Hopefully this is my last challenge post for awhile. Since my last post so many great challenges have posted by fellow bloggers that fit in with my “deliberately reading” focus for next year and I’m dying to sign up.
Essay Reading Challenge 2010January 1, 2010 to November 31, 2010
I am so excited that Carrie of Books and Movies decided to hosted this challenge once again. It’s one of my favorite challenges. Participants sign up to read 10, 20, or 30 essays. I love essays and enjoy reading them so I’m signing up for the 30 essays level though I’m hoping to read much more than that. For extra credit, participants can write an essay and link it to the challenge page. The grand prize for participants who read and review at least one essay will be The Best American Essays of 2010 edited by Mary Oliver. Look out for Carrie’s post filled with essay recommendations this Sunday.
The goal of this challenge is for participants to read books written by Black authors and set in Africa, North America, South America, Central America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean Islands, or Europe. There are three levels of participation and I’m committing at the scholar level which is to read at least twelve books. I’m not coming up with a list. I’m going to make it up as I go.
Art History Challenge
hosted by Sarah
All of 2010
Joining this challenge just like almost every challenge I’m joining is part of my goal to read deliberately next year. I don’t think I’ve ever read any books that have to do with art so this challenge is really outside of my comfort zone.
My goal is to participate at the curious level and read at least 3 books about art, non-fiction or fiction.
Chunkster: 450 pages or more of adult literature (non-fiction or fiction)
I always felt a lot of pressure to read smaller books because of blogging. There’s nothing wrong with larger books but I’ve always wanted to post often and smaller books help. Next year, instead of giving into my own induced guilt, I’m reading a few chunksters. So I’m committing to the smallest level: reading three books also known as The Chubby Chunkster.
A few of the chunksters I’m looking forward to reading:
- The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
- Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
- East of Eden – John Steinbeck
- Admissions – Jean Hanff Koreltiz
- The Fellowship of the Rings: Part 1 of Lord of the Rings – Tolkien
Cybils Award Challenge
Hosted by Michelle over at Galleysmith
December 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010
Every year when the Cybils Awards open up for nominations, people of all ages flock to the website to nominate some of their favorite reads of that year. Michelle came up with the great idea to host a reading challenge based on the award’s nominees.
I’ve decided that I’m going to read five nominees from each of the following five categories:
One lucky participant who signs up for the “categorically speaking” level and reads and reviews every book from at least one of the categories will be eligible to win a $100 gift card to Borders Books.
Young Readers Challenge 2010
All of 2010
Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews is once again hosting this challenge. The goal is to read at least twelve children’s books. I love children’s books so this challenge will be no problem.
Nicole has a great radio show called That’s How I Blog! Every Tuesday night she interviews a blogger from around the blogisphere. It’s always fun to listen in to the conversation and chat in the chat room. During the last 20 minutes of the show, Nicole has a twenty minute book club where bloggers can call in and discuss one book chosen by the interviewee.
The purpose of this challenge will be to read the books being discussed for the Twenty Minute Book Club portion of That’s How I Blog! It’s a great opportunity to share a reading list with your fellow readers. In addition to the show there will be a Google Wave for each book we discuss (no cliques here, contact me for wave participation) and twitter discussion with hashtag #20minbc.
I’m participating in the Aluminum level, which is read four books from the 2010 list of books.
So that’s a few more of the challenges I’ve signed up for in 2010. Have you signed up for more challenges too?