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Saturday, May 1, 2010

2010 Reading challenges Update April


2010 Reading challenges Update

I have signed up for 12 Challenges. In March I finished 1 Challenge, Raved Reads. Looking ahead, I could see that I could easily finish 1 Challenge per month and a couple of them would come together, and it looked like I'd be able to cruise through to the fall and finish them up in December. Well, lo and behold, a miracle has happened. In April I have finished 6! SIX! Over half (including the 1 in March)! This is insane! I had a lot of overlaps and coincidences and between the reading marathon and a long car trip, I really did a number on my reading this month! So there are 2 I have started, 2 that start this summer, and 1 that is ongoing (review everything you read. Can't finish that one until December 31!) So, I guess these updates will be more sporadic for the rest of the year. I will continue to update my Challenges page, and I will keep adding to even the ones that are done, to see what I should have signed up for on each of these. Being my first year, I was conservative with my estimates.

Finished:
The Memorable Memoir Challenge
Participants are to read at least 4 memoirs/diaries/letters/autobiography books in 2010.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
My Stroke Of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
Grayson by Lynne Cox
I both started and completed this Challenge this month. I love memoirs so I knew this really wouldn’t be a problem. In fact, I am a little curious what my final number will be come December 31.
DONE! 4/4

The Art History Reading Challenge
Read at least 3 books about art in 2010.
Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis
3/3 DONE! It’s funny, the last two books I have read for this challenge I wasn’t even thinking of for this challenge. Initially it didn’t occur to me that cartooning is art, but it certainly is.

Rainbow Connection Reading Challenge
Single Rainbow (reading 7 books) by either Author (first or last name) or Title starting with R, O, Y, G, B, I and V (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet) books. This challenge is from January 1- June 30, 2010.
Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
DONE! 7/7 ROYGBIV

TBR *Lite* 2010
TBR= books that have been on your “To Be Read” list for 6 months or longer, but you haven’t gotten around to.
OPTION B: read 6 books in 12 months
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
The Headmaster by John McPhee
6/6 DONE!

Chunkster Reading Challenge
February 1, 2010 - January 31, 2011
A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction).
Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - 4 Chunksters
Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis (655 total pages, 566 excluding notes and Index)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (590)
4/4 DONE!

Shelf Discovery Challenge hosted by Booking Mama
November 1, 2009 - April 30, 2010
My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel
6/6 DONE!

Audio Books Challenge
Fascinated – Listen to 6 Audio Books. 2010
Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
My Stroke Of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
Grayson by Lynne Cox
6/6 DONE!

Making Headway:
The 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge
The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.
My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel
1/12
There are other books that I could count, that I have seen others count, but that I firmly believe are Middle Reader books. I respect YA too much to cross those lines. If it’s appropriate for a kid under 13, I just don’t think it’s YA. YA usually has some pretty controversial topics (My Darling, My Hamburger didn’t disappoint in that regard!) such as sex, drugs, abuse, divorce, death, etc. So I think most of the books I read for the Shelf Discovery Challenge are MR titles.

AUSSIE AUTHOR CHALLENGE 2010
TOURIST - Read and review 3 books by 3 different Australian authors
1/3, none this month, but just this morning I got a copy of Picnic at Hanging Rock!

Read’n'Review
Review each book you read in 2010. So far, so good!

New Summer Challenges To Come:
Southern Reading Challenge
you read three (fiction or nonfiction) between May 15th and August 15th.
This is still showing for 2009. I’ve been hoping it will come back for 2010 but it doesn’t seem like it. Does anyone know of another Southern Lit Challenge?

NON-FICTION FIVE CHALLENGE
MAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
Read at least one non-fiction book that is different from your other choices (i.e.: 4 memoirs and 1 self-help)
Starts tomorrow, woo-hoo!

5 comments:

Julie P. said...

Now that you've finished with the Shelf Discovery Challenge (Congrats!), you need to join my 2010 EW Summer Books Challenge! :)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Wow look at you go! I havent updated my challenges in awhile - this s probably a good idea to see where I am at :)

bibliophiliac said...

Hello Carin, I just honored your blog with the Prolific Blogger Award. Now you are supposed to pass the award on to 7 other blogs;)

Jessica said...

LOL I think that must be some kind of record surely?

Kristen said...

You're cookin' right along. I keep adding more to my challenge plate but haven't made the posts on the blog yet. You'll just laugh when you see how delightfully overcommitted I am. :-)