2012 Challenges

This year I’ve signed up for two non-fiction challenges and since I’m reading a lot of that these days, I’ve decided not to allow myself to double count books for the two challenges.  I’ve also found some other fun challenges for reading from a variety of genres to make sure I mix it up a little and a challenge for reading books which have been made into movies.  How exciting!


Name: Dewey Decimal Challenge

Host: The Introverted Reader

Level/Goal: Master Level, 16-20 Non-fiction books

Books Read for Challenge:

  1. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  2. Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web
  3. A Spring Without Bees
  4. Welcoming Wildlife to the Garden
  5. Nature’s Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm
  6. The Eye of the Elephant
  7. All Creatures Great and Small
  8. Silent Spring
  9. Uncertain Peril
  10. Cultivating an Ecological Conscience
  11. Sensational Slow Cooker Gourmet
  12. Just Add Water
  13. College Cooking
  14. Moments of Being
  15. Eatingwell: Server Two
  16. The Universe in a Mirror


Name: Non-Fiction Non-Memoir 2012 Reading Challenge

Host: My Book Retreat

Level/Goal: Master Level, 25 non-fiction, non-memoir books

Books Read for Challenge:

  1. The Measure of All Things: The Seven Year Odyssey and the Hidden Error that Transformed the World
  2. The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
  3. Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France
  4. Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The Science of Evo Devo
  5. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
  6. Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
  7. Mirroring People
  8. A Feeling For the Organism
  9. The Engineer in the Garden
  10. Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age
  11. The How of Happiness
  12. Lost in Shangri-La
  13. Tycho and Kepler
  14. Heavenly Intrigue
  15. The Pluto Files
  16. Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity and the New Science of Ideas
  17. Breakthrough Creatvitiy: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents
  18. Beauty: The New Basics
  19. Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep
  20. How the French Invented Love
  21. Keeping Score: A Guide to Love and Relationships
  22. Serenity: Those Left Behind
  23. The Tightwad Gazette
  24. All the Money in the World
  25. The 20-Something Manifesto

Name: Around the Stack in How Many Ways?

Host: Dog Ear Discs

Level/Goal: Palin-esque, 20 books, one from each of the genres listed below

Books Read for Challenge:

  1. Crime/Mystery – The Talented Mr. Ripley
  2. Thriller – One for the Money
  3. Romance – I Never Fancied Him Anyway
  4. Fantasy – Graceling
  5. Sci-Fi – The Eyre Affair
  6. Literary – The Help
  7. Young Adult – Cinder
  8. Historical Fiction – The Virtues of War
  9. Dystopian – Uglies
  10. Steampunk – Soulless
  11. Comedy/Black Comedy
  12. Horror/Ghost Story – Dracula
  13. Adventure – Assassin’s Apprentice
  14. War – Flight From Berlin
  15. Gothic – A Great and Terrible Beauty
  16. Poetry – Shakespeare’s Sonnets
  17. Drama – The Help
  18. Kids – Dracula Graphic Novel
  19. Graphic Novel – Serenity: Those Left Behind
  20. Classic – The House of Mirth

Name: The Eclectic Reader Challenge

Host: Book’d Out

Level/Goal: read 12 books, one from each genre below

Books Read for Challenge:

  1. Literary Fiction – Beautiful Lies
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction – Maisie Dobbs
  3. Romantic Fiction – The Dark Queen
  4. Historical Fiction – Flight From Berlin
  5. Young Adult – The Awakening
  6. Fantasy – Tigana
  7. Science Fiction – Hyperion
  8. Non Fiction – The Black Count
  9. Horror – Bound By Blood
  10. Thriller /Suspense – Dracula: The Un-Dead
  11. Classic – Anna Karenina
  12. Your favourite genre – Narrative Non-fiction – Lost in Shangri-La

Books to Movie Challenge hosted by Parajunkee

Name: Book To Movie Challenge

Host: Para Junkee

Level/Goal: Read ten books and see their corresponding movies

Books Read For Challenge: 

  1. The Hunger Games: Book, Movie
  2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: Book, Movie
  3. The Vampire Diaries: Book, TV Show
  4. The Help: Book, Movie
  5. One for the Money: Book, Movie
  6. Eat, Pray, Love: Book, Movie
  7. Anna Karenina: Book, Movie
  8. Blood and Chocolate: Book, Movie
  9. Holes: Book, Movie
  10. The King of Clubs: Book, TV Show

2 responses to “2012 Challenges

  1. Oh wow, good luck with all of those challenges and literary genres!

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