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2010 Challenges

December 16th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Michelle at GalleySmith is hosting the Cybils Award Challenge for 2010.  It sounds like fun and overlaps with a bunch of books I really want to read.

How Will It Work?

  • Challenge will run from December 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010
  • Anyone can join, you don’t have to blog to play along
  • Challengers can choose to participate in as many of the categories listed below as they want
  • Challengers may not mix books from across multiple categories
  • Challengers do not need to construct a reading list just decide as you go however the mood strikes you
  • Challengers may participate at any of the levels indicated below
  • All books used as part of the challenge must be from the 2009 reading lists linked below
  • Books read can overlap with other challenges you are participating in
  • Challengers can read in any format (ie: audio, e-book, print)

Levels of Participation

  • Categorically Speaking – choose to read all books in a category
  • Halfway There – choose to read 50% of books in a category
  • Rule of Fours – choose to read 1/4 or 3/4 of books in a category
  • Pick A Number – choose to read a specific number of books in a category
  • Shorties Rule – choose to read books in a specific short list (finalists will be publicized Jan 1, 2010)

Fun Stuff

As part of the fun there will be author interviews, guest posts, giveaways and a grand prize drawing for a $100 gift card to Borders Books.  Check out Michelle’s post for more details about the categories and how to enter the giveaway.

I am aiming for Categorically Speaking for the Fiction: Fantasy & Science Fiction(YA) category.  See the list of books here. If you want to participate go sign up at GalleySmith.

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Kristi at The Story Siren is hosting this challenge.  I’m not sure about my exact list yet but so far I know I want to read:

  • The Line by Teri Hall
  • The Mark by Jen Nadol
  • The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
  • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
  • The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  • I’ll add more as I read them


J. Kaye’s Book Blog is hosting the 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge.  This is one is right up my alley and fits in nicely with the other challenges I’m signing up for.

The Rules

1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.

–Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.

2. There are four levels:

–The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.

–Just My Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 25 Young Adult novels.

–Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge – Read 50 Young Adult novels.

–Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels.

3. Audio, eBooks, paper all count.

4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.

I’m going to shoot for Stepping It Up level for 50 novels.  If you want to sign up go here.


Bibliophile By The Sea is hosting the 2010 Reading From My Shelves Project.

So with 2010 just around the corner, I’ve decided to try to lessen the weight on my bookshelves, by reading books from my shelves, and then passing the books on to someone else: a friend, relative, the library, used book store, swap them, just as long as the book leaves my house once it has been read.  I’m setting an ambitious goal of (75 books).
Does this sound like something you’d like to do as well??? If so, feel free to join in:

* grab the button
* decide how many books you want to read from your shelves (minimum of 20 – no maximum)
* find a new home for the books once you read them
* post the titles and the authors of books you’ve read and passed on
* project runs from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010
* crossover challenge books are allowed

I so need this challenge as I think I’m closing in on almost 300 books on my shelves that I have not read yet.  So this is one of my goals for next year.  I want to read at least 75-100 of my own books next year.  Head on over if you want to sign up.

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4 Responses

  1. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    Those are some great challenges. I hope you will consider the 2010 vietnam war reading challenge I cohost!

    here’s the info:

  2. Alita

    So many fun challenges! I’m doing the YA challenge and very much looking forward to getting a start on it :)

  3. L. Diane Wolfe

    At the moment, I’m just doing the Childhood Favorites Challenge.

    And 300 is a lot of unread books…

  4. Michelle

    Awesome for the categorically speaking effort! I’m going to do the same (at least try) in the YA category. We’ll see how it works out though. I’m also doing the two YA challenges you mentioned above as well. We’ll have to cheer each other on.

    Good luck!

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