Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 WHERE Are You Reading Challenge

January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

From the website that brings you the weekly meme, What Are You Reading, it seem only appropriate that I continue to host the WHERE Are You Reading Challenge.  I started hosting this challenge in 2010 and have enjoyed marking off the states every year  :)

How do you decide what state a book is categorized under?

1.  In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in.  (i.e.. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)

2.  Non fiction reads categorize  in whatever State or Country it is about (i.e…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.

3.  If the book goes from one state to another… go with the state that most of the time is spent.

How to get started

Grab the challenge button (above) here for your posts and sidebar.

Set up a page to capture your states, countries, etc.… however you want to do it. Here is mine for a sample.

Additionally, some like to add their books to a Google Map which can be fun to put all the book titles on a map and watch it fill up but of course this is completely optional.


Do you have to have a blog to participate? No.  You can do everything on an excel spreadsheet or in a notebook without linking the book to a review.

Do I have to have my post up by January 1st, 2015?No, but I would think you would want to get started right away at the beginning of the year.  However, you will be able to sign up throughout January as well.

Do audio books count?  ABSOLUTELY!

Once you are ready and have your list and/or map set up please create a blog post (those who have blogs) using the meme picture I provided above as well as link to this post so others may join in.  Then come back and link that post here to Mr. Linky (below) so I as well as other participants know that you are participating and we can pop in throughout the year and see how we are all doing.

This is actually a fun and easy challenge as all books you read qualify and it will be fun to see where you generally read books as well as searching out books to fill in areas that you need.

For those who have covered the 50 states by the end of 2015, they will go into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble or to Amazon.  **  All other areas beyond the 50 states are bonus points and we will have a drawing ($10 Amazon or B and N gift card) using random.org for those who read 10 or more books throughout 2015 in that category.

That’s it!  Here is a link to tips on how to do it.  Any other questions – please leave them in the comments section below.

I can’t wait to see WHERE You Are Reading!

This reading challenge is hosted by Book Journey. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.