I like Reading Challenges but I’m cutting back on them a bit.  In 2011 I’ll be doing:

The Complete Booker (an ongoing challenge with no time limit, I’m aiming to complete 2 or 3 in 2011, and I’ve chosen:

Read the Nobels (another ongoing challenge with no time limit) choosing from

  • 1946 Herman Hesse
  • 1973 Patrick White:
  • 1991 Nadine Gordimer
  • 2003 J. M. Coetzee
  • 2008 M. G. Le Clézio

Then there’s another ongoing one, the  1% Well-read Challenge, reading from the always updating 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.  However, the 2010-11 incarnation of the challenge required 13 books from the expanded list (which combined all the books from all the editions) and I’m  not going to do that, I’m sticking with 1% of 1001 books.

As you would expect from a compulsive List Lover, I’m also on Lists of Bests.

To see challenges I’ve already finished in 2010 and those from previous years, click here.


  1. You’ve got my group’s blog on your blog roll! It’s not very active. I’m trying to bludgeon all those enthusiasts who wanted a blog into actually writing on it! Cheers

  2. Some people are surprisingly bashful, eh? Members of this ANZLL group write brilliant, thoughtful, insightful posts about our list in the privacy of our group, but only one has been brave enough to blog here. I’ll be keeping an eye on yours to see how your powers of persuasion work out, and may get some tips from you if you succeed LOL.

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  4. Wow, you’re amazingly ordered in your planning Lisa. Not to mention optimistic! I’m interested in the 1% challenge, but wouldn’t get to it this year. I just started my own yahoo group to read 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up (the kids version of the 1001 book). My priorities this year obviously will be the kids books, and trying to be better with the Australian reading group. Should I say that I’m going to try and read them all? Nah, even I don’t believe that. Plus I’ve still got so many I want to read from last year. Who says reading is a relaxing past time? And then there’s those Swedish thrillers…..

  5. Ditto Louise. I don’t think I can manage taking part in any challenges. I could possibly “make” my reading pattern fit a couple – would be intrigued to do the What’s in a name challenge – but, in the end, I don’t think I can cope with trying to keep track of any more things!! I bow down to your superior organisational skills Lisa!

  6. I love your all Australian list. What a great idea. Welcome to the challenge and I have your links all sorted out now.

    • Thanks, Beth – what a lot of work it must be for you to host the challenge!

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  8. Great site! So many books, so little time. I’ve recently embarked on the challenge of reading my way through the list of 290 favourite Australian novels that we nominated in a poll on ABR toward the end of last year. When that’s done, I know where to come for more inspiration! Thanks

    • Wow, Jenny, that’s a serious challenge! At, say, 75 books a year, that could take you nearly 4 years, but you will have a wealth of wonderful books to enjoy! I’ll be watching your blog with interest to see how you get on:)

  9. Thanks for participating in the 2012 European Reading Challenge! I look forward to see what books you pick!

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