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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 Book Challenges

Signed up for a gazillion challenges for 2010!! =D I feel slightly insane...

2010 Global Reading Challenge

Wherein I read novels from all the continents in the world. Will be doing this challenge on the Medium level (2 novels from each continent) with an added personal challenge: Will be specifically reading Adult Lit/Classics. (I love making things hard for myself, I know.)

Africa
1) Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Asia
3) The Housekeeper and the Professor
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7) La joueusse de go by Shan Sa
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North America (incl Central America)
9) Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice
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2010 Debut Authors Challenge


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* The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
* Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
* The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!
Will do my best to read a majority debut POC authors. Also, I'm going a little against the rules by including debut Adult authors. =Dvvv

* tentative list. only guaranteed read is Bleeding Violet, hence why it's #1 on my list. =D

1) + Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
2) + Split by Swati Avasthi
3) Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonaldo
4) Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai
5) The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez
6) Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes
7) + Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
8) Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich
9) + Iron King by Julie Kagawa
10) + In a Heartbreat by Loretta Ellsworth
11) + The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee
12) Kid vs. Squid by Greg van Eekhout
13) The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped by Yxta Maya Murray

Reading A-Z challenge


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Read both authors A to Z and titles A to Z (52 books).

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GLBT Challenge 2010


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The basic idea of this challenge is to read books about GLBT topics and/or by GLBT authors. The challenge runs year-round, and there will be three levels of participation:
Lambda Level: Read 4 books.
Pink Triangle Level: Read 8 books.
Rainbow Level: Read 12 or more books.
Will be doing Rainbow Level, with added personal challenge: pick GLBT authors

1) Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn
2) Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
3) Fun Home by Alison Bedchel
4) Freak Show by James St. James
5) Ash by Malinda Lo
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50 Books by POC

Read fifty books by authors of color in the course of a year. Read your books, count your books, and post your write-ups/reviews/impressions.

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Social Justice Challenge

2010 Social Justice Reading Challenge

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Reading opens new worlds to us and can sometimes expose the injustice in our own. We have all been powerfully moved by the injustice we have learned about in books and decided we wanted to host a reading project that would encourage us to learn more about these issues in the world.

We have chosen to focus each month on a different area of social injustice in the world. During that month, we are asking that you read something from the list of resources or watch something suggested by that month’s host.


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South Asian Author Challenge



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This challenge is to encourage people to read books by South Asian Authors – South Asia being India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Please not that it does not include the Middle East! The books can be from any time period, contemporary or classic. If you want to talk about the challenge on Twitter or tweet your reviews, use the hashtag #saac.
Will do a 3 book commitment.

1) Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth
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Terry Pratchett Challenge 2010


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Read Terry Pratchett's stuff. Will be reading 1-3 books - Cashier at Ankh-Morpork Mint.

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Fantasy Reading Challenge


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Reading Fantasy Novels within a year, Curious Level. Added personal challenge: First 3 novels must be of the Adult Epic Fantasy variant.

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Historical Reading Challenge


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Reading Historical Novels at Curious level.

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Romance Reading Challenge

Reading Romance novels at Curious level.

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Finish That Series Challenge



Finishing 2 series

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7 comments:

MissAttitude said...

Wow that's a lot of challenges! I'm so eager to start in on all my challenges, i admire you for all the challenges you've signed up for. I've got 5 and I'm debating adding a 6th challenge for chick lit (which I don't read that much of and I need to read some more fluffy books. lol.) but I would want it to be about a poc and I'm not sure I know many. I probably will sign up for it.
Yay challenges!

Ohhh I need some suggestions for the Global reading challenge. I've signed up but I have no ideas. I'd prefer YA because it'd be easier to find adult classics and I think it would be harder to find a YA novel set in Antartica per se.

Ah Yuan // wingstodust said...

Hmm, I don't know much POC chick lit either, but there's Marta Acosta? I'm not sure if she features POC in her novels, but Acosta herself is Latino, if that helps.

lol that's why I decided to go for Adult lit. Sure, they're a bit of a longer, thicker read (and hence, more time consuming), but it'd be a lot easier to find titles and get the chance to pick and choose between works. Well, for Asia, you can do Japanese light novels, which is kind of our equivalent to YA. I haven't read many, but I really love the Haruhi Suzumiya series, if that helps. =D

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Holy...WOW.

That's a lot of challenges. I'm in awe. And I feel like a fail at challenges compared to you, haha. I've only signed up for one--the story siren debut one.

Good luck with them :D

The Story Siren said...

I kind of find the comment about japanese light novles the equivalent to YA offensive..

anyhow... Thanks for joining the debut author challenge. There are adult debut challenges you could join as well! I see you've joined quite a few! Hope you enjoy! Good Luck with them all!

Ah Yuan // wingstodust said...

@choco,

LOL but at least you have a higher chance of completing your challenge. I don't really know how I'm going to get around to finishing all this...

Thanks. Good luck to you too!!! =D

@The Story Siren,

I kind of find the comment about japanese light novles the equivalent to YA offensive..

Well, as far as I understand, Japanese Light Novels are a novel format aimed towards the teenage audience in Japan. So I do happen to think that, while the style of light novels are most certainly very different from YA, I do think they are equivalent in the sense that they both target the same audience: teenagers. So I'm not exactly sure what was offensive about my comment? Nevertheless, I definitely didn't mean to say anything offensive and I'm sorry that you were offended by what I have said.

=O there's an adult debut challenge?!!! I haven't heard of it!! *goes off to search*

Christina Diaz Gonzalez said...

Thank you for adding The Red Umbrella to your debut author challenge list. I can see that you've set a lot of goals for yourself and I'm glad that my book made your list!

Happy New Year!

annoynomous said...

What a great list! Thanks for including Split! Hope you enjoy it and happy reading in 2010!