Books Alive 2009 Reading Challenge
September is book month in Australia as the book industry gets behind the the Books Alive campaign, which runs from August 26 to September 30. And what better way to celebrate reading than … a reading challenge!
Books Alive Reading Challenge
1. Read as many books as you can from Sept 7 to 30. (This gives us a weekend to buy or borrow books for the challenge.)
2. On Oct 1, post a list of the books you read. If you don’t have a blog or website, you can post your results as a comment to our challenge round-up in October.
3. The list should either link to your reviews of the books or include short comments saying what you thought of each book.
Challenge variations (more difficult)
All-rounder challenge Read as many books as you can from The Guide (50 Books You Can’t Put Down). If you choose this challenge, at least one book should be the anthology or Grug book that you get free when you buy one of the books on the list. (Booktopia has the entire list in its catalogue.)
Romance challenge Read as many books as you can from the list of 2009 R*BY Award finalists. If you choose this challenge, one of the books must be Dark Country or How To Break Your Own Heart. These books are in The Guide and were written by authors nominated for a R*BY Award this year.
Library challenge Read as many books as you can from your local library.
Or devise a theme of your own!
Books Alive Quickie Challenge
This one is more of a meme if you’re too lazy to do a full challenge. (We understand laziness—yes, we do.) The Quickie Challenge is to create your own list of 10 Books You Can’t Put Down. You can choose any theme (e.g. genre, year of publication) or no theme at all. The aim of this challenge is to showcase the best of the best in your chosen genre or theme. You may post the list any time during the Books Alive campaign.
We’re planning to give out book prizes. We’re still figuring out how this will work, and we’ll post the details soon.
Shiny, happy buttons
We’ve made some buttons for the challenges, and you’re welcome to download them via Flickr. Otherwise, you can just copy and paste the following code to insert the buttons on your blog:
Standard (235 x 240) (see graphic at the top of this page)
<a href=”http://bookthingo.com.au/books-alive-2009-reading-challenge/” title=”Books Alive 2009 Reading Challenge by bookthingo.com.au”><img src=”http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/3880555363_c8c713b841_m.jpg” width=”235″ height=”240″ alt=”Books Alive 2009 Reading Challenge” /></a>
Standard (98 x 100)
<a href=”http://bookthingo.com.au/books-alive-2009-reading-challenge/” title=”Books Alive 2009 Reading Challenge by bookthingo.com.au”><img src=”http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/3880555363_c8c713b841_t.jpg” width=”98″ height=”100″ alt=”Books Alive 2009 Reading Challenge” /></a>
Romance Challenge (240 x 113)
<a href=”http://bookthingo.com.au/books-alive-2009-reading-challenge/” title=”Books Alive 2009 Romance Reading Challenge by bookthingo.com.au”><img src=”http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3480/3880555559_31a192c3cc_m.jpg” width=”240″ height=”113″ alt=”Books Alive 2009 Romance Reading Challenge” /></a>
If you’re up for the Books Alive Reading Challenge, leave a comment below to tell us which variation you plan to do and a link to your blog or website if you have one. We’ll post a list of participants on Sunday night.
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