Tuesday, January 17, 2012


It's a fact.  I took a very long break from reading, few good years, at least. I have a lot of catching up to do, and I'm really craving to dig my teeth into more books. That is why I designated myself the challenge to read at least 16+ more books than I did last year for a total of at least 46+ fiction books in the challenge 2012 Outdo Yourself Challenge , possibly even reach 100 books this year with 100 Books Challenge , and all the while, first and foremost, revisit my childhood books to ponder a little bit about how I got here and how those books have changed for me until now Emlyn Chand's 2012 Reading Challenge, and maybe learn a little about how I have changed in terms of reading tastes, style, and thinking.

Additionally, there is one thing for sure, I want to keep reading the classics/award-winning novels, and start with some global books (I did get a bachelors in Anthropology, afterall, it's only fitting I should start reading some foreign novels).  Hence, the reason to join both a Classics Reading Challenge and a Award-Winning Reading Challenge , 2012 Global Reading Challenge , click on the corresponding links to visit each challenge.

The Classics Reading Challenge 2012
For this challenge, I have to choose classics I HAVE NEVER READ, before the 1980's, so this is just right up my alley.  It's going to force to be tackle some of the bigger classics.  Last year, I read around 8 classics, so this year I think I want to do a few more.

I have chosen to do Level Four: 10-12 books.  Here are my selections:

1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
2. Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
3. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Award-Winning Reading Challenge

Join the challenge!
This is perfect for me :).  I have to admit, I also like their raw flavah :).  So I am going to take on this challenge to actually and finally read some of the award-winning novels that I have planned for a long time.  This challenge has no time limit, so I can take my time ... the goal is actually read as many as I can THIS year.
This is the level I have chosen to do (verbatim upon site) :):

Shortlist. You’ve read the main event, and you want to dig around in some of the not-quite-theres.  Read two books each from the short lists of any year from the Booker prize, the National Book Award for Fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. (Big thanks to Kashfi for inspiring this challenge!)

Shortlist. 2 books from the following awards for a total of 6 books:
three (3) full-length novels that won the Pulitzer Prize;
 1. Finished (2011) A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
2. (2007) The Road by Cormac McCarthy

two (2) books that won the Man Booker Prize
1. (2011) The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
2. (2002) Life of Pi - Yann Martel

two (2) book (or one book from one author) each from the following: 

the National Book Award for Fiction
Finished (2002) Three Junes by Julia Glass
(1980) Sophie's Choice by William Styron

2012 Global Reading Challenge
 For this challenge, I need to read TWO novels from each continent below (total of 14 books, from 14 different countries or states) with the Medium Challenge, completely doable... plenty of option and I am so excited about this challenge.  Some of the books from the other challenge will actually apply to this challenge, too.
Finished 1.The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Finished 2. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Finished 1. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Finished 2.Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See 


Finished 1. The Girl With The Dragon Tatto by Stieg Larsson
Finished 2. Ignorance by Milan Kundera (Czech Republic)

North America
Finished 1.Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Finished 2. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)

The Seventh Continent

So excited about all these challenges :).....

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