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.
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?