Monday, January 17, 2011

Reading 2011

Despite last year's epic, reading challenge failure, I decided to give it a go again this year!  I'm a lot of things, a quitter isn't generally one of them.  NaNoWriMo is fair proof of that.  So, in the spirit of picking myself up and trying again, I'm going to participate in the 2011 Busy Bookworm Challenge (thanks for the reminder, Jodi).  I tried this challenge last year, but I only got about half the books read.  This year, I'm making a list I hope I can finish -- really looking forward to jumping into a good book!

To add another layer of challenge to the whole experience, I've also signed up for the 2011 GoodReads Reading Challenge (thanks, Phoena).  Basically, the GoodReads challenge requires you to choose a number of books for the year, but doesn't require that you say what they are.  So, for now, my goal is a nice, moderate 20 books.  That's more books than I read last year, but I figure that with school being what it is, I should be able to pull it off, especially with my Directed Readings class!

To make this whole experience easier, I'm getting a Kindle 3G!  I've been dying to have one, so I decided on getting one after reading up on all of the options.  It's getting less expensive at only $189, has free 3G WiFi, and is easy on the eyes.  I especially like that you can one-click order books and that it's possible to make notes and bookmarks on the books themselves -- I really like that part!  I can make notes without defacing a book, that's awesome to me.  Also, Amazon offers thousands of free classics, which I really like.  It's a huge step for me, buying an e-reader, especially since everyone I know seems to be adamantly opposed to it, but I think it's the right decision.  Post all about my rationale for getting the Kindle later, this post is about reading challenges!

So here's my list for the 2011 Busy Bookworm Challenge:

  1. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger

  2. Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger

  3. Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger

  4. Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate #4) by Gail Carriger

  5. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs

  6. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  7. Need (Need #1) by Carrie Jones

  8. Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate

  9. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

  10. Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

  11. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner

  12. Bossypants by Tina Fey

  13. Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro

  14. I love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl by Laurie Notaro

  15. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

  16. The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

Well, that's what I've got so far. I really need to think through the last one. I don't have a ton of time to read, but I'd really like to get these ones read in addition to my classwork. I think the biggest trick is going to be to convince Matt to leave me alone long enough to read a book.  I actually spent the entire break doing nothing but gaming with him, which was fun but has left me feeling so disappointed in not getting anything else done.  Really, really disappointed.

So there you have it, those are the books I hope to get done this year.  Wish me luck, I may need it with all of my classwork, studying for the comps, and working on my thesis.  With all that going on, I need all the me-reading time I can get!

***QUICK UPDATE(S): I added Tina Fey's book, Bossypants, to my list of reading for the year. The woman is hilarious and she makes me laugh, what more could you want? It's not out until April, so I have time to get a head start on some of the other books before it comes out.

I also added Spooky Little Girl and I Love Everybody by Laurie Notaro because she's hilarous. One's fiction, one's non-fiction, and I can't wait to get them!

The list just keeps growing and growing.

***QUICK UPDATE 2: I added yet another book to the list.. or rather, two!  I saw The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker and The Hangman's Daughter on Amazon and I had to buy them.  I figured that if I'm going to read them, they might as well go on the list.  I ordered them for Kindle, so it should be on my Kindle when it comes, along with Gail Carriger's Soulless.


  1. Good luck with it! I liked the Goodreads program better because last year I kept cheating on the other one, since I kept changing the books on the list. I ended up reading more than I thought I would, but I couldn't stick to the original list! Goodreads works better for me!

  2. Congrats on the Kindle! Personally, I was disappointed with the whole "e-ink" experience but that might be due to bat like eye sight. I hope you enjoy it. The book challenge thing sounds like a lot of fun. I would like to give it a shot but, given the amount of crap going on around here, I'll be lucky to get to read ONE book this year. I may have to save some of the titles you listed though, some of them sound REALLY interesting.

  3. I'm hoping it will inspire me to get some more reading done. I like it because you don't have to chose books, just a book number goal. So, that's helpful. I never changed the books on my list last year (that I remember, ha) so that wasn't a problem. Just sitting down and getting them read was my problem.

    Good luck to you too!! I'm sure you'll meet your goal!

  4. Thanks!! I just ordered it this morning, so it'll be here either tomorrow or Thursday. I'm really looking forward to getting it. I think you'd be good at reading challenges, Amanda, given how much you like to read.

    Are you guys okay? I hope so. It was awesome seeing you for Thanksgiving, I hope we can get together again soon.

  5. He should smoke outside if there is a non-smoker in the house anyway! When we moved into our house 10 years ago, OH goes in the garage to smoke and never smokes in the house! Little pink cat lungs....

    Hope the cough goes away, they do sometimes hang around.

  6. What is your user name on good reads?

  7. We're hanging in. The next time you visit it will be a a different house. We are moving. The upside is that this will be our last move. Ever. The downside is that... well, there are a lot of downsides. Stress is VERY high around here lately. It's like all at once everything is just insane. From financial aid nightmares this semester to a funeral to looming property taxes to trying to sell this place, aaaaaaAAAAaaaaaa! It's raining anvils and my umbrella has a hole in it. Hopefully things will start to calm down in the next week or so and things will at least not be so up in the air.

  8. Here's the link to my GoodRead's profile:

    We should friend!!

  9. I agree, he should. :( We have a cat and a shih-tzu and shih-tzu already have breathing problems. I just feel bad making him go outside, since he lives here too. He's big about believing it's his right to smoke where he likes. Bah!

  10. Ooh, well... I hope everything gets better for you soon, Amanda. Hug Karen for me, and make her hug you back! I miss you guys.