Well DarkMuse is reading around the world in 80 books (which is a fab idea, by the way) and Scher is still doing the Pullizer and BBC Big Read and probably the around the world thing (I don't know how she finds the time) and I too am looking for a 2012 reading challenge. My 2011 challenge was to read significantly more books by female writers and I've achieved that, so for 2012 my new challenge is:
wait for it....
don't get too excited...
So, to explain, I'm trying to slow myself down, get myself deeper and deeper and deeper into a story and to do this I think I need to read some much longer books. Books of 600+ pages. So far I have the following on my list of potential candidates:
The Tale of Genji
War & Peace
The Poisonwood Bible
The Women's Room
The Three Musketeers
and something by Dickens, I haven't decided exactly what yet (I was thinking The Old Curiosity Shop). I'd also still like to keep some kind of gender balance in this too, difficult as that might be.
1) would anyone like to join me on the mammoth read challenge, and
2) any suggestions for great mammoth books to read? I'm up for pretty much anything so long as it's long