The 2012 “Books I started but didn’t finish” Reading Challenge

The goal:

  • Commit to finish some or all of the books you began to read in 2011 (or before) and never completed.


  • I will not give away prizes or otherwise motivate people to complete their goals for this challenge.
  • Instead, I encourage you to self-motivate.
  • Keep your list central on your blog (or elsewhere) and commit to buy yourself some sort of reward when you finish the task. (A book? A bookmark? Whatever you know will inspire YOU.)

The rules:

  • Post a list of the books you began reading in 2011 (or at some point in your life) and never finished reading. (Maybe even say why you stopped reading!) 
  • You can list as few or as many titles as you intend to complete in 2012. One or twenty or a hundred – it’s YOUR challenge.
  • You can include whatever genres you please in this challenge.
  • It doesn’t matter how you go about finishing these books. You can combine them with any other challenges.
  • You do not need a blog to participate. You can simply list the books you want to finish in the comments below.
  • List the prize you will gift yourself when you complete this challenge in your challenge post (to make it official.)
  • Write yourself a little manifesto about how you intend to approach these left-over books.
  • Commit to finish your list by the end of 2012.
  • You are NOT allowed to stress if it takes longer than 2012 to finish your list! Just commit again in 2013!!
  • Leave a link to your post in the comments below.

I would be happy to manage to read at least 5 of them in 2012, everything more than that is a Bonus.

Here is the List of Books in my Shelves:

Author Title Original Title
1 Allende, Isabelle Das Geisterhaus La casa de los espíritus
4 Beecher-Stowe, Harriet Onkel Toms Hütte Uncle Tom’s Cabin
5 Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
6 Bujor, Flavia Das Orakel von Oonagh The Prophecy of the Stones
8 Cervantes, Miguel de Don Quichote Don Quichote
9 Cobain, Kurt Tagebücher Diaries
10 Danielsson, Bengt Ellerik Rückkehr zur glücklichen Insel Den lyckliga Ön
12 Defoe Robinson Crusoe Robinson Crusoe
21 Hornby, Nick Feaver Pitch Feaver Pitch
31 Kafka, Franz Die Verwandlung Die Verwandlung
32 Kinsella, Sophie Fast geschenkt Shopaholic Abroad
39 Lodge, David Small World Small World
40 Mann, Thomas Doktor Faustus Doktor Faustus
43 Morrison, Toni Sehr blaue Augen The bluest eye
44 Patchett, Mary Mit 800 Rindern unterwegs Ajax and the Drovers
46 Saint-Exupery, Antoine de Der kleine Prinz Le petite Prince
50 Stevenson, Robert Louis Die Schatzinsel The Treasure Island
51 Swift, Jonathan Gulivers Reisen Guliver’s Travels
53 Twain, Mark Tom Sawyer Tom Sawyer

And these are the Books I started but had to return to the Library (and kept track of it on Goodreads)


2 responses to “The 2012 “Books I started but didn’t finish” Reading Challenge

  1. So many good ones on your list!! Jane Eyre — one of my favorites. Good luck and thanks for joining, Daisy!

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