The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge
This is a challenge all of my very own! The plan is to read the original book for each character featured in the film above. You can find out more or sign up here!
So far in 2012, I've read:
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Captain Nemo) by Jules Verne
The Picture of Dorian Gray (duh) by Oscar Wilde
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (also duh) by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer) by Mark Twain
The Final Problem (James Moriarty) by Arthur Conan Doyle
Mixing It Up Challenge
This is hosted by one of my favourite book bloggers - Ellie from Musings of a Bookshop Girl. The idea is to broaden your reading horizons by reading at least one book from each of the following categories. There are different levels of participation but I'm aiming for the full 16.
Poetry and Drama
Science and Natural History
You can sign up by clicking here.
Terry Pratchett Challenge
Ah, finally a simple challenge! This is hosted by Hannah over at Once Upon A Time and the basic idea is to set yourself a number of Discworld books to read... and then do so!
I'm going for seven books - that's not a lot, but is more than I usually read.
Hopefully, that'll turn out to be all of the Vimes books plus one or two more.
I've read 2 out of 7 books so far.
1) Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
2) Snuff by Terry Pratchett
What's in a Name Challenge
I love fun challenges like this one! It's hosted by Beth Fish Reads and you can sign up by clicking here.
The idea is to read one book from each of the following categories -
A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep ValleyThe Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title: Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
A book with a creepy crawly in the title: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A book with a type of house in the title: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Ape House
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: Sarah's Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
Red Glove by Holly Black
A book with a something you'd find on a calendar in the title: Day of the Jackal, Elegy for April, Freaky Friday, Year of Magical Thinking.11.22.63 by Stephen King
Telling Tales Challenge
This one is run by Bex at An Armchair by the Sea, and you can sign up here.
I've gone for Level 2 which means I have to read 10 books about fairytales, mythology or something similar by the end of 2012.
1) Reserved for the Cat by Mercedes Lackey (Puss in Boots)
2) Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright (Guess.)
3) The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
4) Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon
So far I've read 4 out of 10 books.
I know that everybody's signed up for this challenge, but hey, at least it's a useful one. I have a TBR pile that contains more than a hundred books so my plan, as per the challenge, involved reading 50 books that I've owned since 2011 or before.
There are different levels of participation, but ideally I'd like half of everything I read in 2012 to be from this year or earlier.
I've currently read 32 books out of 50:
1) Rivers of London (Peter Grant series #1) by Ben Aaronovitch
2) Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
3) Daughters of the Vicar by D.H. Lawrence
4) The Mozart Conspiracy by Scott Mariani
5) Nemesis by Agatha Christie
6) Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
7) The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
8) The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada
9) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer
10) Dracula by Bram Stoker
11) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol.2 by Alan Moore
12) The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
13) Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
14) Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
15) The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
16) The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
17) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
18) Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
19) Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires series #3) by Rachel Caine
20) Feast of Fools (Morganville Vampires series #4) by Rachel Caine
21) The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
22) White Cat (Curseworkers series #1) by Holly Black
23) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
24) King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
25) Bumped by Megan McCafferty
26) Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters series #7) by Mercedes Lackey
27) Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
28) Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires series #5) by Rachel Caine
29) The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
30) Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon
31) Snuff by Terry Pratchett
32) Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan