Sunday Salon: Challenge FRENZY

Sunday, November 20, 2011

SHappy pre-Thanksgiving, Americans, and happy almost-Christmastime, people who celebrate Christmas, and happy winter, everyone else. I started that sentence out wanting to be so very politically correct but it came back and bit me in the butt, as usual. I am looking forward to this week -- I plan on going home to Boise for Thanksgiving, if the weather cooperates. My parents are hosting Thanksgiving at our house for the first time ever, and we are excited to be in control of a few things. Mostly, the fact that we are having dinner at 2pm instead of 6pm.

Remember how a few weeks ago, I was feeling so wishy-washy about challenges and how I wasn't sure if I wanted to do them anymore since I couldn't possibly finish them all this year? Well, about that... so many interesting challenges have popped up this month that I want to join them all. Le sigh. So here are all the ones that I am interested in. Will I finish them all? Assuredly not. Will I enjoy tracking down the books I want to read for them and then ignoring them completely? Of course.

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. Because, as evidenced by the madness that went on during R.I.P. VI, I am very much a seasonal reader. I'm just planning on doing two rereads this year, so the level is Mistletoe:

:: Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher - Comfort reading at its best. I'm pretty into comfort reading right now, as I'm sure you'll be seeing on the blog in a couple of weeks, so this fits right in.

:: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - Loved this one last year, and I've dipped into it a few times since last year. I'm excited to revisit, probably on my lovely CRUISE!

Shakespeare Reading Month. I love The Bard, and it's been way too long since I've read any of his plays. I went through a phase in high school when I read most of the comedies, but I've never touched the histories, so I am going to pick up either Henry VIII or Richard III. I'll also continue my slow trek through the sonnets.

The 2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge is too perfect for me -- I was planning on rereading all of the Harry Potters and then watching the movies next year, probably in the summer, although I've had a hankering lately and might cave sooner. I might do all audiobooks this time, we will see.

November's Autumn is hosting a classics challenge that is a little different. You read seven different classics, and then on the fourth of each month you return to the webpage and answer a question about the classic that you read. This overlaps perfectly with the other classics challenges I am participating in, and I love the idea of everyone answering a prompt about the classic they are reading, so I couldn't resist. {And also, how gorgeous is the name November's Autumn? It made me feel like Anne of Green Gables, geeking out about it.}

And then, as an eclectic blogger, how could I resist Ellie's Mixing it Up Challenge?  The premise of this one is to read books in different genres. Ellie lists sixteen, and I am going for the level of the Mixing Bowl, meaning I will try from 9-12 different categories. Many of them will be categories I am used to, just because that is the nature of the beast, but I am going to try a graphic novel, some humor, and maybe even a travelogue -- all things I haven't experienced before. Hooray!

And then, this morning, I stumbled across the New Adult Challenge. So many people have been saying they wish there were books about adults in their early twenties, and I couldn't agree more, being in that range myself and working on a novel that fits into that range. So I am going to try out this challenge at the Just Graduated level and read 3 books. I am probably going to read The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons and get my little fingers on the Jessica Darling books. Or possibly read The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta, because Jellicoe Road was fantastic.

Okay, and finally, finally, {unless I forgot someone}, the Wolf Hall readalong. I have been wanting to read this baby, and was happy to see this excuse for it. I love readalongs, and haven't been participating in any but my own for months. The schedule is:
{November 28} - Open the book.
{December 4} - Post about parts 1 and 2
{December 11} - Post about parts 3 and 4
{December 18} - Post about parts 5 and 6

I might cheat and post on Saturday, because I like my Sunday Salon posts and I don't like double-posting. We'll see.

I'm not even going to tell myself no more, because that just seems to invite me to give in on more and more challenges. Even though I know I'm going crazy, I can't wait for all of these. I love thinking about the new year and what I will read. I love thinking about books, period. I hope that I possibly inspired you to check out something new. Now I have to go update my sadly abandoned challenge page!


  1. Stopping by to welcome you to the Christmas Spirit reading challenge. We're officially at (or a little past) go time! Happy Christmas reading!

  2. Wow, a lot of challenges here. I'll see which one (or more) I'll join. Thx!

  3. Thanks so much for joining my challenge! To answer your question - feel free to add new books to the New Adult books Goodreads list :) I'm not the original author of the list, but it would be great to see it expanded! Hope you discover some awesome books through the challenge.

  4. Good luck with all these challenges!

  5. I haven't even signed up yet. I have them all bookmarked because I am almost embarrassed by the sheer volume of the ones I've bookmarked.

    A Harry Potter Challenge? I hadn't seen that one!

    I have plans for some excellent ones! I'm VERY excited.

  6. Thank you for joining the Classics challenge. :) Delighted you like my blog name! I do like LM Montgomery's works, especially Blue Castle and Jane of Lantern Hill.

  7. Wow, you're quite the challenge fiend! I'm definitely an eclectic blogger too but even so I've found some new stuff to read for Mixing It Up 2012. Could you drop me a line when you have a challenge post up (the one you'll be updating through the year) and I'll amend the Linky so I can find you again? Cheers m'dears - and good luck! :)

  8. Glad you like my blog name. :) I do enjoy reading LM Montgomery, especially The Blue Castle, Jane of Lantern Hill, and the Emily series.
    Thank you for joining A Classics Challenge, Lorren!

  9. @Michelle - Thank you, I am looking forward to it!

    @Jannyan - Hope you find a fun one. :)

    @Danya - I am definitely looking forward to it!

    @Pepca - Thanks!

    @Asheley - I am excited to see the ones you join! I have decided there just isn't any shame in not finishing - I just do the best that I can!

    @Katherine - Those are two of my favorites as well. Looking forward to answering the questions in this challenge!

    @Ellie - I've updated my "Challenges" tab at the top of my blog with my choices for the mix-it-up challenge. :)


    I just found this challenge but am not going to join in.

    It is wonderful seeing everyone's answer, though.

    Silver's Reviews


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