2012 Challenges

Midnight Book Girl

Books Read: 4

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Just one more…

(I did okay with this one. I intended to read more poetry this year and did so, but I only managed one poetry collection (of 2) and 39+ other poems, mostly from here and there around the web. I also commented on a few Virtual Poetry Circles, which were a great way to expose myself to at least a poem a week.

My one poetry collection, and book #35 for the year, is Minorities, a collection edited by J.M. Wilson from T. E. Lawrence’s notebook of transcribed poems. It’s an interesting selection of poems about war, love, death, and nature. Most of the time all at once. I first read this collection in college and was pleased to be able to purchase it online.

I am pretty terrible at putting into words my thoughts about poetry. Like allegory and satire, I always feel like I’m missing something or that I don’t have the necessary vocabulary to talk intelligently about poems. I know what I like, I enjoy what I like, and that’s enough for me.

I’ll be continuing my poem-a-week habit in 2013.)

I am an oak. But since I intend to read more poetry this year, it’s a good challenge for me. I will be reading at least two collections of poetry and will participate in at least 3 Virtual Poetry Circles throughout the year. One Circle Down! Circle Two And Circle Three (my favorite)

Late “Gotta Do It” Entry:

(I did not end up rereading much this year. In addition to the four books finished below, I also reread 9 short stories (mostly Arthur Conan Doyle and Ray Bradbury) and am a couple hundred pages into A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.)

“Read Me Baby” was the first reading challenge I ever signed up for, hosted by the fabulous Midnight Book Girl. Such a nOOb was I that I didn’t even sign up for a level. If I stick to the list below, I’d have two re-reads, so I’m going to shoot for “Reliving the Past: 4-8 re-reads”.

  1. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  2. From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
  3. The Mist by Stephen King
  4. Minorities by edited by J. M. Wilson & T. E. Lawrence (see above)

My own challenges:

  • Dare I make it part of the challenge to read what I buy? As of 12/21/11, I have three books incoming: Chocolate & Vicodin by Jennette Fulda, The Barnum Museum by Steven Millhauser, and Chicks Dig Time Lords ed. by Lynne M. Thomas (Read Chicks Dig Time Lords in 2011). (I did pretty terribly at reading what I bought and/or won… There’s always Mount TBR!)
  • I’d like to average a short story a week and a poem a week. That’s not so much, is it? (I did average a short story a week and a poem a week. In addition to short stories I read in collections and anthologies (I read 8 pf those this year), I read 69 short stories. I’m going to stick with reading a short story per week in 2013 as well.)
  • I’ve won four books in my lifetime and I haven’t read any of them! One of them, Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank, is on my Mixing It Up list already. Obviously, Arthur Rimbaud’s Illuminations can do double duty as well in the poetry category. Likewise, Black Light by Patrick Melton, et. al., and Decent by Jeff Long can do in the horror category.
  • Honestly, the Mixing It Up Challenge shouldn’t be too hard for me. I already read from plenty of different genres, but I realized that I’ve never read a Western. I’ve read some prairie literature and histories. I’ve read No Country for Old Men, which could arguably be called a modern Western, but no actual Old West Westerns. I’m adding that as my own Mixing It Up category. I have read my western! (Read my first Western this year. Became an Elmore Leonard fan.)

Heaven, Hell & 2 Ducks – FAIL!

I know four jokes well enough that I can tell them without much thought. One involves Heaven, one involves Hell, and the other two include ducks. Yep. That’s it. I created a graphic for a challenge that involves four books.

Wanna join? Drop me a Comment!

SpecFic Challenge – Success!


“Content” level of participation: 12 books

  1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  2. People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy by edited by Rachel Swirsky & Sean Wallace
  3. Heaven (The Afterlife Series, Book I) by Mur Lafferty
  4. Nebula Nominees
  5. The Two Sams by Glen Hirshberg
  6. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  7. Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology by Mary H. Foster & Mabel H. Cummings
  8. Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins, and Other Nasties: A Practical Guide by Miss Edythe McFate by Lesley M. M. Blume, David Foote (Illustrator)
  9. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  10. From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
  11. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  12. Roth, Veronica – Divergent
  13. Carriger, Gail – Soulless
  14. King, Stephen – The Mist
  15. Lindqvist, John Ajvide – Let the Right One In
  16. Link, Kelly & Gavin J. Grant (editors) – Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
  17. McMaster, Bec – Kiss of Steel
  18. Rogers, Ian – Every House is Haunted
  19. Suzuki, Koji – Dark Water
  20. Ketter, Greg ed. – Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores

Mixing It Up Challenge – Success!

“Mixing Bowl” level of participation: read from 9-12 of the following 16 categories:
Classics – Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology by Mary H. Foster & Mabel H. Cummings
Biography – Chocolate & Vicodin by Jennette Fulda, Bad Luck Officer by Suzie Ivy
Cookery, Food and Wine
Modern Fiction – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Graphic Novels and Manga – Ultimate Comics sampler, Gibbons, Dave – Doctor Who: Dave Gibbons Collection
Crime and Mystery
Horror – The Two Sams: Ghost Stories by Glen Hirshberg
Romance – Kiss of Steal by Bec McMaster
Science Fiction and Fantasy – Heaven (The Afterlife Series, Book I) by Mur Lafferty
Poetry and Drama – Minorities by T. E. Lawrence
Journalism and Humour – From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film by Roz Kaveney
Science and Natural History
Children’s and Young Adult – The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Social Sciences and Philosophy

5 thoughts on “2012 Challenges

  1. Pingback: 2011 Summary & 2012 List « Katherine's Reading Notes

  2. cessie

    I joined the same poetry challenge. I’m in a poetry course in my own language (Dutch) right now which is about writing and reading poetry. I was kind of new to poetry before the course and would love to learn more. I want to get to know a bit more of poetry in the English language that’s why I joined. Always interesting to learn something new 🙂
    Happy Reading this year!

    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      I didn’t know Dutch was your first language! I used to read a good deal more poetry (and a good deal more in general). I need to get back to those times. Those were happier times…


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