2009 Mini-Challenges~A Novel Challenge

Saturday, January 3, 2009

2009 Mini-Challenges--A Novel Challenge

Here is a list of the 12 mini challenges that I plan to complete by the end of the year. I think this is a nice way to incorporate even more variety into my reading list this year. For instance, I can't tell you the last time I read a play or even an essay, other than proofreading my daughter's school work. Speaking of my daughter, she insists that I read one of her heavy metal, life of a rock star type books for the read a book outside your comfort level challenge. Ugh, do I have to??

  1. Read a collection of short stories and either blog about it, OR tell the group about what you read.
  2. Read a play. Blog about it, OR tell the group about your experience.
  3. Read a nonfiction book; write a review on your blog or post it to the group.
  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.
  6. Borrow a library book, read it and review it on your blog (or tell the group about it).
  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.
  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.
  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?
  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.
  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.


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