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100 Book Reading Challenge 2012


Yesterday I mentioned averaging about 4-9 books a month will bring me a total of roughly 72 books read a year. At 71 this year, with The Forgotten Garden being #72, I project the 2011 total to be 76. The most I ever read in a year was 84, still a far cry from the ultimate triple-digit threshold. Comes 100 Book Reading Challenge 2012 when I ponder half-heartedly how I might hit this goal.

Challenge Details

Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 – 31 Dec 2012
Rules: Read 100+ books in 2012 (any fiction genre)
Fine points: 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 at anytime. All books read in 2012 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up. Audiobooks do not count, but all other formats are accepted, this is a reading challenge after all.
Crossover: This challenge can crossover to other challenges.

The Books

I don’t have a set list since I’m acting on my whims. But I have a working list of books that I won’t finish this year and will roll over.
The Sense of An Ending Julian Barnes
The Paris Wife Paula McLain
Watership Down Richard Adams
Freedom Jonathan Franzen
The Distant Hours Kate Morton
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Stranger’s Child Alan Hollinghurst
Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
Forty Words for Sorrow Giles Blunt
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

12 Responses

  1. 100 books in a year is a very ambitious goal, I’ve read over 100 this year which is probably the first time in my life I’ve done so. (I don’t have an exact count, I started my blog in mid-March and I’ve reviewed 95 books on my blog since I started it, with several other books that I read this year before I started my blog.)

    My one question with this challenge is why Audiobooks don’t count? No you’re not technically “reading” the book, but you’re still taking the time to experience the story.

    • You have to ask the hostess about the limitation on audiobooks. My guess is that she intends the challenge to be purely reading the written words. As for the challenge, I’m really trying to outdo myself with 100 books. The most I have ever achieved is 84. Right now I’m still reading my 73rd book, The Sound and the Fury.

  2. Good luck! I read over 100 books last year for the first time ever and it was really satisying. This year it probably be closer the mid 80’s mark but that’s still pretty good I think.

  3. This is a great challenge, something I’ve thought of but have never had the courage to say ‘yes I’m beginning this year’. It’s a mighty task knowing that this year is my highest reading year but have read less than 60 (55 to be precise, excluding single stories; 30 last year). I hope a time will come when I will average 100. However, I will also decide on this. Perhaps if I aim for 100 I might land close.

    • The thought of reading 100 books had crossed my mind a couple times. This time I really feel I’m ready to take the challenge. I just have to watch even less television and trimmed my time online. It’s doable. 🙂

  4. This is an ambitious undertaking, Matt! Good luck. No audiobooks and fiction only would never work for me… don’t think I could hit 100 even without those rules.

    • That means I have to read at least 8 books a month. Like I mentioned above, the 100 books idea had crossed my mind a couple times but I never felt as ready as I am now. Take a deep breath and let’s do it. 🙂

  5. I tried this challenge again this year, but since it doesn’t look like I will even reach the halfway point of 50 books, it is obviously a lost cause! Oh well, I figure at least I have a list of the books that I read throughout the year.

    • It’s more important that I read books I enjoy. Quality over quantity. I am trying to reach the goal but I won’t grieve not making it. Like you, I have an idea of the books I would like to read in the new year. 🙂

  6. I am not sure that I could ever reach 100 books in one year. It might be worth a go though!

    • It helps if I’m prepared, in terms of coming up with a list of books that I would enjoy, rather than trying a book and putting it down after 20 pages.

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