Saturday, December 12, 2009

2010 Reading Challenges

This was my first year to participate in any reading challenges. In fact, I only created this blog so I could participate in them. As the 2010 Reading Challenges start popping up across the Internet, I want to join so many. However, I am trying to be realistic, picking only a few and focusing on ones that involve books I am interested in as well as ones that stretch my reading selections. I also am aware that I can only read so many books, so without further ado, these are the 3 - year long challenges I am joining this year.

The Take Another Chance Challenge is hosted by Find Your Next Book Here. There is a list of 12 challenges to use to pick the books you are going to read. There are 3 participation levels.

A Small Gamble - complete 3/12 challenges
A Moderate Gamble - complete 6/12 challenges
Gambling it All - complete all 12 of the challenges

Now, my husband will tell you am quite the gambler, but for this challenge I am going to try for the Small Gamble level. My plan is to use 3 of the challenges to read books that I never would have picked up on my own, after all I do believe this is what this one is all about.

My second challenge is A Royal Review's Historical Fiction Challenge. Now, this one is just screaming for me to join. If I could only read one genre of book, it would be historical fiction. Again, this challenge has multiple levels of participation.

Curious - 3 books
Fascinated - 6 books
Addicted - 12 books
Obsessed - 20 books

I am going to jump into this one at the Obsessed level. I think I can easily read 20 historical fiction books next year. 12 of my 37 books I read this year were in the historical fiction genre and I believe I can read more, especially with a conscious effort. I also plan to challenge myself to read only books already on my shelves or from the library for this challenge.

Some books I am putting on the challenge for this list are - The Girl from Junchow by Kate Furnivall, The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory, Pope Joan by Donna Woolfold Cross, Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant and Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund.

My final year long challenge is the Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge hosted by Ready When You are, C.B The ideas behind this challenge is to read a book, watch the movie based on the book and then review both. You can also see the movie, then read the book. There are several different levels for this challenge as well.

Matinee - 1book/1movie

Double Feature - 2 books/2 movies

Saturday Movie Marathon - 4 books/4 movies

Film Festival - 8 books/8 movies

Festival Jury Member 10 books/10 movies

At first, I was going to sign up for the Double Feature, but then when I started looking at all the books I could read for this challenge, most off my own shelves, I decided to up my participation to the Film Festival Level. The following books are on my list: Time Traveler's Wife, Revolutionary Road, The Duchess, Lovely Bones and Persepolis. Each of these are already on my shelves or I have asked to borrow. That leaves me 3 more to choose during the course of the year.

I am excited about these challenges. I really think I have a shot at completing all 3 in addition to some other shorter challenges that I am sure will attract my attention over the year. In case you are wondering how I found all these great challenges, I DID NOT spend hours surfing book blogs to find them. A Novel Challenge is a great blog of nothing but , you guessed it, Reading Challenges! If you can't find a challenge there that piques your interest, then well, you will just have to start your own!


  1. Welcome to the Take Another Chance Challenge! I'm so glad you decided to join in the fun. I look forward to reading your posts and seeing what books you end up reading. I'm glad that challenge made your "short list." And yes ... the idea is to challenge yourself to "read outside the box" and take chances in your reading! It often works out very well ... but it can end up badly too! Have fun with it!

  2. WOW That's a lot of challenges! Thanks for your comment about my reviews as recommendations for your HF Challenge. I wish you luck.. I hope I don't steer you wrong!!
    As far as Sacred Hearts goes, I really enjoyed it. It was not dramatic, it was more soul-searching type of a feeling. I think it's inner messages get through to some and not others. It was also my first Dunant, and those that had read Dunant before preferred her other reads. And then, of course, there were those that really enjoyed it as I did. I'm curious how you will like it!

  3. Thanks for commenting on my post about the West Wing! We are on season 6 right now, which is the one that I think we missed a few episodes of while it was on TV, so that's been fun, but I've also dipped back into season 1 and Bravo TV viewings. Love it!

    And I love this post too. One thing I like about reading challenges is realizing that we can read more if

    We have a "Books on Screen" column at and we accept guest posts. I'd love for you to submit some of the books/movies. You can email me to see if we already have someone covering it at 5minutesforbooks (AT) gmail (DOT) com. Whether it's a new release or a DVD -- we like it.