My 2012 Reading Challenges

One of the things that attracted me to book blogging was the various book challenges. I love joining them and this time of year usually finds me joining a couple zillion challenges. But – I’m now working on my fourth year of blogging and I find my enthusiasm for challenges is slowing down. (Just challenges, not blogging.)

I’m going to attempt to do a couple of things differently in 2012. I want to concentrate on challenges that are really challenging. That means I’m not going to join a challenge if I know it’s something I’d be doing anyway. The only exception will be the Support Your Local Library Challenge. I like joining that one to show my support for public libraries everywhere.

So, you will see less challenges from me in the coming year. I’m telling myself to concentrate on quality, not quantity. As of today, here are the ones I’m committing myself to:

1. What’s In a Name 5, sponsored by Candace at Beth Fish Reads. This has been tough for me to meet each year, which is exactly why I like it. In 2012 the goal is to read six books that meet these requirements:

  • A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title
  • A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title
  • A book with a creepy crawly in the title
  • A book with a type of house in the title
  • A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title
  • A book with something you’d find on a calendar in the title

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2.  In the European Reading Challenge I’ll read my way around Europe. “The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre.” My goal is to read at the Five Star level. This means I’ll read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries. There are some “alternate arrangements” and I thought I would combine two of them by reading some European foodie books and some European award-winning books.

For more information, visit Rose Citu Reader.


This past year I dipped my feet into the waters of award-winning books. I review them over on the group blog, Quirky Girls Read. I need to push myself to seriously tackle the tougher prize winners. So I’m committing to three challenges for this purpose.

3.  First in the Reading the Awards Challenge, sponsored by Tanya at xoxo. The goal is to read award-winning books that won their awards in 2011. My goal is the Silver level which is 6 to 9 award winning books.

For more information visit Tanya at xoxo.


4.  Next is the American Battle of the Prizes. In this challenge I’ll be reading books that have won the Pulitzer and the National Book award. I’ll also read at least one of the six books that “double-dipped” which means they won both prizes.

This challenge is sponsored by Rose City Reader.


5.  The third is the British Battle of the Prizes which is the same as the American, only this one is British. I’ll be reading books from the English Man Booker Prize and the Scottish James Tait Black Medal. Brtish Battle of the Prizes is also sponsored by Rose City Reader.


I’ll also be participate in my own challenge, the Foodies Read 2. If you, like me, love to read food books. I hope you’ll consider joining in.  Click here for all the information. The Quirky Girls will also sponsor some short term challenges in 2012. Stay tuned for more details.

If you’d like to stay on top of all the challenges available to book bloggers, visit A Novel Challenge. This website is excellent for announcing chalolenges, memes, and other blogging events. Click the button below.

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10 Responses to My 2012 Reading Challenges

  1. You have a nice variety of challenges in store for you for 2012. Have fun.

  2. FleurFisher says:

    That’s an interesting choice of challenges, and it opens up some wonderful reading possibilities. I’m taking a similar approach, and I’ve just signed up for What’s in a Name, a classics challenge and a big books challenge.

  3. kaye says:

    Have fun with your challenges,Margot. The European reading challenge looks good to me but 2 is my limit and 2012 is dedicated to getting read a lot of the books I already own.

  4. Beth F says:

    I too have decided the same thing. I want challenges that are challenging, which means there is really no sense in my signing up for an audiobook challenge, for example, because I already know that I’ll listen to well more than 50 books next year. I’m so glad What’s in a Name made your pared-down list. The European challenge interests me — I don’t read very many books in translation.

  5. Barbara says:

    I don’t like challenges since then I feel like reading is something I “have” to do rather than fun.

    I do love the picture of the matador and the chicken. 🙂

  6. Thanks for signing up for the European Reading Challenge and the two Battle of the Prizes challenges! This is very exciting for me.

    Thanks for leaving your links in comments. I am going to create lists of participants since Mr. Linky is being pesky.

  7. Staci says:

    You picked some great challenges, Margot! I am (so far) only doing 3, one of which I created for myself. I look forward to reading books that have been sitting on my shelves for quite some time!!

  8. Annie says:

    I’ll join you in the european reading challenge. I like travelling this way !

  9. Nan says:

    I’ve signed up for your Foodies challenge! I’m so glad you are offering it again.

  10. cessie says:

    I joined the European Reading Challenge and I’m browsing a little through the participant’s list.
    I’m curious what everyone is reading for the challenge so I will come by then and again to learn more 🙂
    Happy reading!

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