2012 Reading Challenges

It isn’t quite September yet, but Carl has opened the doors to this year’s RIP challenge a tad early. See others’ reviews here.

I am doing Peril the First : Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between. I also hope to be joining in the group read of The Little Stranger, maybe I’ll do The Graveyard Book as well, and hopefully at least one or two films for the Peril on Screen.


March has srpung, which means that it is time for the Once Upon A Time reading challenge. Year 6 if you can believe it! As usual I have a vague idea what I am going to read, but amn’t definite. I do know I am starting with Rosemary & Rue by Seanan McGuire. After that… well, we will have to wait and see.


First up, Carl’s Science Fiction Experience 2012, because I just don’t read enough classic sci-fi. And I’m think that I’m going to amalgamate this with Curiosity Killed the Bookworm’s 2012 Sci-Fi challenge as they both have the same goal. At the moment I only have one title in mind for this Zoo City which I bought last year but never got around to reading. It is supposed to be excellent. So fingers crossed I actually get it started.

    So far for these challenges I have read:

  • All Clear by Connie Willis. A time-travel adventure back to WWII, but more historical fiction than sci-fi imo. And it is a tad overlong. Ah well, at least I’ve begun the challenge.
  • Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. I’m not really sure if I would have classed this as sci-fi, but you know I’m not too fond of exclusive boxes & labels. Despite the fact that I do use them all the time… Anyway, this is a great read. You should pick it up.

I think I’ll join in Cynical Bookworm’s Gender in fantasy and scifi challenge because it sounds like an interesting few books.

    The rules are simple and not very restrictive:

  • It’s a 2012 challenge, so it starts on 1st January and ends on 31st December 2012. Join anytime!
  • The goal should be 6 to 12 books (feel free to do them in any order/format/way you like). If you’re tired at 6 books, consider it done. If you want more, go ahead.
  • If it’s an omnibus, count it as one book or as many as it includes – it’s your call, really.
  • The list might include multiple books from the same author. We think that it would be best if you read no more than one book from a particular author, so that you can diversify your reading, but feel free to read anything you like, as long as it’s on the list.
  • If you’ve already read one/some of these, great! Feel free to re-read them or choose something new. Whichever the case, we would like to see your reviews/comments.
  • This list includes comics. Just keep in mind that all volumes of a comic will equal one book in this challenge, so that a balance is kept.
  • You can see the full reading list here: http://cynicalbookworm.blogspot.com/2011/11/gender-in-fantasy-and-scifi-challenge.html


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