January 1 - December 31, 2010
Here's what she says:
Read 1 Historical Fiction Book Per Month for a total of 12 this year.
To join, go to Fire & Ice Historical Fiction Challenge.
1) Pick a number of pages you'll be attempting to read in 2010. It doesn't matter whether your goal is 10,000 or 100,000. You can always up your number as we go along, so you don't need to go all up high with your page count.To Join, go to Pages Read Challenge
2) Write a blog post about it in which you will keep track of your page count.
3) Comment here with your goal number and a link to your blog post (if you have a blog - otherwise, just leave a comment with your name and the goal number). I'll then add you to the list of participants below.
4) The challenge starts January 1, 2010 and ends December 31, 2010. Only pages read after the new year has begun count in for the challenge.
5) As usual: Have fun!
Book bloggers are my favorite source of book recommendations. More than any other source, they consistently introduce me to books and authors that impact my life. Therefore, I have created the Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge.The Top 25
Click here to see the entire 2009 Book Blogger Recommendation List.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
- City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
- Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
- The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
- Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
- The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
- Graceling - Kristin Cashore
- Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
- Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
- Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
- The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
- The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
- Eragon - Christopher Paolini
- The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
- A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
- The Host - Stephenie Meyer
- The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
- Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
- Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
- The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
- The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
- 11 Minutes - Paulo Coelho
- Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
Level I - Read 5 books from the 2009 Book Blogger Recommendation List
Level II - Read 10 books
Level III - Read 15 books
Level IV - Read 20 books
Level V - Read 20+ books
- Participants can join anytime throughout the challenge.
- Create an intro post, linking back to the post about the challenge.
- Sign up with the Mr. Linky.
- Chose your own books from the list. You can decide to read books only on the Top 25 list or from the entire recommendation list. You do not have to make a list of books before the challenge begins.
- All forms of books acceptable (audiobooks, eBooks, etc.)
- Rereads do not count towards the completion of the challenge. The challenge is about discovering books that are new to you.
- You don't need a blog to participate.
- Reviews, while always appreciated, are not mandatory.
The Complete Booker originated in August, 2007 to bring together book lovers and book bloggers interested in reading winners of The Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In 2008 we also began posting reviews of short- and long-listed nominees. The challenge blog is now approaching 300 posts, and well over 200 of these are reviews. If you're working towards reading the entire winners list, do you need a little motivation to continue? Have you thought about joining, but shied away from the commitment to read such a long list of books? There are many ways to approach the Booker Prize list, and The Complete Booker aims to please. So in 2010, there will be additional ways to participate.For the 2010 Complete Booker Challenge, choose a participation level:
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.Participants may choose a participation level as follows:
Here you will find the most up-to date Reading List for That’s How I Blog!. Check back at the beginning of each month for 4-5 new additions to the list.
Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum , first published in 1959 was recently retranslated into English by Breon Mitchell. All the reviews I’ve read of this new translation are superlative. So that’s the version I’ll be reading this time around.AND:
The Tin Drum is a seminal piece of European magic realism. Amazingly probably the only piece of magic realism I’ve ever got to grips with. Here’s the summary from fantasticfiction: Bitter and impassioned, it delivers a scathing dissection of the years from 1925 to 1955 through the eyes of Oskar Matzerath, the dwarf whose manic beating on the toy of his retarded childhood fantastically counterpoints the accumulating horrors of Germany and Poland under the Nazis.Learn more by visiting the post about the Read-A-Long, or just drop by Lizzy's blog on the final Sunday of January to get started.
It is an intense read and best taken slowly. So I’m proposing to read one part per month (around 200 pages) for three months. I’ll post my thoughts here on the final Sunday of each month starting January 2010. And I hope that whether you’re a fully fledged Germanophile, an award winner / Nobel laureate reading challenge participant or simply curious, you’ll read / discuss along with me.
Last year we had a great turn out for this challenge and I have request to run it again for 2010. Since so many challenges start on January 1st and end on December 31st, I decided to change the date a little bit this year. However, if you post a review for January 1st, you are welcome to use it for this challenge.
Please note that there are some changes, so please read the rules!
To find out more, go to or to join, go directly to the Take the Journey 2010 Reading Challenge group or visit the post about the challenge.First, to join, you must join the group on book blogs, here.During 2010 I will be hosting a reading challenge designed to broaden our literary horizons, move us out of our comfort zone, and help us discover new and uncharted worlds of fun and adventure.
“One change makes way for the next, giving us the opportunity to grow.” Vivian Buchen
Join me, and let’s make 2010 the year we and others celebrate the World of Books.
Challenge Guidelines: This challenge isn’t designed to be easy, so the weak-at-heart may want to exit by the side door. For those of you who are still here, let’s get started. A. Challenge ends on December 15, 2010. Your goal is to accumulate as many points as you can during 2010. Best of success to everyone. I can't wait to begin. All points must be accrued from Jan 1 - Dec 15, 2010.
1. Read 40 or more books by new authors you’ve never read before. (Each book read =4 points)
2. Read 20 or more books by some of your favorite authors. (Each book read = 2 points)
3. Read 3 or more new genres you’ve never tried before. (Each genre = 2 points)
4. Post 12 or more reviews at any site of your choice. (Each review posted = 3 points)
5. Give 1 or more books as gifts during the year. (Each book gift = 2 points)
6. Read 1 or more books to a child (Each book read = 3 points)
7. Read something to an older person, or anyone whose eyesight prevents them from reading for themselves. (Each reading session = 3 Points)
8. Share this reading challenge with a friend. (Each friend that joins the challenge = 3 points)
9. Attend a book event, such as a book signing, book fair, book reading, etc. (Each event = 5 points)
B. Additional Points
1. 30 Points – Become a follower of Between The Pages blog
2. 5 Points – For each month you post your point total updates in our Take The Journey group at Book Blogs.
