Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2012 "Books You Can Read in a Day" Reading Challenge

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Lately I seem to have a lot of little, short books that are being added to my TBR. And there are also some old classics that are short that I still haven't found time to read. So....I got to thinking....I should challenge myself. And, so of course, I'm going to offer the challenge to you too.

What can you read in a day? Well, that's kind of up to you to decide. I don't want to be too rigid about this -- it's supposed to be fun. Most of the books I've chosen are less than 200 pages. However, if it's a novel in verse, it could be longer. Any size graphic novel will probably work. And, if you don't make it in a day, don't beat yourself up. You can still count it if it takes a little longer (not, of course, if it takes several days, though.)

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You don't need a blog to participate. But you probably need a Goodreads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing account. Someplace you keep track. 

Audio (if you can listen in a day) and ebooks are OK. 

Books must be adult, YA, or middle school books. No children's or picture books allowed.

No re-reads, however you can count books read for this challenge towards other challenges in which you are participating

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Please post at least a few books that you intend to read for this challenge (that my help others add to their lists), but feel free to update your list as the year goes on.

Challenge goes from January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012


Level 1 - Read 15 books
Level 2 - Read 25 books
Level 3 - Read 35 books
Level 4 - Read 50+ books

I am going for Level 2, but I need another book. I'm hoping I'll get some ideas from all of you. These are in no particular order. (update: I found a 25th book!)

1.  Animal Farm by Orwell
2. Locomotion by Woodson
3.  And then There Were None by Christie
4.  From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by Konigsburg
5. The Alchemist by Coehlo
6.  This is What I Did by Ellis
7.  Fallout by Hopkins
8.  The Giver by Lowry
9.  Sean Griswold's Head by Leavitt
10. Blank Confession by Hautman
11. If I Grew Up by Strasser
12. Fall For Anything by Summers
13. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Standiford
14. Jumped by Williams-Garcia
15.  Beetle Meets Destiny by Williams
16. Chasing Brooklyn by Schroeder
17. Scars by Ranfield
18. Things a Brother Knows by Reinhardt
19. Prince of Mist by Ruiz-Zafon
20. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Schroeder
21. Skellig by Almond
22. Tighter by Griffin
23. Trapped by Northrop
24. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Wilde
25. A Monster Calls by Ness

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  1. Oh Annette, this is something I can do since I read a lot of short books, but I wouldn't be able come up with a pre-list ..wouldn't know where to look. I would be able to only come up with Newbery books but that's no fun!

  2. Great challenge, this should help clear my TBR pile a bit. :D I've signed up - can't wait. :)

  3. I'm all signed up and ready to go!!!

  4. I'm surfing around trying to round out my 2012 challenge list and this is a neat challenge! I've read several books that could be finished in a day but since I don't usually read more than a couple hours a day, I'd never finish them in time to qualify them for this challenge.

    I'm currently reading The Alchemist. My first book of 2012. So far so good!

  5. How are more people not signed up for this?! I'm having a blast trying to complete this challenge!

    1. Glad you are enjoying it. I am too...I keep looking for new books and wondering, can I read this in a day???

  6. Hey Annette, I'm not sure how I missed this, but I'm signing up (preparing a post now). So, a book I start late at night, like around 11pm and finish the next day, that would still count? Just clarifying. Don't want to break the rules. :)

  7. Or how about this. I started a book at 7pm last night and I finished it at 8pm tonight. That's 25 hours. Would that count?

    1. I think you should use your judgement. If it takes you 25 hours, I think that's still fine -- I'm not going to police everyone's reading. Like I said, just have fun with it, and maybe get some of those shorter books off your TBR (or added to it!) Thanks for signing up!

  8. Unless it's the unabridged War and Peace, there aren't any books you can't read in a day. (And I only exempt War and Peace because you get a headache from the small print after a while. It's really only six to ten hours, just like LOTR. But LOTR has the good luck to get printed in three volumes.)

  9. Well, okay, The Tale of Genji. But that's really two books in one. And there's poetry, and being shocked at the butthead protagonist and the Heian world. This slows you down.


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