Why are there so many challenges?! I have to whittle them down, but I can't decide! (she whines). Sigh. Well, here is my (ongoing) list of reading challenges I may enter in the coming year (as well as some natterings on personal challenges, ongoing challenges, and blog changes), but I have yet to decide on which ones...
Mixing It Up, hosted by Ellie at Musings of a Bookshop Girl - There are 16 categories (think genre's) to choose from, about half fiction and half (yay!) non-fiction, though you can do 1-4 or all 16 (and everything in between).
101 Fantasy Challenge, hosted by Michelle (of The True Book Addict), which has it's own challenge blog - This perpetual challenge contains a list of 813 (chosen and voted on by bloggers), from which you can read as many as you want.
Mystery and Suspense Challenge, hosted by Carolyn and Laura (the "Brit Chicks") at Book Chick City - Read a minimum of 12 mystery novels, regardless of type (i.e. romantic suspense, hard boiled, cozy, historical, etc.).
100+ Books in a Year, is once again returning, also from the other side of the pond at Book Chick City - The challenge is to read 100 (or more!) books in 2012. The only catch with this challenge is that no audiobooks are allowed, and neither is non-fiction :( I love the button, though! ;)
European Reading Challenge, hosted by the wonderful list-maker (a girl after my own heart! ;) at Rose City Reader - Always wanted to visit Europe? Here's your chance...at least through the pages of a book! There are 5 levels to choose from (she has a complete list of countries you could "travel" to), along with some "alternative arrangements"! There are prizes for those who read in the most books in the specific categories. It lasts for 13 months and readers can choose from fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc. This one's definitely peaked my interest...I don't read enough "European".
Personal challenges I'm contemplating...
* my own non-fiction challenge, since I'm not entirely satisfied with what I've found so far;
* a short story challenge - I like short stories, especially anthologies...one of the best ways to discover new authors! ;)
* award/list-based challenge(s)...I'm not talking about the "big" awards (Giller, Booker, etc.), but smaller (non-fiction!) awards, Canadian-based, or children's (such as the Samuel Johnson Prize, Kate Greenaway Medal, OLA's FoR Awards, RITA, AAR's top 100, etc.);
* author-based challenges, mainly to catch up on series, such as...
* Terry Pratchett - Hannah at Once Upon a Time is hosting The Pratchett Reading Challenge, but I was thinking of taking my time; i.e. a long time ;) Most of mine will be re-reads, especially the City Watch sub-series (my favourites!);
* Jim Butcher (Harry Dresen series, of which I read up to about book 6?);
* Sherrilyn Kenyon (I've read all but her latest 5 Dark-Hunter books (I think), so I was thinking of rereading old ones as well; also the Nick Chronicles);
* Doctor Who (starting with the Ninth Doctor).
There were also the challenges from 2011 that I especially liked and hope to return to, including...
* Manga challenge - though 6 books was way too easy!
* Picture book challenge
As far as I can tell, none of these (as yet) are due to return from their original hosts (but there's still a month left!). If they don't return officially, I'll mostly likely continue them as personal challenges.
* GoodReads annual reading challenge - in a 7 month period (May to December), I challenged myself to read 500 books total (that includes everything from picture books to non-fiction and everything in between). I really hope they bring this challenge back for 2012, as I'm looking forward to increasing my overall reading goal...
And then, of course, there are those challenges that last into the new year or are perpetual (see below)... or I failed to complete in 2011 (hopefully not many!). As for those I didn't finish, do I continue them until I finish, or just give up on them?
* Agatha Christie challenge (perpetual)
* Canadian book challenge (July 2012)
* Chunkster challenge (February 2012)
* Nancy and the Boys challenge (perpetual)
* Pride and Prejudice challenge (May 2012 or perpetual)
Finally, there are a few little changes I'll be making here (or am thinking of making), as well, including...
* adding the date read after book title/author
* adding a link to a review after the book title/author/date read
* possibly adding a page listing reviews completed?
* possibly adding a page listing awards (outside links?; read/tbr only?)