Sunday, February 06, 2011

Making 2011 a Little More Challenging

OK, forget what I said about cutting back on reading challenges in 2011. What could I have been thinking? There are just too many wonderful book bloggers out there working overtime at coming up with great ideas for challenges, and I'm weak (weak, I tell you!), WEAK! So, now that we're a month into the new year, I've come up with a few more that are just too interesting to pass up.

Battle of the Prizes Challenge - British Version

1 February 2011 - 31 January 2012
Host: Rose City Reader
Read books that have received the Man Booker Prize and/or the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
For guidelines and book lists, see the announcement/sign-up page here.

✹ For the last couple of years, I've signed up for the American version of this challenge; but this year I thought I'd give the Brits a try. I haven't decided what I'll read yet, but since I haven't read any of the "double-dippers," I'll most likely be going with Option One and read three books.

Book Awards V

1 February - 1 December 2011
Host: 3M (Michelle) @ 1 More Chapter
See the announcement/sign-up page here.
Read five books from five different awards.

✹ I participated in the second edition of this challenge a couple years back and it was one of my favorites. Don't know why I didn't sign up for any of the follow-ups, but I'm going to remedy that now. A preliminary list isn't required, but there are loads of book award lists to choose from, so I'm going to have fun doing my research for this one.

2011 Pub Challenge

1 January - 31 December 2011
Host: 3M (Michelle) @ 1 More Chapter
Read a minimum of eleven books first published in 2011, at least six of which must be fiction.
See the announcement/sign-up page here.

✹ When I first looked at this one, I thought "no way" could I read that many books published this year. But then I checked my reading list from last year and discovered that at least twenty of them were published in 2010. So I'm assuming that I can get at least eleven new books read this year, too.

So, that's it for now. During the year, I'll be updating my progress with all these on my challenge blog here. Now will ya'll please just stop coming up with so many tempting challenge ideas!


  1. You're a better "man" than I am. Although I entered a bunch of challenges in the past, I read what I want, when I want, which is usually enough to satisfy any challenge. Therefore, I'm not really challenged! It becomes an extra effort at record keeping. sigh

    And so, I'll quietly slither off to my corner and read.

  2. Hey, challenges are just for fun, so you might as well join any that look interesting!

  3. Hmmm...I might have to join the Pub Challenge myself!

  4. Uh Oh, I will be signing up for a couple of these. I did the Award one a couple of years ago.

  5. Thanks for joining Book Awards and The Pub Challenge. I'll look for your reviews!


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