2011 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

It’s the end of the year and it’s time to tally up my progress in my various reading challenges for the year. It was a tough year and I didn’t get as much reading done as I would like but I did manage to meet most of my goals and complete the majority of the challenges that I did sign up for in 2011. All in all I read 143 books this year and completed 8 official challenges including my very own Classics Challenge of 2011. You can check out each challenge I participated in this year below and see what books I chose to read for each challenge. Also click on any challenge to get more information and possibly see if that particular reading challenge will be sponsored again in 2012. Now I am off to pick my challenges for 2012…I would love any suggestions you might have!

Wishing you the Happiest New Year in 2012 & as always Happy Reading! 

Student Level: Read 5 Classic Books

1.) The Histories by Herodotus (Re-Read)

2.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Re-Read)

3.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (Re-Read)

4.) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Re-Read)

5.) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (Re-Read)

6.) Christy by Catherine Marshall (Re-Read)

7.) The Pearl by John Steinbeck

8.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Challenge is to read a minimum of 12 Debut Author’s Books in Young Adult and Middle Grade Literature.

1.) Haven by Kristi Cook

2.) Across the Universe by Beth Revis

3.) Clarity by Kim Harrington

4.) XVI by Julia Karr

5.) Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

6.) Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

7.) Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese

8.) The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

9.) Forgotten by Cat Patrick

10.) Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon

11.) Envy by Gregg Olsen

12.) How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain

13.)  Virals by Kathy Reichs

14.) Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

I will be doing “Undoubtedly Obsessed”: 15 books.

1.) The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan

2.) The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

3.) Christy by Catherine Marshall (Re-Read)

4.) Bride Flight by Marieke van der Pol

5.) Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV by Kathleen Koen

6.) Becoming Marie Antoniette by Juliet Grey

7.) Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

8.) The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss

9.) Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer

10.) Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by Laurel Ann Nattress

11.) Salt Bride by Lucinda Brant

12.) The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

13.) Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant

14.) A Winter Scandal by Candace Camp

15.) The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Levels: Neophyte: 1 – 4 selections, Disciple: 5 – 8 selections, Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections.

1.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

2.) Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Film)

3.) Sense and Sensibility 2008 (Masterpiece Theatre Adaptation)

4.) Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by Laurel Ann Nattress

Read 20 Books with a Vampire as a Central Character

1.) Throat by R.A. Nelson

2.) Haven by Kristi Cook

3.) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

4.) Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

5.) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

6.) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Re-read)

7.) Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (Re-read)

8.)  Insatiable by Meg Cabot (Re-read)

9.) Overbite by Meg Cabot

10.) Supernaturally by Kiersten White

11.) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

12.) I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

13.) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Re-Read)

14.) Fangland by John Marks

15.) Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

16.) Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

17.) Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

18.) Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

19.) All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

20.) From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

Challenge:  To read books about South Asia or by South Asian authors.

Level: South Asian Adventurer  – 7 books

1.) The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

2.)  The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

3.) The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar

4.) The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair

5.) If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar

6.)  The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi

7.) Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis

Read 12, 25, 50 or 100 books from your local library in 2011.

1.) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

2.) Numbers by Rachel Ward

3.) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

4.) Beastly by Alex Flinn

5.) Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg

6.) Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

7.) Under the Dome by Stephen King

8.) The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

9.) A Friend Like Henry by Nuala

10.) The Truth-Teller’s Lie by Sophie Hannah

11.) The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan

12.) Promises to Keep by Jane Green

13.) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

14.) Room by Emma Donoghue

15.)  The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

16.) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

17.) The Shining by Stephen King

18.) Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress

19.) Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

20.) The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar

21.)  The Storm Thief by Chris Wooding

22.) Christy by Catherine Marshall (Re-Read)

23.) The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

24.) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

25.)  If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar

26.) Overbite by Meg Cabot

27.) Tigerlily’s Orchids by Ruth Rendell

28.) Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

29.)  Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

30.) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

31.)  Virals by Kathy Reichs

32.)  Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

33.) Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism by Jenny McCarthy

34.) Mother Warriors:  A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds by Jenny McCarthy

35.) Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies by Kenneth Bock and Cameron Stauth

36.) Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide by Jenny McCarthy and Jerry Kartzinel M.D.

37.) A Child’s Journey Out of Autism by Leeann Whiffen

38.) Then Came You  by Jennifer Weiner

39.) I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

40.)  Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

41.) The Children of Men by P.D. James

42.) Fangland by John Marks

Level: Reading with a Child: “Watering” – Read 36 picture books with a child during the year.

1.) Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg. Illustrated by Janet Ahlberg.

2.) Hide and Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick. Illustrated by C.J. Payne

3.) Press Here by Herve Tullet

4.) Baby at the Farm by Karen Katz

5.) Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

6.) Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals. Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

7.) Bye-Bye Time by Elizabeth Verdick. Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

8.) Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

9.)Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs by Willy Claflin. Illustrated by James Stimson.

10.) Hide by Jeff Foxworthy. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman.

11.) Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells

12.) Compost Stew by Mary Mckenna Siddals. Illustrated by Ashley Wolff.

13.) From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

14.) Snappy Little Monsters by Dugald Steer

15.) My First 100 Words by Roger Priddy

16.) Grover’s Mommy by Liza Alexander. Illustrated by David Prebenna (Little Golden Book)

17.) From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

18.) My First Superman Book by DownTown Book Works

19.) Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

20.) What’s to Eat? by Charles E. Reasoner

21.) Trains by Byron Barton

22.) Airplanes by Byron Barton

23.) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

24.) Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler

25.) Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley

26.) My First Superman Book by Downtown Bookworks

27.) My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle

28.) My Very First Book of Numbers by Eric Carle

29.) My Big Boy Potty  by Joanna Cole

30.) Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

31.) My First 100 Words (Board Book)

32.) Donald’s Christmas Gift by Sheila Sweeney Higginson

33.) We Belong Together by Joyce Wan (Board Book)

34.) The Big Book of Beautiful Babies by David Ellwand

35.) The Santa Claus Book by Eileen Daly. Illustrated by Florence Sarah Winship

36.) Donald’s Christmas Gift by Sheila Sweeny Higginson



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7 responses to “2011 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

  1. Wow, what a wonderful list! Do you plan of hosting the Classics Challenge again this year? If yes, I plan to sign up because one of my reading resolutions for 2012 is to rediscover the wonderful world of classic books.

  2. Wow you read a lot this year! I really need to brush up on my classics – hopefully I will be able to join that challenge for 2012.

    If you are looking for a new Reading Challenge to join you should check out my first 2012 YA Saves Reading Challenge that focuses on reading that ‘tough’ and ‘dark’ YA novels. I hope you can join as you really give it your all in all your challenges! http://www.patriciasparticularity.com/2011/12/introducing-ya-saves-reading-challenge.html

  3. I’m very impressed! Congratulations on a job well done!

  4. No apologies needed. 143? That is absolutely amazing. Congratulations. One wonders out loud what number you would have liked to achieve. That for hosting the Classic Challenge.

    Happy New Year! Now please turn off your snow because it make my Foxfire browser go crazy.

    Cheers, LA

    • stilettostorytime

      Thanks Laurel Ann…In all honesty I was shooting for 200 which would be a personal high for me. I almost made it in 2010 and was really hoping to hit that number in 2011 but life got in the way…what can you do? Perhaps just maybe I will make it to 200 in 2012!

  5. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see what you do in 2012!

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