Challenges for 2011

Getting there Introduction
It is no secret that I love James Patterson, so my very first challenge has to be this one. The James Patterson Reading Challenge 2 hosted by Yvonne from Socrates Book Reviews. If you want to participate click here. I will be going with level 2 this year.Here is a little something about the challenge:

Level 1 – Read 2 books…just trying them out
Level 2 – Read 5 books…a loyal fan
Level 3 – Read 10+ books…obsessed with James Patterson
Here are the guidelines…

1. Choose one of the levels above. You do not need to make a list of what you will read now or, if you want, you can. However, nothing is written in stone and the books you list can be changed at any time. Overlapping books with other challenges is allowed.

2. Although you can change books throughout the year, you cannot change your level of participation. So, choose one level and that’s what you must stick with for the year.

3. As long as it’s written by James Patterson, you can use the book in this challenge. Even if you are part of my upcoming Alex Cross challenge, you can overlap books and count them as part of this challenge.

3. All books need to be read between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. Books read prior to September 1st don’t count for this challenge.

4. If you want to participate, just post about it on your blog with a link back to here.

5. Audio and Ebooks are acceptable.

The books read for this challenge will go here:

  1. The Postcard Killers by James Patterson & Liza Marklund [REVIEWED]
  2. The 6th Target by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [REVIEWED]
  3. Hide & Seek by James Patterson [REVIEWED]
  4. 7th Heaven by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [REVIEWED]
  5. Toys by James Patterson & Neil McMahon [REVIEWED]

Getting there Introduction
Harlequin Silhouette 2011
The Harlequin/Silhouette 2011 Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne from Socrates Book Reviews this year. For participating navigate to the given link. This is yet another reading challenge deadline to be made by Dec 31 2011. Rules:1) Challenge is from Jan 1, 2011 to Dec 31, 2011.2) All of the books must be from the Harlequin family of imprints (includes Mira books as well)3) Read one book for each of these requirements:

1. A relationship in the title (mother, father, brother, sister, etc.)
2. A weather condition in the title (rain, snow, storm, etc.)
3. An occupation in the title (cop, nurse, doctor, etc.)
4. A book with the author’s first or last name beginning with “C”
5. A name in the title (Mary, Sam, etc.)

The books read for this challenge will go here:

  1. A relationship in the title (mother, father, brother, sister, etc.) – Daddy By Christmas by Patricia Thayer [REVIEWED]
  2. A weather condition in the title (rain, snow, storm, etc.)
  3. An occupation in the title (cop, nurse, doctor, etc.)
  4. A book with the author’s first or last name beginning with “C” – Scene of the Crime : Bridgewater,Texas by Carla Cassidy [REVIEWED]
  5. A name in the title (Mary, Sam, etc.)

Getting there Introduction

I have decided to participate in the A to Z Reading Challenge again this year and hopefully do better this time around. If you are interested you can join the challenge at the 2010AtoZChallenge blog. This one runs from Jan 1 2011 to Dec 31 2011 as well. I will be reading 26 books based on authors. If you are interested here is what the challenge says:How does this reading challenge work? Choose the option that works best for you…Authors — Read alphabetically by author. Commit to 26 books.
Titles — Read alphabetically by title. Commit to 26 books.
Authors & Titles — Commit to reading 52 books
How strict is the 26 or 52? I know it isn’t always easy to find those difficult letters. The thought of finding the X’s (for example) might scare folks away. It shouldn’t! I’m a merciful host! (Ask anyone!)

If you want to give the X’s a go… For authors, try to find an X in the first name, middle name, or last name. For titles, it doesn’t have to be the starting word. Try to find an X somewhere in a title, and it’d count in my book.

Still can’t find a book for the letter you need? I’ll take your word for it. I’ve been there. I know. If your library doesn’t see the need to order books just because it starts with an X, then I don’t blame you for not wanting to special order a book that you may or may not enjoy. You gave it your best, don’t feel bad. You can still make this challenge work for you.

The books read for this challenge will go here:

  1. A – Long Drive Home by Will Allison [REVIEWED]
  2. B – Haunting Jasmine by Anjali Banerjee [REVIEWED
  3. C – To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark [REVIEWED]
  4. D – Room by Emma Donoghue [REVIEWED]
  5. E – Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans [REVIEWED]
  6. F – Stripped by Brian Freeman [REVIEWED]
  7. G – Alone by Lisa Gardner [REVIEWED]
  8. H – Death of the Party By Carolyn Hart [REVIEWED]
  9. I – No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside [REVIEWED]
  10. J – Born to Die by Lisa Jackson [REVIEWED]
  11. K – The Cypress House by Michael Koryta [REVIEWED]
  12. L – Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman [REVIEWED]
  13. M – Family Affair by Debbie Macomber [REVIEWED]
  14. N – Half a Life by V.S.Naipaul [REVIEWED]
  15. O – The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht [REVIEWED]
  16. P – Strip by Thomas Perry [REVIEWED]
  17. Q – Haunting Beauty (A Mists of Ireland Novel) by Erin Quinn [REVIEWED]
  18. R – An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy [REVIEWED]
  19. S – Are you Afraid of the Dark? By Sidney Sheldon [REVIEWED]
  20. T – The Promised World By Lisa Tucker [REVIEWED]
  21. U – Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger [REVIEWED]
  22. V – Running from Secrets by Stephanie Void [REVIEWED]
  23. W – Deceptions By Michael Weaver [REVIEWED]
  24. X – Sky Burial by Xinran [REVIEWED]
  25. Y – Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto [REVIEWED]
  26. Z – Margarettown By Gabrielle Zevin [REVIEWED]

Getting there Introduction

The Romance Reading Challenge 2011 is hosted by Naida at The Bookworm. I love reading Romantic books though I don’t do it as much as I would love it. This challenge will definitely be a motivation. The Rules for this challenge are:1. “Romance” isn’t limited to steamy Harlequin novels. There is a huge selection of books in this category such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance to name a few. As long as the story has romantic love between the two main characters your selection will fit this challenge. The novels do not need to have a happy ending either, there can also be unrequited love. Here are a few suggestions:
-anything written by Jane Austen: classics/regency romance
-Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: historical romance
-Nicholas Sparks books: contemporary romance *have box of tissues handy*
-Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding: contemporary romance/humor
-Gena Showalter’s books: contemporary romance/paranormal
-The Twilight series By Stephenie Meyer: YA Romance/paranormal
-Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti: contemporary romance
-The Princess Bride by William Goldman: fantasy/romance/humor
-Frederica by Georgette Heyer: regency romance
-Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: time travel romance
-The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss: historical romance
-Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: gothic romance/classics
Need more suggestions? Visit Best Romance Novels Today, Best Romance Stories and Romance Novels on Wikipedia.

2. Choose at least 5 novels to read. You can change your choices at any time. Crossovers between other challenges are fine.

3. Read them at your own pace in 2011 then post the link to your review(s).

The books read for this challenge will go here:

  1. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  2. Heart of the Matter by Marta Perry [REVIEWED]
  3. Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel [REVIEWED]
  4. Sky Burial by Xinran [REVIEWED]
  5. Scene of the Crime : Bridgewater,Texas by Carla Cassidy [REVIEWED]

Getting there Introduction

I feel terrible about this challenge’s progress in 2010, so I am going to give it yet another shot. Beth F is hosting this challenge. If you’d like to sign up, access the What’s in a Name 4 blog. Here are the rules:Between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:1. A book with a number in the title: First to Die, Seven Up, Thirteen Reasons Why
2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Diamond Ruby, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Opal Deception
3. A book with a size in the title: Wide Sargasso Sea, Small Wars, Little Bee
4. A book with travel or movement in the title: Dead Witch Walking, Crawling with Zombies, Time Traveler’s Wife
5. A book with evil in the title: Bad Marie, Fallen, Wicked Lovely
6. A book with a life stage in the title: No Country for Old Men, Brideshead Revisited, Bog Child
The books read for this challenge will go here:

