I can't stress this enough. If you want to sign up please indicate which challenge(s) you want to join in your comment.
The rules for all the challenges are the same.
1) Read and/or watch TWO works by the author in question (Bronte, Dickens, Dumas, Gaskell, Twain)
Watching two movies
Reading two books
Reading one book; watching one movie
You can always read (or watch) more. But two is the minimum. I don't know that this has ever come up, but you CAN count abridged versions of the novels. You CAN also count audio books.
2) The challenge will run through November 15th, 2008. That gives us a full six months and a few extra weeks to read. I had considered going through December. However, I decided with the fall being what it is--Thanksgiving, birthday, Christmas, Librarians' Choices, and possibly (???) Cybils, that I would not be getting much read for challenges anyway. I figured that you'd be busy celebrating, planning, shopping, dealing with your own chaos and drama as well. So November 15th it is.
I'm going to be super-nice especially since it serves in my best interests. Any book you've read by any of these authors in the year 2008 can count towards your challenge. I've just read The Three Musketeers (this past weekend!) I'm so going to count that.
*Also re-reads are allowed if you like.
*So is overlapping with other challenges.
3) No blogs are required. No lists are required. You don't have to tell me which books for which authors you're going to read. But I would *appreciate* hearing from you which two books/movies you went with as your choices. I'd also *appreciate* some feedback. For example of how BRIEF that feedback can be you can write "3 musketeers; thumbs up" or "Jane Eyre, recommended" or "Great Expectations, boring" It can be really really really short and sweet. But I would like to know what you ended up with and if you liked it or loved it or hated it. If you do have a blog and want to write a review, go for it. If you give me the link, I will read what you have to say!
So (drumroll please) here are your five new choices for mini-challenge fun. Bronte Sisters Mini-Challenge, Charles Dickens Mini-Challenge, Alexandre Dumas Mini-Challenge, Elizabeth Gaskell Mini-Challenge, and the Mark Twain Mini-Challenge.
To sign up, leave a comment. Be sure to leave your name (or your online nickname is fine) and your blog address (but only if applicable). And please, please indicate which challenge(s) you want to join. "This sounds fun, I want to join!" is a great comment. But I won't have a clue which of the five it applies to unless you tell me.
UPDATE: THERE IS NOW A BLOG FOR ALL OF MY (BECKY'S) MINI-CHALLENGES. THERE ARE SEVEN FOR 2008 SO FAR. MORE WILL BE COMING FOR 2009. YOU MAY VISIT THAT SITE HERE. YOU MAY LEAVE LINKS TO YOUR REVIEWS ON SPECIAL POSTS THERE. (Each challenge has its own post.) YOU MAY SIGN UP AT EITHER SITE.