – Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
  • Fun extra challenge: Read a mystery whose title starts with the last letter of your first name (Y) – You May Now Kill the Bride by Deborah Donnelly

Please feel free to join the discussion groups – always happy to take on more members J

2. Blogging world:

Mt TBR Reading challenge 2012 – Hosted by My Readers Block

Level – Read 12 books for your TBR pile

1. The Good Life: Up the Yukon Without a Paddle by Dorian Amos

2. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

3. A lie for a Lie by Emily Richards

4. Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

5. Fire and Fog by Dianne Day

6. Desperate Pastor Wives by Ginger Kolbaba

7. Into The Forest by Jean Hegland

8. The Exact Same moon by Jeanne Marie Laskas

9. The Chrysalids by JohnWyndham

10. Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola by Sean Dooley

11. The Murder at Mimosa Inn by Joan Hess

12. A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming

2012 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge – Hosted by Historical Tapestry

Level – Undoubtedly obsessed (15 books)

1. The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

2. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

3. Under a Different Sky by Meira Chand

4. The Trader’s Wife by Anna Jacobs

5. A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French

6. A soldier’s Tale by M.K. Joseph

7. The Song of Silver Frond by Catherine Lim

8. Fire and Fog by Dianne Day

9. Anne Boleyn and Me by Alison Prince

10. Little People by Jane Sullivan

11. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

12. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

13. Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery

14. GhostGumValley by Johanna Nicholls

15. Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall

16. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Support Your Local Library – Hosted by The Eclectic Bookshelf

Level 4 – Read 37+ library books

1. The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

2. Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie

3. The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Lienbenberg

4. It Happened One Summer by Polly Williams

5. Liverpool Daisy by Helen Forrester

6. Once a Jolly Hangman by Alan Shadrake

7. The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard

8. Lots of Love by Fiona Walker

9. Silent Fear by Katherine Howell

10. Under a Different Sky by Meira Chand

11. The Shelly Beach Writer’s Group by June Loves

12. Emma The Easter Fairy by Daisy Meadows

13. Ravensdale Spring by Kate Fielding

14. The SingaporeSchool of Villainy by Shamini Flint

15. Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

16. The Trader’s Wife by Anna Jacobs

17. The Song of Silver Frond by Catherine Lim

18. Addition by Toni Jordan

19. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

20. The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

21. Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd

22. Prized by Caragh O’Brien

23. Days like this by Alison Stewart

24. The Spider Goddess by Tara Moss

25. Anne Boleyn and Me by Alison Prince

26. The Beach House by Jane Green

27. Little people by Jane Sullivan

28. The Boy Who Fell to Earth by Kathy Lette

29. Me before You by Jojo Moyes

30. Am I black enough for you? by Anita Heiss

31. Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkari

32. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

33. Assault and Pepper by Tamar Myers

34. Tea with Arwa by Arwa El Masri

35. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

36. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris

37. The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

38. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris

39. Night Road by Kristin Hannah

40. Pied Piper Neville Shute

41. The Bridge by Jane Higgins

42. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

43. In the company of strangers by Liz Byrski

44. There Should Be More Dancing by Rosalie Ham

45. Matilda Is Missing by Caroline Overington

46. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

47. Indian Summer by Will Randall

48. GhostGumValley by Johanna Nicholls

49. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

50. The Wedding Season by Su Dharmapala

51. December by Elizabeth H Winthrop

Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012 – Hosted by Booked Out

1. Literary Fiction – The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Lienbenberg

2. Crime/Mystery Fiction – Assault and Pepper by Tamar Myers

3. Romantic Fiction – Ghost GumValley by Johanna Nicholls

4. Historical Fiction – Fire and Fog by Dianne Day

5. Young Adult – Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

6. Fantasy – Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

7. Science Fiction – The Seeds of Time by John Wyndham

8. Non-Fiction – The Exact Same moon by Jeanne Marie Laskas

9. Horror – The Radleys by Matt Haig

10. Thriller /Suspense – Silent Fear by Katherine Howell

11. Classic – Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

12. Your favourite genre – Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister

3. Goodread groups:

Aussie Readers – 2012 Aussie Authors – with a twist!

I did the AMATEUR level – In January read an Aussie author with either her/his name starting with a ‘J’, or the book having a ‘J’ at the start of one of the words in the title. February read an Aussie author who’s name or the title starts with an ‘F’, March – an ‘M’ starting the name/title etc….total of 12 for the year.

