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Announcing the Themed Reading Challenge 2010


February 14 – August 14, 2010

I am once again hosting the Themed Reading Challenge for 2010. This 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. The “rules” have changed just a bit from last year. Here they are:

  1. Readers may join at ANY TIME between now and August 14th.
  2. Books should be chosen from the reader’s TBR pile (this may be an actual physical pile or a virtual pile).
  3. The goal is to read AT LEAST 5 books linked by theme.
  4. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed.
  5. Readers may change their list of books OR their theme(s) at any time.

Readers may choose from three different levels of participation:

  1. Read at least 5 books which share the same theme.
  2. Read at least 5 books which share TWO themes.
  3. Read at least 5 books which 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…check out the sign up links from 2009 to see all the different themes which readers chose.

To sign up:

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 (which you may change at any time). Please DO NOT link to the main page of your blog. As I did last year, I will provide a Mr. Linky for you to link to your reviews for…as well as for your wrap up posts. IF you do not have a blog, you may still participate…please just leave me a comment on this post indicating the level of participation you have chosen. If you want to share your thoughts about the books you read (and don’t have a blog), you may leave a comment on the reviews post.

1. Kara
2. Mel u-The Reading Life (Flaubert and Friends)
3. FleurFisher
4. JLS Hall (Joy’s Blog)
5. Teddy (So Many Precious Books)
6. katknit
7. Christina-Randomness and Reading
8. kim in ohio
9. Cafeshree
10. Lindy
11. Becky
12. Student of Lore
13. abby – my little feats
14. Lynda
15. Shonda
16. J.G. (Hotchpot Cafe)
17. Kiri
18. KiraV (Kiki’s Closets)
19. Tracey (A Book Sanctuary)
20. Kelly (Reading Daydreams & Nightmares)
21. Kristen (BookNAround)

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  1. January 16, 2010    

    Great challenge-after some thought I will be joining at level 1. My theme will be Flaubert and Friends-I really look forward to seeing the themes of the other participants-

  2. January 17, 2010    

    Thank you for doing this again – I’ve had my theme lined up for a while now.

  3. January 17, 2010    

    Thanks for hosting this! I’m in at level one.

  4. January 17, 2010    

    I’m in again. I noticed that you already posted where we are to link our reviews. Does this mean we can start early, or should we wait until Feb. 14th?

  5. January 18, 2010    

    Mel: Interesting theme! Thanks for joining!

    Fleur: You’re welcome…I need to get over to your blog and see what your theme is 🙂

    JLS Hall: You’re welcome – glad you’re joining!

    Teddy: Oh good – actually I’d rather people wait until the 14th. I posted the review links just because I had five minutes to do it and thought it would be one less thing I’d have to do when I got back to California *laughs*

  6. January 18, 2010    

    So glad you’re sponsoring this once again; enjoyed participating last year. My new theme is Mysteries set in Europe.

  7. January 21, 2010    

    I enjoyed reading novels with music as a theme in the book last year. I’ll definitely do it again but I need a little time to work on a new theme.

  8. January 21, 2010    

    Whoo-hoo! I’m in, as soon as I can get a post together.

    (Now, where did I put that list of themes I didn’t use last year?)

  9. January 21, 2010    

    Saw your challenge listed by Tenia over at the Shelfari group I Love Reading Challenges and couldn’t help but join. Can’t wait to start.

  10. kim in ohio kim in ohio
    January 21, 2010    

    My theme will be books, cozy mysteries and locations or people of such, ie, bookstore owners, librarians.
    I have been so waiting for this challenge. thanks for doing it again.

  11. January 21, 2010    

    Wonderful. My theme is “Fellow Blogger Recommendations”. You know I keep buying them … now is the time to read them!

  12. Cafeshree Cafeshree
    January 22, 2010    

    I’m so excited this is happening again this year! I’m undecided on theme, 3 to chose from! But can’t wait to get started.

  13. Student of Lore Student of Lore
    January 23, 2010    

    My theme will be World war 1&2 and maybe also books that begin with the letter B.

  14. January 26, 2010    

    hello! this is my first time to join. thanks for featuring my meme in your novel challenge blog. and, this is the first I am actually changing my novel reads. i’m usually the romantic novel types, and here i am, venturing to another theme thanks to you. now, i’m recognizing themes more.

  15. January 27, 2010    

    Wow, thanks everyone for your enthusiasm and joining in the challenge! I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s themes 🙂

  16. January 31, 2010    

    Just signed up with a theme of “Linkages”–each book either has an epigram or provides the epigram for another book on the list. So far I have 3 pairs.

    I’m so glad you’re doing this challenge again!

  17. February 7, 2010    

    A Themed Reading Challenge?? How wonderful!!
    That’s the perfect excuse to read lots of “Books About Books” as I’ve planned to do some weeks ago *_______*
    As a devote fan of books, that seemed to be the perfect theme to be chosen 😛

    Can’t wait for the 14th ^_______^

  18. February 28, 2010    

    A interesting twist on challenges.

    My three themes are: award winners, banned books, book to movie

  19. March 23, 2010    

    I posted a page with ALL current reading challenges. Let me know if you want me to add any other information about yours. I hope it brings even more readers to your Themed Reading Challenge!
    Reading Challenges.

    Rachelle (Bibliobabe)

  20. Lindy Lindy
    August 15, 2010    

    I have finished, no blog, so here is what i read.

    1. Saul, John Black Creek Crossing
    2. Johansen, Iris Deadlock
    3. Olsen, Karen E. The Missing INk
    4. Grafton, Sue U is for Undertow
    5. Howard, Linda Cover of Night
    6. Koontz, Dean Dark Rivers of the Heart
    7. Clark, Mary Jane Lights Out Tonight
    8. Krentz, Jayne Ann Fired Up
    9. Patterson, James Witch and Wizard
    10. Hosp, David Among Thieves
    11. Woods, Stuart Heat
    12. Santlofer, Jonathan The Murder Notebook
    13. MacDonald, John D. Tan and Sandy Silence
    14. Patterson, James Worse Case
    15. Howard, Linda Death Angel
    16. Hoag, Tami Deeper Than The Dead
    17. Henry, Sue Degrees of Separation
    18. Hooper, Kay Blood Ties
    19. Howard, Linda To Die For
    20. Doetsch, Richard 13th Hour
    21. Howard, Linda Kiss and Tell

  21. September 11, 2010    

    I came looking for the wrap-up post but it appears I forgot to sign-up in the first place! And this year, I did remember the August deadline as well.

    My theme was blogger recommendations – here’s what I read.

    1) Blood Red, Snow White – Marcus Sedgwick (Recommended by gaskella).
    2) Hearts And Minds – Amanda Craig (Recommended by dovegreyreader).
    3) The Snows of Yesteryear – Gregor von Rezzori (Recommended by A Common Reader)
    4) The Woman on the Green Bicycle – Monique Roffey (Recommended by Other Stories)
    5) After The Fire, A Still Small Voice – Evie Wyld (Recommened by Reading Matters)

    Reviews for all but the first are on my blog.

    Are we doing this again next year? I have already know what my theme will be …..

  22. October 1, 2010    

    Lizzy Siddal: Sorry for my late response to your question…I’ve been out of town for weeks caring for a sick relative and have been having a hard time keeping up on my blog. Congrats on finishing the challenge! I am planning to host this again in 2011. Watch for sign ups in January 🙂

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