Monday, January 5, 2009

My First Challenge

I've been cautiously eyeing the many challenges swirling around the internet the last few weeks.
Since my 2008 resolution was to take the pressure out of reading, I hadn't signed up for any. My only real challenge, or commitment, has been to read all the books for my f2f group.
2009 will be different! I have signed up for Wendy's (Caribousmom) 2009 Mini Challenges.

Here are the 12 challenges:

1. Read a collection of short stories and either blog about it, OR tell the group about what you read. completed 1/27/09

2. Read a play. Blog about it, OR tell the group about your experience.
completed 1/30/09

3. Read a nonfiction book; write a review on your blog or post it to the group. completed 6/12/09

4. Read 2 essays from the same collection; write a review on your blog or tell the group about what you read.

5. Go to a book event; blog about it or tell the group about it. completed 10/11/09

6. Borrow a library book, read it and review it on your blog (or tell the group about it).
completed 2/6/09

7. Read a book by a new to you author. Do a little research on the author…do they have a blog? How many books have they written? Have they won any prizes? Where do they live? etc… Blog about the book you read and the author OR tell the group about them. completed 10/23/09

8. Make a donation. You can either donate to an organization that supports reading OR make a physical donation of a book (or books) to ANYONE. Blog about it or tell the group what you did. completed 7/09

9. Promote literacy. This is wide open - use your imagination. You could give a child a book, or read a book to someone who cannot read, or volunteer at an event which promotes literacy, or donate to your local library, or write something on your blog with a link to a group which promotes literacy, or anything in between. The only rule with this one is that you must PROMOTE literacy in some way…

10. Participate in a buddy read or Group discussion. This can be a face to face group, an on-line group or a one on one discussion with a friend who read the same book. Either way, blog about your experience or share with the group. Did the discussion give you greater appreciation or insight into what you read? Completed 3/3/09

11. Read a book outside your comfort level or from a genre you don’t normally read. Blog about it, or tell the group about it. Completed 5/1/09

12. Read a classic (defined as anything published before 1970). Tell us why it fits the category of being a classic. Write a review or tell the group about the book. completed 4/8/09

As I complete each challenge, I will add a link to its corresponding blog post.

Thanks, Wendy!


  1. I've been eyeing this one, as well. I've signed up for a couple already. But, I still may give this one a try. I usually don't do all that well with challenges, but it's fun trying. Good luck!

  2. You're welcome, Joanne - glad you chosen this challenge as your first!! Have fun :)

  3. Thanks, Lisa. I think I'd do most of these things on my own anyway, so we'll see how it goes.


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