January – J – Castaway by Joanne van Os

February – F – A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French

March – M – What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

April – A – Addition by Toni Jordan

May – M – The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

June – J – Little People by Jane Sullivan

July – J – Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

August – A – Tea with Arwa by Arwa El Masri

September – S – Pied Piper Neville Shute

October – O – Matilda Is Missing by Caroline Overington

November – N – Ghost GumValley by Johanna Nicholls

December – D – The Wedding Season by Su Dharmapala

Australian Women Writers Challenge

The challenge I accepted was to read 10 books written by Australian Women Writers – I completed this and then went on to see how many more I could read

1. Silent Fear by Katherine Howell – Mystery

2. Castaway: A Brumby Plains Adventure by Joanne van Os – Young Adult

3. Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood – Mystery

4. A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French – Historical

5. The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville – Award Winner

6. The Shelly Beach Writer’s Group by June Loves – Chick Lit

7. Castles, Follies and Four-leaf Clovers by Rosamund Burton – Non-Fiction

8. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – Women’s Fiction

9. The Trader’s Wife by Anna Jacobs – Historical

10. Addition by Toni Jordan – Women’s Fiction

11. Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts – Fantasy

12. Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry – Mystery

13. Nightsiders by Sue Isle – Science Fiction

14. Flying the Coop by Ilsa Evans – Women’s Fiction

15. The Wanderer by Pippa Dee – YA Science Fiction

16. Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd – Chick Lit

17. Days like this by Alison Stewart – YA Dystopian

18. The Spider Goddess by Tara Moss – YA Paranormal

19. The Blood Countess by Tara Moss – YA Paranormal

20. Little People by Jane Sullivan – Historical

21. The Boy who fell to Earth by Kathy Lette – Chick Lit

22. Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss – Autobiography

23. Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkari – Fiction/Short Stories

24. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – Fantasy

25. Spin Cycle by Ilsa Evans – Chick lit

26. Tea with Arwa by Arwa El Masri – Biography

27. Last Chance Café by Liz Byrski – Hen’s Lit

28. Grounded Spirits by Pippa Dee – YA Paranormal

29. In the company of strangers by Liz Byrski – Hen’s Lit

30. There Should Be More Dancing by Rosalie Ham – Women’s Fiction

31. Matilda Is Missing by Caroline Overington – Women’s Fiction

32. GhostGumValley by Johanna Nicholls – Historical Romance

33. The Wedding Season by Su Dharmapala – Chick Lit

4. Personal

I set myself a personal challenge to read 12 Dystopian books during 2012:

1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

2. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

3. Matched by Ally Condie

4. How I live now by Meg Rosoff

5. Days like this by Alison Stewart

6 The Bridge by Jane Higgins

7. Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

8. Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari

9. The Crysalids by John Wyndham

10. Nightsiders by Sue Isle

11. Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

12. Prized by Caragh O’Brien

And so onwards to 2013…

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Each year I do a couple of reading challenges – most are a year long – but some of my Goodreads groups do quarterly and even monthly ones – so always reading for some challenge or another!

So at just past the halfway mark for the year I thought I would report in. In bold I have read them – in italics they are scheduled reads

1. On The Porch Swing – Yahoo Group (8/10)

1. A book that has something to do with the weather in the title – Chill Factor

2. A book that is set in a foreign local – The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Lienbenberg (Rhodesia)

3. A book with a size in the title – Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

4. A book with the name of a bird in the title: Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola by Sean Dooley

5. Read a book with a yellow cover: Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Extra Task – Read your name:

S – Space Scout: The Big Freeze by H. Badger

A – Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari

L – Last Chance Café by Liz Byrinski

L – Lone Star Sanctuary by Colleen Coble

Y – The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough by Neta Jackson

2. Reading Cove – Theme Potluck – Yahoo Group (7/12)

(NB – The word must be in the book’s title unless otherwise noted.)

