Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Scary-But-True


Becky's Scary But True
Challenges "in" 2008

For links to challenge hosts look in my sidebar. I have one called "Challenges I'm Hosting in 2008" and another a bit further down called "Challenges."

1) Seafaring Challenge
host: I Heart Paperbacks
dates: November 1 - January 31
books required: 4

2) Four-Legged Friends Challenge
host: Written World (Kailana)
dates: September 20th - February 26, 2008
books required: participant decides

3) The Sci-Fi Experience
host: Stainless Steel Droppings
date: January 1- February 29th
books required: participant decides

4) Winter Reading Challenge
host: Rock Creek Rumblings
date: December 3 - February 29th
books required: participant decides

5) Hometown Reading Challenge
host: Callista
date: November 1 - March 1
books required: 1

6) Winter Reading Challenge (Inksplasher)
host: Inksplasher
date: December 22nd to March 19th
books required: participant decides

7) