Nerdfighters

Last year, there was a 50 book challenge on this very ning, but sadly, I discovered it too late to really participate. The Good News was that I'd already read 160 books, so I'd completed the challenge. And as I read through the comments, I noted that there were several people who thought 50 books in one year was too easy. So this year, I present a challenge: Read at least 100 books by the end of 2010.

There are no real rules for the challenge, but I always have some rules for myself, so if you're looking for some structure, here they are:
No re-reads. I don't list the same book twice. If I've read it before, in a previous year, then that's ok. But I don't like seeing the same book more than once on one list.
No cheating.If I read a book halfway, or skip through spots, then it's not allowed to count. Because I haven't read an entire book.
No picture books. I never list picture books, even though I read several of them, usually to my sisters. I don't list them because they hardly contain more text than one of those phone company mailers that at&t sends out every other day.

Simple, really. And if you're thinking that 100 may be too difficult, then think of it this way:
That's three days per book, with 65 free days, for things like work and vacations (although if you're anything like me, you look at a vacation as an opportunity to read more then usual.), and sick days, and anything else that you can think of.
And even if you only have one hour to read every day, if you average, say, 90 pages an hour, then you can read roughly a 270 page book in three days. Which, admittedly, isn't huge, but that's still a fairly susbtantial book.

So go, get started! Post here everytime you've read a new book. Keep a list, and when you reach a milestone (25..50..100...1..) let us know! Tell us if you've read a great book that everyone should know about, or if you've read a terrible book everyone should avoid eye-contact with.

Good Luck, and happy reading!
(at first I accidentally typed 'lick' instead of 'luck'. I was amused.)


 

EDITS:

-BOOKS MAY BE WRITTEN IN ANY LANGUAGE. A book is a book, no matter what country it comes from.

-PLAYS ARE ACCEPTABLE. Any play goes. Although obviously you can't just go see it. That's like watching the HP movies and then calling yourself a Potterhead.

-GRAPHIC NOVELS COUNT. They're not picture books, because they have more than 5 words a page.
Some people are counting them as half of a book, so that works too :D

 

Hey you! (Yes. YOU.)

~> If you have a question, feel free to PM or comment me, and I'll put the answer up there ^^

 

100 Book Challenge 2010 is now over.

you can find this year's challenge here: 100 Book Challenge 2011

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http://www.chriscleave.com/main/?page_id=726
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Haven't had the time to read lately with moving and life stuff getting in the way, maybe 50 would be a more reasonable goal for me. heh
20. Skellig - David Almond.
loved it <3
His other books freaked me out a bit, but I adored this one
Really? They freaked you out? Which ones were those? I've only read Jackdaw Summer and The Savage, but David Almond is quickly becoming one of my favourite children's authors..
Understandable. I read Clay, and...yeah. It creeped me out a bit.
Clay and Heaven Eyes were both a bit...odd. Of course, I was only 11 or 12, but I found Clay especially distressing XD I've also read...I can't remember what it's called. Kit's Wilderness, maybe? That one was a bit strange too.

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