December 6, 2009

TwentyTen Challenge

Bart's Bookshelf is hosting the TwentyTen Reading Challenge.

Check it out:

The aim is to read a total 20 books, over ten categories, in 2010.
  • Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
  • The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
  • Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010 are eligible.
So, on with the categories
  1. Young Adult
    Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.
  2. T.B.R. **
    Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09.
  3. Shiny and New
    Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count!
  4. Bad Blogger’s ***
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book a go).
    *** Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.
  5. Charity
    Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop.
  6. New in 2010
    This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!)
  7. Older Than You
    Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
  8. Win! Win!
    Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so! ;)
  9. Who Are You Again?
    This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before!
  10. Up to You!
    The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state it in your sign-up post.
Sounds totally fun, right?


Cat 1: Young Adult
1. Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale by Donna Jo Napoli (March)
2. Looking for Alaska by John Green (June)

Cat 2: TBR**
1. Scared by Tom Davis (April)
2. Possession by A.S. Byatt (July)

Cat 3: Shiny and New
1. Blue Bloods (Book #1) by Melissa de la Cruz (May) (bought via a gift card in April)
2. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (December) (bought in late summer/early fall)

Cat 4: Bad Blogger's **
1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (recommended by Kathy of Bermudaonion's Weblog)
2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (recommended by, um, everyone? lol)

Cat 5: Charity

Cat 6: New in 2010
1. I'll Mature When I'm Dead by Dave Barry (Publishing Date: May 2010)
2. Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff (Publishing Date: March 2010)

Cat 7: Older Than You

Cat 8: Win! Win!
1. Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran (June) (I can't remember which blog I love that I won this from in a giveaway. But it got lost the first time and so Moran sent me another copy and after it showed up the first one showed too!)
2. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (August/Sept.) Won from Black Eyed Susan in 2009.

Cat 9: Who Are You Again?
1. Searching for Whitopia by Rich Benjamin (March)
2. She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott (August)

Cat 10: Up to You
1. Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster (May) (I received this from Jenners.)
2. The Secret Life of Josephine by Carolly Erickson (December)


  1. There are so many good challenges starting for the new year. I don't know which ones to pick!!! This one sounds really intriguing and covers a lot of bases!

  2. I love this idea. I hope you don't mind, I posted it on my blog and linked to your blog.

  3. I've been planning to join this one too. :)

  4. I'm participating in this one too :) I'm interested to see your selections.

    Good luck!


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