31 December 2011

Reading Challenges for 2012

I'm going to be joining a number of book challenges in 2012. I'll be tracking my overall progress on my Book Reading Challenges page.

Here they are in no particular order. Follow the links to learn more about the specific challenges and please feel free to join any of them yourself. I've listed them all in one post so you don't have to hunt for all the challenges I've joined and have one-stop shopping for finding challenges that may interest you. Enjoy.

#1: 150+ Reading Challenge for 2012

#2: 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge from Book Vixen
2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Re-reads and crossovers from other challenges are good. Any format including ebooks and audio.

#3: 2012 Read 52 books in 52 weeks
Rule are HERE. You can sign up HERE.

#4: Chunkster Challenge 2012 - I'll be going for the lowest level on this challenge - the Chubby Chunkster. I will probably qualify for a higher level by the end of the year - but I'm playing it safe the first time through with this one.

#5: Get Steampunked! 2012
Get Steampunked! 2012

I'll be going for the Geared level on this one. I like steampunk, but the other books that are on my list for this year won't leave too much room for all the extra steampunk I'd like to read.

#6: Graphic Novels Challenge 2012 - I should be able to read 12 graphic novels during the year.

#7: Non-Fiction Non-Memoir 2012 Reading Challenge

I'm going to be ambitious with this one. I'm going to try to reach the Master Degree level of 25 non-fiction books for this one. This might be actually challenging given the number of other challenges I'll be joining.

#8: 2012 Support Your Local Library Challenge
Not sure what level of this one I can get to so I'll just start by shooting for level one (12 library books). I might make it to a higher level, we'll see how 2012 treats me.

#9: Read Your Name Challenge 2012

Read Your Name Challenge

This one should be easy since I have a short name.

#10: Time Travel Reading Challenge 2012
I love time travel more than just about any other type of science fiction. I will be shooting for the Mind-boggling Voyage: 10 to 12 time travel books level. There is also a nice list of numerous time travel related books on the page for this challenge. Check it out!

#11: 2012 Short Story Reading Challenge - I'll be trying to reach the lowest level on this one, 1 to 3 books (with each book being an anthology of short stories.) I might end up doing more since I'm now writing more short stories.

#12: A-Z Book Challenge

I'll be going with Option B on this challenge. I just can't plan out reading specific books so many months in advance. I never know what will strike my fancy.

#13: 2012 Picture Book Reading Challenge
- I have an idea for a childrens book. It would be a good idea for me to read some to make sure I can further develop this idea. This challenge should help with that. I'll be going with level 1 on this one: 12 books.

#14: Truth in Fiction Challenge - This one might get tricky. The idea is to read a non-fiction book and a fiction book on the same topic. I'll be striving for the Masters Level in this one. Might be a bit ambitious but I will be reading a lot of non-fiction in 2012.

#15: 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

I'll be trying the 41-50 level. I have a large number of books that have accumulated since joining Bookmooch and Paperback Swap a couple years ago.

#16: 2012 War Through The Generations Reading Challenge: WWI - I've read many, many books about the First World War over the years. I've joined this challenge at the 'Swim' level (the highest level).

#17: The 2012 TBR Pile Challenge
TBR Pile Challenge

- Hosted by Roof Beam Reader. I have to pick the 12 books ahead of time and list them here (as well as include links to reviews when I finish reading each book. Here is my list:
1 - A Feast Unknown by Philip Jose Farmer
2 - Tarzan at the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs
3 - Frankenstein Unbound by Brian Aldiss
4 - Hadon of Ancient Opar by Philip Jose Farmer
5 - The Divide by William Overgard
6 - Gods of Manhattan by Al Ewing
7 - The Red Baron by Manfred Von Richtofen
8 - Voices From the Great War by Peter Vansittart
9 - Myth of the Great War by John Mosier
10 - Tunnelling to Freedom by Hugh Durnford & others
11 - The Burden of Guilt by Daniel Allen Butler
12 - World War I The African Front by Edward Paice

I've gone with half fiction and half non-fiction. Should be fun.

#18: 2012 Ebook Challenge There are seven levels to this challenge. According to the rules it is possible to move up levels but not down. That being the case I'll start myself at at the second level: CD - 10 ebooks. Shouldn't be too difficult. Last year I used my ebook mostly for short stories and digital magazines; reading 10 or more books on it this years shouldn't be too bad.

#19: Reading Challenge Addicts Challenge 2012
Reading Challenge Addict

Since I'm attempting so many reading challenges it made sense to also join the Reading Challenge Addicts Challenge. Now I need to succeed at as many of these other challenges as possible to get a good grade on this one!


  1. Hi Sean,
    Thanks for joining me on my Time Travel Challenge. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews!

  2. I just noticed you joined my Short Story Challenge too! Thanks and again I look forward to reading your reviews.

  3. Wow! Lots of challenges. I'm sure you'll have no problem with the 52 books in 52 weeks. Have fun!

  4. I'm so glad you signed up! I hope the challenge will help you develop your book.

  5. Welcome to the Graphic Novels Challenge! Hope you have fun.

    I'm in the picture book and WWI challenges too! See you there.

  6. Thanks for all the comments. I wanted to try to make things more interesting than last year when I only did one. When I saw a Challenge for completing multiple reading challenges I decided to stock up this year and see what happens. Should be fun.

    Now that I've recovered from New Year's Eve its time to start reading!

  7. So many challenges! There's a few that I'm thinking about signing up for now! :-) Thanks for joining the Chunkster Challenge. Happy New Year!

  8. Wow! So many challenges!

    Thanks for joining the TBR Pile Challenge - I haven't read any of the books on your list, so I'm looking forward to your reviews.

    I limited myself to 3 challenges (which was actually more than I wanted to do) this year, since I failed at all challenges except one last year. I have a B&N Nook for the first time, though, so I decided to take part in an E-Book Challenge (hoping to force myself to actually use the Nook) and I also joined the Classics challenge, because I'm always reading Classics anyway.

    Good luck with all of yours! Look forward to reading your thoughts on all these books!

  9. Thanks for joining the challenge. We've got you on the participants list.

  10. Thanks for joining the Non-Fiction Non-Memoir challenge! I'm impressed you're going for masters level. Hope you enjoy it!

  11. Thanks everyone. Luckily a number of the challenges cross-over a bit so I hope to succeed in most of them.

    About half of the books I listed on the TBR Pile Challege are history book related to World War I. That is a part of history I've studied for years and I want to get some research in for a series of blog posts I plan to write for my history blog (which is currently in desperate need of updates, I'll have to get busy with that).

    Julie, the Non-Fiction Non-Memoir challenge Masters level might be a little ambitious for me, but I do read a lot and with the number of books I read on history with the occasional book on science thrown in 25 should be doable for me... unless I get too distracted by all the other cool challenges I entered.

  12. Good luck and thanks for participating! Looking forward to see which books you read :)


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