Tea & Books Reading Challenge 2012

As 2011 is winding down, I’m starting to set in stone some reading challenges for the upcoming year.  I started this blog last May, so was a bit late to join in some of the year-long reading challenges that are out there.  In the upcoming year, I’d like to participate in a few in order to connect with other bloggers and talk about some amazing books!  I’m going to be keeping track of what I’ve read for each reading challenge here.

I heard about this challenge from Risa at Breadcrumb Reads.  It is hosted by The Book Garden.

The name of the challenge is derived from a C. S. Lewis quote — “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

This sounds like something I would say!  I started drinking tea when I was around eight or nine years old.  When I visited my grandmother, she would make us peppermint tea, and as I’ve grown older I still can’t drink peppermint tea without thinking about her.  When I’m not at work, I am rarely seen without a cup of tea.  Even as I write this, I am sipping a cup of Assam blended with berries.

The Tea & Books Reading Challenge is to read books that are over 700 pages long.  There are various levels of participation.  I decided to go for the “Earl Grey Aficionado” level, which involves reading 6 books.  Books can be double counted for other challenges, but re-reads and audiobooks don’t count.

Thus far, I’ve got a couple ideas of what I’d like to read for the challenge:

  • The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky- 701 pages- I’ve been meaning to read this for several years now.  I’ve gotten about a hundred pages through a couple times, but never got around to finishing it.  This is sad, considering that Dostoevsky is one of my idols.
  • Prophecy, by Elizabeth Haydon- 717 pages- This book is part of the Symphony of the Ages trilogy, and is the sequel to Rhapsody.
  • Destiny, by Elizabeth Haydon- 846 pages- The sequel to Prophecy.
  • A Storm of Swords, by George R. R. Martin- 1168 pages (if you count the appendices, which I only sometimes read)- I read Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings earlier this fall, and enjoyed both of them.  Friends have told me that the third book is the best in the series, so of course I have to read it!

These are only four of the books that I immediately thought of when starting the challenge.  They’ve all been sitting on my TBR pile for quite some time, so I’d like to finally read them.

What about you?  What’s your favorite kind of tea?  What are you planning on reading over the next year?

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19 comments

  1. Oh, I love this challenge! I have my own reading challenge of simply reading 100 books in a year (I’ve yet to do it, but it’s always fun to try), so this could be a fun little mini-challenge to imbed into it.

    Because I love tea. And I love books. And I’m obsessed with challenges.

    My favorite tea is a jasmine/white pearl blend, which could be counterproductive since it’s relaxing and makes me want to sleep! But I do love Sencha and I love to really push, so at least 8 books 700 pages or more next year?

    I’m in! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m excited to be able to do more challenges this year, as the only ones I’ve done thus far have been challenges that have lasted a month or two. When I saw this one I couldn’t resist, especially since I love tea so much too!

  2. Oooh… The Brothers Karamazov… maybe I will read that too for this challenge. Who knows.

    I’ve just finished a lovely cup of Yorkshire Tea. I love reading a book and drinking a cuppa tea – it’s the best thing. I like common old tea personally – you know the murky brown stuff.

    Good luck with the challenge it’ll be so good to finally get those old tomes off my shelf.

  3. Eeep! Now, there’s a challenge. I’m a really slow reader. Six books of enormity would probably do me in for the year. A Storm of Swords is currently glaring at me from my bookshelves and I wonder if I’ll get to it before 2013. 😉

    1. I read the first two books of the series, and then I started reading other books. It’s not that I’m not interested in the next one so much as the fact that books like that take a bit of time to read, lol.

  4. Thanks for the tip about this challenge. I am also trying to decide which challenges to attempt in 2012. Since I will be reading a lot of Dickens next year I may be able to join this challenge. Most of his books are huge.

    1. Oooh, nice. Which books? I will say that although I haven’t touched Dickens since high school, Miss Havisham is still hands down one of the creepiest characters I’ve run across in literature.

      1. Miss Havisham is not only creepy but mean. I have to look at the page counts and decide which will qualify. I am hoping to read of 10 of his works on my list this year.

          1. I’m embarrassed but I haven’t read it yet. Isn’t that horrible? But that will be corrected in 2012. I signed up for this challenge–I won’t be counting A Christmas Carol of course. Good luck with your list!

  5. Nice list! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get down to reading Dostoevsky some day. However, I’m not aiming to read anything by him this year. And I’m not sure I’ll ever read George R R Martin…but your choices all sound good. All the best with them! 🙂