Sunday, January 10, 2010

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


  1. good one. I read fahrenheit 451 last year and this challenge sounds interesting. Where can we see the list of books?

  2. I'm glad you are joining us this year!!