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I totally lied: three more irresistable challenges

January 1, 2009

I know, I already said that I’d given you my final more challenges. But that was before I found out about the Dream King and Support Your Local Library challenges. And I just realised I forgot to talk about Emily’s challenges!

dreamkingThe first is a Neil Gaiman challenge hosted by Jessi. Now, I had a Gaiman fest towards the end of 2007, and checking out my review directory I’ve written about nine of his books already (!). But, you know, there’s always more time for a favourite author. ;) I’m going for the Acolyte level, which requires reading three works from three different categories (Jessi’s like me! a category lover!) and watching one movie. My movie will be probably be Coraline when it’s released. My books are: The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection (audiobook), Season of Mists (graphic novel), and Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (other-book recommended by Gaiman). Most of my unread Gaiman books are graphic, so since I could only have one in each category, that’s why my reading pool is (mercifully) small.

library_challenge-2The second, hosted by J. Kaye, encourages us to support our local library by committing to read 10, 25, or 50 books from the library. I’m committing to 50 books, which considering I read 82 from the library last year, shouldn’t be too much a stretch. So why do the challenge? Since one of my resolutions is to not acquire books this year, I thought it’d be fun to do ‘library loot’ days since I won’t be able to do things like ‘mailbox monday.’ Also, I have lots of books recommended by other bloggers at my local library that don’t fit into any of my other challenges, so this will be a way of encouraging me to try them out. We don’t have to make a pool ahead of time, fortunately, so this should just be a fun way to celebrate my library. Oh, and have I mentioned they’re doing an adult reading program this year?! Starting on January 12th, if I read 8 books in 8 weeks, I’ll receive “a free book bag, chocolate, a Panera coupon, a PPLD collectible coffee mug, and get entered into a Grand Prize Drawing.” I heart my library!!!

Finally, Emily‘s hosting three challenges, each of which runs for the year and requires a 2-5 book commitment. I’m going to kind of combine the “Getting to Know You” and Drama challenges by choosing Shakespeare as my “Getting to Know” writer. So, I’ll be reading Bill Bryon’s Shakespeare: the World as Stage, and reading some of Shakespeare’s plays. I received his collected works for Christmas awhile ago, so I don’t have to make up my mind right now. But I’d like to read a comedy, a tragedy, and a history.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2009 10:23 pm

    Coraline will probably be my movie, too. And have fun with Shakespeare! My favorite comedy is Much Ado About Nothing; I love Beatrice. :)

  2. January 2, 2009 3:01 am

    I’m so tempted by the Dream King challenge; I’m going to have to go off and have a think about what my reads might be…..

  3. January 2, 2009 7:14 am

    Oooh, your library’s too cool! I’ve no doubt you’ll be walking away with all those goodies.

  4. January 2, 2009 7:34 am

    Now that I’m going to have a library again, I should probably support it and join this challenge.

  5. January 2, 2009 7:54 am

    The library loot thing sounds like a cool idea! I feel so left out beause I am one of the few people that does not buy a bunch of books. I get them all from the library. I joined this challenge too. I don’t remember what level I committed too though :P

  6. Chelsea permalink
    January 2, 2009 9:41 am

    The support your library challenge sounds like a really cool idea – perhaps cool enough for me to consider hopping on board of yet ANOTHER challenge, lol. Do you have any suggestions of where to start with the Gaiman challenges? I was taking a look, and there are just so many great possibilities that I’m not sure where to start – do you have a favorite Gaiman? Thanks and happy reading!

  7. January 2, 2009 1:13 pm

    Jessi, I’ll put that one on the list then!

    Bride of the Book God, there are so many tempting challenges this year it’s crazy!

    Debi, my parents started laughing when I told them about it. My mom’s just excited because, since I’m eating vegan for the next three months, she gets the chocolate. ;)

    Bybee, yay for having a library!

    Sarah, you and me both-I don’t buy that many books either. We’ll do library loot together and start a revolution! hehe

    Chelsea, for first-time Gaiman, I’d recommend Anansi Boys, Coraline, or the Graveyard Book. And did you know your blog isn’t linking when you leave comments?

  8. January 2, 2009 5:45 pm

    I just read Gaimen’s book Coraline a couple of months ago and adored it. I had already planned on reading other things he has written (picked up American Gods, which is now just sitting in my stack of TBR). Looks like another challenge that I’ll partake in. I’m a bit reluctant about the graphic novels. I’ve never had a taste for them. Perhaps this challenge will change that. :)

  9. January 2, 2009 8:38 pm

    Wanted to stop in and welcome you to the Support Your Local Library challenge. If you haven’t already, feel free to join us at the Yahoo Groups where others are participating in this challenge as well as others.

  10. January 3, 2009 11:42 am

    Chris, awesome! I was reluctant about graphic novels too, and the first in the Sandman series (Preludes and Nocturnes) just confirmed that. I did not like it at all. However, I enjoyed the second one more and I actually liked the third! So keep that in mind if you’re reading Sandman. :)

    J. Kaye, thanks!


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