Friday, January 2, 2009

Challenges for the New Year

OK. I admit it. I'm addicted to challenges. Not so much the finishing, because I haven't really done that well in actually finishing the challenges. Nope. I'm addicted to signing up for them!! I told myself last year that I would be good and stop joining them. But one look at A Novel Challenge, and all that went straight out the window! I knew there were a few I would join...I just didn't realize the sheer amount of challenges out there right now!! So here is my official Challenge post. Don't let it fool you.....I'm sure there are a lot more challenges that will end up with my name in a Mr. Linky somewhere!

Dewey's Books Reading Challenge is one that I knew I would join. Hosted by my friend Chris at Stuff Dreams are Made On and Robin at A Fondness for Reading, this challenge seemed like a nice way to honor Dewey, whose loss was felt across the blogging world last month. This challenge has it's own blog, and runs from Jan. 1st through the end of the year. The main point in this challenge is to read books that Dewey read and reviewed. I think the official number is 5 from any year, so we'll run with that option. Here's my list. And just for the record, I reserve the right to change this list!!

  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichu
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  • Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

There is an extra one on the list, but this is as far as I could make cuts in my original list!!

Since Annie announced this challenge so many months ago, I've been planning on joining. But work and life has kept me from posting a lot, and it just kind of slipped my mind...until now. This is Part II of the What's in a Name? Reading Challenge (I think for part one, I only read 1/2. I'm definitely going to try to finish this one in 2009!)

Beginning January 1st and running through Dec. 31st of 2009, the challenge is to read one book from each of the 6 categories that Annie has chosen. There is a blog also dedicated for this challenge. Cool new categories for the New Year:

A book with a "profession" in its title: The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta or The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
A book with a "time of day" in its title: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
A book with a "relative" in its title: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
A book with a "body part" in its title: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood or Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
A book with a "building" in its title: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith or House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewsi
A book with a "medical condition" in its title: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (ok...that might be pushing a medical condition. This one was tough!!) or Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

Holy Cow. A NEIL GAIMAN Challenge??? Ok. I can NOT resist that one!! I mean, come on. My newest favorite author?? I've read most of his novels, but this will give me a chance to expand my Gaiman horizons. The Dream King Challenge is hosted by Jessi from Casual Dread. The challenge will run from January 1 to December 31st 2009. There is even a challenge blog! You can choose your level of participation:

Neophyte: Read one work and watch one movie
Acolyte: Read three works (from three different categories) and watch one movie
Devotee: Read six works (from six different categories) and watch one movie
Zealot: Read twelve works (from at least six different categories) and watch one movie

This will be ongoing for me. I'm not setting a reading list. I'd love to hit the Zealot level, but a lot will do with the availability of The Sandman books. I can't afford to buy them we'll see where this leads us.

Next, is the 2009 ARC Reading Challenge. Hosted by the lovely Teddy Rose from So Many Precious Books, So Little Time, this challenge is to read ARC's. And yes, I have a stack to finish right now! The challenge is to read 12, but you have to keep adding the ARC's you receive throughout the year. I have a feeling, I will have way more than 12 to get through before the year is up!!

Here is a partial list right now:

  • Eclipse by Richard North Patterson
  • Wicked Game by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
  • North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Hedley
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff

The World Citizen Challenge 2009 is hosted by Eva at A Striped Armchair.

"There are a ton of challenges focused on almost every aspect of fiction imaginable, but not very many on non-fiction. So, hopefully all of
those with ‘inner bookworms’ (as Bybee calls it)guilt-tripping you for not reading enough non-fiction will be interested. And, of course, all of you who
love non-fiction should be perking up too! I struggled with what to call this challenge, but I finally decided on World Citizen. That’s because, in this day and age, it’s important for all of us to know something about the world around us"

There are several levels of participation:

The Prospie Level - This is for those of you with no time to read another book, but who still want to do something. There will be a different mini-challenge each month of the challenge, and all you have to do to be a prospie is say you want to participate in at least one of them. There will be prizes!

The Auditor Level - For this level, you just need to declare your interest in the challenge. Anything else you might want to do: the mini-challenges, making a list of potential books, participating in the discussions, etc. is completely up to you. Maybe you want to commit to reading a newspaper or magazine instead of a book-go for it.

The World Citizenship 101 Level - For this level, you need to commit to one book.

The Minor Level - For this level, you need to commit to three books, from at least two different categories (listed on the post about the challenge).

The Major Level - For this level, you need to commit to five books, from at least three different categories.

The Postgraduate Level - For this level, you need to commit to seven books, including one book from each category.

Categories include politics, history, economics, culture or
anthropology/sociology, Worldwide issues, memoirs/autobiographies. My list for this will be sometime this weekend!!

Not so much a challenge as an experience, is Carl's Sci-Fi Experience 2009. It runs for January and February of 2009. No level of commitment or lists needed. Just a chance to enjoy a little science fiction. Personally, there are some short stories I really want to read for this one. Besides, the button is rather righteous, don't you think?? Lots of fun to be had whenever Carl hosts anything!!

That's it for now. There are still a few others I want to join....The Year of Reading Dangerously, The 2009 TBR Challenge, 2009 YA Challenge, The Diversity Rocks Challenge, Graphic Novels Challenge and the Orbis Terrarum 2009 Challenge. I'm just saving them for another post!!



Kailana said...

Good luck with all that!

Joy said...

Happy New Year, Stephanie! Have fun with your 2009 Challenges! :)

Literary Feline said...

Sounds like what happened to me, happened to you too with the whole joining challenge issue. LOL

Some of the challenges are just too good to resist, aren't they?

Trish said...

Looks like some great challenges--I've been hearing so much about John Green lately! I haven't officially signed up for any yet, but I'm sure I will eventually. I love making the lists!! Have a great time with the challenges!

Tammy said...

Welcome to the royal court, co-queen of challenges! Looks like you and I picked several of the same challenges and even the same books -- can't wait to compare thoughts on them.

Happy new year!!

Nymeth said...

I love all your lists! Especially for the challenge in Dewey's memory. So many great books in there.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you manage to find The Sandman at the library. Good luck with the challenges!

Chris said...

I'm so glad that you're joining in Steph!! I really need to join the Dream King challenge...I don't know why I haven't signed up for that one yet!

Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for joining the ARC challenge Stephanie! I'm so glad your joining in the fun!

Debi said...

"I'm addicted to challenges. Not so much the finishing, because I haven't really done that well in actually finishing the challenges. Nope. I'm addicted to signing up for them!!"...Oh sister, that is soooo me, too! I've got a post like this in the works. It's really kind of pathetic. But hey, we have fun signing up and making lists of books and reading what we can, so actually finishing a challenge is just icing on the cake, right?

samantha.1020 said...

LOL! I just made a post just like this joining a bunch of challenges. I only finished one last year but oh well :)

Eva said...

Thanks for joining my challenge! :)

Iliana said...

I love joining them too :)

Good luck with your challenges and most of all, have tons of fun!