2009 Failed Challenges

I got a little carried away at the beginning of last year. I’m calling it quits on the following challenges. Even though I “failed” these challenges, I had fun keeping track of my reading this year, and I made a valiant effort at most of them.

100+ Reading Challenge
January 1 – December 31, 2009

Challenge: Read 100 Books
Status: 65/100

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2009 Mini-Challenges
January 1 – December 31, 2009

Status: 9/12

1. Read a collection of short stories. Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales, by Eleanor Bluestein
2. Read a play.
3. Read a nonfiction book. Note to Self, by Samara O’Shea
4. Read 2 essays from the same collection. Book by Book, by Michael Dirda
5. Go to a book event.
6. Borrow and read a library book. The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb
7. Read a book by a new to you author. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
8. Make a donation. Reading is Fundamental
9. Promote literacy.
10. Participate in a buddy read or group discussion. Buffalo Lockjaw, by Greg Ames
11. Read a book outside your comfort zone. American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang
12. Read a classic (defined as anything published before 1970). Persuasion, by Jane Austen

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A to Z Challenge
January 1 – December 31, 2009

Challenge: Option B – Read Titles A to Z
Status: 21/26

A – American Rust, by Philipp Meyer
B – Book by Book, by Michael Dirda
C – Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
D – The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
E – Everyone is Beautiful, by Katherine Center
F – Family Planning, by Karan Mahajan
G – Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
H – The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb
I – It Sucked and Then I Cried, by Heather B. Armstrong
K – The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
L – The Last Queen, by C. W. Gortner
M – The Memorist, by M.J. Rose
N – North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen Headley
O – On Writing, by Stephen King
P – Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Q – The Quarter Horse Foal (Saddle Wise), by Inda Schaenen
R – Rainy Day Rescue (Saddle Wise), by Inda Schaenen
S – Strawberry Girl, Lois Lenski
T – Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales, by Eleanor Bluestein
U – Under the Covers and Between the Sheets, by C. Alan Joyce & Sarah Janssen
W – The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

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My Year of Reading Dangerously
January 1 – December 31, 2009

Challenge: Read 12 Dangerous Books (Nonfiction Books)
Status: 9/12

Book by Book, by Michael Dirda
Note to Self, by Samara O’Shea
It Sucked and Then I Cried, by Heather B. Armstrong
Letter from New York, by Helene Hanff
Q’s Legacy, by Helene Hanff
Apple of My Eye, by Helene Hanff
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, by Helene Hanff
On Writing, by Stephen King
Under the Covers and Between the Sheets, by C. Alan Joyce & Sarah Janssen

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Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge
January 1 – December 31, 2009

Challenge: Read 12 Library Books
Status: 7/12

The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb
Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl
American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang
The Midwife’s Apprentice, by Karen Cushman
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson

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TBR Lite Challenge
January 1 – December 31, 2009

Challenge: Option A – Read 6 Books from My TBR Pile
Status: 3/6

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Atonement, by Ian McEwan
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon
Bonk, by Mary Roach
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Enna Burning, by Shannon Hale
My Most Excellent Year, by Steve Kluger
In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
So Brave Young & Handsome, by Lief Enger
The Iliad, by Homer
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More
The View from Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg

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Some others I’ve already covered:

Really Old Classics Challenge
Harry Potter Reading Challenge


7 Responses to 2009 Failed Challenges

  1. Nicole says:

    Congratulations. I wouldn’t call these failures at all. You did really with a lot of these.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Dragon House, by John Shors =-.

  2. Kathy says:

    Hey, at least you gave it a shot. Better luck next time.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: Live For Your Listening Pleasure =-.

  3. Agree with Nicole. You did really well with a lot of those.

    I’ve learned myself not to get in as many challenges. I think I’m in like four now, with two being ongoing challenges and don’t end at the end of the year.
    .-= unfinishedperson´s last blog ..Things You Didn’t Know About Your Local Library, Part I =-.

  4. Molly says:

    How could you “fail” when you’ve read so many outstanding books over the course of the year. WAY TO GO!
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..Weekend Cooking: Cookie Craft Christmas =-.

  5. J.C. says:

    Failure is in the eye of the beholder, and from what I see…you did marvelously.

    I didn’t meet very many goals myself, yet I’ve accomplished more this year than the previous one. And that is fine with me.

    Pat yourself on the back. You deserve it!
    .-= J.C.´s last blog ..Neither Snow nor Rain nor Heat nor Gloom of Night =-.

  6. So glad my novel, Everyone Is Beautiful, made it onto one of your lists!

  7. Suey says:

    I’d say you still did pretty good on these “failures!” This is about how well I do on all my challenges.
    .-= Suey´s last blog ..Review: Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton =-.

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