Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Reading Challenges wrap-up

Chunkster Reading Challenge
February 1, 2011 - January 31, 2012
A chunkster is 450 pages or more of adult literature. A chunkster should be a challenge. No Audio books in the chunkster.
Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the reader who can't resist bigger and bigger books and wants to commit to SIX Chunksters from the following categories:
2 books which are between 450 - 550 pages in length; CHECK
2 books which are 551 - 750 pages in length; ONE
2 books which are GREATER than 750 pages in length. ONE

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee - 470 pages
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious - 512 pages
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - 567 pages
Shogun: A Novel of Japan by James Clavell - 1210 pages

This challenge technically isn't done for another month. I will need to do another brief wrap-up for the Chunkster at the end of January, especially since I haven't quite finished yet. My last two chunksters should be:
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak 592 pages (this one I am positive of as it is my January book club book.)
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 945 pages
It was harder than I thought it would be. I think combining this challenge - and not at the lowest level - with the 100+ books challenge was not the most sensible thing I've done.

100+ Reading Challenge
I made this in 2010, but only by counting 15 rereads. My goal in 2011 was to do it with no rereads! The new Challenge counter on Goodreads really helped me keep up. I had to read 8.3 books per month to keep up. And according to GoodReads, my previous all-time record was 88 back in 1999!

100/100 with no rereads! Finished two days ago.

Southern Literature Challenge
Level 4--Y'all come back now, y'hear! Read 4 books. The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. Read a book(s)--non-fiction or fiction of any genre, adult or young adult--written by an author from the South and set mostly in the South.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker
The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson

I would have had a harder time with this except that two books I read for Bibliofeast certainly qualified (Watery and Reservoir).

2011 Reading from My Shelves Project
This challenge runs Jan 1-Dec. 12, you set your goal but the minimum is 12, and the main part of the challenge is: Read books from your own shelves, and then pass the books on to someone else: a friend, relative, the library, used book store, swap them, just as long as the book leaves your house once it has been read.

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious - I have no clue when/where I acquired this. It was obviously a used copy as it was the original paperback edition. But I have owned it for several years.

Oranges by John McPhee - I got this book in Nov 2009 from the publisher, before I had my blog.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - I have owned this book since 1996!

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz - I got this book in 7/2010 after I saw one of Mr. Horwitz's other books at my friend's apartment in Chicago and I fell in love and got all 3 of his travel/history books.

Addition by Toni Jordan - the publisher sent me a copy of this book when it was published, 2/09.

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks - At the request of my former boss, Barbara, I got this book in 1/2010. I took too long to read this book!

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls - I don't know exactly when or how I acquired this book (I suspect a library sale) but I added it to GoodReads in 7/2010.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis - I bought this book almost exactly a year ago at a used bookstore in Nashville.

How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely - I think I requested this book from the publisher, in the summer of 2009.

John Adams by David McCullough - I bought this audio book (CDs) at my previous work in 2009.

The Burden of Proof by Scott Turow - I bought this book used from a street vendor in New York circa 2001.

The Women by T.C. Boyle - I think I got this book free from the publisher, but I got it almost two years ago.

Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin by Norah Vincent - this is an audio book so it's weird to think of it as being on my "shelf" but it was on my iTunes shelf since Oct. 2010

From Time to Time by Jack Finney - I don't know where or when I acquired this. I suspect I got it in New York, used, which means 2004 at the latest.

This is the only challenge I didn't finish! I don't like that. I did manage to hit the minimum (14) but not the goal I set for myself (20). Surprisingly, I found I didn't much like this challenge. I was buying new books and reading reviews and occasionally getting ARCs and I felt like I couldn't read them. No new books. I felt a little less involved in new publishing this year than in the recent past, and that's not a good thing. Publishing is my business and I need to be current and I need to be able to speak to today's marketplace. While I think I will hit this somewhat easily next year, with my Australia challenge in particular, I'm glad that I can read finally a book I bought last month without guilt.


Unknown said...

Very cool Caroline.

For 2012 have you considered the most excellent League of Extraordinary Gentle — Men of la — Book Challenge (Vol. 1) (http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=3937)?

Booksnyc said...

great wrap up! I am not looking forward to my wrap up because there are a number of challenges I did not complete. I aim to do better in 2012.

I hope you will consider joining the Immigrant Stories Challenge - I am hosting it for the second year in 2012.

Dusty said...

I a not a reading planner, except for one thing. One book of poetry per year. So, I am looking for a volume of Emily Dickinson. Am eager to get started.