Challenges for 2012

Challenges for 2012

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Book bloggers love to sign up for Challenges – I’ve noticed this as I’ve visited a load of new blogs lately, and seems like a brilliant way to expand your usual reading habits to include new genres and types of story you might enjoy.

Thanks must go to Hannah –  her post reminded me I needed to get into this!

I’ve looked at so many different challenges, but I think the ones I will aim for this year include the following:

  1. The Eclectic Reader Challenge (Book’d Out)
  2. Steampunk Reading Challenge (Dark Faery Tales)
  3. Immortal Reading Challenge (Under The Covers)
  4. My own Year of the Dragon challenge

I’ll be keeping up a list of my progress on my Challenges page.

The Eclectic Reader Challenge

Hosted by Book’d Out, this challenge aims to push you outside your comfort zone and read books from twelve different genres throughout the year. The genres are (plus potential books I am thinking of including):

  1. Literary Fiction – The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction – ?
  3. Romantic Fiction – Sleeping with Paris – Juliette Sobanet
  4. Historical Fiction – Daughters of Iraq, Revital Shiri-Horowitz
  5. Young Adult – Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
  6. Fantasy – A Storm of Swords, George R R Martin
  7. Science Fiction – Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  8. Non Fiction – ?
  9. Horror – The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft
  10. Thriller /Suspense – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larson
  11. Classic – The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  12. Your favourite genre – (will be a fantasy book) ?

Steampunk Reading Challenge

Welcome to the world of STEAMPUNK, a fascinating subgenre of the fantasy world. Meet strong Victorian men and women and explore fantastic airships, crafts and other incredible inventions.

(from Dark Faerie Tales)

This challenge is hosted at Dark Faerie Tales. I’ve always thought that Steampunk sounded like an interesting sub-genre, but I’ve never really managed to read much of it. Here’s a chance to change that! I’ll only be going for the Gaslight level – 6 books, unless I discover I have more to read than I thought!

  1. Dead Iron, Devon Monk
  2. Wicked As They Come, Delilah S Dawson
  3. The Map Of Time, Felix J Palma
  4. Phoenix Rising, Pip Ballantine
  5. Steampunk! Anthology
  6. Viridis, Calista Taylor

Immortal Reading Challenge

Vampires, angels, demons, werewolves and fae. If you can’t pick a favourite, then that’s okay!

(From Under the Covers)

Twelve books involving immortal races – let’s see. These may change, but these are what I’m thinking of (some are in my TBR pile already):


Angels and Demons



Year of the Dragon

My own challenge is to simply read five books involving dragons. There will most likely be more!

In total, that’s 45 books. I’d better get cracking.

4 thoughts on “Challenges for 2012

  1. Hannah says:

    I’ve spent large amounts of time browsing the Novel Challenge site to check what challenges are going on this year. There are SO many! I half wanted to join in with the read books published in the year of your birth (though I had Stephen Hawking’s book whose title eludes me right now because I’m sleepy) and several partway through the series. Oh though I did have The Dragonbone Chair! Go me. Haha. That and the 1001 books to read before you die challenge caught my eye but I have enough. Both would force me to read more than I can so no. But maybe there’s something in there for you!

    • Angelya says:

      Well, I’m pretty happy to stick with three or four challenges unless I can really double-up on some reads… I really think I’ll struggle to read more than 50 books in one year! Thanks for the link though, I didn’t find that list in my searching. So many challenges!

  2. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    Glad to have you join me for the Eclectic Reader Challenge! I look forward to seeing your reviews

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

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