My friend Kathy (Catching Happiness) asked me whether I was doing any new reading challenges this year and I realized that I hadn't posted about that yet. I'm doing one reading challenge this year. It's my 4th year to do the War Through the Generations Challenge, and this year the focus is on World War I. The previous 3 years were US Civil War (2011), Vietnam (2010), and World War II (2009 and my first ever reading challenge). Last year I did 5 challenges, but I selected challenges that I knew I could finish easily, which isn't really the point of a challenge, is it? So I decided to do just one reading challenge, but to choose the Wade level (4-10 books) instead of Dip (1-3 books). I've selected my first 3 books: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (which is the book for the 2012 read-along), and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (I don't usually read children's books, but I wanted to read this before seeing the movie).
The only other challenge I've signed up for this year isn't a reading challenge; it's the Sketchbook Challenge. I did this one last year too, and participated in 9 of the 12 monthly themes.