2011 Reading Challenges

I have decided to sign up for the following reading challenges for 2011.

Quirky Brown Reading Challenge: The focus here is on books offering an offbeat black experience, which I’m taking to mean no hood lit and no books about slavery (although 47 counts as offbeat, I’m sure). I’m going to do Level II, which is three books.

Books Read for the Challenge:

  1. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  2. The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley
  3. Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis
  4. Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
  5. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
  6. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis

YA of the ’80s and ’90s:  You had me at YA. You won me at ’80s and ’90s.  And that graphic! So much win all around.

Books Read for the Challenge:

  1. A Star for the Latecomer by Bonnie and Paul Zindel
  2. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  3. Static Shock Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon
  4. If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti by Ellen Conford
  5. Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine
  6. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  7. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  8. Best Friends Tell the Best Lies by Carol Dines

Support Your Local Library Challenge: No brainer. I get all of my books from the library anyway. I’m doing the mini level: 30 books. I don’t really get the image for the button there, but whatever.

Books Read for This Challenge:

  1. Cupid by Julius Lester
  2. Teenage Waistland by Lynn Biederman & Lisa Pazer
  3. Thwonk by Joan Bauer
  4. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  5. Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart
  6. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  7. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  8. Wonder Woman: Who Is Wonder Woman? by Allan Heinberg
  9. The Dream Book: Symbols for Self Understanding by Betty Bethards
  10. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen
  11. Nice Dreads by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner
  12. One Lonely Degree by C. K. Kelly Martin
  13. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  14. Static Shock Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon
  15. Schooled by Gordon Korman
  16. Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant
  17. Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis
  18. Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
  19. Abandon by Meg Cabot
  20. I Saw You… by Julia Wertz
  21. Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger
  22. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  23. She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva
  24. Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner
  25. Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
  26. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
  27. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham
  28. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  29. Athena the Brain by Joan Holub
  30. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  31. Excalibur by Tony Lee, illustrated by Sam Hart
  32. Workin’ It!: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style by RuPaul
  33. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  34. Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout
  35. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
  36. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  37. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
  38. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  39. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  40. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  41. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
  42. My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

Young Adult Reading Challenge:  Another no brainer. I’m going to do the Fun Size challenge (20 books) since I came up short this year. My reading tastes have been all over the place lately.

Books Read for This Challenge:

  1. Cupid by Julius Lester
  2. Teenage Waistland by Lynn Biederman & Lisa Pazer
  3. Thwonk by Joan Bauer
  4. Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart
  5. A Star for the Latecomer by Bonnie and Paul Zindel
  6. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  7. One Lonely Degree by C. K. Kelly Martin
  8. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  9. Static Shock Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon
  10. Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors
  11. Schooled by Gordon Korman
  12. Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
  13. Abandon by Meg Cabot
  14. Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger
  15. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  16. Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate by Ellen Conford
  17. Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
  18. She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva
  19. Deenie by Judy Blume
  20. Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner
  21. Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
  22. If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti by Ellen Conford
  23. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
  24. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham
  25. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  26. How Not to Spend Your Senior Year by Cameron Dokey
  27. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  28. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
  29. Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
  30. Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout
  31. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
  32. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  33. Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine
  34. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  35. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  36. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
  37. My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
  38. Best Friends Tell the Best Lies by Carol Dines
  39. A Tale of Two Proms by Cara Lockwood
  40. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Audiobook Challenge: Another no brainer. We are big on audiobooks now, so I’m all for finding new narrators and authors. I’m going to do the Fascinated level, 6 books.

Books Read for This Challenge:

  1. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen
  2. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  3. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  4. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  5. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
  6. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  7. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  8. Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher

Page to Screen Reading Challenge: I frequently seek out books that have been turned into other media. Yay. I’m going to do Level One, 5 books.

Books Read for This Challenge:

  1. Static Shock Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon
  2. Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate by Ellen Conford
  3. Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
  4. Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine
  5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  6. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  7. Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher

POC Reading Challenge: I really enjoyed doing this challenge, so I’m all for doing it again. I’m going to sign up at Level 4 again with an intent to read 10-15 books by POC authors or featuring POC characters.

Books Read for This Challenge:

  1. Healing Rage by Ruth King
  2. Cupid by Julius Lester
  3. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  4. The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley
  5. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  6. Nice Dreads by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner
  7. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  8. Static Shock Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon
  9. Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant
  10. Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis
  11. Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
  12. Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger
  13. She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva
  14. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
  15. Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
  16. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham
  17. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  18. Workin’ It!: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style by RuPaul
  19. Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout
  20. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
  21. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  22. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
  23. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  24. Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman
  25. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Graphic Novels Challenge: I’ve decided that this is the year I’ll read a bunch of classics, but only in graphic novel form. So I feel like this is a good challenge for me. I’m going to do Intermediate, 3-10 books.

Books Read for This Challenge:

  1. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  2. Wonder Woman: Who Is Wonder Woman? by Allan Heinberg
  3. Static Shock Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon
  4. I Saw You… by Julia Wertz
  5. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham
  6. How to Avoid Making Art by Julia Cameron
  7. Excalibur by Tony Lee, illustrated by Sam Hart
  8. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
  9. Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman

Off the Shelf Challenge: I have a bunch of books on my shelves that I haven’t read. So yeah. I need to do this one. I’m going to do Tempted, which is 5 books.

Books Read for This Challenge:

  1. Healing Rage by Ruth King
  2. The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley
  3. A Star for the Latecomer by Bonnie and Paul Zindel
  4. Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate by Ellen Conford
  5. Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
  6. Deenie by Judy Blume
  7. If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti by Ellen Conford
  8. How to Avoid Making Art by Julia Cameron
  9. How Not to Spend Your Senior Year by Cameron Dokey
  10. Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
  11. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
  12. Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman
  13. How Al-Anon Works for Friends and Families of Alcoholics by Al-Anon Family Groups
  14. I Hate Being Gifted by Patricia Hermes
  15. Best Friends Tell the Best Lies by Carol Dines

2 comments

  1. Vasilly

    Thanks for signing up for the GN challenge! I haven’t read many classics in GN format so I can’t wait to read your reviews! Good luck on all of your challenges and happy new year!

  2. Christina T

    Thanks for signing up for the Page to Screen Reading Challenge.

    You can post your January reviews here

    Each month, I will be creating a post for reviews so be sure to look for it

    Good luck with all your challenges!

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