  1. A book with a number in the title – 5th Horseman by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [REVIEWED]
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title – Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander [REVIEWED]
  3. A book with a size in the title – In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman [REVIEWED]
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title – Running Scared by Lisa Jackson [REVIEWED]
  5. A book with evil in the title< – Bad Boy by Peter Robinson [REVIEWED]
  6. A book with a life stage in the title – The Snow Bride By Debbie Macomber [REVIEWED]

Getting there Introduction

Every time I read a Nicholas Sparks book I fall in love all over again and who would not want to fall in love over and over again. So when I saw this oppurtunity I had to grab it. So with the Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge I will be GOING STEADY this year! Here are the rules:

    1. Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011(books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime – Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
      The goal is to read or re-read as many Nicholas Sparks novels as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.
    2. Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
    3. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.

~First Date – Read 1–4 Nicholas Sparks novels
~Going Steady – Read 5–8 Nicholas Sparks novels
~Engaged – Read 9–12 Nicholas Sparks novels
~Married – Read 13–16 Nicholas Sparks novels

The books read for this challenge will go here:

  1. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  2. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  3. True Believer By Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  4. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  5. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  6. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]

Getting there Introduction

Ever since I got my kindle as a new year gift from my dear hubby I have not stopped hanging on to it. In fact my iPod has almost been forgotten. I read quite a few books and realized it would be great to be challenged. What is amazing about the book blogging world is the opportunities they throw at you and here was another one in the form of the 2011 E-book Reading Challenge. I think I will stick to ADDICTED for this year. Here are the rules:
1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.
–Non-bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.2. There are four levels:

— Curious – Read 3 e-books.

— Fascinated – Read 6 e-books.

— Addicted – Read 12 e-books.

— Obsessed – Read 20 e-books.

— Possessed – Read 50 e-books.

— Fanatical – Read 75 e-books.

— Monomaniacal – Read 100 e-books.

3. Any genre counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1, 2011 and lasts until December 31, 2011.

The books read for this challenge will go here:

  1. Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, Book 1) by Janice Thompson [REVIEWED]
  2. Soul Identity by Batchelder [REVIEWED]
  3. Hide in Plain Sight by Perry Marta [REVIEWED]
  4. Spoilt by Joanne Ellis [REVIEWED]
  5. Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson [REVIEWED]
  6. After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart [REVIEWED]
  7. Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford [REVIEWED]
  8. Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson [REVIEWED]
  9. Running from Secrets by Stephanie Void [REVIEWED]
  10. The Friend Request by Alex Ford [REVIEWED]
  11. Coffee At Little Angels by Nadine Rose Larter [REVIEWED]
  12. I Loved You First by Reena Jacobs [REVIEWED]
  13. Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs [REVIEWED]

Getting there Introduction

I wanted to participate in this challenge last year but I came across it too late. Am just glad to join the group this year. I probably read over a 100 books every year though I don’t get to blog about them as religiously as I would love too. The 100+ Reading challenge will surely be a motivation. Here are the rules:
1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. Posting on GoodReads or wherever you post your reviews is good enough.
2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.What doesn’t count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2011. Books started before the 1st do not count. You can join at anytime.

The books read for this challenge will go here:

  1. Running Scared by Lisa Jackson [REVIEWED]
  2. Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelder [REVIEWED]
  3. 5th Horseman by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [REVIEWED]
  4. The Postcard Killers by James Patterson & Liza Marklund [REVIEWED]
  5. Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, Book 1) by Janice Thompson [REVIEWED]
  6. Haunting Jasmine by Anjali Banerjee [REVIEWED]
  7. The Cypress House by Michael Koryta [REVIEWED]
  8. Hide in Plain Sight by Perry Marta [REVIEWED]
  9. Wish You Well by David Baldacci [REVIEWED]
  10. The 6th Target by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [REVIEWED]
  11. Strip by Thomas Perry [REVIEWED]
  12. Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman [REVIEWED]
  13. The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard [REVIEWED]
  14. Hide & Seek by James Patterson [REVIEWED]
  15. Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans [REVIEWED]
  16. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  17. Spoilt by Joanne Ellis [REVIEWED]
  18. Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson [REVIEWED]
  19. In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman [REVIEWED]
  20. After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart [REVIEWED]
  21. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg [REVIEWED]
  22. 7th Heaven by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [REVIEWED]
  23. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd [REVIEWED]
  24. An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy [REVIEWED]
  25. Stripped by Brian Freeman [REVIEWED]
  26. Toys by James Patterson & Neil McMahon [REVIEWED]
  27. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  28. Family Affair by Debbie Macomber [REVIEWED]
  29. The Sweetness at the bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley [REVIEWED]
  30. The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno [REVIEWED]
  31. To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark [REVIEWED]
  32. The 8th Confession by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [REVIEWED]
  33. Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford [REVIEWED]
  34. Long Drive Home by Will Allison [REVIEWED]
  35. Alone by Lisa Gardner [REVIEWED]
  36. Room by Emma Donoghue [REVIEWED]
  37. Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson [REVIEWED]
  38. Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto [REVIEWED]
  39. Bad Boy by Peter Robinson [REVIEWED]
  40. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht [REVIEWED]
  41. Are you Afraid of the Dark? By Sidney Sheldon [REVIEWED]
  42. The Promised World By Lisa Tucker [REVIEWED]
  43. Little Bee By Chris Cleave [REVIEWED]
  44. Margarettown By Gabrielle Zevin [REVIEWED]
  45. Deceptions By Michael Weaver [REVIEWED]
  46. Yellow By Janni Visman [REVIEWED]
  47. True Believer By Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  48. The Help By Kathryn Stockett [REVIEWED]
  49. Where She Went By Gayle Forman [REVIEWED]
  50. 10th Anniversary By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [REVIEWED]
  51. The Sugar Queen By Sarah Addison Allen [REVIEWED]
  52. The Snow Bride By Debbie Macomber [REVIEWED]
  53. The 9th Judgement By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [REVIEWED]
  54. Death of the Party By Carolyn Hart [REVIEWED]
  55. The Big Bad Wolf By James Patterson [REVIEWED]
  56. No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside [REVIEWED]
  57. Running from Secrets by Stephanie Void [REVIEWED]
  58. Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger [REVIEWED]
  59. Born to Die by Lisa Jackson [REVIEWED]
  60. The Friend Request by Alex Ford [REVIEWED]
  61. Coffee At Little Angels by Nadine Rose Larter [REVIEWED]
  62. Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul [REVIEWED]
  63. Haunting Beauty (A Mists of Ireland Novel) by Erin Quinn [REVIEWED]
  64. Olga – A Daughter’s Tale by Marie-Thérèse Browne [REVIEWED]
  65. I Loved You First by Reena Jacobs [REVIEWED]
  66. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  67. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard [REVIEWED]
  68. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  69. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks [REVIEWED]
  70. L.A.Mental by Neil McMahon [REVIEWED]
  71. Within: A Short Story by Joshua Scribner [REVIEWED]
  72. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson Marshall Karp [REVIEWED]
  73. Heart of the Matter by Marta Perry [REVIEWED]
  74. Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs [REVIEWED]
  75. Love You More by Lisa Gardner [REVIEWED]
  76. Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel [REVIEWED]
  77. Daddy By Christmas by Patricia Thayer [REVIEWED]
  78. Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander [REVIEWED]
  79. Swim Back To Me by Ann Packer [REVIEWED]
  80. Now You See Her by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge [REVIEWED]
  81. Sky Burial by Xinran [REVIEWED]
  82. Scene of the Crime : Bridgewater,Texas by Carla Cassidy [REVIEWED]
  83. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham [REVIEWED]
  84. Psyche Horror: Five Short Works by Joshua Scribner [REVIEWED]
  85. The Modern Magi by Carol Lynn Pearson [REVIEWED]
  86. Run for Your Life by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge [REVIEWED]
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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for joining my challenges – James Patterson and Harlequin. Good luck and have fun with them!

  2. Glad you are joining my romance reading challange 🙂 happy reading!

  3. Thanks for joining the E-Book Reading Challenge! Have fun!

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