Tuesday 20 September 2011

Challenge Me 2012

After  a few discussions with  other bloggers, I began to realise that I just don't challenge my reading enough. I love reading YA, I really do but I would like to start reading outside my comfort zone. So I have come up with a personal challenge where I want you to tell me what books to read. I am allowing you to provide me with suggestions of books that I should read from any genre that you think I would like. You can take me completely out of my comfort zone and suggest any book you like. Once a list has been made, I will give the list to another blogger to make the final selection. 

I will read 12 of the choices, one a month throughout 2012 and review them on my blog. So you are in control of my reading. You get to choose 12 books that you think I should read throughout the year. If I have read any already suggested they will be removed from the list. 

I pass it over to you now. Please leave comments making suggestions of books I should read. You can suggest as  many as you like. In the end, my official adjudicator will decide. 


  1. What a great idea! (In fact it's so good I want to steal it!!). How about The diary of a nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith - it's hilarious!

  2. Steal away! You can use the picture if you want too.

  3. How about A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin?

  4. Wow Viv. What a great idea. I recommend The Poisonwood Bible by Kingslover, The Life O'Reilly by Cohen or Benny and Shrimp by K Mazetti. Those are just random favs. Or Misery by King...see, now I can't stop ...lol.

  5. My vote is for Little Black Dress by Susan McBride. I think you'd like it!

  6. OK, I challenge you to read Faerie Tale by Raymond Fiest. I read this a few years ago and loved it although it was pretty scary too.

  7. You are a GENIUS! I might pinch this idea too...giving you all the credit on my blog of course!

    Did you read "The Help", by Kathryn Stockett? It's amazing! That would be my recommendation!

  8. Great idea, Viv! I have some suggestions for you :)

    A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
    On Checil Beach by Ian McEwan
    In For A Penny by Rose Lerner
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.
    Old Man's War by John Scalzi
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
    Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

  9. Great idea, Viv!

    As you know I'm a BIG zombie fan, so one of my suggestions is "Allison Hewitt is Trapped" by Madeleine Roux.

    The other is a YA, "Noughts & Crosses" by Malorie Blackman - It's a brilliant, poignant, powerful read and if you're not blubbering by the end of this book then I'll let you choose a book for me ;)

    Last and not least a vampire novel, "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson. An awesome book with an amazing ending you won't see coming.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your final list :)

  10. Great idea!! My suggestions for your list would be:

    The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    Stardust by Neil Gaiman
    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    The Sopranos by Alan Warner
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    How It Ended by Jay McInerney

    Happy reading!!

  11. Rats, no Kate Griffin.

    Okay, how about Agnes and the Hitman by Jennie Crusie.

  12. Brilliant idea, I may steal it too!

    I'd recommend Firebrand by Gillian Philip followed by its sequel, Bloodstone. Or for a complete change of tone try a Georgette Heyer - The Corinthian always has me giggling or Frederica.

  13. I'd recommend:

    The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
    Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (graphic novel)
    The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
    Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
    Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
    Ash by Mary Gentle
    Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks

    I echoe the Fairy Tale mention by Raymond E Feist. Wonderfully chilling and lovely.

    Once by James Herbert

  14. I will make some suggestions! I apologise in advance if you've already read any of these.

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Tankborn by Karen Sandler
    Paper Towns by John Green
    Unwind by Neal Shusterman
    Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
    Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

  15. What a great idea. I still love Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman and for some horror The Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill it is excellent.

  16. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. You have to.

  17. Hrmmmmmmmm. I'm going to recommend Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Foer. OR The History of Love by Krauss. Both absolutely beautiful books but very different stylistically. Great idea and can't wait to see the list!!

  18. I wish I had some extra time to do something like this - maybe next year! :)

    Here are my suggestions:

    The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
    The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper (one of my favorites of all time)
    Stone's Fall by Iain Pears
    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Hiroshima Diary by Michihiko Hachiya
    Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright (one of the best memoirs I've read)
    London by Edward Rutherford
    Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
    The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
    The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah (hilarious memoir about moving to Morocco)
    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells

    Okay, I'll stop now. :) These are all on my favorites list though. I can't wait to see what you end up reading!

  19. oh! there has to be a Zombie book in the list somewhere as I believe you don't like them too much... what about The Enemy by Charlie Higson?

    Another one that I think everyone should read but takes a strong willed person - Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh! :D

  20. Raimy! I love you for putting down The Enemy by Charlie Higson. Best zombie book ever! Hands down.


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