January = "Freeze" – Space Scout: The Big Freeze by H. Badger

February = "Valentine" or "Heart" – Outback Heart by Joanne van Os

March = "Spring" – Ravensdale Spring by Kate Fielding

April = "Number" (or a number in the title) – Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

May = "Jewel" (or a type of jewel in the title) – Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd

June = "Beach" – The Beach House by Jane Green

July = "Hot" – Hot Silver – Riding the Indian Pacific by Steven Lewis

August = "Fruit" (or a type of fruit in the title) – On the banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

September = "Classic" (published before 1950) – Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

October = 1st Book in a Series – A Modern Witch (A Modern Witch Series: Book 1) by Debora Geary

November = "Indian" – Indian Summer by Will Randall

December = "December" – A wedding in December by Anita Shreve, or December by Elizabeth Winthrop

3. Read Dystopia Challenge 2012 (6/12)

1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano (L)

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (L)

3. Matched by Ally Condie – Currently Reading

4. How I live now by Meg Rosoff

5. Days like this by Alison Stewart

6 The Bridge by Jane Higgins

7. Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

8. Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari

9. The Crysalids by John Wyndham

10. Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick

11. Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

12. Bumped by Megan McCafferty

4. Mt TBR Reading challenge 2012 (12/12) – Completed

1. The Good Life: Up the Yukon Without a Paddle by Dorian Amos

2. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

3. A lie for a Lie by Emily Richards

4. Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

5. Fire and Fog by Dianne Day

6. Desperate Pastor Wives by Ginger Kolbaba

7. Into The Forest by Jean Hegland

8. The Exact Same moon by Jeanne Marie Laskas

9. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

10. Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola by Sean Dooley

11. The Murder at Mimosa Inn by Joan Hess

12. A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming

5. 2012 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (5/5)

1. The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

2. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

3. Under a Different Sky by Meira Chand

4. The Trader’s Wife by Anna Jacobs

5. A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French

Reached 5 (Daring and curious) – going to see if I can do 10 (struggling the addiction)

6. Little People by Jane Sullivan

7. Anne Boleyn and Me by Alison Prince

6. Australian Women Writers 2012 National Year of Reading Challenge (Completed)

Franklin-fantastic (read 10 and review at least 4 books)

1. Silent Fear by Katherine Howell – Mystery

2. Castaway: A Brumby Plains Adventure by Joanne van Os – Young Adult

3. Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood – Mystery

4. A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French – Historical

5. The Idea of Perfection by Kate GrenvilleAward Winner

6. The Shelly Beach Writer’s Group by June Loves – Chick Lit

7. Castles, Follies and Four-leaf Clovers by Rosamund Burton – Non-Fiction

8. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – Women’s Fiction

9. The Trader’s Wife by Anna Jacobs – Historical

10. Addition by Toni Jordan – Women’s Fiction

Have finished the challenge – just reading for fun now to see how many female Aussie authors I can read:

11. Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts – Fantasy

12. Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry – Mystery

13. Nightsiders by Sue Isle – Science Fiction

14. Flying the Coop by Ilsa Evans – Women’s Fiction

15. The Wanderer by Pippa Dee – YA Science Fiction

16. Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd – Chick Lit

17. Days like this by Alison Stewart – YA Dystopian

18. The Spider Goddess by Tara Moss – YA Paranormal

19. The Blood Countess by Tara Moss – YA Paranormal

20. Little People by Jane Sullivan – Historical

21. The Boy who fell to Earth by Kathy Lette – Chick Lit

22. Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss – Autobiography

23. Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkari – Fiction/Short Stories

24. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – YA Fantasy

7. Support Your Local Library – 2012 – (Seeing how far I can go)

1. The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

2. Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie

3. The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Lienbenberg

4. It Happened One Summer by Polly Williams

5. Liverpool Daisy by Helen Forrester

6. Once a Jolly Hangman by Alan Shadrake

7. The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard

8. Lots of Love by Fiona Walker

9. Silent Fear by Katherine Howell

10. Under a Different Sky by Meira Chand

11. The Shelly Beach Writer’s Group by June Loves

12. Emma the Easter Fairy by Daisy Meadows

13. Ravensdale Spring by Kate Fielding

Level 1 – Read 12 library books – Completed

14. The SingaporeSchool of Villainy by Shamini Flint

15. Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

16. The Trader’s Wife by Anna Jacobs

17. The Song of Silver Frond by Catherine Lim

18. Addition by Toni Jordan

19. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

20. The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

21. Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd

22. Prized by Caragh O’Brien

23. Days like this by Alison Stewart

24. The Spider Goddess by Tara Moss

Level 2 – Read 24 library books – Completed

25. Anne Boleyn and Me by Alison Prince

26. The Beach House by Jane Green

27. Little People by Jane Sullivan

28. The Boy Who Fell to Earth by Kathy Lette

29. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

30. Am I black enough for you? by Anita Heiss

31. Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkari

32. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

33. Assault and Pepper by Tamar Myers

Level 3 – Read 36 library books

Level 4 – Read 37+ library books

8. Goodreads: Aussie Readers – Winter Challenge (June-Aug) (7/12)

1. As per requests, read one per month from your TBR list (total of 3)…curl up with a hot chocolate and enjoy!:

a. A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming

b. Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Wax

c. Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

2. Read an Aussie authors book or books with an Aussie landscape/locale in it:

Spin Cycle by Ilsa Evans

3. Pick a friend from your GR list, then select and read a book they have read. You never know, you might find something new to enjoy!

The Radleys by Matt Haig

4. Choose a favourite author, head to the Literature Map http://www.literature-map.com/, type in the author’s name, then read a book by the author closest to your fav!!

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

5. Choose a New Release which will be out somewhere in the 3 month period of Winter… either purchase, or borrow from the library and enjoy!

Wicked business by Janet Evanovich

6. WINTER BLUES! Find a book related to mental health in some way (non fiction, memoir, fiction) to help us all expand our understanding.

The Boy Who Fell to Earth by Kathy Lette

7. Find a book with a warm, summery cover to give you the illusion of cosy in winter!

The Beach House by Jane Green

8. It’s International Children’s Day on the 13th of June. Why not find a YA novel or a picture book to read?

Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer by JT Petty

9."Winter is Coming" Read a book with a word associated with WINTER in the title…ice, cold, snow, rain, wind…

Chill Factor by Rachel Caine

10. Read a horror/murder/thriller, something that sends CHILLS down your spine!! OR Snuggle up with a COZY mystery…

Assault and Pepper by Tamar Myers

9. Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012 (10/12)

1. Literary Fiction – The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Lienbenberg

2. Crime/Mystery Fiction – Assault and Pepper by Tamar Myers

3. Romantic Fiction – TBA

4. Historical Fiction – Fire and Fog by Dianne Day

5. Young Adult – Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

6. Fantasy – Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

7. Science Fiction – The Seeds of Time by John Wyndham

8. Non-Fiction – The Exact Same moon by Jeanne Marie Laskas

9. Horror – The Radleys by Matt Haig

10. Thriller /Suspense – Silent Fear by Katherine Howell

11. Classic – Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

12. Your favourite genre – Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister (Paranormal Romance/Adventure)

10. Goodreads: Aussie Readers – 2012 Aussie Authors – with a twist!

I am doing the AMATEUR level – In January read an Aussie author with either her/his name or surname starting with a ‘J’, or the book having a ‘J’ at the start of one of the words in the title. February read an Aussie author who’s name or the title starts with an ‘F’, March – an ‘M’ and so on – total of 12 for the year.

January – J – Castaway by Joanne van Os

February – FA Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French

March – MWhat Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

April – A –Addition by Toni Jordan

May – M – The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

June – J – Little People by Jane Sullivan

July – J – Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

August – A – Tea with Arwa by Arwa El Masri

September – S – Pied Piper Neville Shute

October – O – Matilda Is Missing by Caroline Overington

November – N – TBA

December – D – The Briny Café or Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan

11. Mystery Reader Café 2012 Reading Challenge (3/6)

Your challenge for 2012, if you choose to accept it:

  1. Read a "first" mystery by a "new to you" author – Hunters Way by Gerri Hill
  2. Read a mystery that has a food item in the title (e.g. pie, cake, fruit, candy, steak, etc) Assault And Pepper by Tamar Myers
  3. Read a mystery by an author whose last name starts with an "R" – A Lie for a Lie by Emilie Richards
  4. Read a mystery with a gem in the title (e.g. ruby, opal, diamond, etc.) Opal Fire by Barbara Annino
  5. Read a mystery that has a blue cover – Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
  6. Fun extra challenge: Read a mystery whose title starts with the last letter of your first name (Y) – Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

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ANZ LitLovers is hosting its inaugural Indigenous Writers Week Challenge in the first week in July to coincide with NAIDOC Week here in Australia (1st to 8th July)

Swing over to the ANZ Litlovers Blog for more information – and to sign up with Mr Linky.

