I've decided to write a progress report for challenges I have been participating in, both "official" and personal.
Last year's Challenges task defined it as
"Reading Challenges: a help or a hurt? Do you find that the reading challenges keep you organized and goal-oriented? Or, do you find that as you near the end of a challenge that you've failed because you fell short of your original goals? As a result of some reading challenges, I've picked up books that I would have otherwise never heard of or picked up; that, frankly, I have loved. Have you experienced the same with challenges? If so, which ones? Do you have favorite reading challenges?"
Some of the challenges I have been taking part in have been well within my comfort zone, while others have led me into reading books I may never have even looked for before.
For me though the over-riding principle is that all the books I choose, read and list are crime fiction titles, although every now and again a thriller or two creeps in
Of course the books can often be counted in more than one challenge.
I began the year with the last half of the Crime Fiction Alphabet
I guess this was a meme rather than a challenge but for 26 weeks 2009-2010 it kept a bunch of us busy finding books and authors whose titles or names began with the letter of the week.
My final choices are listed here.
I have ideas for running something similar in 2011.
On a weekly basis I participate in Weekly Geeks, Sunday Salon, and Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books
True Challenges: (click on the icons to be taken to the home page of the challenge.)
Audio Book Challenge hosted at Royal Reviews.
My Audio Book Challenge posts
Currently I've read 16
My Global Reading Challenge posts
I'm using a world map to track my progress.
Agatha Christie Reading Challenge
This is my own challenge- I read roughly an Agatha Christie title a month, in order of publication, but I have been joined on my journey by a number of people.
I feed them into the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Blog Carnival.
I've read 7 titles this year
All my Agatha Christie Reading Challenge posts
100+ ReadingChallenge hosted by J. Kaye
I'm well underway with this one: last count 84 books read in 2010
Smik's Reviews.provides a running count of my progess
Perhaps if you need some encouragement to read British crime fiction, this challenge hosted at Book Chick City, will be the challenge for you.
Timeline: 1st Jan 2010~ 31st Dec 2010.
Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.
You may already have read some eligible books
Completed at Cream Crackered level with 8 books
6 books read
All my Scandinavian Reading Challenge posts
Canadian Book Challenge
You have one year to read 13 Canadian books and review them somewhere online, from Canada Day, July 1st, 2010- Canada Day, July 1st, 2011.
So far I've read 1, so I have quite a way to go at this stage.
See Canadian Book Challenge, Canadian crime fiction
These are not really challenges - more like trying to read books shortlisted for an award, before the results are announced.
I've done a couple of these this year.
I read 6 books for the CWA International Dagger.
The final result.
I'm currently reading the novels by New Zealand authors shortlisted for the Inaugural Ngaio Marsh Crime Fiction Award.
There were 5. A Final list of 3 has been announced and I have 1 of them to go.