Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is again hosting the Once Upon a Time IV Challenge.
This year there are several levels of particpation. To find out more and to join, go to Once Upon a Time IV Challenge.
Free to join in and make this event even bigger!
Want to know how to join BLOGMANIA? Sure you do!!!
1. Register to participate in the BLOGMANIA by sending an email to email@example.com
(Give the name of your blog, its URL address, your full name, and email address.)
2. Post the BLOGMANIA post on April 30th. (You may use the one provided or design one of your own. )
Include the blog links that will be provided to you. (These will be links to blogs that have registered to take part in this blog extravaganza. The number of links to be posted will depend on the number of registered blogs we have. ) You will be sent the blog links to be included in your post at least 3-7 days in advance.
3. Prepare a really special BLOGMANIA Giveaway that will be valid for one day only, April 30th, and be sure to post it early on that day for best results. State your giveaway requirements clearly and BE SURE TO FOLLOW THROUGH). Of course, in addition to the special giveaway, you will probably receive many more entries in your existing giveaways, so be sure they are clearly positioned for easy access.
4. Promote the event on your blog, social sites, groups, etc. The more we get the word out, the more drive-bys will have. Be sure to make it clear that they must visit on April 30th to qualify for the BLOGMANIA Giveaway.
5. Try to make the qualifications for your BLOGMANIA GIVEAWAY as simple as possible. If visitors don’t have to do a zillion things to qualify, this will encourage them to keep progressing through to other blogs. Perhaps becoming a blog follower and leaving a comment is sufficient. You decide, but please keep it simple.
Lynda has opened a BLOGMANIA group at Ning's Book Blogsso that it will be easy for participating bloggers to communicate with each other and answer questions, etc. She will be posting a jpg file and html code for the BLOGMANIA BADGE for anyone who wishes to use it.
The next scheduled BLOGMANIA will be September 15, 2010. It’s not too early to register or to start thinking about your special giveaway for that event. Be sure to register by emailing Lynda Coker
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Becky from Becky's Book Reviews is hosting Part III of The End of the World Challenge. Here's what she says:
Host: Becky of Becky's Book Reviews
Dates: March 17, 2010 - October 31, 2010
Books Required: Four
Read at least four books about "the end of the world." This includes both apocalyptic fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction. There is quite a bit of overlap with dystopic fiction as well. The point being something--be it coming from within or without, natural or unnatural--has changed civilization, society, humanity to such a degree that it radically differs from "life as we now know it." (Aliens, evil governments, war, plague, natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, depletion of resources, genetic manipulation, etc.) Here is a wikipedia article on the subject. Also see here. These changes can be small-but-still-significant or huge-and-life-threatening.
Books can be classified as children's, young adult, and adult. (Not many children's books go there. But many teen books do. And they're great.)
Graphic novels can count for this challenge.
Audio books allowed.
Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
To join, go to Part III of The End of the World Challenge.
Ready to sign up? Here are the details:
- No blog? No worries! You can post your reviews on Chapters, Amazon, BookCrossing etc. Don't forget to tell your friends though ... ;) !
- 5 is the magic number needed to complete this challenge A list of books isn't necessary. Crossovers with other challenges are fine (and fun). Each book you complete and review over and above 5 will count as an extra entry.
- Yes, there will be a prize! On or shortly after December 1st 2010, a draw will be held for a brand new copy of one of my favorite free verse novels, The Crazy Man.
From ages 9 to 99, there are free verse novels out there for everyone. Let's get out and read them then share our findings together!
To join, go to Free Verse Novel Challenge.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
To Join, go to Scandinavian Reading Challenge.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
March 20 - June 20, 2010
LuAnn is hosting the Spring into Short Stories Challenge. Here's what she says:
Friday, March 19, 2010
This will encompass both straight historical fiction and historical romance. I’m hoping this challenge will allow some of us to get back into reading historicals, like me, as well as help us get into some of those books in our TBR piles or maybe to just discover something new. I’ve personally always had a love of history, but I realized that I was drifting away from historical romance too much these last couple of years – and I’ve never read a straight historical! Time to correct that. If you feel the same about your reading trends, follow along. If you already read enough historicals to populate this challenge on your blog, follow along. If you’ve never read historicals, follow along. After all, it’s a challenge.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
* Cross overs / overlaps to other challenges are okay and the more you can utulize your TBR stack the better.
* Prize restrictions - bookmarks will only mailed within the U.S and Canada.
To sign up, go to Historical Mysteries Challenge.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Jennifer of Crazy-for-Books is hosting a weekly event on Fridays called the Book Blogger Hop. Here's what she says:
To join in the fun go to Crazy-for-Books on Fridays.
The purpose of the read-a-thon is to help challenge participants hit that book clutter hard.Who can participate
Anyone. You do not have to be a participant of the Clear Away the Clutter challenge to join in the read-a-thon. Or even have a blog.
Begins: 7am, Monday, April 5th
Ends: 11pm, Sunday, April 11th
As part of the event, there will be several prizes given out.
- For this read-a-thon, you can read as little or as much as you want!
- If you plan to participate, you can post your list at anytime.
- Read when it is convenient for you. You do not have to read for a crazy amount of hours... just do what works for you.
To learn more and sign up, visit the post about the event.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Katrina at Callapidder Days is hosting the 2010 Spring Reading Thing. She writes:
If you happened to glance at the calendar today, you may have realized that the first two months of 2010 are already gone! Which means that we are now in March.This is a fun, low-pressure reading challenge open to anyone and everyone.
Which means that spring will be here in about three weeks. I cannot tell you how ready I am for spring. I’m ready for sunshine, and warmth, and green grass, and no snow. And I’m also ready to incorporate a little structure in my reading. So I’m happy to announce that along with getting ready for the season of spring, it’s also time to get ready for the Spring Reading Thing 2010, here at Callapidder Days! Hooray!
To participate, here’s what you need to do:
- Create a list of some books you’d like to read or finish this spring.
- Feel free to set some additional reading goals (such as reading to your kids two hours per week, getting through your pile of magazines, etc.). This is completely optional.
- Write a blog post including the list of books you want to read and any additional goals you’ve set, and get ready to post it on your blog on March 20th.
- Visit Katrina on March 20th to sign up. She'll have a Mr. Linky set up that morning, so you can submit a link to your personal Spring Reading Thing post, and it will be added to the master list.
- Read! Work on your goals throughout Spring 2010.
- Report your results. Write another blog post in June to let everyone know how you did.
- Have fun! Visit other participants to see what they’re reading. Write reviews if you’re so inclined. But most of all, enjoy your spring reading.
Worth Reading it is hosting the Hogwart's Reading Challenge:
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).Other things you might want to know:
rawing. 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).
There will be Mini Challenges. The first Mini Challenge will start on April 2nd. Go to Worth Reading It to see what the challenge will be and it's incentive. PLEASE read the eligibility requirements on the post about the challenge.
Click here to go to the Sorting Hat. Please be honest. If there are too many in one particular house you may be place into another. So if the Sorting Hat places you in Sytherin you are Sytherin for duration of this challenge.
Click here to check your individual points and your house points.
(Reading a Harry Potter book earns you 25 house points.)
****you can also find this challenge the group I Love Reading Challenge on Shelfari
There are A LOT of details for this challenge - to learn everything and to sign up, PLEASE VISIT the post about the challenge.
Jill at Fizzy Thoughts is hosting the World Party Reading Challenge. She writes:
Welcome to the World Party Reading Challenge, where each month we will celebrate both a US holiday/observance AND a different country. Because what better way to party than with a book. The idea is to read more international literature, but I used US holidays and observances as the inspiration. Some connections might be obvious, others less so. I promise I’ll divulge the secret workings of my brain, but not until the beginning of each month (actually, it will most likely be the week before, and I’ll try to include some reading suggestions with each post), when I’ll post a little bit about my choice for the month. Don’t worry, I will give you the complete list ahead of time, it’s just that, for now, you might be left wondering why we’re reading about England in honor of Valentine’s Day.Details:
- 12 months, 12 countries, 12 books.
- Each month read one (or more, if you’d like) book either set in, or written by an author from, the featured country (in a few cases Jill has been vague and you just have to stick to the criteria).
- If you’d like to read a non-fiction book about the country, that works, too. However, Jill asks that you avoid books like Eat, Pray, Love and You Shall Know Our Velocity!, which feature multiple countries. The intent is to try to get a sense of place from your book or author.
- Audio books are allowed.
- Do you have to participate all 12 months? That would be swell, and if you want to consider the challenge completed, then yes, all 12 months are required. However, if you have a burning desire to read a book about Rwanda and only want to participate for that month, You won't be turned away. Party crashers are always welcome.
- A Mr Linky will be posted each month for the reviews about the featured country. Feel free to go back and enter reviews as the year goes on.
- April – April Fool’s Day – France
- May – May Day – a communist country of your choice, past or present
- June – Juneteenth – Liberia
- July – July 4th – Rwanda
- August – Women’s Equality Day – New Zealand
- September – Native American Day – any sovereign Native American tribe
- October – Columbus Day – India
- November – Thanksgiving – Turkey
- December – Happy Holidays – choose your own country. It’s my little gift to you.
- January – Martin Luther King, Jr Day – Cambodia
- February – Valentine’s Day – England
- March – Saint Patrick’s Day – Ireland
Bethany at Dreadlock Girl is hosting (once again!) the Orbis Terrarum Challenge for 2010. She has created a new site for the challenge and made a couple of changes.
- You can join anytime - the challenge starts April 1st
- Each reader is to choose 8 books (for the 8 months of the challenge).
- This year Bethany is allowing all the books to be from the same country and by the same author if you'd like (although I would have you you should not choose your OWN country, because this challenge is meant to expose you to the world not your neighborhood!) For example, if you would like to focus on South Africa because you have an interest in that then you can read all your books from that nation if you want.
- You should go by the country of origin of the author, or the country he/she lives in is fine as well-meaning NOT the country the book is set in!!
- You don’t have to have a list, that means you can change your mind at any time. As long as there are 8 books you have completed the challenge.
- Post your reviews in the appropriate continent location as you read along. These can be found by clicking on the images to the right on the dedicated blog.
I am a big believer in not just reading about what is going on in the world, but about doing something about it. For this reason I am going to be reading away for Living Water International during the challenge and donating an amount per book. I also ask that you consider doing the same. If every one of us just gave $1 per book we read during the challenge, that is only 8 dollars, but if we all did it it that would be a good amount (last year we had 74 challengers, reading 8 books= $592 !)You can make your donations directly by going to the Orbis Terrarum Challenge Fundraiser page. (They will send you a receipt for your tax deductible donation directly) Or by clicking the widget in the upper right of this challenge’s page.I’ll post again on this soon.However, you don’t need to feel obligated to donate!!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
- Anne of Green Gables
- Anne of Avonlea
- Anne of the Island
- Anne of Windy Poplars/Windy Willows
- Anne’s House of Dreams
- Anne of Ingleside
- Rainbow Valley
- Rilla of Ingleside
- Chronicles of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery
- Further Chronicles of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery
- Before Green Gables – Budge Wilson
- Looking for Anne of Green Gables: The Story of L.M. Montgomery and her Literary Classic – Irene Gammel
- any of the several Anne TV/movie adaption's
- Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
- Books may overlap other challenges.
- You do not have to stick to the option you choose – feel free to increase or decrease as suits.
- All the Anne series can be found online via Project Gutenberg
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Here is how the meme works:
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.
Then head over to Becky's blog and give her a link to your post.
Missy at The Unread Reader is hosting the Give Me Moore Reading Challenge which encourages readers to read (or re-read) the three (3) books in Christopher Moore's A Love Story Vampire Trilogy: Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, and Bite Me.
The Details of the Challenge:
- There are three books in the series. If you’ve already started this series, you can still participate in the challenge. You can either start all over again as a refresher or just start where you left off.
- Anyone can join at anytime between now until the week before the challenge ends.
- You don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog, you can post your comments or reviews in the comment section of the wrap-up post on Missy's blog.
- Any book format is acceptable, including audio books.
- Once the challenge starts, Missy will create a page for everyone to post their reviews. Reviews are encouraged, but are entirely optional.
Rules & Regulations for entering the drawing:
- Must be 13 or older
- Must be US or Canadian resident (Mailing address)
- Please no PO Boxes
May 1 - September 30, 2010
This is the fourth annual Non-Fiction Five Challenge and I'd be thrilled if you joined me.The Rules (unchanged from previous years:
- Read 5 non-fiction books during the months of May - September, 2010 (Trish would like you to link your reviews on Mister Linky each month; Mister Linky can be found at the beginning of each month on her blog)
- Read at least one non-fiction book that is different from your other choices (i.e.: 4 memoirs and 1 self-help)
- All choices do not need to be posted and may change at any time
Monday, March 1, 2010
October 10, 2009 - October 10, 2010
For those of you who have already signed up at Bella's, Michelle asks that you sign up again at the dedicated blog. There was no way to transfer the Mr. Linky.
The rules are the same:
- Pick the number of books you want to read. It can be a mixture of the top 101, and/or the whole list. For example, you might want to aim to read 5 from the top 101 and 5 from the rest of the list.
- Create a list of the books you want to tackle. You can create a list now, or add them as you go. Completely up to you.
- Be sure to follow the dedicated blog because Bella created a fun meme and Michelle will be posting that between now and the end of the challenge.
March 1 - June 30, 2010
- Read a book by an author you’ve never read before
- Read a book with a one word title
- Read a book with an animal name in the title
- Read a book with a proper name in the title
- Read a fantasy
- Read an ‘Austenesque’ book
- Read a book with a two word title
- Read a book that is part of a series
- Read a book about a real person
- Read a mystery
- Read a book written in the 60’s (any century)
- Read a book with a number in the title
- Read a book by an author born in March, April, May or June.
- Read a book with a three word title
- Read a book by an author with three names
- Read a book with over 500 pages
- Read a book with a four word title
- Read a book by two authors
- Read a book written in the 70s (any century)
- Read a book that has been number one on the NYT Best-sellers list
April 1 - September 30, 2010
What is a cozy some of you might ask? Good question! To make it brief: a cozy mystery is a mystery that doesn't normally have any rough language, sex scenes, or gruesome details about the killing, and the main character is normally an amateur detective. Many times you will notice that a cozy mystery series also revolves around food or a hobby, although this isn't a requirement. The Cozy-Mystery website does a great job of listing what a cozy mystery is and also contains a list of authors who write cozies (you can also browse series by theme! Seriously! I just noticed that and they have a section for paranormal..I'll be checking that out soon.).This year, Kris is hosting the challenge for a special reason:
My friend Barbara (she went by Heidi on her blog) passed away last April. She had signed up for the challenge but never had a chance to participate in it. Barbara is the one who got my hooked on cozies. Since she has passed I haven't read as many cozies as I would like, partly because I don't have her to talk to about them all the time and partly because reading her descriptions and what she read always kept me abreast of the cozy mystery world and excited about starting new series. I'm hoping that by hosting the challenge this year I get back in the swing of reading more cozies.The Rules:
- Read at least 6 cozy mysteries, one for each month. You can choose to read more, but you must read 6 in order to complete this challenge. You don't have to read 1 each month, you can read them whenever you like, you just have to read at least six.
- While you can overlap with other challenges, please try to have at least 2 of the books only count towards this challenge.
- Prizes you ask? Everyone loves a prize! Everyone who completes this challenge will get a bookmark made by Kris.