Dec 31

I love Goodreads. I really do. But according to that site (said with disdain), I’ve only read 50 books this year. Considering part of my job is reading, that’s a pretty pathetic number. Of course, most of my work reading is excerpts from books, so a lot of my time is spent reading a small part of hundreds of books. There’s really no easy way to count those, so I don’t even try.

I thought about finding a reading challenge to help me boost my numbers, but all of the ones that focused on quantity seemed to be about getting to 100 books. I don’t think doubling my reading output next year is in the cards, so I decided to create my own reading challenge.

How to Participate:

  • Figure out how many books you read in 2010. Estimate if necessary.
  • Add 11 to that number. Read (at least) that many books in 2011. Only books started and finished in 2011 count.
  • Keep us up-to-date on your progress by commenting on this blog post, on our Facebook Page, or at the +11 in ’11 discussion folder on our Goodreads group.
  • Feel free to use the above image on your site, if you’d like!

Simple, huh? As Ann pointed out, 11 additional books works out to one extra book per month, with a month off for good behavior!

Beyond the basic idea of upping your 2010 number by 11, you are free to structure this challenge as you’d like. Maybe you’ll try to read 11 authors you’ve never read before. Or maybe you’ll commit to 11 short story collections, or 11 works of fiction, if you’re mostly a non-fiction reader, or vice-versa. It’s entirely up to you. Me? I think I’m just going to try to get to that magic number of 61.

  • Anonymous

    I estimated about 8 books in 2010 which would put me up to 19 in 2011. I’m starting with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. This sounds like it will be a lot of fun. Thanks for the idea.

    ~ Cheryl

  • I have signed on to Dorte’s Global Reading Challenge. Although I have never done a reading challenge before, I signed up for the expert level which is 21 books over the course of the year.

    My blog is http://www.murderbytype.wordpress.com. I review mysteries/thrillers/police procedurals/ espionage and other books that fall somewhere in there. I have had guest bloggers and I have posted opinions and news stories I have found along the way.

    On average I read 15 books a month for the blog. Increasing it by one for eleven months seems a reasonable goal. To fulfill the requirements of the Global Challenge, the authors, countries and/or cities will be new to me.

    Beth

  • I have signed on to Dorte’s Global Reading Challenge. Although I have never done a reading challenge before, I signed up for the expert level which is 21 books over the course of the year.

    My blog is http://www.murderbytype.wordpress.com. I review mysteries/thrillers/police procedurals/ espionage and other books that fall somewhere in there. I have had guest bloggers and I have posted opinions and news stories I have found along the way.

    On average I read 15 books a month for the blog. Increasing it by one for eleven months seems a reasonable goal. To fulfill the requirements of the Global Challenge, the authors, countries and/or cities will be new to me.

    Beth

  • I am signing on to your reading challenge as well, adding 11 books to the ones I will be reading for the Global Challenge.

    The post on Murder By Type on January 3rd suggests to those who read the blog, consider signing up for the Books On The Night Stand Challenge.

    Beth

  • I am signing on to your reading challenge as well, adding 11 books to the ones I will be reading for the Global Challenge.

    The post on Murder By Type on January 3rd suggests to those who read the blog, consider signing up for the Books On The Night Stand Challenge.

    Beth

  • I like this challenge. I read 33 books in 2011, which for me isn’t that bad, but I am dwarfed by all of the other book bloggers I follow. I will try to make it to 44 in 2011.

  • Baclancy

    This should be fun! I’ll need to read 42 books, and haven’t yet decided if I’ll try to group things somehow or not. Thanks for getting this going!

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  • I’m in – we shall see if it works out for me. Adding 11 to my 2010 total would give me a goal of 88 books to complete by December 31. See you at the end of the year… 🙂

  • Melissa

    Count me in. I am jealous of the amount of time some of you guys get to read! I guess I am just slow. My number for 2011 is 31. Thanks for posting the challenge, Michael!

  • Melissa

    Count me in. I am jealous of the amount of time some of you guys get to read! I guess I am just slow. My number for 2011 is 31. Thanks for posting the challenge, Michael!

  • Melissa

    Count me in. I am jealous of the amount of time some of you guys get to read! I guess I am just slow. My number for 2011 is 31. Thanks for posting the challenge, Michael!

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  • I’m in for this one. I finally got around to posting it on my book blog, but I’m ready to give this a shot. I’m at 1 book a week to meet my goal and I’m already on my 3rd book.

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  • I’m in.. since I’m already committing myself to 100+ books and last year I read “only” 76.. 87 must be doable if I reach my 100 this year 😀

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