Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Buck A Book Challenge

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Welcome to DelGal's “A-Buck-A-Book” Challenge.

Here's a great way to reward yourself for reading persistence and save money at the same time. Read as many books as you'd like, there is no minimum, and there is no maximum. BUT, here's the "catch", you MUST physically take a dollar and save it somewhere safe where it won't be spent, every time you complete a book. At the end of the year, your total money saved will be the total amount of books read, ideally the more book read, the more money saved.

Now, once Dec 31 comes, you're must spend this saved money on something fun just for yourself (no paying bills, no buying gifts for someone else!), to begin the next year... Maybe more books for the new year? A nice dinner out to celebrate reading? The possibilities are endless! Finally, once this challenge completes on Dec 31st, please let your blog fans, and fellow challenge participants, know what you decided to spend your money on by posting whatever it may be. If it's $5 or if it's $100, we want to know what you rewarded yourself with for a year of hard yet enjoyable fun reading!

In short - put aside a dollar for each book you read. Post in the comment section your progress if you don't have a blog, or a link to your blog. At the end of the year update us as to what you did with your saved money. That's it!

Books Read:  6
Dollars saved:  $6.00

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cat Book Challenge

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This challenge is being hosted by Beth's Book Review Blog.

Of course, I had to do this one...I love, love, love cats!

Guidelines:

Jan 1 to Dec 31


Here are the guidelines:

-You can join anytime, but don't start reading your books before January 1, 2010.

-This challenge is for 2010 only. The last day to have all your books read is December 31, 2010.

-When you sign up with Mr. Linky below, use the direct link to the post where your challenge book list will be listed, not your blog homepage. If you don't have a blog, just leave the URL blank.

-The goal is to read 1 cat book per month for a total of 12 for the year. This can be any book with "cat" in the title or about cats.

-These can be audiobooks, children's books, non fiction, mysteries, whatever, as long as it's cat related.

Question: What if the cat is on the cover? No. Or if the cat is a character? Yes.

My list (so far):

1. The Cat's Whiskers--Beryl Reid
2. No One Noticed the Cat--Anne McCaffrey
3. Dewey
4. The Cat who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats--Dr. Nicholas Dodman
5. The Poetry of Cats
6. Cat Angels (poems)
7. What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life: Meditations for Cat Lovers--Niki Anderson
8. The Tiger on Your Couch: What the Big Cats Can Teach You about Living in harmony with your house cat--Bill Fleming and Judy Peterson-Fleming
9. Zodicat Speaks: Discover your cat's Astrological Signature--Doctor Zodicat
10. The Necessary Cat--Nicola Bayley
11. The International Cats of Mystery! --Chris Dolley
12.



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Clover, Bee, and Reverie: A Poetry Challenge

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Jason is hosting the Clover, Bee, and Reverie: A Poetry Challenge.

The purpose of this challenge is to encourage more people to read and enjoy books of poetry. This years challenge will go through 12/31/2010.

There are four levels of participation:

Couplet: Read 2 books of poetry
Limerick: Read 5 books of poetry, and finish at least one badge
Octave: Read 8 books of poetry, and finish at least two badges
Sonnet: Read 14 books of poetry, and finish two badges, and one expert badge

What is a badge? A badge just means you need to read two books of poetry that are connected in some way: same time period, some subject matter, same form, same author, etc. An expert badge means four books, same constraints. Some possible badges:

Light Verse or Humorous Verse
Folk Poetry/Folk Songs
Epic Poetry / Long Poetry
Translated Poetry
Beat Poetry
Modernists
Ancient Greece and Rome
Asian Poetry
Romantics
Victorian Poetry
19th Century American
Age of Reason
Parody
Contemporary Poetry
Elizabethan/Tudor
Metaphysical
Baroque
Narrative poetry
Elegy
Prose poetry
Post-modern
Drama
Lyric
Confessional
Political Poetry
Minority Poetry
Mystical

If you have another interest not listed here, let us know, we'll add it to the list.

Finally - the Free Verse Option. We know that some people want to read lots of poems from lots of different authors. Because of this, we've set up an equivalency: 20 individual poems = one book of poetry. So, if you WANTED to, for instance, for the couplet level, you could just read 40 individual poems, instead of two books of poems.

At this point, I'm going to start out at the Couplet level as I do not read much poetry.  If I make some discoveries, I may increase my participation.

1.  The Poetry of Cats--COMPLETED
2.  ???

French Historicals Challenge--Oh-La-La!


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This challenge is being hosted by Enchanted by Josephine.

The reading Challenge will run from January 1st to December 15th 2010.

***All you have to do is read any Historical Fiction or Non-fiction books based on French history or French historical figures. Books can also overlap with other Challenges.

Reading Levels:

La Princesse: Read 3 books
La Dauphine: Read 6 books
La Reine: Read 9 books
L’Imp√©ratrice: More than 9 books

I'm going to start out low with the La Princesse level:

1. The Burning Times:  A Novel of Medieval France--Jeanne Kalogridis
2. The Lady and the Unicorn--Tracy Chevalier
3. The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josphine B.--Sandra Gulland

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Take Another Chance Challenge

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UPDATE

This challenge is being hosted by Find Your Next Book Here.

Basic Information

•The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010.

•Here are the participation levels. Feel free to do whatever level you want. You can also switch up or down midway through the challenge.

A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges described below.
A Moderate Gamble: Complete any 6 of the 12 challenges described below.
Gambling It All: Complete all 12 of the challenges described below.

•Each challenge you complete and link up in the correct Mr. Linky spots (which will be posted on January 1, 2010) will earn you entries into a prize drawing at the end of the challenge. Some of the challenges are harder and will earn you more entries. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will earn 5 extra entries into the drawing.

•The prize is a book of the winner's choice from Amazon (worth $25 or less).

•Crossover books from other challenges is fine.


I'm going to go ahead and join the Gambling It All level! (I will list what I'm reading under each level, as I go, more than likely)
Update: A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges described below--changing levels.
So here are the 12 challenges for you to pick from. The "easier" challenges are listed first, followed by the harder challenges that are worth more entries into the prize drawing.

The 12 Challenges

Challenge 1: Read Your Doppelganger (worth 1 entry)
Find an author who has either the same initials, the same first name, the same last name, or the exact same name as you. Read a book by this author and write a post about it. (If you try to keep your identity anonymous on your blog, you don't have to reveal what part of the author's name is the same as your name.)

Example: If your name is Susan Kasischke, you might read a book by Stephen King (same initials), Susan Donovan (same first name), Laura Kasischke (same last name) or Susan Kasischke (same exact name).

My initials are MM so...
Cleopatra's Daughter--Michelle Moran


Challenge 2: Blogroll Roulette (worth 1 entry)
Find a blogroll at either your book blog or a book blog you like that has at least 15 book blogs on it. Go to Random.org and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1 for the min. and 15 for the max. and then hit generate. Then find the blog that is that number on the blogroll you selected. (For example, if you get 10 at Random.org, then count down the list of blogs until you get to the tenth one). Go to that blog and pick a book to read from the books that they have reviewed on their blog. Read it and write a post about it. Be sure to link to the blog post you picked the book from!

Challenge 3: 100 Best Book (worth 1 entry)
Choose one of the lists below and go to the link provided. Choose a book to read from the list that you haven't read before. Read the book and write about it.

•Radcliffe's Rival 100 Best Novels List
•Top 100 Sci-Fi Books
•100 Best Romance Novels of the 20th Century
•100 Best Mystery Novels
•100 Best Non-Fiction Books (pick from either Board List or Reader List)•2009 Best Books for Young Adults

I'm going to read one from the 100 Best Romance Novels of the 20th century...either Pride and Prejudice or Outlander

Challenge 4: Prize Winner Book (worth 1 entry)
Pick one of the major literary awards from the list below. Click on the link for the award you picked. You will find a brief description of the award and links to past winners. Pick one of the past winners, read the book and write about it.

•Booker Prize
•Caldecott Medal
•National Book Award
•National Book Critics Circle Award
•Newbery Medal
•Nobel Prize for Literature
•PEN/Faulkner Award
•Pulitzer Prize
•Commonwealth Writers' Prize

Challenge 5: Title Word Count (worth 1 entry)
Go to Random.org and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the numbers 1 for the min. and 5 for the max. and then hit generate. Find a book to read that has that number of words in the title. Read the book and write about it.

Example: If you get 1 for your number, read a book that has a one word title. If you get 2, read a book that has a two word title and so on and so forth.

Random.org chose 3 so:
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (completed)

Challenge 6: Genre Switch-Up (worth 1 entry)
Go to this list of book genres and pick a genre that you have NEVER read before. Find a book from that genre, read it, and write about it. Note: If you seriously cannot find a genre that you have never read, then pick the genre that is as far away from what you normally read.

Challenge 7: Break A Prejudice (worth 1 entry)
We all have reading prejudices--authors we don't like, genres we don't like, or even publishers we don't like. For this challenge, think of a reading prejudice you have and then find a book that is an example of this type of book. Read the book and then write about the reading prejudice you had BEFORE you read the book and how reading the book either changed your prejudice or reinforced it.

Examples: I always say I can't stand James Patterson; therefore, I might read a James Patterson book for this challenge. Or, if you sneer at "chick lit" books, you might read a "chick lit" book. Or, if you think books published by Harlequin are pure drivel, you might read a book published by Harlequin. If you turn up your nose at the Twilight books, then you might read one of the Twilight books.

Challenge 8: Real and Inspired (worth 2 entries)
Many authors or books inspire others to pay homage to them by writing another book inspired by the original work. For this challenge, read both an original work and a book inspired by that original work. Write about both books in one post. Note: This might require some research on your part and requires reading two books so it worth 2 entries.

Examples: Christopher Moore's Fool is based on Shakespeare's play King Lear so I plan on reading both King Lear and Fool. Another example is Jane Austen, who inspired the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. For this challenge, you might read both Pride and Prejudice and the zombie version. (There are tons of other Austen-inspired books out there too.) Another idea would be a graphic novel version of a "standard" novel. The only real requirement is that the "inspired by" book must clearly state what original work inspired it.

Challenge 9: Same Word, Different Book (worth 2 entries)
Find two books that have the same word in the title. Read both books and write about them. (Worth 2 entries because you have to read two books).

Example: If you pick the word "Love," you could read any two books that both have Love in the title. To help you find books that have the same word, you could go to Amazon.com, type a word into the Search box and see what books come up with that word.

Challenge 10: Become A Character (worth 2 entries)
For this challenge, you can read any book you want. However, you have to write about the book as one of the characters from the book. The character can comment on his/her treatment by the author, other characters, the "untold story," what happened next, and so forth. You could even have two characters interviewing each other! Your imagination is the only limit. Because of the difficulty level of this challenge, it is worth two entries.

Challenge 11: All in the Family (worth 2 entries)
The writing gene often runs in the family. For this challenge, you need to find two authors from the same family (either by blood or by marriage) and read a book by each of the authors and then write about both books. Because of the research involved and having to read two books, this challenge is worth two entries.

Examples: The Bronte sisters; Stephen King and his wife Tabitha OR his son Joe Hill; Jonathan Kellerman (husband) and Faye Kellerman (wife); Michael Chabon (husband) and Ayelet Waldman (wife); Joan Didion (wife) and John Gregory Dunne (husband); Mary Higgins Clark (mother) and Carol Higgins Clark (daughter)

Challenge 12: Author Anthology Pick (worth 2 entries)
Find an anthology of your choice. Read at least 5 entries in the anthology. Of the 5 entries you've read, pick your favorite one and then find a book by that writer and read it. (If your first choice doesn't have a book, then pick your next favorite until you find a writer that has a book.) Write about the anthology, your favorite pick from the anthology, and the book you read by your favorite pick. Because of having to obtain and read two books, this challenge is worth two entries. Thanks to J.T. Oldfield at Bibliofreak who partially inspired this challenge.

Example: If you choose a poetry anthology, you would at least 5 different poems, pick your favorite, and then seek out a book of poetry by that poet. If you read a short story anthology, you would read at least 5 different short stories, pick your favorite, and then seek out either a novel or another book of short stories by that writer.

18th and 19th Century Women Writers Reading Challenge

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This challenge is being hosted by Becky's Book Reviews.

UPDATE

Minimum 2 books;
All of 2010

Read books written by women authors that were written and/or published between 1700 and 1900. Contemporary historical books set in this time period do not count towards this challenge! The challenge is to encourage you to read some classics.


Overlaps with other challenges allowed.



I'm going to aim for three books--all by Jane Austen:

Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park


World Religion Challenge

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This challenge is being hosted by Bibliofreak (dedicated blog World Religion Challenge).

The Challenge will run from Jan 1st 2010 to Dec 31st 2010. There are four categories to the Challenge:

I decided to lift a note from Taoism by calling these Paths (Tao means "way" or "path") to Reading Challenge Enlightenment:

1. The Bare Bones Path (Also Know As: The *Technically* There's Only Three Path): Read something about what are *technically* the only world religions, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. (These are considered, by some scholars, to be the only World Religions because while Judaism and Hinduism have the numbers, they don't proselytize or really invite other people to join, making it more of an ethnicity).

2. The Penthouse Path (Also Known As: The Five Biggies Path): Read something about the five major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

3. The Universalist Path (Also Known As: The Above and Beyond Path): Read something by all five of the major world religions PLUS more books about any or all of the following: Shintoism, Animism, Taoism, Confucianism, Wicca, Mythology, Atheism, Occult, Tribal Religions, Voodoo, Unitarianism, Baha'i, Cults, Scientology, Mysticism, Rastafarianism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zorastrianism, Agnosticism, Gnosticism, Satanism, Manichaeism, Deism, Comparative Religion, Religious Philosophy, Jungiansim, Symbolism, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc., etc. etc. (you may also read about another aspect of one of the 5 Biggies)

4. The Unshepherded Path (Also Known As: The Don't Tell Me What to Do Path): Read as many books as you would like about whatever religions you want.

What to read?

Nonfiction
fiction
religious texts
poetry

and if your eyeballs are ready to fall out of your skull:

watch a movie
see a play
listen to some music
attend a service
celebrate a holiday
perform a ritual
open the door when Jehovah's Witnesses come to call


I have chosen The Unshepherded Path because, God knows, I do not like to be told what to do...ha ha!

Here's my list:

FICTION:

People of the Book--Geraldine Brooks
The Sparrow--Mary Doria Russell
The Last Temptation of Christ--Nikos Kazantzakis
The Bell--Iris Murdoch

NON-FICTION:

Mere Christianity--C.S. Lewis
Walking the Bible--Bruce Feiler

Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge

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This challenge is being hosted by Ready When You Are, C.B.

The Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge is based on a simple idea--read a book, see a movie based on the book, include both in your review. Whether yours is a book blog or a movie blog, this could be a way to add some spice to your posts, expand your outlook, have some fun. Mostly, have some fun.

You don't have to write full reviews both the movie and the book. You can write a review of one then add a brief paragraph or just a sentence or two about the other at the end.

Here's how to join:

1. Select a challenge level:

Matinee: one book/movie
Double Feature: two books/movies
Saturday Movie Marathon: four books/movies
Film Festival: eight books/movies
Festival Jury Member: ten books/movies

I'm going to start off with the Saturday Movie Marathon level: four books/movies

1. The Lovely Bones
2. Shutter Island
3. Eclipse
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

This list could change...I reserve the right! LOL!


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Flashback Challenge



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This challenge is being hosted by Aarti at BOOKLUST. (click Aarti's blog title for sign up)

A truly great book should be read in youth,
again in maturity and once more in old age,
as a fine building should be seen by morning light,
at noon and by moonlight.

~ Robertson Davies ~

The Flashback Challenge will run from January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010. If you're super-excited and want to reread a book before that, feel free, and let me know. If many people do so, then I'll do a December challenge linky post and you can all link to it here. Otherwise, we can hold them over to January.

You can sign up for the following levels:

Bookworm - Up to three books
Scholar - Four to six books
Literati - Over six books

Within these levels, we have mini-challenges! These are:

1. Re-read a favorite book from your childhood
2. Re-read a book assigned to you in high school
3. Re-read a book you loved as an adult

Thus, if you sign up for the Bookworm level, you could ostensibly choose to read one book from each mini-challenge. Or you could choose to do none of the above (though, granted, not sure what you could have possibly read that does not fit into either childhood, high school or adulthood).

Also, would just like to make clear that this isn't specifically limited to books you loved reading previously and want to reread. It could also be a book you don't remember enjoying. Or just don't remember reading. It might be interesting to see how your perceptions may have changed
I'm going to start with the Bookworm level, but may add more.  These are re-reads from my childhood.

1.  A Wrinkle in Time--Madeline L'Engle
2.  Anne of Green Gables--Lucy Maud Montgomery
3.  The Hobbit--J.R.R. Tolkien

Once Upon A Time: 2010 Reading Challenge

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UPDATE: I am taking a fail on this challenge as I have not read one book for it yet and there is no way I can read 5 by December 31st. *hangs head in shame*

This challenge is being hosted by Crazy Book Slut. (click host title to sign up)

This challenge is quite simple..... read the fairy tales you grew up reading but from another view than Disney's version. There are so many great fairy tale books out there, that might take the same story we know but with an added twist.

These books can be Young Adult, Romance, Erotic, e-books, audio books.... your only limited by your own imagination.

I am going to make this an easy challenge to finish, and say the goal is to read at least 5 books, again if you want to go big or go home... read more!

The time frame for this challenge will be January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. Plenty of time. Please do not start this challenge before the time, and don't use books you have already read.

Need some idea's for books?

* Once upon a Time Series
* Sleeping Beauty Novel's
(Adult books, must be 18)
* Tons on Alice in Wonderland
* Gregory Maguire is a good author to use

Here is my list:

1.  Wicked--Gregory Maguire
2.  Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister--Gregory Maguire
3.  Beauty--Robin McKinley
4.  Spindle's End--Robin McKinley
5.  Ella Enchanted--Gail Carson Levine


The Outlander Reading Challenge

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The Outlander Reading Challenge (sign up at the dedicated blog by clicking this title)
The challenge begins on November the 17th and will end November 17th 2010 end date extended to January 31, 2011.

The Rules:

1. Anytime between Nov. 17th, 2009, and Nov. 17th, 2010, read the entire Outlander series. ((You do not have to start on Nov. 17th you can start the challenge anytime in the course of the challenge you like there is not any right or wrong way to do it.)) Read Outlander through the latest book An Echo in the Bone. (Any format is acceptable - be it paperback, hardback, ebook format, or audio *the unabridged audio is best as you will miss a LOT of the stories if you get the abridged versions, but is not strictly required*.

**There is also a companion book to the series called The Outlandish Companion this is a fun and informative look at the series, but is NOT required to be read for this challenge. However if you would like to add it to your list feel more than free to do so. It is a lot of fun and there are a lot of things that Diana explains in it from her point of view think of it as a behind the scenes look at the series.**

2. Sign up here by leaving a comment to this post telling me that you would like to join. Please include your blog address as well if you would like to blog about the challenge, so that I can link to your posts. *Please note that you do not have to have a blog or website to participate.*

3. Come back and leave a post at the seperate book posts here *see the list on the right side of the blog here there is one for each book* and I will link your progress and your posts to the books as you complete each one.

4. Enjoy yourself don't stress and have fun with it! That's all there is to it now see that was pretty painless wasn't it. :)



Speculative Fiction Challenge 2010

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UPDATE

This challenge is hosted by Book Chick City

Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge 2010





   

Timeline: 1st Jan 2010~ 31st Dec 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.

I'm starting off with Enthusiastic – Read 6 Speculative Fiction novels...may increase it later!

1.  Family Business--Brett Williams
2.  Prophecy of the Sisters--Michelle Zink
3.  Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
4.  Under the Dome--Stephen King
5.  The Terror--Dan Simmons
6.  The Sparrow--Mary Doria Russell

For details and to sign up, click on the button.

Audio Book Challenge 2010

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This challenge is being hosted by Royal Reviews.

Audio Book Challenge

Challenge Guidelines:

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 – Listen to 3 Audio Books.
-- Fascinated – Listen to 6 Audio Books.
-- Addicted – Listen to 12 Audio Books.
-- Obsessed – Listen to 20 Audio Books.

3. Audio books only.

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 Audio Book Reading Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.

I'm changing my level to Fascinated level--listen to 6 audio books (prob add more later!):

1.  Queen of the Damned--Anne Rice
2.  The Tale of the Body Thief--Anne Rice
3.  The Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins 
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2nd Reading Challenge

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This challenge is hosted by Royal Reviews.


2nd Reading Challenge

Challenge Guidelines:

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 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.
-- Fascinated – Read 6 that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.
-- Addicted – Read 12 novels that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.
-- Obsessed – Read 20 novels 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

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 2nd Reading Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.

I'm doing the Curious Level--Read 3 novels that are 2nd in a series etc.  This could change later!

1.  The Drawing of the Three--Stephen King
2.  Living Dead in Dallas--Charlaine Harris
3.  The Tale of the Body Thief--Anne Rice