January 5, 2012

Global Reading Challenge 2012

Challenge Summary:

Rules:

- As in the past, the Global Reading Challenge (GRC) challenges you to expand your reading boundaries, go where you haven't been before, move a little outside your comfort zone.

- You may read any genre so long as the books are fiction. Decide which level you will attempt, although you can change that later if you wish.

- Use the Mr Linky to sign up with your name, the level you intend to attempt, and your blog URL. Feel free to include the logo in your blog posts or on your blog (with a link to this page)

- Your reading will take place in the calendar year 2012. Return to this page to add the books you have read into the relevant Mr Linky - see the sections below

- You may like to consult Global Reading Challenges for 2011 and 2010 for suggestions of books.

 The Easy Challenge Read one novel from each of these continents in the course of 2012:
 Africa
Asia
Australasia-Oceania/
Europe
North America
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)
The Seventh Continent (here you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future – you name it).

 From your own continent: try to find a country, state or author that is new to you.

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The Medium Challenge

Read two novels from each of these continents in the course of 2012:
Africa
Asia
Australasia
Europe
North America
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)
The Seventh Continent 

Try to find novels from fourteen different countries or states. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Expert Challenge Read three novels from each of these continents in the course of 2012:

 Africa
Asia
Australasia
Europe
North America
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you) /

The Seventh Continent Select novels from twenty-one different countries or states if possible. (For Australasia, selecting a different state for your last book will be acceptable)

Hosted by/Link: Mysteries in Paradise. Global Reading Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012

My Progress: 14/14 - COMPLETED September 13, 2012

My List: This year I'm going to do the medium challenge

Africa 
1 - Kenya - The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
2 - Egypt - The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pulinger

Asia 
1 - Sri Lanka - Anil's Ghost - Michael Ondaatje 
2 - China - Song of the Silk Road - Mingmei Yip

Australasia/Oceania
1 - Australia - The Newspaper of Claremont Street - Elizabeth Jolley
2 - New Zealand - The Colour - Rose Tremain

Europe
1 - Ukraine and France - The Dogs and the Wolves - Irene Nemirvosky
2 - Turkey and Croatia - The Sound of Blue - Holly Payne

North America/Central America 
1 - Canada/Newfoundland - The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
2 - USA and Cuba - To Have and Have Not - Ernest Hemingway 

South America/Caribbean
1 - Peru - The Bad Girl - Mario Vargas Llosa
2 - Jamaica - The Long Song - Andrea Levy

Seventh Continent 
1 - The Pegasus Galaxy - Allegiance (SGA -18) - Amy Griswold and Melissa Scott
2 - Fictional Caribbean Island - Galveston - Paul Quarrington


Final Thoughts:

I always enjoy this challenge, and I think it's the first time I've finished it. Personally I always find Oceania the hardest to find books for. I find for the most part, when I do finally find a book that fits, it's a genre I don't like or I can't get the book. But there were many times I took a chance with a book, which at times worked, and other times it didn't.

3 Responses to “Global Reading Challenge 2012”

cessie said...

I joined the Global Reading challenge as well and that's how I landed here. I'm interested to see what books others are reading for the challenge so I will come back to learn more. Happy Reading!

Jules said...

Cessie - goodluck with the challenge, I've enjoyed it, and there are some great choices out there.

Kerrie said...

Well done on completing the challenge Jules. I'm glad it helped you expand your reading horizons

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