Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What's In A Name Challenge 5

Beth Fish is hosting one of my favorite challenges from years previous: the What's In A Name Challenge. After deciding to take up reading challenges again this year, this challenge was the first one for which I went looking.

A planned list of books to complete the challenge is not required, but here is my planned list nonetheless:

  • A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson
  • A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title: The Moonstone by W. Collins or Yellow Arrow by B. Pelevin
  • A book with a creepy crawly in the title: Germline by T. C. McCarthy
  • A book with a type of house in the title: The White Castle by O. Pamuk
  • A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: A Guide to the Good Life by Wm. Irvine or America's Constitution: A Biorgraphy by A. R. Amar
  • A book with a something you'd find on a calendar in the title: 1000 Autumns of Jacob DeZoet by D. Mitchell

If you are interested in participating in this challenge, which runs for the entire year, head on over to the sign up page.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Return of Reading Challenges in 2012

I have been absent from this weblog for over a year now. I am returning in order to increase the number of books I read. This year I would like to read over 100 books. I would like 50 of those to be books that I own, as I have quite a TBR pile in my personal library. I am hoping that participation in reading challenges will help me reach these goals.

In 2009, I used this weblog to participate in reading challenges and read 92 books that year. In the middle 2010, I decided that reading challenges were too restrictive and gave them up to just read as my whims took me. (I also gave up blogging.) In 2010 I read 78 books, a total which dwindled again in 2011 when I read only 60 books. 60 books is the least I have read since I started recording what I read in 2006. So, I am going to do reading challenges again this year.