3. 30 Points – For adding our Take The Journey badge to your blog or website. (email me at email@example.com for the html code)
If you do post the badge, please leave the URL in a comment at the group site. I'd like to reciprocate by adding your site to my blog roll or web links. Thank YouThis challenge operates on the Honor System. Please remember that when posting your point updates.
Enjoy the challenge, and as you do, share some of the highlights at our group site. Let us know what you're reading, where you've posted your reviews so that we can read them, who you're reading too, and how this challenge has inspired or helped you.
All Challenge participants who post point updates on the group site will have their names added to one of our HONOR LISTS: The 100 Club, The 200 Club, The 300 Club, The 400 Club, or The 500 Club. So be sure to post those point updates during the year.
I'll be sending small gifts each month to some of those Challenge participants who post comments and point updates at the group site. These will be chosen randomly. If you want to be added to the Small Rewards list, please indicate that in a comment at the group site, and be sure to add your email to your comment. A form to help you keep your point totals is provided at the group site.
The rules are easy:
1) Pick a couple series you already started and now want to finish (meaning, you'll be all up to date with the series when it ends).
2) Read at least 4 books, more are also okay, of course!
3) Crossovers with other challenges are always okay.
4) Post your review of the books on your blog or in the comment section, no matter how long. If you post the review on your blog, please post a link to the review in the comment section so that everyone else can check out your review.
5) Have fun!
At the request of some of the participants of this year's Colorful Reading Challenge, I am hosting it again for 2010.
If you participated in 2009 or read the post before this update, the challenge had a requirement of 9 books with 9 different colors in the title, six required colors and three freebies. Well, I decided to let everyone explore the color selections a little more and change up the rules.
You still need to read 9 books with 9 different colors in the title, but this time you get to choose all 9 colors for your books! You may be wondering how many books are there really out there with colors in the title? You may be surprised. To help you out and inspire your reading list, I created a reading idea list for sixteen or so different colors. So be sure to click over if you aren't sure what you can read.
As always, there is no need to make a list of books if you'd rather play it by ear and if you do make a list you may change it at any time. The challenge runs from January 1- December 31, 2010. If you would like to participate, please sign up using the Mr. Linky below. I will try to put up another Mr. Linky to use for posting your reviews this year now that I know how to work it!
Click here if you'd like to see the titles and reviews by this year's participants.
The point is to challenge yourself but to also read some great books and have fun!
To join, go to Colorful Reading Challenge
"Heralded as Woolf's greatest work of fiction, "Mrs. Dalloway" is not only a thorough rendering of a vivid human life, it is the outline on paper of human consciousness. In this vivid portrait of a single day in a woman's life, Clarissa Dalloway readies her house for friends and neighbors as she is is flooded with remembrances of faraway times."Emily ~ To the Lighthouse (Jan 29)
"The most autobiographical of Virginia Woolf's novels. It is based on her own early experiences, and while it touches on childhood and children's perceptions and desires, it is at its most trenchant when exploring adult relationships, marriage and the changing class-structure in the period spanning the Great War."Frances ~ Orlando (Feb 12)
"Originally published in 1928, this classic story by Virginia Woolf was modelled on her friend Vita Sackville-West's personality. Orlando chooses her own sexual identity as she lives through three centuries as both a man and a woman."Claire ~ The Waves (Feb 26)
"Conveys the rhythms of life in synchrony with the cycle of nature and the passage of time. This book presents a searching exploration of individual and collective identity, and the observations and emotions of life, from the simplicity and surging optimism of youth to the vacancy and despair of middle-age."Please join us? For one or for all four novels makes no difference. Claire, Sarah, Emily and I would love to read with you, would love your insights for what promises to be some great conversation. Look out for posts from all in the next few days. And just say "yes."
As the name implies, 2010 Reading Resolutions Challenge, it's basically new year's resolutions for my reading. They can be anything you would like to accomplish in the coming year in the realm of reading, book blogging, or perhaps personal growth.Guidelines:
I have had a crush on John Cusack since the movie Say Anything 1989. We are about the same age, so I have always assumed that he and I would have been friends if we had gone to the same high school. He’s that smart guy who doesn’t run for class officer but hangs at the fringes and knows everyone but you can’t tell what clique he belongs to. He’s too cool to be one of the popular kids. Too edgy to be in the smart college prep group. (I was a college prep geek. I think.)
One of my very favorite things about reading is reading books in a series. I adore getting to know characters and watching as they progress from point A to point Z over time. But, if you are anything like me, as much as you’d like to read all the books in a particular series you also run into other obligations or constraints.So with that in mind, she is dedicating a week in December to read from those neglected series books. This is how Michelle describes Series Palooza:
For the week starting December 14 through December 20 I’ll be holding Seriespalooza, where participants will read only books in a series they are either currently reading or are wanting to start. It’s a relaxed affair where you can read at your leisure so there isn’t any pressure. It’s just a great excuse to dip into the pile of books you want to read instead of those you may have scheduled to read as a result of other obligations.Learn more and sign up to participate by visiting the post about the event.