Even though Christmastime is still here for a few more days, it's time to get thinking but plans for 2013. The first plans I'm sharing with you here are two reading challenges I've decided to join. A few years back, I joined a few reading challenges (too many to be honest), and I enjoyed them very much. But I didn't want to do it again right away, so that it wouldn't suddenly feel like I'm back in school and *having* to read certain things. But over the last week, I found a couple that I've decided to try this year.
First up: 2013 TBR Pile Challenge
I've read blogs where people have participated in this challenge, and it always sounded like fun. This year, I was convinced to give it a try because Lorette posted about it, and I decided it was just plain time for me to do it as well. (Plus, I *heart* Lorette.)
And here are the books I'm going to try to read over the next year as part of this one.
1. Ines of My Soul - Isabelle Allende
2. Girls Like Us – Sheila Weller
4. TheHappiness Project – Gretchen Rubin (Goodreads review)
5. Truth and Beauty – Ann Patchett (Goodreads review)
6. The Queen and I – Sue Townsend
7. TheImperfectionists – Tom Rachman (Goodreads review)
8. TheHouse at Riverton – Kate Morton (Goodreads review)
9. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
10. Travels in the Scriptorium - Paul Auster
11. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. – Sam Wasson
12. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
1. All Our Worldly Goods – Irene Nemirovsky
2. World Enough & Time – Christian McEwen
These are all books I have either on my shelves or on my Nook, and this will mean I will finally get to reading them!
Next up: 2013 Ireland Reading Challenge
I'm joining this challenge because DUH. Ireland + Reading = YAY! This one will give me a chance to read some books I've wanted to read, while also introducing me to some new Irish authors. Win-win, right??
This one has levels, and though I would have liked to chosen more, I decided to start with the Luck o' the Irish Level (6 books). And here is that list:
2. Dracula - Bram Stoker
4. Broken Harbor – Tana French
5. Gallows Lane – Brian McGilloway
7. Molly Fox’s Birthday – Deirdre Madden
8. A Star Called Henry – Roddy Doyle
I love to read, and I love learning about new books, series, authors, and I found that joining these challenges is one way to do that pretty easily.
So, you'll probably be hearing about these books and others as I start my way through my new year reading. I just can't wait to see how I do!
(P.S. When I am editing the post, it shows the text the way I want it to look. On publication, the font changes in the second part. I've tried to fix it, and I can't get it to work, so let's just pretend it's all OK ... )