December 14, 2009

The Challenge Slam

I am joining so many challenges I decided that a few of them were going to have to share a post, haha! I am a challenge junkie, I know this, but I am optimistic that each challenge I am joining this year is going to help me to
1) expand my knowledge
2) broaden my horizons
3) help me understand others and the world better
4) teach me a valuable lesson
5) entertain the hell out of me. :)





MizB is hosting the Read Your Own Books Challenge for 2010.

For 2010, I am planning to continue with the RYOB (Read Your Own Books) challenge! The rules are simple:
  • Pick a number of books you’d like to read in one year
  • Choose those books from your OWN collection
  • Read them between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010
And, that’s it!
Some other guidelines for this challenge:
  • Re-Reads are NOT allowed (the challenge is to get more of your own books read that have been sitting there waiting!)
  • Audiobooks & e-books ARE allowed
  • You do NOT need a blog to participate
MY BOOKS/REVIEWS:
1. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell (January)
2. A Painter's Life by K.B. Dixon (January)
3. Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever by James Patterson (February)
4. Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster (May)
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green (June)
6. Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran (June)
7. Possession by A.S. Byatt (July)
8. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (July)
9. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (August/Sept.)
10. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (September)

CHALLENGE COMPLETED SEPTEMBER 2010!!




The ARC Reading Challenge is being hosted by Teddy Rose at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time.

The rules:
  • To sign up, leave a direct link to your blog post about this challenge that includes your list from rule #2, using Mr. Linky at the post about the challenge. Please leave a comment as well.
    List all of the ARC's that you have to read right now. Then throughout the year, you must continue updating that list as you receive more ARC's. (This is important). You should also strike out the ones that you finish.
  • Pick a Level:
  1. Level Bronze: a. All of us who have or will have less than 12 ARC's must read all of the ARC's we have. Note, that if you have 11 ARC's and then receive a 12th one you will be bumped up to catagory a. b. All of us who have or will have more than 12 ARC's must read and review 12.
  2. Level Silver: Read 24 ARC's
  3. Level Gold: Read 25 or more ARC's
  • You don't have to make a list of which ARC's you plan to read, but you can if you want.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and Audio-books are allowed as long as they are ARC's.
MY BOOKS/REVIEWS:
(LEVEL BRONZE)
1. A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal (February)
2. Stepmonster by Wednesday Martin (February)
3. Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope by Aruni Nan Futuronsky (May)
4. Searching for Whitopia by Rich Benjamin (March)
5. It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale (May)
6. The Truth Lies in the Dark by Kristen Callender (June)
7. A Painter's Life by K.B. Dixon (January)
8. Serious Doubts by Carl Weisman (April)
9. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner (April)
10. Scared by Tom Davis (April)
11. Web of Deceit by Darlene Cox (May)
12. Talk to Me Like I'm Someone You Love by Nancy Dreyfuss (April)

ARC CHALLENGE COMPLETED JUNE 2010

Royal Reviews is hosting the 1st in a Series Challenge this year.

As so many of us love reading our series this one gives you the chance to include them in your challenges. As with all our other challenges there are various levels from the Curious to the Obsessed. If you start out at the Curious level and find yourself on the Addicted level then just change you post accordingly.

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 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. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.


MY BOOKS/REVIEWS:
(STARTING OFF AT LEVEL CURIOUS)
1. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (May)
2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (September)
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ThemeQuest Reading Challenge hosted by Unruly Reader.

A reading challenge that might tie in to a New Year's resolution... but hopefully it will be way more fun than that.

Here's the deal:

Choose one word you want to focus on during 2010—your “theme” for the year.

Usually it will be a word related to improving one’s life—words such as happiness, balance, simplicity, creativity, abundance, serenity… or come up with your own!

Then—read books related to that word.


Choose your level of participation:

THEME THING: Read 5 books related to your theme—at least 1 fiction and 1 nonfiction.

THEME MANIA: Read 7 books related to your theme—at least 2 fiction and 2 nonfiction.

THEME SUPREME: Read 10 books related to your theme—at least 3 fiction and 3 nonfiction.


Rules:
1. The challenge runs from January 1 – December 31, 2010.
2. Participants may join anytime before December 31.
3. Re-reads and overlaps with other challenges are fine.
4. Audiobooks count!
5. No need to list your books beforehand, and no need to write reviews.
6. Create an intro post linking to this blog.
7. Then sign up here via Mr. Linky (below), using your intro post’s address. Please use this style: blog name (theme word); e.g., Unruly Reader (balance)
8. Add a Comment to this post, telling us your theme word and your level of participation.


MY BOOKS/REVIEWS:
LEVEL: Theme Thing
THEME: Creativity
1. How Much Joy Can You Stand? by Suzanne Falter-Barnes (July)
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Sarah of Behold The Thing that Reads A Lot is hosting the We Didn't Start the Fire Challenge, which is based on the Billy Joel song by that title.

