I would like to launch my own Reading Challenge for 2011 and I invite you to the



Unfortunately, it seems that the great Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets is not available for, so I suggest you write:

– the level of the challenge you want to join, with the years and the book you choose for each of these years, as you go along.
– your name and your blog URL, if you have a blog,
or your email address if you want me to communicate with you,
or your FB profile page

where: simply in a comment to this post

– 3 years = Toddler
– 5 years = Kid
– 10 years = Pre-Teen
– 15 years or more = YA

Choose one book per year.

You don’t need to choose your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go along.
You need to read these books between the 1st day of January 2011 and the last day of December 2011.

It’s OK to choose the same title for this Challenge and other challenges.

To find books published in a specific year, google: ‘Books published in… ‘, and you’ll find several links. The one I prefer is the Goodreads’ ones: ‘Most popular books published in…’ The list displays 200 books, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, for each year.

When you have a minute,

please share the title of the books you will read for each category,

and post a review of the book you read when you are done.

Feel free to comment on what others post as well

I finished the Challenge for myself, see the recap here.

If you are not sure what book was published when, just google “books published in…”, and you’ll find all kinds of lists.

Emma @ Words And Peace



  1. Emma @ Words And Peace
    I’ll try myself the Kid level, and here are 5 books I plan to read for this challenge.

    1966: The Crying of Lot 49 – also for the ‘What’s In A Name’ Challenge
    1967: Company for Henry, by P. G. Wodehouse.
    1968: Do Butlers Burgle Banks? by P. G. Wodehouse – I enjoy this author, so that’s a great way to expand my reading of his works
    1969: The Edible Woman – Margaret Atwood’s first novel!
    1970: The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison


    • Be aware that the Bluest Eye is filled with some pretty strong images… I read it in high school and was so embarrassed I hid the book from my parents. My dad ended up reading it and complained to the department chair. I think Toni Morrison has some important things to say, but if you are compelled to guard your mind’s eye — beware.



      • I don’t agree with banning classics either. I have just come to the conclusion that I want to guard my mind’s eye from certain images — I am careful about what movies I watch (or at least what I close my eyes for), and think the same can hold true with books.


        • Yes, I do the same with movies. And I have stopped reading some offensive books, like recently a book by Michel Houellebecq, Prix Goncourt 2010, most famous literature award, too much bad sexual stuff. By the way Toni, have you thought of including reviews of books you read in your own blog?


  2. Please, please, pliiiiiz : la version en français des articles de ce blog, pour les vieilles paresseuses que ça intéresse mais qui, après une dure journée de labeur, renâclent à faire l’effort de lire en anglais !
    (ici, les blogs modeux les plus courus pratiquent systématiquement la double transcription des billets publiés :))


    • pas le courage/temps de traduire, mais je vais essayer de voir si je peux insérer un truc de trad automatique.
      si tu les lis avec google chrrome, tu peux toi-même demander à ce browser de te le montrer automatiquement en français – en plus Google chrome est bien plus rapide que IE ou MFirefox


  3. The Books Published in the First Years of My Life challenge looks like great fun! I had the habit of having my father read the same books to me over, and over, and over, and . . . . . so my contributions won’t be too much of a challenge!


    • Thanks Joyce for following my book blog, honored to have a librarian follow me! I wonder, was your dad reading you books just published?? Have you checked the list of books published the year you were born? You may have some fun surprises.
      By the way, about one of your latest posts on your blog, I have a hard time with my Christmas cactus. I was told to stop watering it in November and store it in a dark place, to have it bloom for Christmas, but it didn’t work. Disappointed, I LOVE Christmas cacti


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  10. I’ve been on your blog on and off all day! I’m fascinated by this challenge and have been looking at the books from my early life. I’ve been surprised by how many I’ve already read and by how ‘old’ or how ‘recent’ some books were. I think I’m going to try to do the challenge within the two and half months remaining but have yet to choose my books.


    • So glad this is of interest to you, this Challenge has not received much reaction. If you are not sure what book was published when, just google “books published in…”, and you’ll find all kinds of lists. tell me what you choose


  11. Since I’ve only got a couple of months in which to do it I shall merely go for ‘Kid’ level – to the age of five.

    My five chosen books are:-

    1949 – The Story of Language by Mario Andrew Pei
    1950 – Fifth Chinese Daughter by Jade Snow Wong
    1951 – An English Murder by Cyril Hare
    1952 – Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
    1953 – Ring for Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

    (I read the last one in my teens and fancy having a bit of light reading to finish of the challenge – probably over Christmas!)


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