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.)
-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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My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent - first book of hers that I've read, this is her first book in a YA series, the Soul Screamers and I found it absolutely addictive. Can't wait for more in the series (It's published in America already, but not here in the UK until January!)
Ooh, I liked that one too!
Sad to say that the 2nd didn't do much for me, and I didn't even finish the 3rd.
59) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen- I honestly did not know what to think of this book until about the last 100 pages. It totally picks up and the ending is wonderful. Great book!
a tale edged in blood and hard black pencil by chrisopher brookmyre. not my favourite of his.
91. Kiss and Blog by Alyson Noel
92. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
93. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
94. Saint Iggy by K.L. Going
95. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I'm really hoping I get there...last year I read around 130 books, but I've been a lot busier this year.
So I started a little late, May I think. I have almost managed 50, trying really hard to finish the 50th book in these last few days of the year. Looking forward to another 50 book challenge among friends here in the BVI next year. Thanks for the push, I have read a few good books that I probably wouldn't have otherwise picked up, just to keep the reading continuous!
1) To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
2) Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (re-read), JK Rowling
3) The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (re-read) CS Lewis
4) Prince Caspian (re-read), CS Lewis
5) Billy, Pamela Stephenson
6) The Silver Chair (re-read), CS Lewis
7) Lord Sunday, Garth Nix
8) Will Grayson Will Grayson, John Green & David Levithan
9) Interworld, Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
10) Then Why Do I Have Toenails, Thom Phelps
11) Margrave of the Marshes, John Peel
12) The 10th Kingdom, Kathryn Wesley
13) The Blood of Elves, Andrzej Sapkowski
14) The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson
15) Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz
16) The End of Mr Y, Scarlett Thomas
17) Pygmy, Chuck Palahniuk
18) Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk
19) A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby
20) The Golden One, Deborah Chester
21) What is the What, Dave Eggars
22) The Crimson Claw, Deborah Chester
23) The Crystal Eye, Deborah Chester
24) I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett
25) The Ambassador’s Mission, Trudi Canavan
26) How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu
27) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (audio), JK Rowling
28) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (audio), JK Rowling
29) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (audio), JK Rowling
30) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (audio), JK Rowling
31) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audio), JK Rowling
32) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (audio), JK Rowling
33) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audio), JK Rowling
34) Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, Sam Savage
35) The Death of Bunny Munro, Nick Cave
36) Sabriel, Garth Nix
37) The Alchemyst (The Secrets if the Immortal Nicholas Flamel), Michael Scott
38) The Miserable Mill, Lemony Snicket
39) The Magician’s Nephew (re-read), CS Lewis
40) The Last Battle (re-read), CS Lewis
41) The Austere Academy, Lemony Snicket
42) The Ersatz Elevator, Lemony Snicket
43) The Extended Phenotype, Richard Dawkins
44) The Vile Village, Lemony Snicket
45) Lirael, Garth Nix
46) The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 , Sue Townsend
47) The Hostile Hospital, Lemony Snicket
48) The Carnivorous Carnival, Lemony Snicket
49) Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson
50) The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
Being Billy by Phil Earle - a really wonderful UK YA debut that's out in January, about a boy, Billy who has been in care for the last 8 years. Sad and beautiful.
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan - really interesting first book in a new trilogy about an immortal girl who's forgotten how to value life and the little things. When she witnesses her best friend torture a human, she runs off to a special place for wayward immortals.
Outside In by Maria V Snyder - sequel to Inside Out which I read recently. Fun conclusion, but I preferred the first.
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - Loved this one. Amy needs to get car cross-country but is afraid to drive after the death of her father. So she goes on this road trip with Roger, an old family friend she doesn't quite remember and they go on this massive detour. It's got all these mementoes from the trip and playlists and things. Really, really liked it.
A Certain Age by Rebecca Ray - eh. Wasn't too fond of this one. 14 year old girl starts up an inappropriate relationship with an older man and has lots of problems at home. It made me cringe.
The last book I read in 2010 was From Notting Hill With Love ... Actually by Ali McNamara. It was quite sweet and fun and it put a smile on my face.
So... 2010 is finished and I managed to read 188 books. Had a lot of fun doing this with all of you :) Let's do it again in 2011.
96. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
97. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
98. Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
99. Yes You Can! by Jane Drake and Ann Love
100. Vacations from Hell by Maureen Johnson, Libba Bray, Sarah Mlynowski, Cassandra Clare, and Claudia Gray
Happy 2011 everyone!
Congratulations to all of you who read 100 books this year :D
I, sadly, didn't make it to 100 myself...2010 was a bit of a hectic year for me. My grand total was 70, give or take few to account for the books I forgot to list.
I'll shortly be making a Book Challenge 2011, so stay tuned, and any suggestions/comments/questions are greatly welcomed...dftba!