Reading Challenge 2013

2012 has been a pretty hectic year because of the wedding, moving back to US, finding a job and then trying to manage home and office alone (also with hubby’s help). But still getting adjusted to so many new things and phases in life pretty much drained all my strength. So I was pathetic as a blogger, took multiple month breaks and have blogged nothing much other than book reviews this year. I haven’t been regularly commenting on other blogs, even though I have read many of them on reader. I was lazy to click and comment.

And it has been 7 years since I started blogging. Yayy! πŸ™‚

I hope 2013 will be less hectic and I get to read more, blog more and have more free time to enjoy. Though I doubt it, considering all the planning we have done for 2013 already.

Still I hope to read more books this year and hence I am enrolling in some reading challenges for next year. After reading PsychBabbler’s post on her reading challenges, I felt even I should have one. I am hoping that this post will motivate me and make me read more books than I read this year (which was really less compared to last year’s).

1001 books you must read before you die


27 books – done so far, which is too less. I will try to read atleast 10Β 5 books from this list.

Some of the books I want to read as part of the challenge (will update this list as and when I feel like):

  1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd(Hercule Poirot #4)
  2. The Great Gatsby
  3. Rebecca
  4. Kafka on the Shore
  5. Thank You, Jeeves (Jeeves, #5)
  6. Around the World in Eighty Days
  7. Contact
  8. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  9. Great Expectations

New author challenge 2013


There are many famous authors whom I have never read. I want to read and explore these new authors.

This year my aim is to cover as many new authors as I can. Planning to not read more than 1 book from any author.

Level : 15Β new authors

Some of the authors I want to read:

  1. Jules Verne (7 books by him)
  2. George R. R. Martin
  3. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Robert Kanigel
  5. Haruki Murakami
  6. Robin Cook
  7. Stephen King
  8. Ken follett
  9. Mary Higgins Clark
  10. Elie Wiesel
  11. Markus Zusak
  12. Jhumpa Lahiri
  13. Orson Scott Card
  14. Daphne Du Maurier
  15. Mike Brown

Nerdy non-fiction challenge


I read plenty of non-fiction last year. I want to continue the trend and read some quality non-fiction.

Level – Geek:Β 4-6Β books in at least 2-3 different categories

Categories –

  • Science-Nature, Weather, Biology, Geology
  • Travel
  • Autobiography, Biography, Memoir
  • Technology, Engineering, Computers, etc

Some of the books that I want to read:

  1. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  2. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
  3. Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
  4. The Man Who Knew Infinity
  5. Night

2013 Book to movie challenge


This is something that I have been doing from a long time. Read books and then watch movies based on those books.

Level – Movie Devotee – read 6Β books and watch their movies

I want to continue doing that this year. Some books for this challenge:

  1. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  2. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
  3. The Great Gatsby
  4. Ender’s Game
  5. The book thief
  6. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
  7. A Storm of swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
  8. Shutter Island
  9. Contact (already watched the movie. But still want to read and watch again)
  10. Rebecca
  11. Message in a Bottle (already watched the movie)
  12. No Country For Old Men

I will also sign up for Goodreads Challenge. I will start with a signup for 52Β 25 books this time.

I also want to make progress in completing Top 100 Sci-fi books and also the BBC list here.

41 Comments Add yours

  1. I too want to read more (non-fiction), but I don’t think I can get involved in any book reading challenges! My blogs take up most of my time and in the spare time, I read a few books (mostly from sweet blogAdda πŸ™‚ ).

    I feel that there should be more Indian authors attempting various non-mass genres. I wonder why everyone wants to become a Chetan Bhagat, when he himself is not exactly inspirational!

    Anyway, all the best for your reading challenge. Do let us know some good non-fiction books, as you read. Autobiographies and biographies are my favorite… πŸ™‚

    Destination Infinity


    1. I feel bad for not reading Indian authors. But like you said, not many attempt non-mass genres. Yep will post some reviews on this blog as I complete my challenge πŸ™‚


  2. If I get time to read a book, I will defn refer your list. πŸ™‚

    You will get to all those book pretty soon…:)


    1. Thanks Dil πŸ™‚ You must be really busy with the twins.. must be hard to find any free time.


      1. Yes, Completely. I checked out a book twice and retuned it promptly. Hopefully soon.

        You have fun doing all the reading…


      2. Thanks Dil. Will write some reviews as and when I complete a book.


  3. DoingDewey says:

    Thanks for joining the book to movie challenge! It’s the first challenge I’ve hosted and I’m very excited to get started πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks! I am really happy to be a part of this challenge.


  4. renu says:

    I also read a lot but dont enjoy non fictions much..Seen a few movies from the books but i find that books are always better.


    1. Yeah books are always better, except maybe in 1 or 2 cases.. I like some non-fiction genres, but not all.


  5. Cool! Looking forward to finding out about new books from you…


  6. Shilpa Garg says:

    All the very best for your Reading Challenge and thanks for sharing the link for 1001 books… Have bookmarked it and will aim to read some from that list! πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks Shilpa πŸ™‚


  7. scorpria says:

    Gooood list! πŸ™‚

    You should read Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Wind-up Bird Chronicle’. I thought it was stunning πŸ™‚

    look forward to discovering more books through you! Good luck πŸ™‚


    1. Oh yeah I have been wanting to read Haruki Murakami from soo long. He is one author that I really want to explore this year. Thanks Scorpria πŸ™‚ How have you been? I read your post on getting license but did not comment 😦


  8. All the best with all the reading , god only knows when I will get time to do so .. at the moment all free time is being used in sleeping 😦


    1. πŸ™‚ yeah so many books to read and so little time. Same with me 😦


  9. Harini says:

    I am planning on doing something similar. Given that I have 50 odd books on my shelf that I am yet to read I am planning on challenging myself to read 100 books next year. I did complete 75 this year πŸ™‚ . Hey… the image you used for 1001 books before you die is actually the cover for the book A Clockwork Orange. I thought you were challenging yourself to read that book as its definitely on my list for next year πŸ™‚ .


    1. I will start with 50 and if possible increase it to maybe 75. Let me see how hectic 2013 gets..
      Actually I borrowed the image from the blog which is hosting this contest. I have watched the movie A clockwork orange and hated it. So dont think I will be reading the book. Not sure how the book is, but the movie was gross.


      1. Harini says:

        I haven’t seen the movie but heard its gross and that’s what is making me want to read the book more and more πŸ™‚


      2. hehe πŸ™‚ will wait for your review of the book, before deciding to pick it up


  10. gils says:

    somehow i feel reading ebooks have killed my apetite for books 😦 tho i’ve tonnes of books dloaded the passion to read has vaporised..need to find it back..u got quite a tasklist AK πŸ˜€ sounds like a harvard entrant preparing for first sem :D:D njoyyyy


    1. why dont you get books from library Gils? Public libraries in US are really good. Get a membership.
      hehehe.. lol@harvard student.. I thought atleast this way I will get motivated.. πŸ˜€


  11. Yay! I’m glad you are joining the 1001 challenge! It’ll be fun to see all the reviews for these books. And to see the list fill up. πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks Rachel. I am so glad to part of the challenge. Hope to knock off some books this year πŸ™‚


  12. Anutations says:

    I *so* have to get back to my reading habit! Going to use this as a reference point, AK! πŸ™‚
    Glad to see you back on blogs.



    1. Thanks Anu.. glad to hear from you after such a long time. πŸ™‚


  13. I saw one new blog update and came here. I wonder where the post is now?

    Destination Infinity


    1. Actually it was just an auto-generated post from WordPress. I deleted it but before that it got updated in the feeds I think.


  14. DoingDewey says:

    I’ve just added a new inlinkz list to this post which you can use to share your reviews and see what other book to movie challenge participants are reading. I’m looking forward to seeing your reviews πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks. I will start posting reviews of the books then.


  15. Reema says:

    All the best for the challenge!


    1. Thanks Reema πŸ™‚


  16. NS says:

    Hey. Do you got married in 2012 and moved to US thereafter.. Same as me !! Where do you live here??


    1. Yeah same here πŸ™‚ I live in San Jose too!


      1. NS says:

        Amazing! Would love to meet u some time.. Esp since you like Salman Khan too.. Rare to find such people!!


      2. yeah we have so much in common πŸ™‚ Would love to meet you too. We should catch up sometime


  17. Bhakti says:

    You should watch The book thief πŸ™‚
    And OMG!! Look at the number of books you have read!! :O


    1. I read and watched the Book thief movie this year. I loved the movie. πŸ™‚


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