I am going to read one book for NAIDOC week but have decided to extend this challenge into a personal for one year (July 2012 – June 2013) and aim to end up reading 12 books by indigenous authors – mostly Australian authors but may include indigenous writers from other countries, mostly New Zealand.

Here is a link to a list for Australian Indigenous writers:

Here is a link for some Maori writers:

Here is my initial list – I will add as I go after I have read these:

1. Who am I: The diary of Mary Talence by Anita Hess

2. Am I black Enough for You? by Anita Hess

3. Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkara

4. Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch

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The ‘Support Your Local Library’ is another favourite annual challenge of mine – as I do believe in libraries and their importance in any society. While I have a huge pile of books, I always try to keep my spending down and borrow from the library for my monthly discussion books.

‘Bumps in the Road’ Blog is running this challenge and it will run for a year – starting on New Years Day 2012.

I am going to set a goal of reading 12 library books, and while I may read more – the guide to surviving challenges is to aim low and then build up 🙂

My List:

1.  The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

2.  Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie

3.  The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Lienbenberg

4.  It Happened One Summer by Polly Williams 

5.  Liverpool Daisy by Helen Forrester

6.  Once a Jolly Hangman by Alan Shadrake

7.  The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard

8.  Lots of Love by Fiona Walker

9.  Silent Fear by Katherine Howell

10. Under a Different Sky by Meira Chand

11. The Shelly Beach Writer’s Group by June Loves

12. Emma The Easter Fairy by Daisy Meadows

13. Ravensdale Spring by Kate Fielding

Level 1 – Read 12 library books – Completed

 

14. The SingaporeSchool of Villainy by Shamini Flint

15. Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

16. The Trader’s Wife by Anna Jacobs

17. The Song of Silver Frond by Catherine Lim

18. Addition by Toni Jordan

19. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

20. The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

21. Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd

22. Prized by Caragh O’Brien

23. Days like this by Alison Stewart

24. The Spider Goddess by Tara Moss

Level 2 – Read 24 library books – Completed

 

25. Anne Boleyn and Me by Alison Prince

26. The Beach House by Jane Green

27. Little people by Jane Sullivan

28. The Boy Who Fell to Earth by Kathy Lette

29. Me before You by Jojo Moyes

30. Am I black enough for you? by Anita Heiss

31. Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkari

32. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

33. Assault and Pepper by Tamar Myers

34. Tea with Arwa by Arwa El Masri 

35. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

36. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris

Level 3 – Read 36 library books – Completed

 

37. The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

Level 4 – Read 37+ library books – Completed – Now reading on:

 

38. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris

39. Night Road by Kristin Hannah

40. Pied Piper Neville Shute

41. The Bridge by Jane Higgins

42. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

43. In the company of strangers by Liz Byrski

44. There Should Be More Dancing by Rosalie Ham

45. Matilda Is Missing by Caroline Overington

46. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

47. Indian Summer by Will Randall

48. GhostGumValley by Johanna Nicholls

 

For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.

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Are you like me and have a “can’t stop collecting books to read one day” problem? A problem that leaves piles of precious but still unread books stashed under, on or in any spare surface that you can find? Are you incapable of going near a bookstore without walking out with something? These piles are know around the book fraternity as TBR (to be read) mountains – and the longer it takes for them to be read the higher that mountain gets

Well I have found a challenge that may just help ease the problem – or at the very least clear some space for you to put future acquisitions!

The ‘My Reader’s Block’ Blog wants you to get out your climbing boots and rope and start conquering that mountain in a year long challenge that runs from January 1 to December 31, 2012. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.

There are 6 challenge levels starting at committing to reducing your pile by 12 – all the way up to 100+

I am aiming for the smallest level – Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s – but no doubt will climb higher up the mountain once the first 12 are done.

There are a few rules:

  • Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you’re on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.
  • Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2012. No ARCs, no library books. No rereads.
  • Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.
  • Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

Here is my list:

1. The Good Life: Up the Yukon Without a Paddle by Dorian Amos

2. Demon Glass by Rachel Hawkins

3. A lie for a Lie by Emily Richards

4. Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

5. Fire and Fog by Dianne Day

6. Desperate Pastor Wives by Ginger Kolbaba

7. Into The Forest by Jean Hegland

8. The Exact Same moon by Jeanne Marie Laskas

9. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

10. Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola by Sean Dooley

11. The Murder at Mimosa Inn by Joan Hess

12. A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Then I have 2 for spare:

1. A Vintage Murder by Michelle Scott

2. Maybe this Time by Jennifer Cruise

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There is a Dystopian Reading challenge going over at the Book Journey blog, so head over to this post for more information and to sign-up.

