Saturday, December 8, 2012

One last challenge for 2013

I am trying to be judicious in choosing my 2013 challenges, focusing on those that will help me read better quality books and books that I have been wanting to read. Since I also like to be sure to read a variety of books, I thought this genre variety challenge would be good.

There is a good list of genres and sub-genres on the blog that is hosting this. I am going to take part at the "Branching" level, which is 18 books in 18 different genres or sub-genres. To help myself along I'm going to make a list of proposed genres. This isn't set in stone; it's just ideas.

1. Historical fiction--Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (1/19/2013)
2. Mystery/Crime-- Loyalty in Death by J.D.Robb (1/8/2013)
3. Chick-lit--How (Not) to Have the Perfect Wedding by Arliss Ryan (4/3/2013)
4. Time Travel-- The Kronos Interference by Edward Miller & J.B. Manas (2/22/2013)
5. Travelogue-- Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (1/13/2013)
6. Fantasy -- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (1/25/2013)
7. MysteryThriller-- Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (1/4/2013)
8. History Non-Fiction--In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson (4/12/2013)
9. Dystopian--Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 3/5/2013)
10. Post-Apocalyptic-- The Old Man and the Wasteland by Nick Cole (1/27/2013)
11. Young Adult-- Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (1/6/2013)
13. Classic-- My Antonia by Willa Cather (1/15/2013)
14. Literary Fiction--Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler (4/16/2013)
15. Sci-Fi--The Postman by David Brin
16. Self-help-- Margin by Richard A. Swenson, M.D. (4/5/2013)
17. Foodie Memoir-- Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard (1/21/2013)
18. True Crime -- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1/20/2013)

TBR Pile challenge for 2013

A TBR pile challenge is a must, as mine seems to grow every year. It is also helpful to me that this challenge wants me to make a list ahead of time. I did complete the 2012 TBR Pile Challenge, and it felt good. I'm sure another year's worth will feel even better.

So the list for this year: (Some of these are also on other lists.)
1. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (3/17/2013)
2. My Antonia by Willa Cather (1/15/2013)
3. The President and the Assassin:Terror and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller
4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (11/18/2013)
6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1/20/2013)
7. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
8. Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard (1/11/2013)
9. Decision Points by George W. Bush
10. The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (6/8/2013)
11. Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien (8/29/2013)
12. Redwall by Brain Jacques

1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
2. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
3. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli