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Themed Reading Challenge – 2009 – INFO & SIGN UPS

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February 1, 2009 – July 31, 2009

The Themed Reading Challenge is a six month challenge designed to help readers clear books from their to-be-read stacks which center around a common theme or themes. Here are the “rules”:

  1. Books should be chosen from the reader’s TBR pile (this may be an actual physical pile or a virtual pile).
  2. The goal is to read 4 to 6 books linked by theme.
  3. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed.
  4. Readers may change their list of books at any time.
  5. Readers may choose three different levels of participation:
  • Read at least 4 books with the same theme.
  • Read at least 5 books that share at least TWO themes.
  • Read at least 6 books that share MORE than two themes.

Themes can be geographic, genre, author, subject matter, or anything in between! Last year’s themes were wonderfully creative and varied and included such things as: books about books, books set in New England, books with a color in the title, books about vampires, books with the word ‘lady’ in the title, Gothic classics, fairy tales retold for adults, highschool classics, Asian culture, feathered friends, WWII, Canada, books in translation, and Beverly Cleary. There were many others I have not listed here!

The only thing limiting your choices is your imagination – so have fun!

Sign-ups for this challenge will close on March 30th. Please use Mr. Linky below to link DIRECTLY TO YOUR POST about the challenge which should include your theme (or themes) and preliminary list of books. As I did last year, I will provide a Mr. Linky for you to link to your reviews for February/March, April/May, and June/July…as well as for your wrap up posts. IF you do not have a blog, you may still participate…please just enter your name in Mr. Linky below with no http link OR leave me a comment on this post.

1. Becky (Theme: Names In The Title/Classics Pubbed before 1920)
2. Lynda (Theme: Women\’s names / classics)
3. Shelly (Write for a Reader)
4. Amy(The Sleepy Reader)
5. Linda
6. Nely
7. Lindy
8. Katrina (Either Contemporary Classics or Move \’em Along)
9. LizzySiddal
10. Arial
11. Sue (Books, Books, magical)
12. J.G. (Guilty Conscience Books)
13. DeSeRt RoSe
14. Veronica (The First Draft)
15. Whitney
16. Jenny
17. TexasRed
18. Cafeshree
19. Kim-(female British authors)
20. Tuesday: (non-fiction) writings by/on artists and writers
21. Jackie (Literary Escapism)
22. Elizabeth W.
23. Susan L.
24. Beth F
25. Amanda (European setting, female author, time period signficant)
26. kim in ohio
27. Sherrie
28. Christina (Babbling Book Reviews)
29. Kailana
30. 3M
31. Judie of Judiefication
32. Quenby (hikaruthedragon)
33. FleurFisher
34. Kat
35. Karin
36. Lexie
37. Darcie (Reading Derby)
38. Shelley (Chain Reading)
39. Vivek Tejuja
40. Natasha @ Maw Books
41. Wendy (Caribousmom)
42. Amanda
43. Sandra (Fresh Ink Books)
44. Shonda
45. lupingirl
46. Brandi @ Project Brandi
47. Sally906
48. C Woods
49. Teddy Rose
50. Adventures in Reading
51. Tiny Librarian
52. raidergirl3
53. Sue
54. Joanna
55. J. Kaye\’s Book Blog
56. Yvonne (Socrates\’ Book Reviews)
57. Jodie
58. Kathrin
59. Book Psmith
60. Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
61. Twiga
62. Judy (Intergalactic Bookworm)
63. Ms Ulat Buku
64. Jill (The Magic Lasso)
65. Kara
66. Nancy
67. Elizabeth U. @ Wassup Rockers
68. Samantha
69. Amanda
70. Jules (Bookworm Jules)
71. Shaluna
72. Jessica (The Bluestocking Society)
73. Laura (retroredux)
74. Literary Feline
75. sharon bakar
76. Claire
77. Shelley Munro
78. Callista (books about books)
79. Rebecca
80. Annette
81. Dani
82. Stephanie (atla)
83. Valorie
84. Sari
85. Ashlee
86. Eva (The Middle Ages)
87. Jessica (consumerism)
88. Aimee
89. oreneta
90. Lissa
91. Bookosaurus rex (fairy tales)
92. Penny (Penny\’s Pages)
93. Sari
94. Trish Vidal
95. laylay

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  1. Becky says:

    Thanks for hosting! I look forward to participating in this challenge!

  2. Lynda says:

    Thanks for hosting this challenge ;0)

  3. Shelly Burns says:

    I am excited about this challenge!

  4. Sandra says:

    I’d like to sign up for this please. I will link when I’ve written my post and thought about a theme. This should be fun.

  5. Callista says:

    I’m in but don’t have a theme yet so I’ll sign mr.linky when I do.

  6. J.G. says:

    I’m in, too . . . as soon as I decide on a theme!

  7. Linda says:

    Great challenge idea. Will write a post this coming week.

  8. Beth F says:

    I’m in for this. I’ll try to get my themes and book list up today or tomorrow. When I do, I’ll sign up with Mr. Linky.

  9. I loved this challenge Wendy! I am so glad you are hosting again!

  10. Started building my list. Can’t wait till Feb!

  11. Nely says:

    Thanks for hosting the challenge. Count me in. Thanks – Nely

  12. Lindy says:

    No blog of course. I will do this probably with mysteries, not many of my TBR books are similar. I have a bunch of Connoly, several Evanovitch, a few Sandford.

  13. Arial says:

    Count me in. Sounds like the challenge I need to move some books in my TBR stack.

  14. Sue says:

    Count me in sounds like fun.

  15. lupingirl says:

    I love this challenge idea! I’ll link after I post – I have to think about this a bit!

  16. Whitney says:

    I’m in! Thanks for hosting.

  17. LizzySiddal says:

    Where did Mr Linky go?

    Anyway I’ve decided on my theme.

    2009: A Year in Books

    The sequence starts: Two Faces of January / Summer in February / The March / Broken April …

    I intend to read my theme throughout the whole year.

  18. TexasRed says:

    This sounds like a great challenge. Now I just have to find a common theme among my piles of TBR books. I’ll link up as soon as I get settled.

  19. Jenny says:

    Sounds great I always need to be reading from TBR now have to sort some fun themes out.

  20. Caribousmom says:

    Thank you all for being so enthusiastic and signing up! Lizzy…Mr. Linky is back up (he must have been sleeping when you stopped in) so come on back and link up!

    I promise to stop in at your blogs over the weekend and see what your themes are :)

  21. TexasRed says:

    I’m linked-up and have decided on a theme. Check out my post here where I explain why I’ll be rummaging through my husband’s books:

  22. 3m says:

    I plan on joining — I just need to think of a theme!

  23. tuesday says:

    Just signed up:)

    I will be reading writings by and about artists (including writers). Plath’s journal, Gaskell’s biography of Charlotte Bronte, the letters of van Gogh etc…

  24. Elizabeth W. says:

    I plan to join. Four books with the same theme sounds about right. Now I just need to think of a theme.
    Classics I Missed In School
    Mysteries (no challenge there, for me!)
    My blog-readers’ choice: browse the archives, leave a comment and assign me a theme!

  25. Susan L. says:

    I’m in. Thanks for hosting again.

  26. Caribousmom says:

    Elizabeth: I like your idea to have your blog readers choose your theme for you! Sounds like fun :)

  27. Kailana says:

    I plan to join in again this year, but I haven’t decided what my theme is going to be. I will be back when I have that worked out!

  28. Caribousmom says:

    Amanda said:

    Coming up with a theme was hard! But I’m in and I managed to find three themes, though it was a bit of a stretch.

    Amanda – sorry my blog was flipping out yesterday and deleted some comments…I’ve re-posted your comment!

  29. Sherrie says:

    Would love to do this challenge. I have this challenge and my list of books posted. Take Care!!


  30. Christina says:

    Glad you’re doing this one again!

  31. judie says:

    This is a great challenge. By the way, I impulsively typed in Mr. Linky the incomplete link to my post about the challenge. It’s actually in

    Thank you.

  32. Ummm…the Mr. Linky isn’t showing up but here is my list. Thanks for hosting this Wendy!

  33. Please disregard the last comment (except for the part about thanks for hosting…I still mean that!)
    Mr. Linky is working for me today. My list is number 34.

    Quenby, looking forward to starting my 2009 Challenges!

  34. FleurFisher says:

    I’m set up and ready to go with 4 books by British 20th century writers with birds in the title.

  35. Caribousmom says:

    Judie: I fixed your link :)

    Quenby: Mr. Linky has been very unpredictable of late! He was down for most of that day…glad you came back and checked again!!

    It is so nice to see all the enthusiasm for this challenge…I’m looking forward to checking out your themes!

  36. Lexie says:

    This is my second challenge :D these are rather fun to find books for!

  37. Thank you for hosting! I’ve decided to read books by Utah authors.

  38. Amanda says:

    Thanks for hosting. I’m doing the 4-book participation, and my four books are all dystopian novels. :)

  39. Sandra says:

    Okay, I’m linked and ready to go. I found some books in my stacks with references to music in the titles so that’s my theme. It should be fun.

  40. Shonda says:


    My theme is new-me-to female authors currently living in NYC. My post can be found here:

  41. Haven’t picked my theme – but am going for the first option: to read at least 4 books all with the same theme.

  42. C Woods says:

    I have about a dozen books on nonbelief (humanism, atheism and agnosticism) which have been calling to me.

  43. Teddy says:

    Ug Wendy, you sure don’t make it easy to cut back on challenges! I’m in for 4 books. You’ll never guess in a million years what my theme is, historical fiction. LOL!

  44. Sue says:

    My theme is books with a musical instrument as a major plot device and you can see my list here:

  45. Joanna says:

    I’m in, thanks for hosting!

  46. Caribousmom says:

    I love seeing so much enthusiasm about this challenge – and your themes are so wonderful! I’m trying to make my way through all your posts :)

  47. twiga says:

    I’d like to sign up for this – need to decide on my theme – probably medical suspense but need to check my TBR list. :-)

  48. twiga says:

    Nope. gonna do a different theme. :-) Will sign up before January.

  49. J. Kaye says:

    Great idea for a challenge! I’m in. :)

  50. Yvonne says:

    I’m in! My theme will be cozy mysteries.