Weekly Geeks #9 – Challenge Me!

I skipped last week’s Weekly Geeks – I have every intention of doing the scavenger hunt, then I simply got overwhelmed with it and gave up. But this week’s theme is right up my alley. Dewey writes:

If you participate in any challenges, get organized! Update your lists, post about any you haven’t mentioned, add links of reviews to your lists if you do that, go to the challenge blog if there is one and post there, etc.

Anyone who knows even a little bit about me knows I love a good challenge. I keep A Novel Challenge blog listing all the reading challenges around the blog-o-sphere, and now I also include bookish events. I also run A Novel Challenge Yahoo Group.

I am pretty well organized with my challenges. All the current ones can be found on my blog on the page Reading Challenges (with links to my post about each challenge and my progress). Completed challenges can be found under the category Completed Book Challenges (see how simple this is?). So far this year I’ve completed nine challenges:

  1. Winter Reading 2008 (completed 2/29/2008)
  2. Unread Authors (completed 2/22/2008)
  3. The Pub 2008 (completed 3/14/2008)
  4. Book Awards 2007 (completed 5/24/2008)
  5. Remembering Nattie (completed 5/31/2008)
  6. Book Binge 2008 (completed 5/31/2008)
  7. Themed Reading 2008 (completed 5/31/2008)
  8. 48 Hour Reading Challenge (completed 6/8/2008)
  9. Man Booker Challenge (completed 6/17/2008)

I am participating in eight perpetual challenges (those with no time limit), and 25 time limited challenges. I think I will also be signing up for The July Book Blowout.

I also participate in bookish events that I consider challenges of sorts:

  1. Weekly Geeks
  2. Sunday Salon
  3. Saturday Review of Books

So far I’m on track for most of my challenges this year. I may fall short on one or two, but overall I’m managing to stay organized.

To see what other Geeks are doing with their challenges, check out:

Or visit Dewey’s post for this week and follow the Mr. Linky Links.

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  1. Wendy, you are truly an inspiration! I know all the other things that go on in your life. So how did you find the 48 hour day???

    • Trish on June 25, 2008 at 17:10

    I couldn’t tempt you with a good old classics challenge, huh? 😉 25 current challenges! And by the way, I love love love the Novel Challenge website–not sure how I ever got on without it. 🙂

    • Wendy on June 25, 2008 at 17:52

    Ah Terri – you are too kind! The 48 hour challenge was pretty tiring. I only read for a total of 15 hours and discovered I didn’t really enjoy doing it! *laughs* The 24 hour read-a-thon is a bit different because it is not just reading, but blogging and mini-challenges too. So we’ll see how that goes!

    Trish: LOL – I don’t think I can handle the classics…although I *did* consider it – REALLY! Thanks for the kudos on the Novel Challenge blog 🙂 I’m so happy that so many people find it useful!

    • Debi on June 26, 2008 at 16:34

    Oh my, you sure know how to make a gal feel like a loser…not only are you organized as all get out, but you actually finish your challenges, too! And lots of them!

    And I’m with Trish…I LOVE your Novel Challenge blog…I get so excited every time google reader says there’s new posts up there!

    • Wendy on June 26, 2008 at 18:26

    Debi: LOL!! Thanks for your positive thoughts on the Novel Challenge blog…I love hearing that people look forward to reading the posts! (psssssst…you are NOT a loser!)

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