When I wrapped up the Graphic Novels Challenge at the end of last year I hadn't yet heard who was taking it over from Dewey, but I knew I'd want to join again. So this just makes it official. Thank you to Laza for hosting the Graphic Novels Challenge this year. There are a few options this time around and I'm going with the Minor Level so the goal is to read 6 graphic novels over the course of the year. I'm not sure yet exactly which ones I'll read for the challenge but I hope to read these this year:
Skim - Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
French Milk - Lucy Knisley
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 - David Peterson
Embroideries - Marjane Satrapi
I have a couple others I'd like to read too but I don't own them yet. And I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone else is reading and getting some more ideas.
I really enjoyed participating in Joy's Non-Fiction Five Challenge the last couple of years. I tend to read fiction most of the time so it was a great little incentive to pick up some non-fiction instead. This year, Eva's World Citizen Challenge is tempting for the same reason. There are several levels to choose from for this challenge too, and I'm again going with the Minor Level. Therefore my goal is to read 3 books from 2 different categories (of the 6 defined for the challenge) in 2009. (Click on the button to read more about the challenge).
I'm not going to set out a specific list ahead of time but I do have a few non-fiction books lying around to choose from. My choices will probably lean towards Asian, and specifically Japanese culture and history since that's where my interest lies but I wouldn't mind reading more about some global issues so we'll see how it goes as the year progresses.
Here are a few of the ones I have waiting to be read:
Embracing Defeat - John Dower
Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures - Kyoko Mori
The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto - Pico Iyer
Tibet, Tibet - Patrick French
Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West - Jeffrey Paine
I don't get too many review copies, due to that pesky overseas shipping, but I plan to try to keep on top of the ones I do have. I feel guilty otherwise if they sit for too long. So I figured I might as well join Teddy Rose's ARC Reading Challenge. (For the purposes of the challenge, ARC stands for any book received for review purposes). You can see my list of review books waiting to be read here, as well as links to the ones I've already read and reviewed.
And last but not least, I'm of course still continuing with the long-term Orange Prize Project. I only read a measly two books for it last year, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (New Writers Prize Shortlist 2005) and The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney (Longlist 2007), but hopefully I'll manage to fit in a few more this year. I know joining so many other challenges doesn't help but I can't seem to resist, and they really do encourage me to get some books out of TBR purgatory. Here's hoping for a fun year of reading, whether for challenges or not!