2012 Challenges

The Back to the Classics Challenge 2012 is hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much.

Titles will be linked to reviews when complete.

              - Les Miserables *Done
           Classic Award Winner  - The Age of Innocence *Done
  • Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime  - To Clarify, this does not have to be a country that you hope to visit either.  Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count. –The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring *Done

I am participating in the 2012 TBR Pile Challenge.  I plan to do the "Firm Handshake" level.  I have a lot of BIG books on my shelf that need to get read and since I am already participating in 'Back to the Classics', I don't want to overdo it.

Here is what I plan to read:
(Titles will be linked to reviews when completed)

1.) The Whisperers by Orlando Figes
2.) Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
3.) The Terror by David Andress 
4.) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
5.) When Christs and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman
6.) The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
7.) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
8.) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
9.) The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
10.) The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker

I know it's not very many books but it will be nice to have a few less unread books on my shelf!


I think I am going to do Level 2-Read 24 library books.  I am pretty sure I have read way more library books than that this year but I am trying to set my goals a little lower for 2012.  I am also really trying to read some of the many books I already own and are collecting dust on my shelf.  This will probably be the last challenge I sign up for unless I see another one that I simply can't stay away from.

1.) Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
2.) Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
3.) Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir
4.) Faithful Place by Tana French
5.) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
6.) The Little Russian by Susan Sherman
7.) The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure
8.) You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
9.) Trafficked by Kim Purcell
10.) City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
11.) Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
12.) Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
13.)  A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
14.) The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens
15.) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
16.) Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster
17.) Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster
18.) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
19.) The White Russian by Tom Bradby
20.) The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
21.) Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham
22.) The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
23.) Gilt by Katherine Longshore
24.) Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I swore I was done with signing up for challenges but since I read so much historical fiction, I thought this one would be a lot of fun.  The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is hosted by Historical Tapestry and you can check out the details here.
I have a TON of unread books on my shelf that are in this genre.  Since I am glutton for punishment AND one of my goals for 2012 is to read more of the books I own, I think I can do the highest level "Severe Bookaholism".  This means I plan to read to 20 books in the historical fiction genre next year which is good because I can knock out a good chunk of the books on my shelf.

1.) The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen
2.) Three Maids for a Crown by Ella March Chase
3.) Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith
4.) Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
5.) Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves
6.) March by Geraldine Brooks
7.) Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison
8.) A Handful of Earth by Larisa Walk
9.) Archive 17 by Sam Eastland
10.) The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
11.) The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
12.) The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas
13.) The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller
14.) The King's Concubine by Anne O'Brien
15.) Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
16.)  The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd
17.) Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey
18.) The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas
19.) The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent
20.) Her Highness, the Traitor by Susan Higginbotham

This challenge is hosted by The Black Sheep Dances and you can find details here.

Here is what I plan to read:

1.) Education of a Princess by Grand Duchess Marie of Russia **Done
2.) Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie** Done
3.) The Death of Ivan Ilyich and other stories by Lev Tolstoy
4.) The Voices of the Dead by Hiroaki Kuromiya **Done

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