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Reading Challenges?

What reading challenges are you participating in this year?

Are there any challenges that you have participated in, in past years, that you would recommend?

I came across this woman's list of challenges when searching on google, it's a pretty good list with something for everyone: http://www.bibliobabe.com/reading_challenges.php (she also references to this site: http://novelchallenges.blogspot.com/)

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merchendiver
Apr. 30th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm doing the read the world challenge here on live journal. I just left Japan for Indonesia. Next stop Singapore.

Will definitely have to check out the list for some more ideas.
brenbell
Apr. 30th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm reading the Daniel Abraham's The Long Price series for May and the Earthsea Triology for June (plus all my other reading of course)
angel_vixen
Apr. 30th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm participating in readtheworld, and am also eying the TudorMania Challenge -- next year, I plan to join a handful of challenges, once I've gotten back into the swing of being in this sort of thing.

AngelVixen :-)
lilithlee
Apr. 30th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
I got the idea off this site http://jawasreadtoo.blogspot.com about a summer reading challenge. My library didn't have really any of the book, so, I couldn't do it. Instead I made my own summer challenge, just to challenge myself to see if I could really do a challenge, and starting in may I will challeging myself to read three series in three months.
jawastew
Apr. 30th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Which books will you be reading? I'm curious! I knew some people would have problems finding some of the books; 3 of the series are fairly new. I realize some libraries take awhile to get new books in stock. :\
lilithlee
May. 1st, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Lord of the ring series, Dark materical series by Philip Pullman and The Abhorsen thilory by Garth Nix.

I've been meaning to read two of these series for so long that I figure they were great for a challenge.
jawastew
May. 1st, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
The first two I liked, but I haven't read The Abhorsen Trilogy. I know someone who absolutely loves it, though. I should give it a try. :)
lilithlee
May. 1st, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
I've heard any good thing about that series too.
muse_books
Apr. 30th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Aside from a personal challenge via 50bookchallenge, I'm taking part in the PoC Challenge.
christina_reads
Apr. 30th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, I thought I was involved with a lot of challenges, but the woman from your link definitely has me beat!

On LJ, I'm participating in 50bookchallenge, 100project, and readtheworld. But my primary challenge this year is the 1010 Category Challenge at LibraryThing, where the goal is to pick 10 different categories (ex. fantasy or nonfiction) and read a set number of books in each category during 2010. I like it because it forces me to broaden my horizons and read things I wouldn't otherwise read.

And here are my other challenges for 2010:
- French Revolution Mini-Challenge: http://minichallenges.blogspot.com/2009/09/french-revolution-mini-challenge.html.
- Year of the Historical: http://www.lurvalamode.com/year-of-the-historical/.
- Once Upon a Time Reading Challenge: http://www.crazybookslut.com/2009/11/once-upon-time-reading-challenge.html.
- 2010 YA Reading Challenge: http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/2009/11/new-reading-challenge-2010-young-adult.html.
- The Classics Challenge: http://classics2008.blogspot.com/2010/02/classics-challenge-2010-sign-ups.html.
- 1930s Mini-Challenge: http://www.thingsmeanalot.com/2010/04/sunday-salon-1930s.html.
- Jane in June: http://bookrat-misty.blogspot.com/2010/03/jane-in-june-is-coming-and-youre.html.
books_n_cats
Apr. 30th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'm doing the readthewrld challenge and my own personal challenges of 100, 150 and 200 by the end of the year :)
eruditeviking
Apr. 30th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I don't really believe in reading challenges. More to the point I don't really understand the point of them.

I read fast enough and prolifically enough that 250 or more books a year isn't uncommon, hell on a good day I can finish a 400 page book in a sitting. I read just about anything I get my hands on, so there's no real value in getting a list to read for a given nation or subject matter because I've likely already perused something in that vein.

I've read most of the "classics" and a fair amount of the Times' Lifetime reading list stuff, and a fair amount of the regular "read this!" lists that come out each year. I read at a college level, and regularly peruse scholarly journals for amusement, so it's not an issue of improving my comprehension skills.

