The basic idea of this challenge is to read books about GLBT topics and/or by GLBT authors.Books Read:
The challenge runs year-round, and there will be three levels of participation:
You don't need to choose your books right away, and they can change at any time. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.
- Lambda Level: Read 4 books.
- Pink Triangle Level: Read 8 books.
- Rainbow Level: Read 12 or more books.
In January, I will put up a post for you to leave links to your reviews, if you like. Those links can help serve as a reference for others. That will also be how I track participants for prize drawings.
Prizes! There will be prizes, both for this main challenge and for various mini-challenges throughout the year. Keep an eye on the blog for details.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Rage by Julie Anne Peters
My Pool of Potential Reads:
Some books I own:
Melusine by Sarah Monette
Life Mask by Emma Donoghue
Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
Regeneration by Pat Barker
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (for the author, not the book...)
The Wars by Timothy Findley (for the author, not the book...)
Naked by David Sedaris
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jacqueline Winspear
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
Inda by Sherwood Smith
Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen
I want to read some non-fiction, too, but the library has a terrible selection. So far nothing I have wanted to read is available!
Then, I know for sure that I am going to join the Flashback Challenge. The goal is to reread books. I plan to do that every year, but I am really quite bad at it!
The Flashback Challenge will run from January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010. If you're super-excited and want to reread a book before that, feel free, and let me know. If many people do so, then I'll do a December challenge linky post and you can all link to it here. Otherwise, we can hold them over to January.I'm not sure how much I will manage to read. Like I said, I am rather bad at rereads, so we will see what happens! I would say a Bookworm (at least) if I want to participate in my own challenge for next year...
You can sign up for the following levels:
Bookworm - Up to three books
Scholar - Four to six books
Literati - Over six books
Within these levels, we have mini-challenges! These are:1. Re-read a favorite book from your childhood2. Re-read a book assigned to you in high school3. Re-read a book you loved as an adult
Phantom by Susan Kay (Read as adult)
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Read as adult)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Read in high school)
A series from my childhood:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle
These books are for the read-along I am doing with Nymeth, Amanda, Shannon, and now several other people!
Then, there is the LOTR read-along. I am really up in the air about it, to be honest! It's a huge committment for someone that doesn't reread a lot, but I love these books... I don't think I will reread The Hobbit, but there is a good chance I will read the main trilogy. The good thing is that you don't have to read them in the months they are being discussed. I might have to stretch them out a bit. I used to read trilogies all in a row, and I have done that a bit this year, but generally the last few years I have a hard time doing that.
Then, there is the Woolf in Winter Challenge. It is basically to read four novels by Virginia Woolf in January and February. Instead, I am going to read one each in November, December, January, and February so I don't get burned out on her! The books are Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, and The Waves. I have a very hard time with Woolf, but I am determined to read her! I have read Mrs. Dalloway before, though!
Oh, and there is also The Classic Reads Book Club! The first book is East of Eden and then the second book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I have been meaning to read more Steinbeck forever! Then, I can read Betty Smith for the Flashback Challenge. It is win-win!
In my Sunday post the other day I mentioned joining The Terry Pratchett Reading Challenge. I thought I would put it on here, too, so it is a bit more official!
The challenge will start from 1 December 2009 and run through to 30 November 2010. There are several different levels of participation for you to choose from:I will say I am aiming for Cashier at Ankh-Morpork Mint, but I am hoping to make it to Death's Apprentice! We will have to see what happens!
1-3 books - Cashier at Ankh-Morpork Mint
4-5 books - Guard of the City Watch
6-8 books - Academic at the Unseen University
9-10 books - Member of Granny Weatherwax's Coven
10-12 books - Death's Apprentice
You can either be reading the books for the first time, rereading, or even watching the TV adaptations if you like! As long as everyone has fun I will be happy! Please also do not feel limited to only reading the Discworld books as any books by Terry Pratchett will count for this challenge.
I am going to have to update my sidebar to keep this all straight!