2011 Challenges

I'm participated in three official challenges this year plus one personal challenge. The details of the challenges are below along with links to the related reviews.

Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2011
Hosted by Book Chick City

Details
  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2011
  • Rules: To read TWELVE (12) mystery & suspense novels in 2011 (12 is the minimum but you can read more if you wish!)
  • You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
  • At the beginning of Jan 2011, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews. There will be a monthly prize too courtesy of the lovely Simon & Schuster - you must be signed up to the challenge and add the link to your review to be entered into the monthly prize draw.


Speculative Fiction 2011
Hosted by Floor To Ceiling Books

Details
  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2011
  • Rules: To read 12 Speculative Fiction novels in 2011 (12 is the minimum - you can read more if you wish!)
  • You don't have to choose your books ahead of time, you can add them as you go. If you do list them upfront, you can change them. Books for this challenge can be used to fulfil other challenges.
  • You can join anytime between now and the later part of next week - but the sooner you start, the sooner your chances for prizes!
  • At the beginning of Jan 2011 (and the beginning of all subsequent months in 2011), you will find a link to add your reviews. Amanda will be putting up a monthly prize which will be formed from duplicate books/ARCs that received as a reviewer. You must be signed up to the challenge and add the link to your review to be entered into the monthly prize draw

Books Read in Challenge: 19/12 Books
Book 1: The Spirit Thief - Rachel Aaron
Book 2: Foundation - Issac Asimov
Book 3: The Magician's Apprentice - Trudi Canavan
Book 4: The Fallen Blade - Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Book 5: I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
Book 6: Foundation and Empire - Issac Asimov
Book 7: American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Book 8: Spirit Dances - CE Murphy
Book 9: Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
Book 10: Second Foundation - Issac Asimov
Book 11: The Neon Court - Kate Griffin
Book 12: Married with Zombies - Jesse Petersen
Book 13: Morlock Night - K.W. Jeter
Book 14: Secrets of the Demon - Diana Rowland
Book 15: Change - Jim Butcher
Book 16: Hunted By The Others - Jess Haines 
Book 17: Corsets and Clockwork - Trisha Telep
Book 18: Magic Slays - Ilona Andrews
Book 19: Black Swan Rising - Lee Carroll


YA of the 80s and 90s
Hosted by The Book Vixen
Details

  • Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 (books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count). You can join at anytime. You can sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • Read as many YA books that were originally published in the 80s and 90s as your heart desires. The only requirement is that the book(s) have to have been first published sometime between 1980 – 1999.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.
  • You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them. It is not required that you review the books you read for this challenge but feel free to do so.

  • Books Read in Challenge: 14/12 Books
    Book   1: Nightmare Hall: The Scream Team - Diane Hoh
    Book   2: Deepwater Black - Ken Catran
    Book   3: Deepwater Landing - Ken Catran
    Book   4: Deepwater Angels - Ken Catran
    Book   5: Remember Me - Christopher Pike
    Book   6: The Last Vampire - Christopher Pike
    Book   7: The Last Vampire: Black Blood - Christopher Pike
    Book   8: Nightmare Hall: The Roommate - Diane Hoh
    Book   9: Remember 2: The Return - Christopher Pike
    Book 10: Remember 3: The Last Story - Christopher Pike
    Book 11: Sweet Valley High: Perfect Summer - Francine Pascal
    Book 12: Teacher's Pet - Richie Tankersley Cusick
    Book 13: The Last Vampire: Red Dice - Christopher Pike
    Book 14: The Last Vampire: Phantom - Christopher Pike

    Personal Classic Challenge
    Challenged by Kris

    My friend Kris has set a challenge for me to read a classic every three months. Below are his terms:
    1. Firstly the classic must be a classic or at least 20 years old;
    2. it has to set a definition for the genre or change it in a way which ‘inspire’ later writers;
    3. available for free or a reduced price and
    4. semi easy to read.
    So my task for Mel is to read:
    1. Homer’s Odyssey – this is the cornerstone of Western Cannon and seems to have the basis for most fantasy. Easements: You can read a modern version (i.e. made into something that is easier to read).
    2. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. Yes I know it is three books, but they are short ones. They are very good and they are the foundation (not a pun) for modern space epic’s such as Iain M Banks Culture and Star Trek. The Foundation series was published in 1942 and then collected in proper book in the 50s.
    3. Ring World by Larry Niven. I thought it looked quite good. It is a interesting story about a space structure.
    4. Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard I have not read these book, but I think they may underpin some hero fantasy or it might be tripe
    Books Read in Challenge: 7 books


    Book 1: Foundation - Issac Asimov
    Book 2: Foundation and Empire - Issac Asimov
    Book 3: Second Foundation - Issac Asimov
    Book 4: The War of the Worlds - HG Wells
    Book 5: The Invisible Man - HG Wells
    Book 6: The Midwich Cuckoo - John Wyndham
    Book 7: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley