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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

So, I was just wondering…

woman wondering I have to admit, I’ve never signed up for any challenges. Last year I didn’t know that much about them and this year I just wasn’t sure if or what I was interested in. There are so many to choose from. I swear there are some people who sign up for every one of them too. (and seem to be quite successful at it!) I like a variety of genres and there are plenty of challenges that would fit the bill.

When I began blogging, the first place I noticed challenges was on J. Kaye’s Book Blog. Not only does she participate in several of them she also hosts several of them. I don’t know how she finds the time. If you’re looking for a challenge to join go to her blog. She has a great selection listed on her sidebar. I was visiting another blog this week and the author was participating in forty-two different challenges. 42!! I haven’t even signed up for one yet! That’s very impressive.

So, I was just wondering what challenges did you sign up for this year? Did you complete all of your choices last year? I would love to hear more about it!

17 comments:

  1. Well I'm currently signed up for 4 of them. I get nervous signing up for too many. I'm always afraid I won't complete one.

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  2. I managed to complete the challenges I joined last year. This year I signed up for three: the Stephanie Plum series challenge, the 2010 Reading From My Shelves Project, the Outlander series challenge. That's it. I was tempted to join a few that would overlap the books from these three but I decided not to. I'm not sure I'll complete the S. Plum challenge but I'll read a few of those books. I'll try for the Outlander (they are chunksters) but I think that has been made an ongoing challenge so the pressure to read all the books in a year is gone (whew!).

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  3. I did well on my challenges last year for the most part! I've signed up for 12 of them right now and I'm co-hosting one.

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  4. I finally managed to complete all three I signed up for last year but this year I wanted to read more of my own books so Read From Your Own Shelves Project hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea is a perfect challenge for me. I like to read a lot of chunkster books and British books so those are my other two. Since books can overlap on any of these three, the challenges should be doable. Why not start out with reading from your own shelves? You can do it. I know you can!

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  5. Last year was my first year of blogging and was new to challenges so I didn't sign up for alot. The one that I completed was the 100+ Reading Challenge and the Holiday Reading Challenge. I failed the buy a book read a book one.

    I am still doing the Sookie Stackhouse and the MG Reading Challenge.

    As for this year I have signed up for the 8 challenges: 100+ reading challenge, Support you local library, 2010 YA Reading Challenge, Shelf Discovery, Mini Challenge for Shelf Discovery, The RA challenge, 2010 REading from my shelf and 2010 New author Challenge.

    I only join ones now that I know I can complete and they are all pretty much crossover ones so it works well.

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  6. I've signed up for three :) (my first three actually).
    I made sure to only pick those I would LOVE and thoroughly enjoy.

    Mystery and Thriller, Dystopia, and LOST.
    They're in my side bar if you're interested.

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  7. Last year I had only signed up for one challenge, called Holiday Challenge 2009 hosted by my friend "All About {n}". It was my first so I didn't want to overdo it and sign up for too many!

    However, this year instead of just participating, we decided to host them as well. Just this week we launched our "Heartbreakers Challenge" for the month of February and "iChallenge Playlist" which is 4 challenges in 1 for the whole year. Of course, we'll be participating in them as well, hehe.

    I'm hoping that the blogging community will like them and sign up :)

    ♥Isalys
    www.booksoulmates.com

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  8. The first year I blogged, my only challenge was the LT 50 book challenge. Last year, though, I signed up for a few more than that and didn't finish any except the 75 book challenge. This year, I'm in for 13 or 14, I think, and I'm getting to where I can't remember all of them, let alone read for them. One, the Sookie Stackhouse Challenge, is from last year and I may abandon because I'm not really liking the first book. I can't imagine 42! Yikes!

    I started my own challenge this year, as well, and that's a bit more stressful than just the ones you sign up for. Fun, though. The challenges I did sign up for this year I chose only if they fit into what I was wanting to accomplish with my reading this year: Finish the ARCs! Not all my challenges do, but almost all of them fit.

    BTW, I have an award for you :-)

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  9. I did the 100+ last year with J. Kaye. I signed up again this year. I'm also doing the Great Canadian Challenge. And that's enough for me. I too have looked at all the challenges people are participating in and wonder how they do it!

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  10. Greetings, Debbie.

    I joined my first reading challenge just a few months ago. It's a great way to meet other book bloggers, finally read a certain genre of book or author you've been considering, and/or push yourself out of your reading comfort zone a bit.

    On the right side of my blog I have buttons with links to various reading challenges. Some are completed, and some are to be completed (hopefully!).

    Hope you will join the fun!

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  11. Last year I signed up for a few and completed them all. I think for your first one you should sign up for a smaller one. I did the Southern Reading Challenge last year and it was 3 books set in the south in 3 months. I also did the Austen challenge and even though you had to do 6 things you could cound spin-offs and movies- easy!
    Try a small one and see what happens :)

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  12. Last year I signed up for a few and completed them all. I think for your first one you should sign up for a smaller one. I did the Southern Reading Challenge last year and it was 3 books set in the south in 3 months. I also did the Austen challenge and even though you had to do 6 things you could cound spin-offs and movies- easy!
    Try a small one and see what happens :)

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  13. I just find them fun. I don't really obsess over whether or not I finish them. I think I did about 5 or 6 last year and didn't complete two. I'm sticking to genres I know and love this year.

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  14. 42?!? I'd never be able to keep track! I usually do 2 or 3.

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  15. I'm signed up for quite a few but a lot of them will overlap. I made a challenge blog so I can easier keep track of my progress and not clutter up my main blog

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  16. I just started book blogging a month ago. The challenges looked fun but I was afraid too many would bog me down so I only joined three: Audio Book Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge, and Support Your Local Library Challenge. I'm going like gangbusters on all of them so I think next year I will be signing up for more.

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  17. Today is my lucky day :)
    Apple is giving review copies of iPad to 100 lucky person. Go to http://bit.ly/d9QOON and apply for it.

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