Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Challenge for Summer: Book Challenge by Erin






General Rules

·         First and foremost, have fun. Don't stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it's an accomplishment for you, then that's awesome.


·         The challenge will run from JULY 1, 2017 to OCTOBER 31, 2017.


·         Each book must be at least 200 pages long.   Audio books are fine too.
·         A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book, or change the book you originally chose, no worries. 
·         You can read your books in any order you choose.
·         Rereads can be used only once.  If a book you love fits into a category, go ahead and visit it again.  Read it in its entirety.  But, only do this once for the challenge.
·         There will be a photo album for each category with links to books chosen.  Please comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them.  A comment can include a review, a rating, a recommendation…other readers want to hear what you thought of your choice.  (if you need help with this, let me know…or there is a file attached to our group explaining what to do.)
·         There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points.   That’s 10 books in four months.  For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy.  It’s all for fun, remember!
·         Book categories will be posted June 1st to give you time to gather books in preparation. 
·         After the categories are posted, please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page by June 15th (if possible).  If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other.  (Late entries will still be accepted.)
·         The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The following will get a small prize from me (1st to complete 1st round; 1st to complete both rounds; most points accumulated; and WILD CARD random draw – all who finish the 10 book challenge will qualify as an entry)!  Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support!
·         Lastly, have fun.  Don't stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it's an accomplishment for you, then that's awesome.  Wait, I’ve read that somewhere before…Good luck!




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Another 2016 Reading Challenge

Michelle of Seasons of Reading is once again sponsoring her Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. In short, the challenge runs from November 21, 2016 through January 6, 2017. The books read must be Christmassy in nature--novels, short stories, books of poem, etc.

There are various levels:
--Candy Cane: read 1 book
--Mistletoe: read 2-4 books
--Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)


Additional levels:
--Fa La La La Films: watch a bunch or a few Christmas movies...it's up to you!
--Visions of Sugar Plums: read books with your children this season and share what you read

*the additional levels are optional, you still must complete one of the main reading levels above


For more details and to sign up, please click the link above.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Color Coded & Read It Again, Sam Challenges at My Reader's Block

For the past several years I have considered retiring either the Color Coded or the Read It Again, Sam Reading Challenge (or both) and each time fans have requested that I keep them going. The Read It Again, Sam Challenge has had very little interest this year (an average of four review posts per month). I am willing to run them again if I get substantial interest. If there is enough demand, I will probably set them up on the same initial post and Headquarters link...and will change the review postings for Read It Again, Sam to a year-long (perpetual) link rather than monthly link ups.
If you have been a participant and love these challenges OR if you think they sound great and want to participate for the first time in 2017, then please indicate your interest in either one of the challenges or both in the poll I've set up on my side bar at My Reader's Block.

Thanks!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Are You Ready for 2017?

I'm hoping that those of us who love challenges aren't going to be faced with a limited supply--at least in the blogging world. Normally, the challenges start popping up left and right as November begins. I have posted most of the ones I sponsor, but there aren't many others out there. Of course, if you are on Goodreads, there are tons of challenges (lots of complicated challenges!), so I guess we can all get our fixes there if need be.

In the meantime...I have set up the pages for 2017--new sign-up and challenge log pages AND a brand new page where I plan to log all the blog-sponsored challenges I find. Please alert me to any challenges you come across and I will add them as well.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Hello...Anybody There?



So...I don't know about you, but life keeps getting in the way of things. I'm (just barely) keeping up with my challenges...although Goodreads informs me that I'm one book behind schedule if I want to meet my "Outdo Yourself" Challenge goal of 160 books. Why do I do that to myself?

Anywhoo...I decided to steal a few minutes and see how many of you are still out there and how you all are doing on those challenges. I just signed up for another one (although Carl V. insists the R.I.P. XI is an Event and not a challenge...) which means I've got 33 on tap for 2016. I've already technically completed my Reading Challenge Addicts Challenge having completed 21 of the 33, but I won't call it for sure until we see how many I finish by December 31st. I'm a little worried about the 1001 books Before You Die (and I only have to read five before the end of the year...) and the Non-Fiction Adventure. I'm just not feeling those two this time around. 

How about you? Are you slaying those challenges like dragons?