New Year, new start, new resolutions and new challenges. To be honest I am not one for making resolutions, as I think these can be made at any point in the year not just at the beginning of it. Plus there is the obvious wait as those around you who know that you have made a resolution wait to see you fall flat on your face!
I do know I want to do something different this year, something out of my comfort zone – but as of yet I do not know what it is and well I do not have to make up mind now do I? If anyone has any ideas or thoughts I would love to hear from them. Nothing dangerous to my health or others and nothing illegal!
There is always plenty of reading challenges doing the rounds and I have been reading about lots that many blogs I visit are starting for 2012. This blog here is a great start if you want to get involved, it seems to have something for everyone. I am so tempted by lots and lots of them, but I know with reading if I put myself under undue pressure nothing will happen and I will do my best to avoid reading for these challenges. However, they have given me an idea of my own and so I decided to set my own challenges. Without further ado….
The three Standard Challenges that I have every year is
- Read 50 books in the year
- Do not buy any more books
- Review every book I read
The rules are simple for the first 5, read 1 book by that author.
Read 1 Charlotte Bronte Novel
Currently on Jane Eyre and have about 80 pages left and I know I started it in 2011, but I knew I was never going to finish it before the end of year.
Read 1 Charles Dickens novel
Not sure what book to choose here, so might leave that one up to fate. In addition thought with this one, as I live in Portsmouth and never been I am also going to visit Charles Dickens Birthplace at some point between 28 January and 4 November, if I can tie this in with the first Sunday of the month apparently they do some readings as well.
Read 1 Daphne du Maurier Novel
At the moment, I am thinking My Cousin Rachel, simply because I picked it up after having read Jamaica Inn last year and it is still on the shelf unread.
Read 1 Jane Austen Novel
Mansfield Park is the choice here. I already had downloaded this on my kindle after reading Persuasion last year, and then the delightful Rachel on Book Snob had a bit of luck getting hold of a rather beautiful copy, to read and well it would be rude not to join in!
Along with this one, is the fact that I won tickets to the Jane Austen House museum and need to go and experience all things Austenesque before the 31 August.
Read 1 Georgette Heyer Novel
I have never read any by this author and have seen lots and lots on the blogs I visit about her, so I knew that I must at least try one. Any recommendations?
I currently have a few unfinished books, they are currently unfinished because I have been struggling with them.
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott I am just finding this quite a difficult read.
The Crimson, Petal and the White – Michael Faber This is a long book, and whilst it is good other books kept getting in the way.
Wedlock – Wendy Moore I think I need to restart this one completely so I can enjoy it properly.
I would like to finish 1 of these this year.
Looking back on 2011 I have picked 3 authors whose series of books I am currently reading and would like to read 3 more in the current series I am reading.
- M.C. Beaton – Agatha Raisin
- Carola Dunn – Daisy Dalrymple
- Debbie Macomber – Cedar Cove Series
I am going to copy this onto a tab at the top of my blog, so I and anyone else can keep a track on them. That way I can also add in more challenges throughout the year as they come to mind, or as some really tempt me.
What sort of challenges are you doing for 2012? Any I might have missed out on?