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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2010 Challenges

Alright.  I'm a sucker.  I said I wasn't going to do this, because I don't have the time and I have a self-imposed challenge to read mostly books I own this year (tbr beast is getting cocky).
But I'm a sucker for a good challenge, and I figured, as long as I only sign up for things that I am likely to read anyway, and as long as I don't feel like I have  to complete them, it won't be an issue. 

So here are the challenges I am participating in for 2010.  Go ahead and laugh now.

To help me tackle the tbr beast.  Elie says "The Bottoms Up Challenge is simple. Each month, take 2-3 titles off the bottom and read them. So that would be...let's see...12-36 books in a year's time. That should make a dent."  My personal goal is fifty books I own.
So far:

(If it is linked, it's to my review; if not, I got lazy and didn't review)

  1. Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
  2. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
  3. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  4. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  5. Firespell by Chloe Neill
  6. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  7. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  8. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  9. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood 
  10. and Falling, Fly by Skyler White
  11. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
  12. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
  13. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
  14. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
  15. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
  16. Changeless by Gail Carriger
  17. Titus and Atreus by Meridi Myers
  18. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
  19. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  20. Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

The Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge makes use of all of the many, many books mentioned on one of my favorite shows.  There are 3 levels of participation: 
Emily: Read 5 books from at least two different categories.
Lorelai: Read 10 books from at least three different categories.
Rory: Read 20 books from at least four different categories.
I'm going for 'read like Rory.'  See the full list of books and challenge rules by clicking on the picture.

Some of the books I'm considering:
  1. The Adoration of Jenna Fox
  2. Life As We Knew It
  3. Girl in the Arena
  4. How I Live Now -- most likely up next
  5. Jennifer Governement
  6. The Year of the Flood
  7. Oryx and Crake (reread)
  8. Monsters of Men
  9. Dead Tossed Waves
  10. The Road
  11. Invitation to the Game (reread of what is possibly the first dystopia I ever read)
  12. Y: the Last Man
  13. Genesis
  14. The Bar Code Tattoo
  15. The Bar Code Rebellion
  16. Candor
  17. Inside Out
  18. Shade's Children
  19. Unwind
  20. Among the Hidden
  21. Shades of Grey
  22. The People of Sparks
  23. Boneshaker
  24. Alis
  25. V for Vendetta

  • 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.
2. T.B.R. ** Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile.
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
3. Shiny & New  Recently bought.  
  • Imposssible by Nancy Werlin
4. Bad Blogger’s Picked up on recommendations of other bloggers.
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
5. Charity  Support your local charity shops with this category.
6. New in 2010 This category is for those books newly published in 2010.
  • Firespell by Chloe Neill
7. Older Than You Read two books that were published before you were born.
8. Win! Win! Books you need to read for another challenge.
9. Who Are You Again? Authors you've never heard of
10. Up to You!

    Reading Challenge 2010
    hosted by Velvet of vvb32 reads
    November 30, 2009 to November 30, 2010

    I have to read 1 book and watch 1 movie from this list; haven't decided quite what yet...

    J. Kaye's YA Reading Challenge

    There are four levels:

    --The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.
    --Just My Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 25 Young Adult novels.
    --Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge – Read 50 Young Adult novels.
    --Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels.

    I may switch to Stepping It Up at some point...
    So far:

    1. Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
    2. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
    3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
    4. Firespell by Chloe Neill
    5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
    6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    7. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
    8. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
    9. Titus and Atreus by Meridi Myers
    10. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
    11. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
    12. Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
    13. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
    14. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

    This challenge is quite simple..... read the fairy tales you grew up reading but from another view than Disney's version. There are so many great fairy tale books out there, that might take the same story we know but with an added twist.  
    The goal for the challenge is to read at least 5; I am aiming for 10.
    So far:

    I am considering:
    1. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow -- read
    2. East
    3. Impossible -- read
    4. I, Coriander
    5. The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
    6. Troll Bridge: A Rock and Roll Fairy Tale
    7. Princess of the Midnight Ball
    8. The Bloody Chamber
    9. Beastly
    10. Ice

    For now, that is all I am signing up for.  And I think it's enough.  A lot of these overlap with each other and with things I would read anyway, which is the reason I am committing.  

    What am I getting myself in for?


    1. yay! thanks for joining mine - mad men!

      definitely read THE ROAD!

      i'm planning on adding the bottoms up one to my batch as well. good way to read what's in the tbr pile.

    2. LOL, LOL That is a lot of challenges! Great start to the bottoms up! Dont forget to link up. You did so much better than I did, I only read 2 off the bottom.

    3. The dystopian challenge seems awesome, but I just can't juggle that many challenges. I've already set out to read 100 books this year, and I love all types of fantasy, so I'm sure I'll read plenty of dystopias-- but keeping track would be too much hassle.

      Good luck to you, though! Read lots of books and recommend the best ones :)

    4. Welcome to the Young Adult Reading Challenge. I dearly love YA novels and can't wait to see what titles you read this year!

    5. adoration of jenna fox was really interesting, but she totally blew the ending for me, which kind of ruined the rest of it. But if you can handle the ending you'll probably enjoy it.

    6. A lot of people seem to complain about the ending. We'll see...

    7. I loved reading The Bar Code Tattoo and The Bar Code Rebellion. I thought that they were different and full of original ideas.
      Tamora Pierce is one of my favourite authors and her Alanna series was great.
      The Gilmore Girls challenge intrigues me and I just might have to check that out.
      Good luck!


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