Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Reading Challenges

One of my resolutions for next year is to read more, and with the amount of fun reading challenges available out there I'm sure that's not going to be a problem. I've already signed up for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge which is being hosted by the Story Siren, which requires me to read 12 ya or mg books by debut authors (even though I want to read 20).

Here are two more challenges I'm signing up for next year in order to lower the amount of books on my TBR list (if that's even possible):

For this challenge I'm going to be venturous and challenge myself to the Mega size challenge which requires me to read 50+ YA novels. Since I read over 40 books this year I think I'll be able to get myself to 50 (hopefully). I won't list all 50 here, mainly because that's a big list, but since I've got over 200 on my TBR list I'm sure I'll find something to read.

And, the other challenge I'm signing up for is the Aussie YA reading challenge which, since I'm Australian, requires me to read 12 Aussie novels. Believe it or not I've never been a big fan of Aussie novels, mainly because they were mandatory at school and back then I never thought they were interesting, but now, especially after discovering that John Marsden has created a fantastic story, I think I need to discover what other Aussie talent has produced. Here's the story's I'm going to attempt to read:
  1. Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  3. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  4. Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  5. The Dead of Night by John Marsden
  6. A Killing Frost by John Marsden
  7. Darkness, Be My Friend by John Marsden
  8. The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock
  9. A Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson
  10. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
  11. Hollywood Ending/John Belushi is Dead by Kathy Charles
  12. The Named by Marianne Curley
 It looks like I've got my hands full with all the books I'm planning to read in the coming year.

So, in 2011 are you aiming to read a specific number of books? What books are you eagerly anticipating or aiming to get around to in the coming year?


Nic @ Irresistible Reads said...

Thanks for signing up for the Aussie YA Reading Challenge. Love John Marsden and I look forward to your reviews :)

Unknown said...

Yeah, I'm finally discovering Aussie YA (when I'm not being forced to read it at school). Fell in love with Marsden in Tomorrow When the War Began, so I can't wait to see the rest of the series.

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