Picking up the Gauntlet

Well, never say that I give up easily.  If you fail, try, try and try again … at least that’s what I told myself as I looked back at my dismal progress in the reading challenges I participated last year.


So, ready to start afresh, I’ve decided to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by Bart again.  He’s hosting the The TwentyEleven Challenge, which requires participants to read a total of 20 books from 11 categories.

This means that we have a choice to read a minimum of 1 and a max of 2 books from each category, leaving us free to choose two categories where you only need to read one book. Ooh, and I love the simple rules:

  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011 are eligible.

And the categories for TwentyEleven are:

  1. To YA or not YA…
    Since I reach more non YA than not, I’m going to attempt to read 2 YA books
  2. …With a Twist.

This one focuses on sub-genres, read a lot of chick-lit, then try a paranormal romance! Fantasy? Why not give some Steampunk a go, like a bit of Space-Opera in your Sci-Fi then pick up a military Sci-fi book. Like your Contemporary Literature, give a Young Adult Contemporary a chance.
This will require a little bit of thinking so I’ll have to come back to this later

  1. Hot off the Presses.
    Read a book published (in your country) in 2011
  2. It Wasn’t Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*)
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
    * Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.
  3. Show it Who is Boss!

Tackle that overflowing T.B.R. pile! Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/12/10.

Wow, I’ve quite a few for this …

  1. Bablefish.
    Read books that are translated from a language that is not your own.
  2. Will-Power? What Will-Power? (aka: The Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.)
    Bought a book NEW during 2011.
  3. Mind the Gap.
    Need just one more book to compete that duology/trilogy/series then read it for this one! (Obviously as this is for that final book you need to complete it, then you can’t read two books from the same series! And it clearly can’t be your first or penultimate read!)
    Because not everyone reads a series in order, this is for the last book you need to read, not necessarily the last book in the series…
  4. Back in the Day.
    Re-read an old favourite or two for this category.
  5. Way Back When.
    Read books that were published before you were born for this one, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
  6. Slim-Pickings
    Got a novella you want to read? Then this one is the one for you! Any books between 90-150 pages count.

Time to start cracking while I work on getting all the backlog up.