One of my "New Year Resolutions" was to read a lot more seriously this year, to keep a log of what I read, what I thought of it and what books in intend to read at some point. As a homeschooler (I am enrolled in a form of Distance Education) who's just about to start my VCE's over three years.. I'm doing distance education as I suffer from an anxiety disorder and have severe panic attacks. As I dropped out of mainstream schooling I also developed agoraphobic tendencies (due to just shutting down when my panic attacks happened almost twice a day) - which honestly, really screws with your life. I am slowly trying to restart my life. It's hard, and sometimes makes me just want to crawl back into my room and never come out, to just stay safe and in my very small comfort zone. I'm working with Eve (my lovely psychologist) to try and get my anxiety under control.
My original point there, before I went of on a mini rant, was that I'm starting with three VCE subjects to start me off this year. I was looking into picking up another subject and then released that I was going to have a lot on my plate this year. My family is about to start moving out and then rebuilding our house, we plan to get to England and France in september (which is very daunting to a girl who can barely even look at a car - let alone go in a moving one), my reading, getting my self fit again, working on reanimating myself, working with Eve... oh and so much more I got this year!
Reading has helped me a hell of a lot these past few years, and I really want to get a little more serious about it (as I said before). So thats why I'm signing up to these reading challenges.
Oh and I will just say.. English has never been my best subject and probably will never be. I find writing quite difficult, just getting what I want to say down on paper is a task within it's self. So sorry for any grammar or spelling stuff ups.
Sitting in my favourite arm chair, watching Midsomer Murders, I am attempting to choose the books for The Dystopia Challenge hosted by Dutchie over at BA Reading Challenges. I urge you to go have a look and sign up for one of her challenges!
Heres what you need to know about it:
The Dystopia Challenge starts one minute past midnight, 1st of January 2011 and end the 31st of December 2011 (if you find this challenge later you can still join in though as long as you finish before the end date) so make sure you decide on your books, what level of challenge, and let me know before then!
How To Participate
1. Decide which challenge level you'll be doing (further below) - post-apocalyptic is also allowed seeing as they cross over sometimes..
2. Create your own post to let all your readers know you’re taking part in the challenge and at what level (if you're really proficient you can list your books!). Make sure to link back to this page with either one of the buttons or a text link..
3. Use the link form below to enter into the challenge by sharing your challenge post url and your name (either your name, blog name, or both).Please don't use the comment form to participate, only to comment on the challenge or something else..
4, Submit your reviews (if you choose to review them, but that is optional) on the review page.
5. When you’ve completed you’re challenge let us know on the completion post. If you're using a tag or category I recommend sharing the link back to that so everyone can find them
1. Asocial– Choose 5 books to read
2. Contagion – Choose 15 books to read
3. Soldier – Choose 30 books to read
4. Drone – Choose 50 books to read
5. Conditioned – Choose 75 books to read
For extra hard challenges
1. Brainwashed – Choose 76-125 books to read
2. Totalitarian – Choose 126-200 books to read
Dutchie has a list of books you can look at for inspiration if you're having trouble coming up with some.
I am going to be doing the Conditioned level.
This is what my list looks like so far, may be added to or changed.
1. The World Ends in Hickory Hollow by Ardath Mayhar - more of a post-apocalyptic novel, but I ordered it from bookdepository before I signed up for this challenge.
2. The Postman by David Brin - another post-apocalyptic book i'm afraid (and there is sure to be a few more)
by Pete Hautman
10. Unwind by Neal Shusterman - Yet another book on order from Bookdepo
11. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
12. by Margaret Peterson Haddix
13. by Margaret Peterson Haddix
14. by Margaret Peterson Haddix
15. by Margaret Peterson Haddix
16. by Margaret Peterson Haddix
by Koushun Takami
The Knife of Never Letting Go (The first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy) by Patrick Ness - I am REALLY looking forward to reading this series!
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
1984 by George Orwell
25. The Children of Men by PD James
26. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
27. Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks
28. The Running Man by Richard Bachman
33. apocalyptic novel
Veronica Roth - out sometime in May
36. The Giver by Lois Lowry
37. Catherine Fisher
38. (Catherine Fisher
39. Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
40. The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
41. Birthmarked (The first book in the Birthmarked series) by Caragh M. O'Brien
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Across the Universe by Beth Revis