I avoid book challenges because I don't like to be hemmed in by other people's book choices for me. On the other hand, after reading other book bloggers' lists of "Best of 2011", I'm tempted to add a few titles to my list for the year.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (because my son says it's one of the best books he's ever read.)
Return of the King by Tolkien (because I loved the first two books that I read in 2011)
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (because my sister liked it)
Jeff Shaara's trilogy of World War II novels (because I found one of them for a quarter at the Goodwill and because I love WWII history)
Unbroken by Hilenbrand (because it's about WWII and because almost everybody who read it said it was their book-of-the-year)
Gold by Moonlight by Amy Carmichael (Xmas gift from a dear friend)
Dean's Watch by Elizabeth Goudge (because it's about time I've revisited this favorite author)
Other than that, I plan to "shop" my own bookshelves and the local university library, following my whims, while saving my Kindle books for when we return to Brazil next summer (Lord willing).