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Challenge Sign-Up: The TwentyEleven Challenge

Posted by Caitie F on December 16, 2010

This is being hosted by Bart’s Bookshelf and looks like a lot of fun! i am trying to diversify in 2011, so it looks like a great opportunity! You don’t have to pick books right away, but I am going to lay out some of my plans so I can figure it out!


The requirement will be a total of  20 books from 11 categories, this means there will be a slight changes to the rules though.

Rather than read 2 books in every category, you will need to read a minimum of 1 and a max of 2 in each. (Essentially meaning you can choose one category where you only need to read one book.)

I’ve also decided to mix the categories up a little bit this time around, keeping some of the popular ones and throwing a few new ones in there to keep it fresh.

As always though, the categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits! ;)

The only other things I think you need to know are:

  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011 are eligible.

And the categories for TwentyEleven are:

  1. To YA or not YA…
    Tend to read more Young Adult than Adult Fiction books then read one or two adult fiction titles
  2. …With a Twist.
    This one focuses on sub-genres, read a lot of chick-lit, then try a paranormal romance! This is tough because I read such a wide variety. I have not read much LIterary Fiction in 2010, so that is what I will read for this one!
  3. Hot off the Presses.
    Read a book published in 2011. Across the Universe will be one!
  4. It Wasn’t Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*)
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago). I am always adding things to my TBR list from Amanda from The Zen Leaf, so I will make sure one is from her!
  5. Show it Who is Boss!
    Tackle that overflowing T.B.R. pile! Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/12/10. 
  6. Bablefish.
    Read books that are translated from a language that is not your own.
  7. Will-Power? What Will-Power? (aka: The Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.)
    Bought a book NEW during 2011? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count.
  8. Mind the Gap.
    Need just one more book to compete that duology/trilogy/series then read it for this one!
    Because not everyone reads a series in order, this is for the last book you need to read, not necessarily the last book in the series…I want these to be the Jessica Darling series and the Girl with A Dragon…
  9. Back in the Day.
    Re-read an old favourite or two for this category. Wait, a reread? I’ll try to make these non-Christmas
  10. Way Back When.
    Read books that were published before you were born for this one, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
  11. Slim-Pickings
    Got a novella you want to read? Then this one is the one for you! Any books between 90-150 pages count.

My Books

1. The Song of Susannah by Stephen King
1. Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley
2. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
2. Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven
3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
4. If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous
4. Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
5. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
6. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
7. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
8. Forever Princess by Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries Series)
8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
9. Boys and Girls Together by William Goldman
10. Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
10. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
11. We the Animals by Justin Torres


10 Responses to “Challenge Sign-Up: The TwentyEleven Challenge”

  1. Good luck!

  2. Erin said

    Those are some really interesting categories! I found myself thinking of what I’d read as I went through the list. Good luck with the challenge!

  3. i love the jessica darling series! good luck with this challenge–the guidelines made me a bit dizzy! lol. i have yet to partake in any challenges and i’ve been book blogging for a while. i guess i’m afraid i’ll crumble under the pressure. good luck!

  4. Glad to see Bart’s Bookshelf is hosting this one again – I really enjoyed it in 2010 (although I am in danger of not finishing!)

  5. Amanda said

    Heheh, it’s funny, because in many ways we seem to have very opposite book tastes… ;D

    • Caitie F said

      I think it is because of HOW you write your reviews. EVen if you thought it was okay, you do a great job about pointing out elements of the books that shows whether someone should try it or not. ALso, you read SUCH a wide variety of books that there is a lot fo stuff I feel I should just try

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