Saturday, December 24, 2011

Coming up... in 2012

     I started 2011 with just about 2 posts on my blog and no idea how this whole blogging thing worked. Over the course of this year I’ve read a lot of books and read about a lot of books on the hundreds of amazing blogs I follow. The book blogging community has been such a nurturing and friendly place for a bookworm like me. Thank you all for reading my blog, following, commenting, appreciating and disagreeing. It’s been such fun so far and I’m certain it’s going to be even better in the New Year.

   While I didn’t do any challenges in 2011, I did enjoy being a part of the odd blog hop or taking part in an event or meme as and when my schedule allowed. In 2012, I intend to get my reading and blogging a bit more organised. That is the plan at any rate; we’ll see how it actually plays out :)

   There are so many great challenges and memes happening out there, it’s tempting to take them all on but I’ve tried to keep things (more or less) sensible. So here are all the challenges, memes and events that I plan to do in 2012.

  A Classics Challenge hosted by November’s Autumn.

The goal is to read 7 classics in 2012 with no more than 3 being re-reads. A very interesting spin on the challenge is a blog hop which will happen on the 4th of each month where participants can answer a prompt regarding the classic they are reading. Sounds like fun. I will do the blog hop as often as I can and also do book reviews although that isn't a requirement. The classics I plan to read are:
  1.  Animal Farm by George Orwell
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  3. Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  4. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
  5. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  6. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
  7. The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
 Shakespeare Reading Month: January 2012 hosted by A literary Odyssey

I've read most of Shakespeare’s great tragedies and histories but sadly have had very little acquaintance with his comedies. I hope to remedy that by reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I also want to re-read some of his sonnets that I read ages ago and maybe some that I haven’t read yet. You can also read any works about Shakespeare so maybe I’ll check out something in that vein. 

    Greek Classics Challenge 2012 hosted by Howling Frog Books.

I've already posted about this here but I thought it bears repeating. I've modestly chosen the challenge level Sophocles ie. 1-4 books. So far I've acquired Antigone by Sophocles and Republic by Plato. I’m going to try doing 1 or 2 more if time isn't my enemy.

Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

The idea is to read a Christie a month and link up here. I have been doing this on and off in 2011, I hope to be more regular in 2012

 Short stories on Wednesday hosted by Risa at Breadcrumb Reads

This has been a great reason to read more short stories and has led to me discovering so many new authors (and some new blogs too). It’s going to be even more exciting in 2012 in its new and improved version. I’ll be joining in as often as I can.

       I also want to try and read some Irish stories for Irish Short Story Week over at Mel U’s The Reading Life. I have no clue where to even begin though. Suggestions will be much appreciated.

     So, that’s the lot I think. Reading back over this list is making me sweat a bit right now because I have no idea how I’m going to do all this with a house move coming up, weddings in the family and several trips planned in 2012. But I’m an old hand at over-committing so I won’t be deterred. My only hope is that I’m left with enough space and time to read books that I feel like reading even if they aren't a part of any of the challenges.
    Now all that’s left for me to do is to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. See you in a bright and sparkling 2012.


  1. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, Che! That's a pretty busy itinerary you have for Literary 2012. And impressive too. I particularly liked your Classics Challenge list. Woolf, Twain and Hawthorne are on my list too, as well as an Agatha Christie a month. Wodehouse comes and goes as he pleases. Humour is a constant.

    I look forward to reading your informed posts next year, Che. Good luck to you.

  2. Prashant Thank you for the wishes. Good luck to you too. I'll be dropping in to check out your posts on the authors you mentioned and of course the monthly Christie. I love Wodehouse too, a pity he hasn't featured on my blog yet. Must remedy that soon.

  3. Merry Christmas, and good luck with all of your challenges for 2012 :)

  4. Organizing the blog is part of my new years resolution as well. I love the challenges you are planning. I may even join in - the classics challenge is very appealing. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  5. Have a happy holiday and happy New Year! I also look forward to reading your bookish thoughts in the coming year :)

  6. Sam Thank you. I'm going to need the luck :)

    Dana do join in. The classics challenge sounds like fun and 7 books in a year is pretty do-able.

    HKatz Thank you for the wishes.

  7. That's a great list, Che! I'm planning on re-reading Daddy Long Legs, and I might read the Animal Farm again. I read Mrs Dalloway earlier this year -- my first every Woolf novel(la), and actually quite liked it. I began Twain's A Connecticut Yanke etc, but somehow never got around to finishing it.

    Happy reading in 2012! :D

  8. Thank you for joining A Classics Challenge, Che! Many participants look like they have Steinbeck on their list. I haven't read him since high school-- I must try to remedy that. ;)

    I'm also participating in Allie's Shakespeare Reading month. I enjoyed A Midsummer Night's Dream but hope to read The Tempest, as I haven't read or seen the play. And I'm also planning on participating in Risa's short story Wednesday, I love the idea.

    Looking forward to seeing you around the book blogging world. :)