Saturday, November 21, 2009

Do I Dare?

Ever since joining the book blogging community a couple of months ago everyone has been participating in reading challenges and I thought to myself, "Self, that seems a little much to handle." But how quickly I change my mind! It appears that as the new year approaches so do challenges that last a whole year and this seems to me to be a lot more manageable if there are ones full of the types of books that I would already read anyway. Then my tune changes to, "Self, why the heck not?! Could be fun and a way to meet other bloggers." Therefore I am officially joining my first ever reading challenge!

It's called the TwentyTen Reading Challenge and it's hosted by Bart over at Bart's Bookshelf.

The aim is to read a total of 20 books, over ten categories, in 2010.


  • Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
  • The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
  • Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010 are eligible.

So, on with the categories

  1. Young Adult
    Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.
    (I haven't read Y.A. in a long time, um since I was a young adult, but since reading other bloggers I now have a few on my paperbackswap wishlist which should show up next year. These include 'Beautiful Creatures' and 'Thirteenth Child'.
  2. T.B.R. **
    Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09.
    (Great, I have about 70 of these to choose from, done and done.)
  3. Shiny & New
    Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count! (I have a Barnes & Noble gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket so this will be perfect!)
  4. Bad Blogger’s ***
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
    *** Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on. (The amount of books I add to my paperbackswap wishlist every week thanks to other bloggers is ridiculous. This one will be a breeze!)
  5. Charity
    Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, f
    or those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop. (Can do, I live on the same block as a Salvation Army and go to charity book sales throughout the year.)
  6. New in 2010
    This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!) (Oh boy I am sure there will be plenty released next year to entice me!)
  7. Older Than You
    Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
    (Ok I've been thinking I should re-read a couple classics next year anyways. This can be the gentle push I needed.)
  8. Win! Win!
    Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so! (As of right now I am not signed up for anything else but who the heck knows with me!)
  9. Who Are You Again?
    This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before!
    (Great, thanks to book bloggers there are plenty out there I haven't heard of before so again this should be fine!)
  10. Up to You!
    The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state it in your sign-up post. (I have multiple science based, non-fiction books that I fear might bore me so this will be good for me. 'The Botany of Desire: A Plant Eye's View of the World', 'A Short History of Nearly Everything', 'The Female Brain', etc., etc. They are supposed to be really good for everyone/fascinating so that's why I want to read them but I get easily bored so I just don't know. This will force me to read them!)

Let the games begin on January 1st. Wish me luck!


  1. That will be a breeze for you... I'm sure of it!

  2. Ooh, this sounds intriguing. Can't wait to read all about your experiences!

  3. I wasn't going to even look at another challenge especially one with RULES! but these are terrific categories. so, yes, maybe...

  4. Sounds like a fun challenge! Good luck.

  5. This is such a creative challenge and I think a perfect pick for your first one. Good luck and happy reading! (Now you have me thinking about this one...)

  6. Looks like a very cool challenge with lots of variety. I am already loaded with my share of challenges :) Wish I could join in.

  7. I love your blog! Good luck with the challenge, I hope that I will do it too...I have signed up for it and all, so a good start!


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