Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 Reading Challenges

Obviously I have no "desire" to read. HAH This is just fun and way to organize my reading a bit and meet more people. Jump in!

History Christy Award Finalists Reading Personal Challenge.


1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

--Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn't count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.
McLinky available at J. Kaye's Book Blog.

For this challenge you should…

** Pick 12 books – one for each month of the year - that you’ve been wanting to read (that have been on your “To Be Read” list) for 6 months or longer, but haven’t gotten around to.
** OPTIONAL: Create a list of 12 “Alternates” (books you could substitute for your challenge books, given that a particular one doesn’t grab you at the time)
** Then, starting January 1, read one of these books from your list each month, ending December 31. )
(for more information, please read the challenge FAQs)
FAQs and McLinky available at Original TBR of MizB's Reading Challenges. 

Create – and read! – a list of books that you’ve always heard others rave about, and thought you should read yourself… but always put off reading “until later”.
* You can choose books that you’ve recently heard of IF a bunch of people are raving about how good they are and how everyone should read them.
* Your list has to have at least 3 books on it. Of course, you can make it much longer than just 3 books. But, you could also just read 3. That’s up to you.
* Yes, your list of books can overlap with other challenges.
* There are no limitations on genre… books can be fiction, nonfiction, religious, secular, etc.
* Audiobooks and E-books are allowed.
* This is a PERPETUAL challenge, meaning it is ongoing ~ there is no time limit.

More information here

February 1, 2010 - January 31, 2011

Definition of a Chunkster:

  • A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) ... A chunkster should be a challenge.
  • If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more ... The average large type book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.
The Rules:

  • No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn't seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.
  • No e-Books allowed - we are reading traditional, fat books for this challenge.
  • Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted.
  • Books may crossover with other challenges
  • Anyone may join. If you don't have a blog, just leave me a comment on this post with your progress (and to let me know you are playing)
  • You don't need to list your books ahead of time.
  • Once you pick a level, that's're committed to that level!
You must pick a level of participation (thanks again to Dana for the humor in these categories!):

  1. The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who has a couple of large tomes on their TBR list, but really doesn't want to commit to much more than that. 3 books is all you need to finish this challenge.
  2. Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 4 Chunksters over the next twelve months.
  3. Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.
More info and Mr. Linky here

  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.
  2. Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels.  Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.
  3. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors.  It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.  For me, I’m trying another 50 new authors.  If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop.  Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky.  We all want to know about your new experience.
  4. After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky.  Make sure you include your name and the author, but adding the title is completely up to you.
  5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome
More information and sign up at Literary Escapism here.

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious– Read 3 novels that are first in a series.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 novels that are first in a series.

-- Addicted – Read 12 novels that are first in a series.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 novels that are first in a series.

3. Any genre counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to the post about the 1st in a Series Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.

Sign up here.

Same details, sign up here.

Same details, sign up here.

Similar, but different number and different host, sign up here.

This challenge is designed to get us all reading a little more medieval literature in 2010.  The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2010, and will be hosted right here at Medieval Bookworm.  Challenge genres include history, medieval literature, and historical fiction.  Medieval, for simplicity of definition, will be from 500-1500, and literature from all over the world is welcome, not just western Europe.  There are 3 levels:
  • Peasant – Read 3 medieval books of any kind.
  • Lord – Read 6 medieval books, at least one of each kind.
  • King – Read 9 medieval books, at least two of each kind.
More details here at the Medieval Bookworm. 

12 total, one a month. Lots a details and sign up here.

1. The All About the Brontes challenge will run from January 1st to June 30, 2010. You can post a review before this date if you wish.
2. You can read a book, watch a movie, listen to an audiobook, anything Bronte related that you would like. Reading, watching, or listening to a favorite Bronte related item again for the second, third, or more time is also allowed.
3. The goal will be to read, watch, listen, to 3 to 6 (or beyond) anything Bronte items.
4. Please sign-up by posting your blog entry on the number of items and what items you would like to do for this challenge below in Mr. Linky (Don't just post your blog's URL). Don't worry, you can do different things than you have listed. I myself am not always good at sticking to lists!
5. Please post your reviews here.
6. Enjoy!
More details here at Laura's Reviews.

Currently, I'm compiling lists of proposed books for the challenges. I'm actually having trouble with a few of them. For one, I need some more for the "Raved About" Challenge, as most of the books I read are new releases and I read them before I hear others talk about them... So any suggestions there?? 

I'm also having trouble with the Medieval Tournament. I never thought that would be, but when it comes down to it I am. A couple years ago, I would have had this one made including Stephen Lawhead and Elsa Watson. Right now I think I have one that I plan to read. *sigh* Help! Need suggestions... Ones that I either own or can find... so no OOP. 

Otherwise, I'm set on new authors practically. TBR is overflowing of course as are the Romance and Historical categories. Are there any other historical challenges out there?? Anyone? Should I start one? *gasp*

*Edited to add*

5 comments and creative thoughts:

Katy said...

Margaret, maybe you should start a Christian Hist-Fic challenge?

There's another Historical Fiction challenge at Royal Reviews too.

I also joined the Art History Challenge--thought it sounded fun.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

I am going to start a CHF challenge and host it at the ning...
Visit Christian Historical Fiction

Katy said...

For the medieval challenge, have you read The Fires of Gleannmara series by Linda Windsor? (I haven't read it, but it sounds interesting!)

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Yes, read and reviewed two years ago. Mixed feelings...

Katy said...

LOL You've probably read anything I can come up with already, so I'm not much help. ;-)

Just signed up for your Christian hist-fic challenge!

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