What is a Dystopia? Well for me it means it is a bad place to live. Forces that are outside of a person’s power control their life in some way. So while many think it only refers to oppressive governments, I stretch it to include post-apocalyptic landscapes where formal governments are gone, or any place where characters must fight for their own mental and physical survival.

This challenge goes for a year and starts January 1st 2012.

I am aiming to read 12 dystopian books in 2012 – so aiming for the SURVIVOR level.

Here is my list (is subject to change):

1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

3. Matched by Ally Condie

4. How I live now by Meg Rosoff

5. Days like this by Alison Stewart

6 The Bridge by Jane Higgins

7. Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

8. Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari

9. The Crysalids by John John Wyndham

10. Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick

11. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

12. Bumped by Megan McCafferty

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If you head over to Historical Tapestry, the sign up post for the 2012 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is now up!

The challenge will run from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012 and any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult, etc)

I am going to aim to be Daring and Curious and read 5 books:

1. TBA

2. TBA

3. TBA

4. TBA
5. TBA

I am sure I will end up reading more – but will see how I go.

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I am going to join various reading challenges during 2012 and first up is this one:

Keen on romance, fantasy, crime, YA, literary, mainstream women’s fiction? Contemporary or historical? Memoir, other nonfiction or poetry? 

Whatever your preference, whether you’re a fan of one genre or a devoted eclectic, the 2012 Australian Women Writers Book Reading & Reviewing Challenge invites you to celebrate a year encountering the best of Australian women’s writing.

Goal: Read and review books written by Australian women writers – hard copies, ebooks, audiobooks, books that are  new, borrowed or stumbled upon.

I am going to be a Dabbler – and read more than one genre – and I am going to aim for the Miles Level and read at least 6 and review and least 3 – ended up doing the Franklin and read 10 – reviews for all are here in my blog.

I read a total of 32 books written by Australian women authors – they are:

1. Silent Fear by Katherine Howell – Mystery

2. Castaway: A Brumby Plains Adventure by Joanne van Os – Young Adult

3. Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood – Mystery

4. A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French – Historical

5. The Idea of Perfection by Kate GrenvilleAward Winner

6. The Shelly Beach Writer’s Group by June Loves – Chick Lit

7. Castles, Follies and Four-leaf Clovers by Rosamund Burton – Non-Fiction

8. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – Women’s Fiction

9. The Trader’s Wife by Anna Jacobs – Historical

10. Addition by Toni Jordan – Women’s Fiction

Officially I have finished the challenge now – but still continuing to read books by Australian Women so will record them here 🙂

11. Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts – Fantasy

12. Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry – Mystery

13. Nightsiders by Sue Isle – Science Fiction

14. Flying the Coop by Ilsa Evans – Women’s Fiction

 

15. The Wanderer by Pippa Dee – YA Science Fiction

16. Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd – Chick Lit

17. Days like this by Alison Stewart – YA Dystopian

18. The Spider Goddess by Tara Moss – YA Paranormal

19. The Blood Countess by Tara Moss – YA Paranormal

20. Little People by Jane Sullivan – Historical

21. The Boy who fell to Earth by Kathy Lette – Chick Lit

22. Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss – Autobiography

23. Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkari – Fiction/Short Stories

24. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – Fantasy

25. Spin Cycle by Ilsa Evans – Chick lit

26. Tea with Arwa by Arwa El Masri – Biography

27. Last Chance Café by Liz Byrski – Hen’s Lit

28. Grounded Spirits by Pippa Dee – YA Paranormal

29. In the company of strangers by Liz Byrski – Hen’s Lit

30. There Should Be More Dancing by Rosalie Ham – Women’s Fiction

31. Matilda Is Missing by Caroline Overington – Women’s Fiction

32. GhostGumValley by Johanna Nicholls – Historical Romance

33. The Wedding Season by Su Dharmapala – Chick Lit

 

So now I look towards 2013 – and if you want to join up and meet some new and very talented Australian female writers the sign up can be found here
 

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Debora M. Coty

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