Monday, January 10, 2011

52 Books in 52 Weeks and other book challenges - 2011

(Backdating this post so I can replace the page it was on with 2012. Disregard this if it shows up in your RSS feed.)

Trying once again to complete the Ravelry 52 Books in 52 Weeks challege- or at least do better than last year. In 2009 I read 47 and 2010 I only hit 31. Yeah, I've been slacking off when it comes to books and not reading nearly as often as I should be.

I'm going to use this post to keep track of the books I read over the year and any other book challenges I finish, and edit it when I add, remove, or finish a book. I'm carrying over two books I started in December '10 since I got less than halfway through both.

You can find my book reviews here.

Finished:
1.) The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (started 12/13, finished 1/21, 300ish pages) - new
2.) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (started 12/24, finished 1/21, 354 pages) - reread
3.) I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (started 1/23, finished 1/23, 347 pages) - new
4.) Random Magic by Sasha Soren (started 1/25, finished 2/7, 397 pages) - reread
5.) The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (started 1/24, finished 2/10, 361 pages) - new
6.) A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (started 2/9, finished 2/10) - reread
7.) The Tempest by William Shakespeare (started and finished in February) - reread
8.) Henrietta Sees It Through by Joyce Dennys (started and finished in February) - new
9.) Making Money by Terry Pratchett (started February, finished March) - reread
10.) The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (started and finished in Feb) - 381 pages
11.) Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (started 4/12, finished early May, 399 pages) - reread
12.) The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (started 5/5, finished late May, 210 pages) - reread
13.) Pyramids by Terry Pratchett (started 4/2, finished late May, 323 pages) - reread
14.) The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (started and finished in May, 553 pages) - 381 pages
15.) The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett - reread
16.) The Circle Opens: Cold Fire by Tamora Pierce
17.) Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett - reread
18.) The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
19.) The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
20.) The Circle Opens: Shatterglass by Tamora Pierce
21.) Imperial Hostage by Phil Cantrill
22.) Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
23.) Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike
24.) Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin
25.) Henrietta's War by Joyce Dennys
26.) Greek Mythology for Teens by Zachary Hamby
27.) The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce
28.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
29.) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
30.) A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
31.) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
32.) Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin
33.) The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios by Eric Rasmussen

Currently reading and next up:
~Mansfield Park - Jane Austen (started 2/7) - reread
~The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (started August) - reread
~Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes - Edith Hamilton


To Read: (Will edit and move around books)
~Various Shakespeare plays
~Various works by Oscar Wilde
~Various works by Aphra Behn
~Various Jane Austen books
~Rereads of the "Discworld" series - Terry Pratchett
~Rereads of the "Lord of the Rings" series - Tolkien
~Rereads of "Hitchhiker's Guide" - Douglas Adams
~The Faerie Queene - Edmund Spencer
~The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

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Other Book Challenges:
Still trying to find more for 2011- here are a few:


You can find out more about this challenge here. Last year I did this one and pretty much failed- I think I read all of two books for it, lol. Trying again, though!

Here are the levels for it:
-Newbie, 4 books total: 2 books by J. Austen, and 2 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
-Lover, 8 books total: 4 books by J. Austen, 4 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
-Fanatic, 12+ books total 6+ books by J. Austen, 6+ re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)

Books read for this challenge:

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You can find more info about this challenge here. Yay, classics! I've been meaning to get back into reading the classics- I focused on them in college and I haven't really read any of them since, so I'm itching to get back into it! Not sure how well I'll do, but I'll try. Gotta get some use out of that BA in English. ;)

Here are the levels for this one:
-Level 1: 1-3 books
-Level 2: 4-7 books
-Level 3: 8-12 books
-Level 4: 13+ books

Books read for this challenge:
1.) A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (finished 2/10)
2.) The Tempest by William Shakespeare (finished in February)

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You can find this challenge here. A lot of what I want to read this year is British literature, so that will definitely fit into this challenge. :) Since I'm from overseas, here are the levels for this challenge (it's different for British bloggers).
-Winston Churchill - Read 6 books by British authors in 2011
-The Royal Family - Read 12 books by British authors in 2011

I'm going to aim for that second one. :)

Books read for this challenge:
1.) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (finished 1/21)
2.) I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (finished 1/23)
3.) A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (finished 2/10)
4.) The Tempest by William Shakespeare (finished in February)
5.) Henrietta Sees It Through by Joyce Dennys (finished in February)
6.) Making Money by Terry Pratchett (finished in March)
7.) Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (finished early May)
8.) The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (finished late May)
9.) Pyramids by Terry Pratchett (finished late May)
10.) The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
11.) Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
12.) Henrietta's War by Joyce Dennys

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Here's to hoping I read more in 2011 than I did in 2010! I'm also going to try to get back into reviewing everything I read. :)

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