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My Progress – 2009 Mini Challenges


January 1 – December 31, 2009

1.   Read a collection of short stories and either blog about it, OR tell the group about what you read.

Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (read February 22, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)

2.  Read a play. Blog about it, OR tell the group about your experience.

3. Read a nonfiction book; write a review on your blog or post it to the group.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, by Kate Summerscale (read June 7, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

4. Read 2 essays from the same collection; write a review on your blog or tell the group about what you read.

5. Go to a book event; blog about it or tell the group about it.

6. Borrow a library book, read it and review it on your blog (or tell the group about it).

7. Read a book by a new to you author. Do a little research on the author…do they have a blog? How many books have they written? Have they won any prizes? Where do they live? etc… Blog about the book you read and the author OR tell the group about them.

Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (read January 6, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review) – Read my post about Per Petterson.

8. Make a donation. You can either donate to an organization that supports reading OR make a physical donation of a book (or books) to ANYONE. Blog about it or tell the group what you did.

9. Promote literacy. This is wide open – use your imagination. You could give a child a book, or read a book to someone who cannot read, or volunteer at an event which promotes literacy, or donate to your local library, or write something on your blog with a link to a group which promotes literacy, or anything in between.  The only rule with this one is that you must PROMOTE literacy in some way…

10. Participate in a buddy read or Group discussion. This can be a face to face group, an on-line group or a one on one discussion with a friend who read the same book. Either way, blog about your experience or share with the group. Did the discussion give you greater appreciation or insight into what you read?

The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga – read for 21st Fiction Yahoo Group AND Booker Yahoo Group (finished January 3, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review) – Read my post about my experience.

11. Read a book outside your comfort level or from a genre you don’t normally read. Blog about it, or tell the group about it.

After the Floods, by Bruce Henricksen – MAGICAL REALISM (completed January 18, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)

12. Read a classic (defined as anything published before 1970). Tell us why it fits the category of being a classic. Write a review or tell the group about the book.

Tortilla Flat, by John Steinbeck (completed August 24, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review) Steinbeck’s classic novella was first published in 1935 and has continued to be read and discussed in schools and book groups. It captures Depression era California like few novels do.

1 Comment

  1. January 15, 2009    

    Okay here’s the link my first mini-challenge post.


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