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Challenge 2011 Part 2

No more than 6 challenges I said.  Aye, right!

I’m delighted to see that myone of my favourite challenges – The Themed Reading Challenge – has a new home.  And it wouldn’t be right not to thank Teddy Rose for her hospitality.  So without further ado, I’m joining. My theme for 2011 is Revisiting Real Life Destinations. I love to travel and I have a stack of books set in Barcelona, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Salzburg, Vienna, Bordeaux, British Columbia, California, the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh, London  …. The only difficulty will be determining which 5 I should read.





Secondly, we all love a book with a beautiful cover.  But what about the riches that may languish between a cover that is less than appealing, simply atrocious, in fact.  Enter Pink Sheep Cafe and a challenge that is designed to test me to the max, because passing those ugly covers by is second nature to me.  But this is wicked and I’m signing up to force 2 ugly covers into my hands …..



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Challenge 2011

Self-imposed constraints for 2011

I must be able to fulfill challenge requirements from my TBR of 30.12.2010, otherwise it’s a no go area. (There may be the odd exception to this.) And no more than 6 challenges for the whole year.  I overdid it in 2010.

Without further ado:

Challenge One –  One, Two, Theme!

Hosted at  http://onetwotheme.blogspot.com/

Theme One:  Finish the quartet – A Darkling Plain – Philip Reeve

Theme Two: Literary Twins – The Reckoning – Charles Nicoll (NF), The Reckoning- Patricia Tyrell

Theme Three: Stefan Zweig:  Stefan and Lotte Zweig’s South American Letters plus 2 books written by Stefan Zweig


Challenge Two: What’s In A Name 4?

Hosted at http://whatsinaname4.blogspot.com/

1) A book with evil in the title:  This Night’s Foul Work

2) A book with a life stage in the title: The Widow

3) A book with a jewel or gem in the title: The Raj’s Diamond / The Moonstone Legacy/ Black Diamond

4) A book with travel or movement in the title: A Short Walk In the Hindu Kush / Dancer / Let the Great World Spin

5) A book with a size in the title: Wide Sargasso Sea / The Little Stranger / Little Hands Clapping

6) A book with a number in the title:  And Then There Was No One / Lock 14 / Three Day Road


Challenge 3 – Criminal Plots 2010

Hosted at http://networkedblogs.com/brlC6

1) A book by a new to you author who’s blurbed a book you enjoyed.

2) A book that has been made into a movie.

3)A book with a protagonist opposite your own gender. So if you’re female, the protagonist should be male; if you’re male the protagonist should be female.

4) A book set outside the country in which you live.

5)A book that’s the first in a new-to-you series.

6)A book by a 2011 debut author.


Challenge 4 – Not Really A Challenge, just The TBR Dare  – Hosted by Ready when you are, C B

Reading only from my TBR stacks (with the exception of book group reads) for 6 weeks starting from 1.1.2011


5. The 2011 Challenge (Hosted at Bart’s Bookshelf)

 The requirement will be a total of  20 books from 11 categories.

Rather than read 2 books in every category, you will need to read a minimum of 1 and a max of 2 in each. (Essentially meaning you can choose one category where you only need to read one book.)

  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011 are eligible.

And the categories for TwentyEleven are:

  1. To YA or not YA…
    Okay, this one works like this… Tend to read more Young Adult than Adult Fiction books then read one or two adult fiction titles, vice-versa if you don’t tend to read much Young Adult.
  2. …With a Twist.
    This one focuses on sub-genres, read a lot of chick-lit, then try a paranormal romance! Fantasy? Why not give some Steampunk a go, like a bit of Space-Opera in your Sci-Fi then pick up a military Sci-fi book. Like your Contemporary Literature, give a Young Adult Contemporary a chance. Well hopefully you get the idea! 
  3. Hot off the Presses.
    Read a book published (in your country) in 2011? Then it counts for this category. 
  4. It Wasn’t Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*)
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
    * Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on. 
  5. Show it Who is Boss!
    Tackle that overflowing T.B.R. pile! Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/12/10. 
  6. Bablefish.
    Read books that are translated from a language that is not your own.
  7. Will-Power? What Will-Power? (aka: The Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.)
    You know that quote I have in my blog-header… “Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore?” Recognise yourself in it? Then this is the one for you! Bought a book NEW during 2011? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count.
  8. Mind the Gap.
    Need just one more book to compete that duology/trilogy/series then read it for this one! (Obviously as this is for that final book you need to complete it, then you can’t read two books from the same series! And it clearly can’t be your first or penultimate read!)
    Because not everyone reads a series in order, this is for the last book you need to read, not necessarily the last book in the series…
  9. Back in the Day.
    Re-read an old favourite or two for this category.
  10. Way Back When.
    Read books that were published before you were born for this one, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
  11. Slim-Pickings
    Got a novella you want to read? Then this one is the one for you! Any books between 90-150 pages count.


6. Seconds Challenge 2011 – hosted by A Few More Pages

I’m signing up for a few more bites – 6 books by authors who impressed me so much first time around that I went out and bought another book!  These include, in no particular order:

Christoph Heim, Wolfgang Koeppen, Marilynne Robinson, Valerie Martin, Ron Brammer, Catherine O’Flynn, Barbara Pym, Penelope Fitzgerald, Martin Walker, Teresa Solano, Carmen Posadas, Gilbert Adair, etc

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