Mixing It Up Challenge 2012

In 2012 I will be participating in the Mixing It Up Challenge. You, too, could participate in this challenge and expand your reading repertoire. Just go here for more information and to sign up.

In an effort to round out my reading this year, I’m vowing to read one book from at least 13 of the 16 listed categories. Although I’m tempted to go for the All the Trimmings and a Cherry on Top participation level, I’m keeping it real and admitting that between my two book clubs, I may be over-committing. So, I’ll be a Two-Tier Cake-r this year. Confused yet? Read this blog for more information on the challenge.

Without further ado, the categories, and my brainstorming:

CLASSICS

Considering some Willa Cather, but considering going back to some of those should-have-read-in-high-school novels, such as Scarlet Letter or Three Musketeers.

BIOGRAPHY

I absolutely love reading biographies, but to be honest, don’t have any on my “to-read” list. However, I know that Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff has been getting a lot of attention recently, so I may have to check it out.

COOKERY, FOOD AND WINE

The author of this challenge suggested a book on wine for this category. If I can pair this with some real-life research, I’m down!

HISTORY

On tap for my July book club meeting is Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand, a WWII story named by TIME magazine as “the best nonfiction book of the year”. We also have Franklin and Eleanor by Hazel Rowley and Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure by Matthew Algeo coming up in February and April.

MODERN FICTION

And this is the category where I’ll fit in my recent addiction: Meg Cabot’s Queen of Babble series.

GRAPHIC NOVELS AND MANGA

This genre will (would) be entirely new for me, and quite a stretch out of my comfort zone. May be one of the 1-3 genres I skip. We’ll see…

CRIME AND MYSTERY

Paying homage to my mother, I will probably zip through an Agatha Christie or two in 2012, but I also plan to enjoy a few more of the Stephanie Plum series. In addition, Hardball, by Sara Paretsky, is on my book club’s list for March.

HORROR

I can honestly say I’ve never read a horror novel, but on my to-read list for quite some time has been Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.

ROMANCE

The latest Nicholas Sparks? Yes, please.

SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

Ugh. This is my general reaction to science fiction and fantasy. If I re-read the Harry Potter series, does that count? (Maybe I’ll sign up for the Harry Potter Reading Challenge.)

TRAVEL

B gifted me with travel guides on London and Paris in preparation for our 2013 European vacation, so you can bet I’ll be scouring these in 2012.

POETRY AND DRAMA

I always enjoy poetry more than I think I will. Since I honestly never think to sit down and read it, I will appreciate taking the time to do so this year. I’m thinking some springtime reading…

JOURNALISM AND HUMOUR

This genre will take some research for me. It’s another one that I’m not too familiar with. Maybe I’ll check out one of those Chelsea Handler books that always look like they’ll annoy me… or maybe I’ll delve deeper and read a journalist’s collected works. Hmm….

SCIENCE AND NATURAL HISTORY

After reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks this year, I’m honestly not sure I can put myself through another work in this genre so soon…

CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT
In my profession, this one should not be a problem!
I’ll keep you updated on my favorites of 2012.

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND PHILOSOPHY
I gave B a copy of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart this Christmas. The subtitle, Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, sounds like it’s right up my alley.

Not sure this challenge is for you, but interested in learning about some others? Check out this blog, one of my favorite literature-based reads, for some more ideas.

Completed Reads

CLASSICS

The Great Gatsby by F. Scot Fitzgerald

BIOGRAPHY

Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

COOKERY, FOOD AND WINE

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell

HISTORY

Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo

MODERN FICTION

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

GRAPHIC NOVELS AND MANGA

Homecoming by Meg Cabot

CRIME AND MYSTERY

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

HORROR

ROMANCE

The Villa by Nora Roberts

SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

TRAVEL

POETRY AND DRAMA

JOURNALISM AND HUMOUR

Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs

SCIENCE AND NATURAL HISTORY

CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND PHILOSOPHY

Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell

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13 thoughts on “Mixing It Up Challenge 2012

  1. This seems like a fun challenge. I am wondering if I can round it out with the TBR Pile challenge. You can get details on my blog. Book bloggers need to stick together!

  2. Hmmmm … that is such a good goal. But, I’m such a stick with what I like book reader. I’m going to have to really consider this. Although, if you’re looking for a good biography, I’ve heard Diane Keaton’s new biography is really good.

    • You know, I was surprised when I really went through each genre. With the exception of Graphic Novels/Manga, books on my list of to-reads pretty much fell into every category. And, since I’m like you, and only read what I like to read, I chose the 13+ genres instead of committing to all of them.

  3. Welcome to Mixing It Up! I’m already a pretty wide reader but have a tendency to get lazy and keep picking quicker, easier reads – hopefully this challenge will encourage me to look all the more challenging stuff on my TBR shelves and get stuck in! Sometimes when I try something new I enjoy it more than I thought I would, or find it less hard-going than I expected.

    I’ve never read a graphic novel either, but I’ve heard ‘V for Vendetta’ and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ books are good, so I’m going to hit my library for one of those I think. Lots of graphic novel virgins signed up for this challenge so we’ll all be taking the plunge together I think! Good luck, and happy reading! πŸ™‚

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  5. One down already, woohoo! I was raring to go in December but I didn’t exactly get off to a great start with my 2012 reading – I’ve spent a lot of January flat out on my bed listening to a ton of new music, oops – but hey, plenty of time to catch up, right? πŸ™‚

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  7. We’ve hit our quarter-way point, so I’m just dropping by to say hi and see how things are going! How was the Harry Truman book? It sounds like an interesting one and I’m always looking for new travel books to add to my wishlist! I’m not doing too well with any of my challenges yet – I’ve been working my way through a pile of library books instead – but hey, I’ve got plenty of time to catch up yet… Happy reading until next time! πŸ™‚

    • I really enjoyed the Truman book. I’ve always been interested in his life, since he was from a small town near where I live.

      I have kind of hit a wall in reading right now–I’ve been on the same three books for about three weeks. You’re right, though–there’s plenty of time, and this is a busy time of year.

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