Saturday, December 24, 2011

52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

This is all Cheryl's fault. You know Cheryl? She's one of the, co-hosts of The Reading Challenge Addict Challenge. And she just dangled this one in front of me. And I couldn't resist. Of course, I'm already committed to reading over 100 books in 2012, so making it to 52 will be no problem at all.

Here's the scoop:

Hosted by Robin from My Two Blessings

About 52 Books Level: Easy and Casual

Are you ready for another round of Reading 52 books in 52 Weeks? Whether you are just joining in or continuing on for another round, the rules are very simple. The goal is to read one book (at least) a week for 52 weeks. Make the year easy and casual or kick it up by exploring new to you authors and genres. Challenge yourself to read at least one classic a month or delve into that chunkster (more than 600 pages) you always wanted to tackle. The goal is to read 52 books. How you get there is up to you.

I have several mini challenges to make it fun:

12 in 2012: Read 12 books in 12 different categories

A to Z challenge: Read books alphabetically by title and/or author.

Jane Austen: Read all things Jane Austen

Mind Voyages: Explore the Hugo and Nebula winners, take side trips through the different decades reading the nominees.

Well Educated Mind: Explore the classics in five categories: Fiction, Autobiography, History/Politics, Drama and Poetry.

The mini challenges and weekly challenges are optional, Mix it up anyway you like.
  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
  2. Our book weeks begin on Sunday.
  3. Participants may join at any time.
  4. All books are acceptable except children books.
  5. All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.
  6. Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2012.
  7. Books may overlap other challenges.
  8. Create an entry post linking to this blog.
  9. Sign up with Mr. Linky in the "I'm participating post" below this post.
  10. You don't have a blog to participate. Post your weekly book in the comments section of each weekly post.
  11. Mr. Linky will be added to the bottom of the weekly post for you to link to reviews of your most current reads.

Here's my list of books read:
1. Murder Has It's Points by Richard & Frances Lockridge (1/2/12)
2. Prayers to Broken Stones by Dan Simmons (1/14/12)
3. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (1/19/12)
4. Future Crime by Cynthia Mason & Charles Ardrai, eds (1/23/12)
5. The Black Seven by Carol Kendall (1/29/12)
6. The Red Lamp by Mary Roberts Rinehart (2/7/12)
7. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (2/14/12)
9. The Yellow Room by Mary Roberts Rinehart (2/27/12)
10. Champagne for One by Rex Stout (3/5/12)
12. The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux (3/19/12)
13. A Good Death by Elizabeth Ironside (3/28/12)
14. The Golden Scorpion by Sax Rohmer (4/2/12)
15. The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö (4/9/12)
16. The War of the Worlds Murder by Max Allan Collins (4/19/12)
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker (4/25/12)
18. Death of a God by S. T. Haymon (5/1/12)
19. The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories by Michael Sims (ed) (5/12/12)
20. The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart (5/15/12)
21. Garden of Malice by Susan Kenney (5/21/12)
22. King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard (5/29/12)
23. Pearls Before Swine by Margery Allingham (6/8/12)
24. Ahmed & the Oblivion Machines by Ray Bradbury (6/16/12)
25. O' Artful Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor (6/20/12)
26. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (6/30/12)
27. The 39 Steps by John Buchan (7/3/12)
28. File No. 113 by Emile Gaboriau (7/11/12)
29. North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell (7/18/12)
30. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien (7/24/12)
31. Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis (7/31/12)
32. Mysterious Incidents at Lone Rock by Rajendra Pillai (8/6/12) 
33. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen (8/13/12) 
34. The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesteron (8/25/12)
35. The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch (9/1/12) 
36. The Edgar Winners: 33rd Annual Anthology of the Mystery Writers of America by Bill Pronzini, ed (9/5/12)

37. A Stranger in My Grave by Margaret Millar (9/10/12) 
38. The Case of the Blind Barber by John Dickson Carr (9/22/12)
39. Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman (9/24/12) 
40. Murder at the MLA by D J H Jones (10/3/12) 
41. A Sleeping Life by Ruth Rendell (10/8/12) 
42. A Question of Time by Helen McCloy (10/15/12) 
43. Murder Most Puzzling by Lillian S. Robinson (10/23/12) 
44. She Woke to Darkness by Brett Halliday (10/29/12) 
45. The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime by Michael Sims, ed (11/5/12) 
46. The School of Night by Louis Bayard (11/12/12)
47. Death of an Old Girl by Elizabeth LeMarchand (11/21/12)
48. Catch as Catch Can by Frances & Richard Lockridge (11/26/12) 
49. Dancing with Death by Joan Coggin (12/5/12) 
50. The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas (12/15/12) 
51. Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke (12/18/12) 
52. Nine Man's Murder by Eric Keith (12/21/12)


Col (Col Reads) said...

This does sound fun -- and a nice way to keep on track! Wishing you a great year of books, friends and fun in 2012, Bev!

CMash said...

Oh sure...blame it on the co host...Ms. Resident Queen of the Reading Challenge Addict Challenge LOL.

Don't anyone listen to her..I'm just joining challenges to keep up with her lol

Bev Hankins said...

Hey, I got to blame somebody! It couldn't possibly be my fault. :-)