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message 1: by Li (new)

Li (_Li_) | 335 comments Mod
We are pleased to announce our
First Reading Challenge!

Here are the rules:

1. Challenge begins February 1, 2012 and ends April 30, 2012.

2. .:.Book Bodega.:. will not be selecting books of the month during the challenge. (However, please continue to update the "Side-Reads" section accordingly.)

3. The Harry Potter books (Bonus Reads) can not be used to fulfill the Reading Challenge.

4. Books may only be used once to fulfill a category.

5. Please create and update only one "comment" during the Challenge. Use the "add book/author" tool (located just above the comment box) to embed a picture of the book that you've read. Your update for each category should include the book's picture and the date you completed the book.


Prize
Winner selects the book of the month for May.


Book Categories
1. Red
In honor of Valentine's Day, read a book that has the word "Red" in the title OR red on the cover.

2. Oldie but a Goodie
Read the book that's been sitting on your goodreads "To Read" list the longest.

3. The Best Year Ever
Read a book that was published the year you were born.

4. Better Than Fiction
Read a non-fiction/biographical book on any prominent figure of your choice.

5. Historical Fiction
Read any book that recreates/fictionalizes the life of any figure in History. (1 bonus point if your choice for books 4 and 5 are based on the same person.)

6. .:.Book Bodega.:.
Read any book that the Bodega has read that you have not read yet.



Enjoy the challenge!

HAVE FUN & HAPPY READING!



message 2: by Abby (new)

Abby (atanori512) | 86 comments LOVE IT!!! I'm all over this biatch! lol


message 3: by Sammee (last edited Jan 11, 2012 12:51PM) (new)

Sammee (chasing_sammee) | 379 comments Mod
game on! lol

Thanks Li for creating this!!!


message 4: by Li (last edited Mar 20, 2012 06:47AM) (new)

Li (_Li_) | 335 comments Mod
So excited!! Here are my books for the challenge. Can't wait to get started. :)

1. Red
In honor of Valentine's Day, read a book that has the word "Red" in the title OR red on the cover.

Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer
(Doing a re-read with Abby) :)
Done - 2/18/12

2. Oldie but a Goodie
Read the book that's been sitting on your goodreads "To Read" list the longest.

The Sisters Antipodes by Jane Alison


3. The Best Year Ever
Read a book that was published the year you were born.

Metroland by Julian Barnes


4. Better Than Fiction
Read a non-fiction/biographical book on any prominent figure of your choice.

Elizabeth The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey


5. Historical Fiction
Read any book that recreates/fictionalizes the life of any figure in History. (1 bonus point if your choice for books 4 and 5 are based on the same person.)

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff


6. .:.Book Bodega.:.
Read any book that the Bodega has read that you have not read yet.

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
Done - 3/8/12

3/20/12 Ok, people (or should I say, Sammee & Abby), I officially withdraw from the challenge.
Many reasons why, here goes.

1. MY BOOKS SUCK!
OMG - why is Metroland such torture to read?!? I've already shared how I end up throwing my Nook on my desk because the book is so bad. My Elizabeth book is good but it's not a page turner. It's like an easier to read history book. I finally got Cleopatra from the library but they only gave me two weeks to read it. That's usually enough time but not with...

2. SCHOOL
In the time span of 1 month, I have 2 Calculus tests and a cumulative final exam. I need to put on my nerd panties and focus on math, math, math. Right now I have a 76 in the class and this grade can not drop. I will cry (FOR REAL!) if I have to take this class again.

3. OTHER BOOKS
Found Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life at the library and had to read it. When I returned that one, I saw Beautiful Creatures and...yeah...I'm officially invested/hooked/obsessed. LOL!!

So lesson learned for me (us?). With our (my?) crazy lives...maybe a reading challenge of 6 books is too much??
Although, Sammee seems to be kicking ass. You picked good books, miss.
So I offically tender my resignation.
The creator is the loser.
Love it! LOL!!!



message 5: by Abby (last edited Mar 01, 2012 11:06AM) (new)

Abby (atanori512) | 86 comments I love this challenge!! I hope we keep doing them! :)


1. Red : Completed on February 19, 2012

Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer

Re-read with Li!

2. Oldie but a Goodie

The Color of Water A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

Been wanting to read this so bad!

3. The Best Year Ever : Completed on March 1, 2012

SLEEPLESS NIGHT by ELIZABETH HARDWICK (Elizabeth Hardwick)

I couldn't find the image on this site, but I really want to read it! 1979 baby!


4. Better Than Fiction

Henry VIII The King and His Court by Alison Weir


5. Historical Fiction

With Love King Henry VIII by Helen Pilz

6. .:.Book Bodega.:.

Bossypants by Tina Fey


message 6: by Sammee (last edited Apr 23, 2012 05:31AM) (new)

Sammee (chasing_sammee) | 379 comments Mod
This is amazing! I'm super excited!!! So much for putting my list together at work, lol

Book Categories
1. Red : I'll see how my mood is when the time gets closer but it's between these two
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline start date: 2/29/12 finish date: 3/12/12

2. Oldie but a Goodie :
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak start date: 2/15/12 finish date: 2/28/12

3. The Best Year Ever : 1979!!! Amazing movie that I fell in love with as a kid now I get to read the book!!!
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende start date: 3/20/12 finish date: 4/4/12

4. Better Than Fiction :
Coco Chanel The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie start date: 4/5/12 (GAVE UP DIDN'T FINISH)

5. Historical Fiction :
Queenmaker A Novel of King David's Queen by India Edghill start date: 3/13/12 finish date: 3/20/12

6. .:.Book Bodega.:. :
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan start date: 2/7/12 finish date: 2/14/12


message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (TheSarah) | 86 comments Love, love, LOVE it! Reading My Custom Van for red! Working on compiling the rest of the list. My vlog review of Steve Jobs should be up by this weekend! :)

My Custom Van by Michael Ian Black


message 8: by Steph (new)

Steph | 13 comments Okay, just finished When She Woke. I feel like that should count for my red and Bodega book. Lol! I'll decide later and let you know.

Super excited!

Btw, loved the book!

Li, maybe I'll read Cleopatra.


message 9: by Abby (new)

Abby (atanori512) | 86 comments Ok so far I have read Twilight (Red) and starting Sleepless Night (Best Year Ever)... I also read Breaking Dawn again but just for the hell of it... LOL

Love this challenge!


message 10: by Li (new)

Li (_Li_) | 335 comments Mod
Update your original entry (the one where you posted the books you'll be reading) with the date you finished Twilight.
In the event of a tie, the dates will determine the winner.
Abby wrote: "Ok so far I have read Twilight (Red) and starting Sleepless Night (Best Year Ever)... I also read Breaking Dawn again but just for the hell of it... LOL

Love this challenge!"



message 11: by Sammee (new)

Sammee (chasing_sammee) | 379 comments Mod
Just checking! How's it going for everyone? They sure dont call it a challenge for nothing, right?

I'm on my 3rd book now, "Ready Player One" & I must say man does it suck but the concept sounded interesting to bad it actually isn't. I loved loved LOVED "The Book Thief" & "When She Woke" was really interesting. Here is to hoping that my other 3 books will wow me.


message 12: by Abby (new)

Abby (atanori512) | 86 comments I'm on my third book too and it's slow to pick up... hopefully it does! Having a hard time getting into it.... grr.


message 13: by Li (new)

Li (_Li_) | 335 comments Mod
I'm on my third & fourth book. My book on Elizabeth I was really good and now I'm kind of stuck. Reading Metroland for my "Best Year Ever" category. I'm about 21 pages in and the main character's name still hasn't been revealed. :\ Hoping it picks up soon.


message 14: by Sammee (last edited Mar 20, 2012 06:37PM) (new)

Sammee (chasing_sammee) | 379 comments Mod
LI!!!

Say it is so? You were a fierce competitor & you will greatly be missed.

This is definitely a challenge & one that requires loads of research before picking your books. I had a rough start with my original 'Better Than Fiction' selection and with some good advise (Li) I switched it. So far the lamest book I've read was Ready Player one so I guess that's not bad 1 bad one 1 good one 'When She Woke' and 2 phenomenal ones 'The Book Thief' & 'Queenmaker'. Here is to hoping the last 2 books on my challenge list are just as good.
I would love to do a reading challenge again maybe we can restructure it somehow but dont forget it is a challenge so its' gotta still be tough too.

SIDE NOTE for Li: I've been trying to get you to read the Beautiful Creatures series for awhile now. Have we not learned our lesson yet! LISTEN TO SAMMEE!!! ok that is all, lol


message 15: by Li (new)

Li (_Li_) | 335 comments Mod
Girl, I listen to you!! I have you to thank for Harry Potter. I just never saw Beautiful Creatures at the library. It was always checked out. I was looking for books for Dominic this weekend when I saw the book. Without thinking twice, I grabbed it. :) I'm enjoying it but have no idea what's going on. Love the boy that's been cast for Ethan. He was on Skins (UK) and I can't wait to see him play sensitive. His character on Skins was a nutcase!! Lol (Just now sitting down to watch New Girl. I did 45 minutes of Calculus. Enough for one night.)


message 16: by Sammee (new)

Sammee (chasing_sammee) | 379 comments Mod
Okay, I've read 5 out of the 6 books for the challenge. I just couldn't fight my way through the Coco Chanel book. Anyway, is there anyone else out there still hanging strong in this challenge?


message 17: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (TheSarah) | 86 comments Book Categories
1. Red
In honor of Valentine's Day, read a book that has the word "Red" in the title OR red on the cover.

A. Read My Custom Van And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face by Michael Ian Black. Was hysterical! Whenever Black is on tv or at a comedy show, I make it a point to see him! Never disappointed.

2. Oldie but a Goodie
Read the book that's been sitting on your goodreads "To Read" list the longest.

A. A Ship Made Of Paper by Scott Spencer Loved Endless Love and this story was much darker and layered. At the end of reading, I really did enjoy the writing and the plot. He's a master of foreshadowing and symbolism.

6. .:.Book Bodega.:.
Read any book that the Bodega has read that you have not read yet.
A. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. James This book was a mistake to read. It was horrible. Will NOT be reading the next two. I just can't subject myself to that kind of torture! lol


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