- Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge 2010
- 100+ Reading Challenge 2010
- Chill Baby, Chill
- New Authors Challenge 2010
- The Countdown Challenge
- Read Your Name Challenge 2010
5 - Amazing book & I loved it!
4.5 - Great book & I loved it!
4 - Good book & I loved it!
3.5 - I liked it a lot!
3 - I liked it!
2.5 - Ok book, but nothing special!
2 - Not a bad book, but not a good one!
1.5 - I didn't like it!
1 - I hated it or I couldn't finish it!
There are two motives for reading a book:
one, that you enjoyed it;
the other, that you can boast about it!
- Bertrand Russell
A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges described below.
A Moderate Gamble: Complete any 6 of the 12 challenges described below.
Gambling It All: Complete all 12 of the challenges described below.
Example: If your name is Susan Kasischke, you might read a book by Stephen King (same initials), Susan Donovan (same first name), Laura Kasischke (same last name) or Susan Kasischke (same exact name).Challenge 2: Blogroll Roulette (worth 1 entry)
Example: If you get 1 for your number, read a book that has a one word title. If you get 2, read a book that has a two word title and so on and so forth.Challenge 6: Genre Switch-Up (worth 1 entry)
Examples: I always say I can't stand James Patterson; therefore, I might read a James Patterson book for this challenge. Or, if you sneer at "chick lit" books, you might read a "chick lit" book. Or, if you think books published by Harlequin are pure drivel, you might read a book published by Harlequin. If you turn up your nose at the Twilight books, then you might read one of the Twilight books.Challenge 8: Real and Inspired (worth 2 entries)
Examples: Christopher Moore's Fool is based on Shakespeare's play King Lear so I plan on reading both King Lear and Fool. Another example is Jane Austen, who inspired the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. For this challenge, you might read both Pride and Prejudice and the zombie version. (There are tons of other Austen-inspired books out there too.) Another idea would be a graphic novel version of a "standard" novel. The only real requirement is that the "inspired by" book must clearly state what original work inspired it.Challenge 9: Same Word, Different Book (worth 2 entries)
Example: If you pick the word "Love," you could read any two books that both have Love in the title. To help you find books that have the same word, you could go to Amazon.com, type a word into the Search box and see what books come up with that word.Challenge 10: Become A Character (worth 2 entries)
Examples: The Bronte sisters; Stephen King and his wife Tabitha OR his son Joe Hill; Jonathan Kellerman (husband) and Faye Kellerman (wife); Michael Chabon (husband) and Ayelet Waldman (wife); Joan Didion (wife) and John Gregory Dunne (husband); Mary Higgins Clark (mother) and Carol Higgins Clark (daughter)Challenge 12: Author Anthology Pick (worth 2 entries)
Example: If you choose a poetry anthology, you would at least 5 different poems, pick your favorite, and then seek out a book of poetry by that poet. If you read a short story anthology, you would read at least 5 different short stories, pick your favorite, and then seek out either a novel or another book of short stories by that writer.
"Stories are like spiders, with all they long legs, and stories are like spiderwebs, which man gets himself all tangled up in but which look so pretty when you see them under a leaf in the morning dew, and in the elegant way that they connect to one another, each to each."
from Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys