I’m pretty sure I mentioned before that I am on Goodreads.com. My favorite part about the site is the group I joined called The Next Best Book Club. There are tons of threads on there about everything under the sun, book-related and otherwise. There are close to 4000 members, but everyone is really nice, and I’ve come out of my shell a little bit and left some comments.
Anyway, one of the things I’m participating in is the Summer 2009 Reading Challenge. This thing is amazing. Basically, there are a bunch of “tasks” to complete to earn points. They are divided into point categories from 5-50 points. The total points you can earn is 940!
Each task has a theme, mostly. The 25 and 30 point tasks are made up by the winners of last season’s challenge, but the rest of them are created by one woman, who also moderates the challenge and keeps up with everyone’s points. I think that would be a hard job, but so much fun!
Essentially, I looked at my “Mt. To-Be-Read” stack and tried to fit as many of them into the challenge as possible. There’s no way I could read 940 points worth of books, but I can knock out a few of my TBRs.
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite challenges:
For 5 points: “Jerry Garcia – Born August 1, 1942 – Read a Fiction or Non-Fiction book about a musician or band.” I’ll be reading Crued and Tattooed by Vince Neil (big shocker, right?)
“This Day in History – July 27, 1858: First use of fingerprints as a means of identification – Read mystery of crime fiction book.” I’ll read The Black Tower by Louis Bayard.
For 15 points: “Casting Call – Read a book that hasn’t already been made into a movie and post a list of who you would cast if you were making the film.” I think I’m going to read The Reincarnationist by MJ Rose.
“What’s in a Name? – Read 2 books written by 2 different authors who share either a first or last name.” I’ll read A Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg and Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout.
For 30 points: “In celebration of young adult librarians everywhere – Read Three YA books.” I’m not sure about this one, yet, but I have plenty to choose from.
“Pick and read 2 books from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die List” Sweet! I can work on two challenges at once! I’ll read The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Midnight’s Children.