Sunday, January 10, 2010

Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge....2010

The Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge is based on a simple idea--read a book, see a movie based on the book, include both in your review. Whether yours is a book blog or a movie blog, this could be a way to add some spice to your posts, expand your outlook, have some fun. Mostly, have some fun.

You don't have to write full reviews both the movie and the book. You can write a review of one then add a brief paragraph or just a sentence or two about the other at the end.

Here's how to join:

1. Select a challenge level:

Matinee: one book/movie
Double Feature: two books/movies
Saturday Movie Marathon: four books/movies
Film Festival: eight books/movies
Festival Jury Member: ten books/movies

2. Copy and paste the Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge button to your blog. (Optional. If you don't have a blog, you can still sign-up and play along. You can
post reviews here.)

3. Sign up using Mr. Linky at Please list your challenge level in a comment.

4. Get together a list of books/movies that you plan on reviewing. (Optional. You can just see what comes along during the year if you'd rather.)

The challenge will begin on New Year's Day 2010 and will last all year. There will be prizes. You can double count this challenge with any other challenges you're doing in 2010.

Saturday Movie Marathon for me so I will read 4 books, then watch the movies. Here is my selection:

*Their Eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
*Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
*The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
*To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

451 Book Challenge......2010

451 Fridays is based on an idea from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In his novel, a group of people (Bradbury calls them Book People) are trying to keep the ideas found in books alive. Instead of actually saving the books, the Book People each “become” a book – memorizing it, word for word, and passing it down to the next generation.

451 Fridays asks what books you feel passionate about. What book do you think is so important that you would be willing to take on the challenge of “becoming”?

We have compiled an amazing list of books this year in our weekly 451 Fridays posts, and it’s time to start reading them! So, the 451 Challenge was born.

Here is how it will work: between January 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010, participants are challenged to read books on the 451 master list. There will be several levels of participation:

Spark – read 1-2 books from the master list
Ember – read 3-4 books from the master list
Flame - read 5-6 books from the master list
Blaze – read 7 or more books from the master list

Re-reading is acceptable, as are crossovers with other challenges. Audio, print, and e-books are all acceptable. Each month, participants will be encouraged to post their reviews on the challenge blog, and each review posted will be an entry into a grand prize drawing for a $25 gift card to the online bookseller of the winner’s choice.

I am participating in this challenge at the Ember Level so I will read at least 3 of the books listed below. I’m considering these:

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen

Friday, January 1, 2010

The 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

The Library challenge is hosted by J.Kaye over at

1) There are four levels:

*The Mini – Check out and read 25 library books.

*Just My Size – Check out and read 50 library books.

*Stepping It Up – Check out and read 75 library books.

*Super Size Me – Check out and read 100 library books.

(Aim high. As long as you read 25 by the end of 2010, you are a winner.)

2) Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Young Reader – any book as long as it is checked out
from the library count. Checked out like with a library card, not purchased at a
library sale.

3) No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if
you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4) Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5) Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.