So what exactly is the point of "challenging" myself further on it? I already have the habit and enjoy it immensely. I already get satisfaction from reading in general, I don't feel the need to have a goal to meet to boost my self-esteem about my reading. If I don't make 200 books this year, so be it, as long as I enjoyed those I did finish.
christina_reads
Apr. 30th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I think that reading challenges are for people who like to make to-do lists and check off the items as they finish. Completing a challenge is like that times 100. :) Also, on a personal level, they help me to finally pick up all those books that I know I *should* read but never feel like starting. By setting a specific goal, I have more motivation to start that 1000-page doorstop that's been sitting on my shelf for years. I also enjoy challenges because they're a fun way to meet like-minded readers who can share encouragement and new recommendations.

In short, I do challenges because I think they're fun! Obviously some people don't, and that's fine. I think it just depends on the individual's personality.
eruditeviking
May. 1st, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh I have my fair share of to do things, checklists, and other habits (any even mildly OCD person does). I just don't see the point of adding a book "challenge" to that. I need no motivation to read, in fact it can be counter motivational if you've set the goal too high.

See speed of reading as to why 1,000 page door stop would be "light reading" for me. But as I like to point out, I read War & Peace in 9th grade just to piss of my English teacher because I thought the two books she made us read SLOWLY were too far below my level. (Lord of the Flies and The Chocolate War).
jawastew
Apr. 30th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
I'm flattered one commenter at least is participating in my Summer of Series reading challenge for my book blog: Jawas Read, Too

We're reading Long Price Quartet, Earthsea Trilogy, Vatta's War series, and the Inda Quartet - one each month through August. :)

And it's encouraging to hear, even if the other commenter didn't find those books they started their own summer challenge!

In addition to my own, I'm participating in Literary Escapism's New Author Challenge (I actually finished this one since I only signed up for 15) and Royal Reviews 2010 Fantasy Reading Challenge. :)

Edited at 2010-04-30 10:55 pm (UTC)
eruditeviking
May. 1st, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
The Earthsea Trilogy isn't a trilogy anymore. There are six total books in the series now.

The Earthsea Trilogy - The original trilogy
-- A Wizard of Earthsea
-- The Tombs of Atuan
-- The Farthest Shore
Tehanu - The fourth book, continuing on after The Farthest Shore.
Tales from Earthsea - A collection of short stories. Should be read 5th.
The Other Wind - The final book, concluding the series.

Some books are easier to find than others. "Tales from Earthsea" can be a beast to track down, but I've seen "The Other Wind" still on bookstore shelves recently. There's another anthology by Le Guin called "A Fisherman of the Inland Sea" which is unrelated to Earthsea. There is also an exceedingly rare book called "Earthsea Revisioned" which is a scholarly book on Earthsea done after a lecture at Oxford.
jawastew
May. 1st, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
I'm aware it isn't a trilogy anymore. For many years, the first three books were and can still be found labeled as such. For the challenge, I decided just on those three. If people want to continue with the other three, they're more than welcome.

I've read A Fisherman of the Inland Sea as well as another anthology of hers, Unlocking the Air, the novel The Left Hand of Darkness, and have several of her other novels (The Disposessed, Four Ways to Forgiveness (short fiction anthology), Worlds of Exile and Illusion (a collection of her Hainish novels) and Dancing on the Edge of the World (non-fiction).

Thanks for the help, though. ;)
alishenai
Apr. 30th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
At the moment I'm just trying to get through 75 books by the end of the year.
archersangel
May. 2nd, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
no challenges, i'm just noting what i read. also noting books that are set in other countries
craving_vintage
May. 4th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm doing a Jane Austen Book Challenge. And I haven't even gotten started yet.

I explain about it in my journal and what books I'm reading but there is a direct link to the challenge.

http://craving-vintage.livejournal.com/72225.html
unusualdemoness
May. 4th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to read 50 books in 2010. I'm sure there was an offical page somewhere, but I misplaced the link.
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