2011 Book Resolutions – The Details


by - January 1st, 2011


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

In the post previous I said I would detail the ‘book promises’ I intend to roll out for the year 2011. So here they are. Feel free to click on the book challenge title links – they’ll take you through to the challenge websites which you can peruse and maybe even sign up and commit yourself!

I’ll also link each book review contained in the challenges back to this very post.



The Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2011


I’ve said it dozens of times, but I really need to read more Murakami. He’s one of those authors that I suspect I might fall in love with, if given more of a chance. So I’m going to try my hand at ‘Sheep Man’ level, which requires me to read three Murakami works. My choices being:

1. Hardboiled Wonderland and the Edge of the World
2. A Wild Sheep Chase
3. Norwegian Wood

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2011

I love book challenges that are both genre-specific and incredibly broad. My obsession with historical fiction should fit this challenge to a T. As an historical fiction glutton I’m going to be trying for ‘Undoubtedly Obsessed’, so the goal is fifteen books. In truth I may read more, but my thoughts so far are:

1. The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber
2. Cross Stitch, by Diana Gabaldon
3. Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See
4. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
5. Waiting for Columbus, by Thomas Trofimuk
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2011 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge

This book challenge is pretty self-explanatory…hopefully I’ll exceed the target!

2011 Page to Screen Reading Challenge

Basically, any book adapted to the silver screen! I’ll start of with Level Two – ten books to read:

1. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres
2. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (coming out as a movie in 2011)
3. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare (coming out as a movie in 2011)
4. The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe
5. Contact, by Carl Sagan
6. Inferno, by Dante Alighieri
7. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, by Amanda Foreman
8. Dune, by Frank Herbert
9. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
10. Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Chunkster Challenge 2011

Again, a fairly self-explanatory challenge. Just call me a chunkster-lover! I’m going to be a glutton with this one as well and aim for the highest level, ‘ Mor-book-ly Obese’, which requires eight books to be read, three of which must be 750 pages or more, all of which must be at least 450 pages of adult literature! I’m sure that some of the books I read this year will slip into the chunkster category.

1. The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell [502 pages] (Thoughts)
2. The Likeness, by Tana French [693 pages] (Thoughts)

3. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins [609 pages] [Thoughts (Pages 1 – 309); (Pages 310 – 609)]

4. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness [592 pages] (Thoughts)

5. Lady Audley’s Secret, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [512 pages] (Thoughts)

6. Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray [672 pages] (Thoughts)

I’ve run out of room in this post, but there’s more challenges to list, so stay tuned for next post!

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3 Responses to “2011 Book Resolutions – The Details”

  1. Christina T Says:

    Thanks for signing up for the Page to Screen challenge!

    If you have any reviews for January, you can post them here

    Great list you have planned. I have The Help on my list too and I am hoping to read Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro. Good luck with all of your challenges!

  2. tanabata Says:

    Glad to have you join us for the Murakami Challenge. Looking forward to hearing about the books on your list. Happy reading!

  3. Marg Says:

    I am very, very late in saying thanks so much for signing up for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge! I hope you enjoy your historical fiction reads!