2011 Challenges

  • 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.
  • Read Twenty Books - with no more than TWO in each section. 
I will probably read MORE than two in some sections, and will continue to put books into the various sections, as this is also a neat way to try out books I wouldn't normally read.

And the categories for TwentyEleven are:
  1. To YA or not YA… DONE
    Okay, this one works like this… Tend to read more Young Adult than Adult Fiction books then read one or two adult fiction titles, vice-versa if you don’t tend to read much Young Adult.
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Wish by Alexandra Bullen 
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  1. …With a Twist...DONE
    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. Well hopefully you get the idea!
Jane Eyre, The Graphic Novel by Charlotte Bronte and Amy Corzine
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Jane Austen's Guide to Dating by Lauren Henderson 
What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown
  1. Hot off the Presses...DONE
    Read a book published (in your country) in 2011? Then it counts for this category.
  1. It Wasn’t Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*) Done
    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).

  1. Show it Who is Boss! ...DONE
    Tackle that overflowing T.B.R. pile! Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/12/10.
  1. Bablefish....Done
    Read books that are translated from a language that is not your own.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (read it in French about 25 years ago....)
  1. Will-Power? What Will-Power?    ...DONE                                              (aka: The Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.)
    You know that quote I have in my blog-header… “Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore?” Recognise yourself in it? Then this is the one for you! Bought a book NEW during 2011? Then it counts for this category.
    Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count.
        Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper - saw the cover, read the description, and couldn't resist!
        Molly's Millions I loved the cover, and thought it sounded fun... It was!
        Camper Van Cookbook by Martin Dorey - The cover grabbed me, and having been a former owner of a VW Camper Van, it was a MUST!

  1. Mind the Gap. Done
    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…
The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips
Ivy and Intrigue by Lauren Willig
  1. Back in the Day....DONE
    Re-read an old favourite or two for this category.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Illusions by Richard Bach 
  1. Way Back When....DONE
    Read books that were published before you were born for this one, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer
  1. Slim-Pickings...DONE
    Got a novella you want to read? Then this one is the one for you! Any books between 90-150 pages count.
How to Make a Journal of Your Life by D. Price

2011 HF Challenge  ...Done

I truly am Struggling with My Addiction to Historical Fiction... just ask my family! 
So, I will try to read 10 novels... just might end up being more, but am trying to branch out a bit, so my family doesn't admit me into HFRA (wonder if there truly is such a group.  I'll just join JASNA instead!).
Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:
  • everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)
  •  add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)
  • any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,...)
  • you can overlap this challenge with others kind of challenges
  • During these following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:
  1. Severe Bookaholism: 20 books
  2. Undoubtedly Obsessed: 15 books
  3. Struggling the Addiction: 10 books
  4. Daring & Curious: 5 books
  5. Out of My Comfort Zone: 2 books

The challenge will run from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

Below will be my various reviews.  I am very glad that crossover challenges are allowed, or I have just bitten off way more than I can chew! :~)

Here are my Books and Reviews:

1. The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
2. What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown - even though there are contemporary parts in this novel, I learned many things about the Regency period that I did not previously know.
3.  Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan
5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
6.  All the Queen's Players by Jane Feather
7. A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
8. Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper
9.  A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward
10. Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton

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