Challenges, A Personal Challenge, and a Giveaway!

Weekly Geeks this week is about Challenges.

I have been hesitant to sign up for challenges because I’m a perfectionist. While I know there are no “challenge police” coming to check that I’ve finished my reading, I can’t bring myself to say “I’ll read these books” if I don’t think I’m going to have time. (And I barely do these days.)

That said, I have signed up for a few challenges in the past two months that I’ve been blogging, I’ve started my own personal challenge (which I’d love for you to join if you want!), and I’m giving away a book in the coming weeks.

The Pulitzer Project

The Pulitzer Project is an ongoing challenge to read the fictional winners of the Pulitzer Prize. For myself, I’m also reading some of the nonfiction, biography, and history winners. I’ve read four Pulitzer Prize winning books thus far since I started blogging in May (three count toward The Pulitzer Project).

Read the Nobels

Read the Nobels is an ongoing challenge to read works or speeches by winners of the Nobel Laureates in Literature or information or biographies about the Laureates. I’ve read two works since I began blogging. I really like the fact that we can read information about the Laureates for this challenge as well as reading their work. I’m looking forward to “getting to know them.”

Nonfiction Five Challenge

The Nonfiction Five Challenge is a May-September 2008 challenge to read five works of nonfiction. I’ve read three books for the challenge so far, but you can see from my Genre list in the right sidebar that I love nonfiction. Visit here to see all the nonfiction I’ve reviewed since I’ve begun blogging. I mostly joined the Nonfiction Five Challenge because I loved the idea of sharing with others what I’ve read and I want to read their reviews too!

Graphic Novels Challenge

The Graphic Novels Challenge is one that I never would have considered until I read a review by Dewey that convinced me this was something I had to try. It runs for the whole year: read six graphic novels. Because I started late in the year, I only have to read three. I’ve already read two graphic novels and two more are on reserve at the library right now, waiting for me to pick them up. So far, I’m really enjoying this new medium for books! I think I’m going to read all six after all (although I still have never been invited to actually join the Graphic Novels Challenge blog, hint hint, despite asking to be invited…).

HTR&W Challenge (A Personal Challenge) and a Giveaway

I’ve also given myself a personal challenge for read all the works (short stories, poems, plays, and books) on the How to Read and Why list. I talk about the HTR&W Challenge here. I’d love to invite anyone else to join me in reading these works (it is a good list!). There wouldn’t be any “Challenge Police” to come after you; I’d just want to compare notes with you and follow your thoughts on your blog (if you have one). I think it’s a great list and a nice idea, but I know lots of people already have dozens of challenges and these books aren’t exactly recent best-sellers.

Now, I’m a new blogger, so I don’t know how to tell people about this personal challenge I’ve created. I also don’t know how many people are interested in reading the works featured in this book.

Nevertheless, I’ll send a copy of HTR&W to a randomly selected person interested in joining me in the HTR&W Challenge. Leave a comment on the HTR&W post or the reading list telling me that you are interested. I’ll extend the date until 5 July.

I’m excited to have found the book blogger community, and I look forward to our continuing book dialogues!

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Now that I’m “done” with my dissertation, I have been diving into some of the books I’ve neglected. This week I read “The Book Thief,” an absolute must; Al Capone Does My Shirts,” which I will recommend to my middle school students; and “Rachel and Leah,” which I found relatively unsatisfactory.
    I did decide to read all the Pulitizer prize winners in fiction one year, and decided there were a couple that were not worth reading–I remember “The Executioners Song” was one I refused to finish. It really should not even have been considered in the category it won anyway.
    Anyway, I’ll enjoy your list–both for me and for my students– as I get back into the world of 2008 and out of the fourteenth century–although there are people telling me to turn my dissertation into a book–trust me, it won’t be on this list! Your mom

  2. @Ellen/Mom:

    Did you see my review of The Book Thief? Haven’t heard of “Al Capone” but I did read Rachel and Leah years ago and was entertained. Have you thought of using graphic novels with your students? I think Persepolis 1, which is a memoir about a 11-year-old girl in Iran 1979, would be interesting for your class, but I’m not sure you could bring in so much politics. I think the combined illustration/story would help them learn the words…but maybe not.

    As for award-winners, I don’t finish a book if I dislike it in the first 50-100 pages. I figure there are too many out there! But I’m going to try to read 5-10 Pulitzers and 5 Nobels this year; we’ll see about next year! There are so many books and so little time.

    I’ll read your dissertation, even if it doesn’t make it on any award-winning lists…

  3. This sounds like a good challenge. I just graduated from college, and I already feel like I miss some of the guidance and discussion about reading that you get there. So, sign me up for the give away and the challenge!

  4. If you want to make your personal challenge a big, blogging-wide challenge, I can help you do that! I haven’t hosted any challenges myself (I have two planned, but I’m waiting for a good time, lol), but I’ve participated in lots and helped make buttons for a couple. 🙂

  5. @Kim: I’ll put you on the list for the drawing! @Eva: I’ve sent you an email. @Care aka bkclubcare: Thanks for stopping by! I’m still trying to find my place in this book blogging community. I’ll stop by your page too!

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