There is a
list of books, 266 books to be precise, recommended by bloggers. The goal is to
read some books from the list. You can chose between five different levels. Level
I means reading 5 books from the 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation List while level
V means reading more than 20 books from the 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation
List. The recommendations are wonderful diverse and fabulous reads can be found
the rules given by Jennifer.
Challenge will run January
1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Participants can join anytime
throughout the challenge.
Create an intro post, linking
back to this post.
Sign up with the McLinky below.
Please link to your challenge intro post, not your blog home page.
Chose your own books from the
list. You can decide to read books only on the Top 25 list or from the
entire recommendation list. You do not have to make a list of books before
the challenge begins.
All forms of books acceptable
(audiobooks, eBooks, etc.)
Rereads do not count towards
the completion of the challenge. The challenge is about discovering books
that are new to you.
You don't need a blog to
Reviews, while always appreciated,
are not mandatory.
definitely join this challenge because it gets me to read books I would not
read without it. I would really love to read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. At least with Jane Eyre I am sure that I
should read it as an English student. Fortunately one of the rules states that
I do not have to make a list of books I will read prior to entering the
challenge. So I can change my book choices throughout the year.
enter this challenge at Level II, which means I have to read at least 10
books from this list next year. Hopefully I will be able to read more that 10
but I would love to succeed in this challenge so I chose this low level to
This year I
posted a “Books I read in 2011” list and I will do the same in 2012. When I
finish a book that is on the 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation List I will clearly
mark it for you to see.
I am so
looking forward to this challenge and to the books I will discover through it
this meme at a German blog called BuchSaiten and I really liked it. It wraps up
the year in books. So I took it with me, translated it to English and answered
it for you which was so much fun. I thought about all the books I read this
year and I discovered that I read so many good books in 2011 and that I
associate many good memories with these novels now, like my trip to Australia,
a wonderful time in London in August, many weekends spent in bed because the
book was to good to put it away, etc.
So here are
book that you read this year surprised you even though you haven’t found it
promising in the beginning?
Jasper Fforde’s “The Eyre Affair” two years ago in German and I stopped reading
it after about a chapter and a half. It just didn’t fit my mood and I found it
really weird. This year I found this novel in Australia and it had a gorgeous
cover. I needed to have it even though I had it at home on a German version. I
started reading it again after the holidays and I loved it. This time I was
ready for Fforde’s crazy style of writing and this strange world Thursday Next
was living in. I really loved it and bought the follow up novel but I haven’t
read it until now because I need to be in the right mood for this books and I
also think that I will only be capable of reading one crazy novel per year.
that I loved as well was Gail Carriger’s “The Parasol Protectorate” series
featuring Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless (which will
be released in March 2012). These novels tell the story of Alexia Tarabotti, a
26 year old spinster, living in Victorian England and unfortunately she has no
soul which means she is unaffected by the supernatural (werewolves and
vampires) and can turn them into humans by her touch, which proves really
helpful sometimes. This series is a wonderful paranormal read and really worth
book that you read this year disappointed you even though you found it
promising in the beginning?
really disappointed by Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Travellers Wife. I never
saw the film and I read this book this year. Everyone was so in love with this
book and there was a small hype going on but I was really disappointed by this
novel. I had high hopes and I love time traveller stories but not this one. I
thought that Henry, even though he can’t control his time jumps, left before
every decision or important event in Claire’s life. I also found it unfair to
tell a small girl that one day she will be married to you. He totally prevented
her from gathering her own experiences because she always waited for him. Even
in the end she waited for him. He died when Claire was around 30 and reappeared
when she was 80 and I don’t think that she remarried or lived with a man after
Henry’s death. I thought that he betrayed her from living her life.
author did you discover this year that you liked a lot?
love to say that I discovered Ali McNamara this year but unfortunately I
discovered her in 2010 and loved her books.
In 2011 I
discovered my love to English YA-novels and so I have to say I discovered
Stepahnie Perkins, Maureen Johnson and Claire LaZebnik. I will definitely
follow them through their novels in 2012 too.
was your favourite book cover and why?
question about my favourite book cover is hard to answer. I love my books and
mostly because of the stories that are told. Okay, I have to admit that I
sometimes buy books because of their covers.
A cover that really got me and I
still don’t know why was Eleanor Brown’s cover for her novel “The Weird Sisters”.
loved the cover of David Nicholls “One Day” because I loved the idea of having
an orange and white cover and when you look more closely you can see that the
orange forms the heads of Emma and Dexter.
book do you need to read in 2012 and why?
I need to
read Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” series and I will
definitely finish Kerstin Gier’s Gemstone trilogy in 2012. I just love
Kerstin’s novels; not just her YA-novels but her adult books as well. She is a