Thursday, December 11, 2014

1% Well-Read Challenge



When I first started book blogging there was a challenge called the 1% Well-Read Challenge.  The goal was to read 1% of the books on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.  I don't know if this challenge is still going on officially but still try to do it annually.  I use the list from 2008 version of 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

2015 List

  1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  2. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  4. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  5. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bonte
  7. Jane Erye by Charlotte Bonte
  8. Native Son by Richard Wright
  9. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  10. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desia


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pulitzer Project 2015



One of the perpetual challenges that I participate in is The Pulitzer Project. Basically my goal is to read all the books that have won a Pulitzer Prize in fiction.  My goal is to read 4 Pulitzer Prize winning books a year.

2015 List:
  1. March by Geraldine Brooks
  2. His Family by Ernest Poole
  3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  4. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2015



Hosted by My Reader's Block

It's always a good time to tackle Mount TBR and mine has gotten out of control.  While the convince of my Nook (I have a Kindle on the way) and my love for still purchasing physical books, I have a lot to choice from.

What I like about this challenge is that it restricts you to books that you have already purchased in 2014.  You just can't pick books from your TBR list, that you want to read someday but don't yet own.  Most of the books on my list are physical  books because I have a small space and my bookcases are almost overflowing. I could just buy more but that is not helping the problem.

Level (2): Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
My List:


1. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
2. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bonte
5. Jane Erye by Charlotte Bonte
6. Song Yet Sung by James McBride (2009)
7. Conception: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon
8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (2011)
9. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (2009)
10. Push by Sapphire (2012)
11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (2011)
12. Mississippi in Africa By Alan Huffman
13. Zulu Heart by Steven Barnes
14. Nappily in Bloom  by Trisha R. Thomas
15. Creatures Here Below by Oscar H. Bennett
16. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
17. Waking Lazarus by T.L. Hines
18. Becoming Americana by Lara Rios
19. Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden
20. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
21. Sold by Patricia McCormick
22. The Color of Family by Patricia Jones
23. Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend
24. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Rules Quoted From My Reader's Block
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains may carry over towards the new peak. 
*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2015. 
*You may sign up anytime from now until November 4th, 2015. 
*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2015. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. [To clarify--based on a question raised last year--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.] 
*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish in 2014.  I will trust you all on that. 
*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well. 
*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb. 
*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings!  
*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment declaring your challenge level--OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will once again put together a group for the challenge there. Feel free to sign up HERE.  At the beginning of the year, I will once again have a sidebar link for called Mount TBR Review Headquarters for 2015 reviews and progress updates.