Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012 Reading Challenges

2012 Ireland Reading Challenge
January 1, 2012-November 30, 2012
Hosted by: Books and Movies

I LOVED participating in this challenge last year and knew that I wanted to sign-up again this year.

Any books read for this challenge can also apply to other challenges you are working on. Re-reads are allowed. 

Challenge requirements:
Any book written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters, counts for the challenge – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, audiobooks, children’s books – all of these apply. (I will be posting a list of books previously reviewed for the challenge in the next day or two, if you’re looking for suggestions.)

The commitment levels:

  • Shamrock level: 4 books
  • Luck o’ the Irish level: 6 books
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 8 books
  • Ceilidh level: 10+ books

Everyone who fulfills their challenge level and writes at least one review will get one entry in the giveaway at the end of the challenge. The prize? A copy of For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers. Wrap-up post and giveaway details will go up at the beginning of December, which is why the challenge ends on November 30th.

This year there is an extra twist! You can earn extra entries in the giveaway by diversifying your reading. You will earn one extra entry for reading from these genres – one entry per genre represented in your challenge list:
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Science fiction or fantasy
  • Young Adult fiction
  • Romance
  • Horror
  • Children’s fiction
  • Non-fiction – history
  • Non-fiction – memoir or biography
  • Non-fiction – essays
  • Poetry

The level that I am choosing is...

Luck o’ the Irish level: 6 books

If you would like to participate in this challenge, visit Books and Movies and sign-up. I will post my progress HERE.

2012 War Through the Generations Reading Challenge
January 1, 2012-December 31, 2012
Hosted by: War Through the Generations
This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the WWI as the primary or secondary theme.

Books can take place before, during, or after the war, so long as the conflicts that led to the war or the war itself are important to the story. Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

Dip: Read 1-3 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
Wade: Read 4-10 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.

Additionally, we’ve decided that since there are so many great movies out there about WWI, you can substitute or add a movie or two to your list this year and have it count toward your totals.

*Participants anywhere in the world are eligible for most prizes in the post-challenge drawing!**
*Prize drawings will be for participants finishing the minimum 1-3 books.
*Participants can always read more than their initial goals, and even if you sign up for 11+, but read just 1-3 books, and you’ve officially completed the challenge and are eligible for prizes.

You can decide which books you’d like to read right away, or you can choose them during the course of the challenge. Check out the Recommended Reading: WWI page for suggestions.

The level that I am choosing is...

Wade: Read 4-10 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.

If you would like to participate in this challenge, visit War Through the Generations and sign-up. I will post my progress HERE.

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  1. Thanks for joining the challenge. We've got you on the participants list.

  2. Welcome to the Ireland Challenge!