I am so excited to be doing this challenge yet again this year! Last year was my very first time participating and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought I could read like 500 books a year and had Trump’s bank account. Apparently neither of these are the case. This year I still went through and added a lot of the 2012 Debuts to my TBR list but I am only picking 14 to read as a part of this challenge. Right now the list below is what I have gotten and I know that will probably change somewhere down the road but for the most part I hope it stays as is because I’ve got a great mix of books to choose from! Contemporary, sci-fi, dystopian, steampunk…I CAN’T WAIT!!!!
Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
In Between by Tara A. Fuller
Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
Tempest by Julie Cross
I am a huge fan of Contemporary books but I don’t stray too far from what I am used to. I am challenging myself to broaden my horizons this year! In 2012, it is my goal to read “tougher” books. I hope to read some Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Halse Anderson, Stephanie Kuehnert, etc. I want to be more aware of the world I live in (both the good and the bad) and I think contemporary books dealing with tougher situations than what I usually read will help me to accomplish that. It is my goal to read 5-10 “tougher” books. Also, I want to try reading some verse novels! Ashley has constantly been pushing me to read Lisa Schroeder and now, with this challenge, I hope I can actually listen to her! I have heard her books are amazing and great for people just starting out with verse novels, so I couldn’t be more excited. I want to read AT LEAST The Day Before, Chasing Brooklyn, and I Heart You, You Haunt Me but if any more of her books come along, or any other contemporary verse novels in general, I would love to try them out! So if you guys are interested in signing up, click the link above, it is SO SIMPLE! I hope to read at least 12 books for this challenge!
Last year, this event was a summer long event and I will just say I failed. MAJORLY. I read 1 itsy-bitsy book from the amazing list of books to choose from. How incredibly horrible is that? I hope to fix that this year though! I am thinking 10 is a solid number of books plus a few may overlap into other challenges. I think this challenge is an awesome idea and it gets many people to read those books they may have been scared to pick up before because of the shiny medal on the cover!
Speak by Lauri Halse Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Stolen: A Letter To My Captor by Lucy Christopher
Fat Kid Rules The World by K.L. Going
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Holes by Louis Sachar
This is another challenge I did last year and failed at! I am so happy that I was able to read the books that I did though because they turned out to be AMAZING! This year I am keeping it simple and reading 5 books. I hope I can squeeze in a little extra but if not, I am okay with 5! This is a great challenge I think you all should participate in. You just might find out you like history a little more than you could have imagined!
Forgiven by Janet Fox
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergen
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Ingenue by Jillian Larkin
So there is my list of challenges for 2012! I am keeping the lists pretty low but that means there is always room for growth! You should consider following all the links and joining up with these challenges. There are some great books to be read!!!