Archive for the ‘Challenge 2010’ Category

I’m delighted that these 3M is continuing these challenges in 2010.  Needless to say I’m in – bringing total challenges for the year to 13.  I say that’s enough for any one bookworm.

The Pub 2010 – 10 books, published for the first time in the UK during 2010

Award Winners IV – 10 months, 10 awards, January – October 2010

Decades challenge 2010 – 10 books from 10 consecutive decades, January – December 2010

Reading lists for all to be compiled as I go along.


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Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge.  I’m off to the Saturday Matinees again next year. I’m feeling ever so nostalgic ….. Read 4 books, watch 4 movies.

Chunkster Challenge 2010 – 3 books of 450 pages or more. I’ll select from: Wolf Hall, The Tin Drum, My Mutual Friend, The Moonstone, East Lynne, Lady Audley’s Secret





Colourful Reading Challenge 2010

9 books with 9 colours in the title: Black, red, white, blue, gold/yellow, silver plus 3 discretionary


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What’s In A Name 3?

January 1 – December 31, 2010

Beth at Beth Fish Reads is the new host of What’s In A Name 3 Challenge. Here’s how it works: Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, read one book in each of the following categories:
  1. A book with a food in the title:  An Apple In The Dark- Clarice Lispector
  2. A book with a body of water in the title: The Draining Lake – Arnaldur Indridason
  3. A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: The White Queen – Phillipa Gregory
  4. A book with a plant in the title:  A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees – Clare Dudman
  5. A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada
  6. A book with a music term in the title: The Long Song – Andrea Levy

I’m delighted this challenge continues.  Great timing as I have just finished What’s In A Name 2.

Building:  Castle in the Clouds / Medical Condition: Dismissed Dead /Time of Day:  Miss Pettigrew lives for a Day / Body Part: The Blind Side of the Heart / Profession: My Cleaner /Relative:  Midnight’s Children

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 TwentyTen Reading Challenge @ Barts Bookshelf

This is such a creative challenge –  how can I resist?  The rules according to Bartsbookshelf:

  • 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 (and my first thoughts on what I will read …)

  1. Young Adult
    Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.  (Two books by Philip Reeve,  A Darkling Plain / Here Lies Arthur/The Moonstone Legacy)
  2. T.B.R. **
    Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09. (The only difficulty here is selecting two from the 700+ TBR!)
  3. Shiny & New
    Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count!  (To be determined) The Long Song / Even The Dogs
  4. Bad Blogger’s ***
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago). 
    *** Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on. (I already have a mountain of these.  The first two to spring to mind are:  The Flying Camel and the Golden Hump, recommended by Dovegreyreader and Colony, recommended at the Asylum.)
  5. Charity
    Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop. (To be decided)
  6. New in 2010
    This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!) The Existential Detective /
  7.  Older Than You
    Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior! (I’ll  probably select two C19th sensational novels for this.) The Moonstone / Dirty Snow
  8. Win! Win!
    Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so! (To be determined.) Suite Francaise / Stevenson under the Palm Trees
  9. Who Are You Again?
    This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before! (Cue 2 debut novels …..) Miss Thing / The Still Point
  10. Up to You!
    The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state it in your sign-up post. (Two non-fiction titles for me.) The Snows of Yesteryear / Family Romance

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Wilkie Collins Mini-Challenge – 2 books 01.10.2009- 30.11.2010

Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge – 40% of books read between 01.10.2009 and 30.11.2009 must have been on the shelves for 6 months or longer.

November Novella Challenge – 4 novellas in November

Potential reads: Cheerful Weather for a Wedding, Mathilda, The Lemoine Affair, The Green Dwarf, Something (anything!) by Theodor Storm, A Minute’s Silence, Confusion

Really Old Classics Challenge – One book pre-1600 by 28.02.2010.

Awesome Author Challenge – Moderate level – 6 new-to-me authors 01.01.2010 – 31.12.2010.  To be chosen from the following:  Anton Szerb, Willa Cather, John D MacDonald, Joyce Carol Oates, Colette, Anthony Trollope, Alice Munro, Virginia Woolf, Hilary Mantel

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