The song has plenty of historical and pop culture references, which offer us book junkies plenty of opportunities for reading material! I like 80s music, especially this song, but I don’t know anything about some of the things in the song. The goal of this challenge is for you to learn about some of the many topics mentioned in the song.
I want this challenge to be flexible for you, so all I want you to do is pick a level of commitment and stick to it! You don’t need to list your books beforehand or write a certain amount of reviews. Overlaps with other challenges are absolutely fine!
Here are the levels:
FICTION
  • Bronze Fiction: Read 5 books specifically mentioned in the song or a book by an author specifically mentioned. Or, read a work of fiction about something else mentioned in the song.
  • Silver Fiction: Read 8 books within the same criteria mentioned above.
  • Gold Fiction: Read 10 books within the same criteria mentioned above.
NONFICTION
  • Bronze Nonfiction: Read 5 nonfiction books about any topic in the song.
  • Silver Nonfiction: Read 8 nonfiction books about any topic in the song.
  • Gold Nonfiction: Read 10 nonfiction books about any topic in the song.
COMBO
  • Bronze Combo: Read any combination of 5 fiction or nonfiction books related to the song.
  • Silver Combo: Read any combination of 8 fiction or nonfiction books related to the song.
  • Gold Combo: Read any combination of 10 fiction or nonfiction books related to the song.
I thought this would be a great challenge since so many references in the song I am unfamiliar with, as I was 10 when the 80s ended. So time to catch up!

MY BOOKS/REVIEWS:
LEVEL: SILVER COMBO
I included some topics that look interesting to me from the song.
1. Thalidomide: Dark Remedy: The Impact of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital Medicine by Trent Stephens and Rock Brynner (April)
2. U2
3. James Dean: Live Fast, Die Young: My Life with James Dean by John Gilmore (May)
4. Princess Grace
5. Suez Canal
6. Woodstock
7. Bay of Pigs Invasion (my father was a part of this)
8. AIDS

Becky of Becky's Book Reviews is hosting the A to Z Challenge 2010. Pick the participation level that works for you:
  1. Authors -- Read alphabetically by author. Commit to 26 books.
  2. Titles -- Read alphabetically by title. Commit to 26 books.
  3. Authors & Titles -- Commit to reading 52 books
In 2009 I did authors and that was pretty difficult. I did not finish. So this year I am going to try A to Z Titles.

MY BOOKS/REVIEWS:
A: (The) Art of Tantra by Philip Rawson (January)
B: Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell (January)
C: Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran (June)
D: Dark Remedy by Trent Stephens and Rock Brynner (April)
E:
F: Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff (July)
G: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (December)
H: The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (March)
I: Is There a Monster Over There? by Sally O. Lee (April)
J:
K:
L: Live Fast, Die Young: My Life with James Dean by John Gilmore (May)
M:
N:
O:
P: Possession by A.S. Byatt (July)
Q:
R: Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope by Aruni Nan Futuronsky (May)
S: Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do by Wednesday Martin, Ph.D. (February)
T: Talk to Me Like I'm Someone You Love by Nancy Dreyfuss (April)
U: The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal (September)
V:
W: Web of Deceit by Darlene Cox (May)
X:
Y:
Z:

16 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a lot of challenges! Good luck.

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  2. I really love your selection of challenges! I'm looking forward to the really good reviews I know will come out of them!

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  3. Good luck with your challenges. We can stress out together. :) Ilove the challenge addict button! Where did you find it & can I use it on my page?

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  4. You are definitely planning on getting a lot more reading done in the coming year than I am! And I thought I was pushing myself!

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  5. You are definitely planning on getting a lot more reading done in the coming year than I am! And I thought I was pushing myself!

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  6. You are definitely planning on getting a lot more reading done in the coming year than I am! And I thought I was pushing myself!

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  7. You're going to have such fun this next year! Good luck with all your challenges.

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  8. You are an addict!!!
    And that New Year's Resolution one sounds intriguing ... but I'm cutting myself off now!

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  9. You make me dizzy with all the challenges you join! ;)

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  10. I'm taking part in six challenges this year. One of them is your 2010 Colorful Reading Challenge, even though I didn't finish it this for 2009. I'm going to try again.

    Challenges are a little addicting aren't they? They make reading sound so much fun....

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  11. Wow! That is a lot of reading-can't wait to read all your reviews!

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  12. Lol! You're too funny and indeed a challenge addict! But hey, most of the challenges are a lot of fun and reading should be about fun.

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  13. Interesting reading for 2010

    http://www.commlabuniversity.com/blog

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  14. Rebecca,

    Welcome to the ThemeQuest Reading Challenge! I love your creativity theme.

    Unruly Reader

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  15. Welcome to the ARC Reading Challenge! I'm so glad you can join us. It looks like we both have a book challenge addiction.

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  16. Hey, it's Sarah. You signed up for the We Didn't Start the Fire challenge. I just wanted to let you know that the post to post links to your reviews for the challenge is up at http://bookwormsarah.blogspot.com/2009/12/we-didnt-start-fire-challenge-2010-post.html

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