Monday, June 14, 2010

Year of the Historical Challenge


Year of the Historical challenge is hosted by Lurv A La Mode. (click challenge title to sign up)

Basic Rules/Guidelines:

  • You may read any historical fiction book for this challenge: straight historical fiction set in the English Regency, or in Asia, or in Europe, or in Africa, or in Prehistoric times etc. You may read young adult, romances, historical paranormal romances (i.e. Kim Lenox’s Shadow Guard series), historical fantasy – as long as it takes place in a historical time that at least originated with a real historic time period or event (therefore YES, steampunk is an option!) and it is fiction, it is game. Please, no nonfiction, biographies, or the like.
  • Please label your reviews in a way that associates them with this challenge. I’ll be using “YotH: (Book Title)” format for my review headers AND linking the original challenge notice/sign up post in each review so that interested readers can see why/what challenge it’s associated with.
  • I will do a post every month during the last week – this is where you need to link, in the comments section, your monthly review. I will then edit into the body of the post links for everyone’s reviews.
  • There is no limit to how many reviews you can do per month, but I am only requiring one review for a total of 12 books.
My list so far:

1.  The Silent Governess--Kathleen Klassan
2.  Labyrinth--Kate Mosse
3.  Anastasia's Secret--Susanne Dunlap
4. Virgin and the Crab--Robert Parry
5. Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show--Frank Delaney
6. The Wives of Henry Oades--Johanna Moran
7. The Queen's Pawn--Christy English
8. The Other Queen--Philippa Gregory

Hogwarts Reading Challenge


Hogwarts Reading Challenge 2010
March 8 2010 to December 13 2010

This challenge is being hosted by Bunnita at Worth Reading It?

In the Hogwarts Reading Challenge you are a student of the school. You will be sorted into houses. Each book you read must fit in to the subject of one the classes. You do not have to read books that fit all the subjects. Each book equals one point (toward the house cup).

You must read at least 5 books (audio books counts) before you are enter in to the drawing. At the end of the Challenge one person will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and one house will win the House Cup (purely a pride thing).

Check back regularly as there will be Mini Challenges. The first Mini Challenge will start on April 2nd. Come back to see what the challenge will be and it's incentive.

To be eligible to win prizes you must have a blog and sign up using Mr. Linky. Then start a Hogwarts Reading Challenge post and link it back to this post.
****Update you can be eligible for prize if you become a member of I Love Reading Challenges on Shelfari and keep the list of the books you read for this challenge under the Hogwarts Challenge post there. You can also become a fan of the I Love Reading Challenges Facebook fan page and keep you list there as well.

I was sorted into

Every time I take an HP house quiz, I end up in Gryffindor! Must be meant to be!

Click here to check your individual points and your house points.

Reading a Harry Potter book earns you 25 house points.

Have any questions leave them in a comment and I will get back to you. Have fun, good luck and Happy Reading!
****you can also find this challenge at my group I Love Reading Challenge on Shelfari

The Houses
Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin

The Classes

Transfiguration - read any book that has trans or figure in its title, is about shape shifting, has a shape shifter in it, or is about anything having to do with changing one thing into another.
--Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer 7/9/10

Defense Against the Dark Arts - read any book that has defence(defense), dark and/or art(s) in its title, read any book that is about self defense, war, history of war/marital arts, murder mysteries.

Charms - read any book that has charm in its title, any book that deals with gives something or someone a new aspect (for example the nerdy guy become a handsome doctor)

Potions - read any book that has potion in its title, cookbooks count but you must cook at least one recipe out of the book

Astronomy - read any book that has astronomy in its title, books about planets, stars, etc, sci-fi

History of Magic - read any book that has history or magic in its title, books about magic, witches, etc

Herbology - read any book that has herb in its title, again cookbooks count and again you must cook at least one recipe out of the book

Arithmancy - read any book that has arithmancy in its title, any book with a number in its title, any book that deal with numbers or math

Ancient Runes - read any book that has ancient or runes in its title, books about historical places like the pyramids, Stonehenge, great wall of china, or any book about symbols

Divination - read any book that has divine in its title, any book about psychics or psychic abilities, tarot reading etc
--The Dark Divine by Bree Despain 4/11/10

Care of Magical Creatures - read any book that has magical or creatures in its title, about supernatural beings

Muggle Studies - nearly any book works here, what better why to understand Muggle than to read what they read
--Cardboard by Fiona Place 6/14/10

How to list your books and keep track of points:
When you copy this post onto your blog just list the book you read for the challenge under the subject to which it fits. Please include the name of the book/author and the the date you finished reading it

History of Magic - read any book that has history or magic in its title, books about magic, witches, etc

If you are reading along at the Shelfari I Love Reading Challenges group the challenge is already set up this way.


Friday, June 4, 2010

GLBT Challenge 2010



The GLBT Challenge is being hosted by Amanda at The Zen Leaf.


The basic idea of this challenge is to read books about GLBT topics and/or by GLBT authors.

The challenge runs year-round, and there will be three levels of participation:

  • Lambda Level: Read 4 books.
  • Pink Triangle Level: Read 8 books.
  • Rainbow Level: Read 12 or more books.
You don't need to choose your books right away, and they can change at any time. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.

In January, I will put up a post for you to leave links to your reviews, if you like. Those links can help serve as a reference for others. That will also be how I track participants for prize drawings.

Prizes! There will be prizes, both for this main challenge and for various mini-challenges throughout the year. Keep an eye on the blog for details.

Sign up using Mr. Linky below (please link directly to your post about the challenge).

I'm starting at the Lambda Level:

1.  A Density of Souls--Christopher Rice
2.  Orlando--Virginia Woolf
3.  Middlesex--Jeffrey Eugenides
4.  The Little Stranger--Sarah Waters