Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Sunday Salon -- More on 2011 Reading

I'm not sure I ever remember a time when I was doing so much to prepare for my reading for the upcoming year. It's making me laugh. I have a lot to catch up on blogging wise before the end of the year as well...I just don't know where the time is going to. Can you believe there's only one weekend left before Christmas??

Just a few reminders..I'm hosting my first theme week on Frederick Buechner the week of February 28th-March 4th. I'd love to have more bloggers participate. I have several books left to give away for the readalong portion as well. You don't have to be a blogger to participate and you also don't have to be a BOOK blogger.

Also the vote is still open for the readalongs. Come weigh in on what interests you the most.

I announced the Buy One Book and Read It challenge as well--please spread the word!

I will finally announce the L.J. Smith Challenge Year Two this week, as well. So excited for that one!

I wasn't going to join any challenges this year besides the one I'm doing with Hannah and the ones I'm hosting, but there are three that sort of fit in with my goals so I figured why not?

Debut Author

There are a lot of YA Debut Authors who I'd like to read this year, and I'm fairly certain that's a trend that's going to continue. The goal of this challenge is to read 12 books by debut authors of YA or Middle Grade books. This is hosted by the energetic Kristi of The Story Siren. You can read all about it on her intro post.

I didn't think I was going to have a complete list but I just went through the spreadsheet and easily found 12 books I've already been hoping to read.
1) Across the Universe by Beth Revis
2) The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
3) The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
4) I am J by Cris Beam
5) Wither by Lauren DeStefano
6) Enclave by Ann Aguirre
7) Divergent by Veronica Roth
8) Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor
9) Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley
10) Dark Parties by Sara Grant
11) May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
12) Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

Wendell Berry

The second challenge I'd like to join is hosted by Carrie at Books and Movies. It's the Wendell Berry challenge. Have you read this awesome post where Andrew Peterson met Wendell Berry? Anyway, I have several of his books, it's time to take the plunge.

I'll be signing up at the "dangling your toes" level and reading the following two books:
A World Lost
The Art of the Commonplace (this is a book of essays)

Finally, I'm going to join in the War Through the Generations Challenge again. The 2011 challenge focuses on the Civil War. I read a few Civil War books this year that I loved and I'd like to continue reading books and learning about that time period. I'm signing up at the lowest level of 3-5 books and I don't at present have books I know for sure I'd like to read.

Are you joining any of these challenges?

That's it for my announcements! What are your reading plans for 2011 that have you the most excited?


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