The first is the TBR Double Dare, hosted by C.B. James over at Ready When You Are, C.B.
I'm accepting the dare (the double-dare!) to read only from my own shelves from January 1st -April 1st next year, with the goal of whittling down my TBR pile. That means no library books, no buying books. Which I need to do - let's just say the name of this blog isn't strictly accurate at this point. I know it is going to be tough, because reading blogs has introduced me to some great authors (I just posted about one, Jo Walton, earlier today). But I've also added too many books to the TBR pile as well. It should be good for me and for my bookshelves (and maybe even for the book sale at the library - oh lord, something else I'll have to avoid).
The second challenge I've seen popping up all over is A Classics Challenge, hosted by Katherine at November's Autumn.
This one involves reading seven classic novels over the course of 2012, with some directed discussion on the 4th of each month. This will dovetail nicely with the TBR challenge, since I have these books on the TBR pile:
- Persuasion, Jane Austen (a re-read)
- Tom Jones, Henry Fielding
- Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel, Jerome K. Jerome (I've never read the Bummel part)
- A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
- The Three Clerks, Anthony Trollope (though I may change this for another Trollope)
- A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft
- Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw