I’ve become a great fan of the Unabridged Chick, which is where I learned of the reading challenges. Far more ambitious than I, said chick seems to be participating in at least a half dozen reading challenges for 2011. I’m going to start small with The Heroine’s Bookshelf Reading Challenge.
It’s a simple concept: read at least one book from The Heroine’s Bookshelf, or sister books. Rereads don’t count, so if you’ve already read Pride and Prejudice (:::raises hand::::), read another of Jane Austen’s novels. The challenge started January 1, 2011 and ends December 31, 2011.
Here are my picks:
1. Persuasion by Jane Austen (it’s the only Austen I haven’t read)
2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (it’s been on my to-read list since I read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton)
If I have time, I will also read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. It’s been on my bookshelf, untouched for at least a decade.
Update: Failure. I did not read any of the books; they remain on my reading list to 2012.