Happy Sunday, all.  I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about reading challenges.  It’s difficult not to these days – the beginning of 2011 is just around the corner, everyone is announcing the challenges they plan to host and join in the upcoming year, and following A Novel Challenge certainly helps!  I have a problem, though – I suck at challenges.  Every year, I join some and inevitably end up abandoning them.  The abandoning usually takes place sometime between June and September, right about the time when I start to feel really overwhelmed with what I haven’t gotten accomplished the first half of the year, and decide to whittle down my commitments for the second half.  Originally, I was planning on a challenge-free 2011… well, I’ve already nixed that idea.  But how will I keep my challenges in check, you ask?  The answer is, I haven’t quite figured that out yet.

I know for sure I’ll be participating in A Year of Feminist Classics – most of these books are already on my TBR and I’ve been meaning to read them for a LONG time.  Not to mention I love the idea.  I would like to do War Through the Generations this year, as it focuses on the Civil War, a time period I don’t read much about but would like to.  And I just know that more will continue to pop up that I’m intrigued by.

Another challenge I’d really like to give myself this year is to get my TBR under control.  I have three floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, completely full, with at least half of the books unread.  And many of the books I own but haven’t read are books I’ve been DYING to read, some for years.  I’m still pondering this idea, but as of now I’m thinking I’ll commit to 50 or 75 books, already on my shelves pre-2011, to read next year.

So, tell me, what are your feelings on reading challenges?  What challenges do you plan on committing to in 2011?  And if you are a challenge pro (you  know who you are), how do you manage them all successfully?  Are there any challenges you know of that I absolutely MUST join?  Tell, tell!