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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2010 Reading challenges Update May


2010 Reading challenges Update

I signed up for 12 Challenges. I thought that would be too much, but I am well over halfway done, plus one my summer Challenges seems to not be on after all, which reduces me to 11. What I am seeing is that next year I can sign up for more, and also at the higher levels. I really like it when Challenges have multiple levels. There's a Challenge I have my eye on if the Southern Lit Challenge is really, truly gone for good. Stay tuned next month for that update. (Yes, I know it looks like I have 13 but Read 'n Review I'm not really counting as a Challenge. It's not a reading challenge as much as it is a writing challenge.)

I will continue to update my Challenges page, and I will keep adding to even the ones that are done, to see what level I should have signed up for on each of these. Being my first year, I was conservative with my estimates. I have not been great at updating the original challenge blogs with my reviews/status on the challenges. Oh well! I've done it for the ones that are more specific (art history, Aussie, Shelf Awareness) much more than the vague ones (TBR, Chunkster). I hope to be better at that this month, and go back and link up the ones I missed.

Finished:
The Memorable Memoir Challenge
The Art History Reading Challenge
Rainbow Connection Reading Challenge
TBR *Lite* 2010
Chunkster Reading Challenge
Shelf Discovery Challenge
Audio Books Challenge
Raved Reads

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
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
2/12
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 such as sex, drugs, abuse, divorce, death, etc. So I classify most of the books I read for the Shelf Discovery Challenge as MR titles.

Aussie Author Challenge 2010
Tourist level - Read and review 3 books by 3 different Australian authors
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
2/3, nearly done!

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)
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee (psychology)
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman (behavioral economics)
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (science)
My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black; Or, A Culture-Up Manifesto by Jen Lancaster (memoir)
Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer by Jen Lancaster (memoir)
5/5 DONE! I kinda knew I'd finish this immediately. I love non-fiction and while I was good at reading more fiction during the beginning of the year, I've completely fallen off that wagon. I was actually hoping to do 5 different categories, but towards the end, that got a little difficult.

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

New Summer Challenges That Is Not To Be:
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? I've hunted around and can't find one. Bummer.

3 comments:

Priya Parmar said...

wow--seriously impressive! btw i got to know the editorial asistant a bit and am definitely lobbying to get her name in the acknowledgements! thanks to you!

Carin said...

Excellent Priya! Your EA can be your biggest ally. Mostly though they're a lowly underpaid grunt who does most of the work. They are SO GRATEFUL when they're acknowledged as it is so rare.

Priya Parmar said...

the woman working on my book is lovely and doing TONS of work and i had no idea! thank you for helping me find her!