You'll never guess....I'm signing up for another challenge. (No, Bev, really? Surely not.) Jenners over at Life...With Books is hosting a third round of her Take a Chance Challenge. I had eyed her 2010 challenge, but had come across it late enough that I didn't think I could do it justice. And now she's decided to sponsor it again. I put up a mighty battle...telling myself that ten challenges ought to be enough for anyone. But who am I kidding? I can't resist. Especially after doing the Random Bestseller for Challenge #10 and coming up with a book on my TBR shelf that I'm longing to read. I mean, it's fate, right? I need to do this challenge.
Here's the challenge in a nutshell: It's all about taking chances with your reading. Jenners has posted ten challenges with different methods of finding books to read (Best Seller Lists, Staff Choices from libraries/book stores, getting a recommendation from a loved one, etc). You can do as many of the challenges as you want, BUT if you do all ten then you'll be entered in a prize drawing. The challenge runs all year in 2011. For the complete details, click on the Challenge link above.
1. The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys [Staff Pick local library] (1/28/11)
2. Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon [Recommended by a dear friend] (2/11/11)
3. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu [Book Blogger's Choice: "Best of 2010 at The Book Lady's blog] (4/10/11)
Bonus Read: The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman [not a "Best of" Choice, but recommended by DJ's Krimiblog] (2/15/11)
4. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman [Critic's Choice: Top Ten of 2010 as chosen by NY Times Critic Janet Maslin] (5/2/11)
5. Hot & Bothered by Jane Isenberg (7/9/11) [Book Blurb (find a book with a blurb from another author; read a book by that author)--blurb found on The Last Matryoshka by Joyce Yarrow]
6. The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by David L Ulin [Book Seer suggestion because I finished Howards End Is on the Landing by Susan Hill] (6/7/11)
7. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell (6/8/11) [What Should I Read Next? suggestion because I finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Sutterfield]
other suggestions: The Savage Garden by Mark Mills; The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay; or The Conjuror's Bird by Martin Davies
8. Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro [Which Book pick] (3/5/11)
9. The Book Thief [Most Reviewed] (8/31/1)
10. Robert Kennedy: In His Own Words by Edwin O. Guthman and Jeffrey Shulman (eds). [Using the Random Org link I was given the year 1988. This book was on the New York Times NonFiction Best Sellers list during the week that has my birthday in it.] 7/19/11
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Okay. That's it. The only other year-long challenge I will sign up for will be the Support Your Local Library Challenge....if it gets sponsored again. I am taking the pledge. No More Challenges. Come slap me if I don't keep my word.
CHALLENGE COMPLETE 8/31/11