Will somebody puh-leese stop me before I join another reading challenge for 2011? This is getting a little out of control here.
In addition to hosting the Memorable Memoir Challenge (shameless plug alert! go here for more info!) and the other 5 that I already told you about (2nds, 50 States, GLBT, Reading Madly, and What’s in a Name), I’ve gone and signed myself up for … 8 more.
That’s a total of 14 challenges.
Fourteen! That’s absolutely ridiculous.
But it is oh so much fun, right?
(As The Husband said to me the other night, as I was going on about this: “These challenges sound like the literary equivalent of Fantasy Football.” And you know what? He’s so right. Never again will I make fun of him playing Fantasy Football or Baseball or whatever else. You get your fun where you can, and in my world, my fun comes from reading challenges. So there.)
Here are my latest challenges. I think I’m done with all of my choices and strategizing now. Maybe.
— Curious – Read 3 e-books.
— Fascinated – Read 6 e-books.
— Addicted – Read 12 e-books.
— Obsessed – Read 20 e-books.
I’m going for the Fascinated level (6 e-books) with this one, but hopefully will read more (especially since I’ve downloaded about 150 free classics since Christmas Day.)
One thing we all have in common is the need to eat food. Some of us also have a strong need/desire to read about food. I’m one of them, are you? Such people are known as Foodies – people who love to talk, read, watch food tv, or anything else with a food theme.
If that description fits you, I invite you to join me in the Foodie’s Reading Challenge for 2011. Together we’ll explore the world of good food writing. That may take the form of a cookbook or a biography or even a novel centered around food.
Readers can choose from five levels of participation:
Nibbler: 1 to 3 books
Bon Vivant: 4 to 6 books
Epicurean: 7 to 9 books
Gourmet: 10 to 12
Glutton: More than 12
I have several such books out from the library right now, so I am going to be ambitious with this one and go for the Glutton (more than 12) level, especially since cookbooks count. Plus, it will help me generate posts for Weekend Cooking.
The idea behind this is to find new authors that you’ve never tried before. They can be in your genre of choice or be brave and try something new. You never know what you’re going to like until you try it.
Guidelines: Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.You can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.
I’m going for the 15 New Authors level.
Huginn and Muninn: Read 2 books
Freya: Read 3-5 books
Tor: Read 6-10 books
Odin: Read 11-20 books
Valhalla: Read 20+ books
I’m going for Huginn and Muninn, 2 books.
And last but certainly not least ….
The states considered to be the South for this challenge are South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Texas and Florida–as long as you find a book by a Florida author and/or set in Florida that feels Southern.
Level 1–C’mon in the house! Read 1 book.
Level 2–Pull up a seat and stay a while! Read 2 books
Level 3–Have a glass of sweet iced tea, honey. Read 3 books
Level 4–Y’all come back now, y’hear! Read 4 books
This is one of the challenges I’m most excited about as I love, love, love Southern literature. LOVE. IT. Hence, I’m going for Level 4 with this one.
Have you joined or are you planning to join any of these challenges?
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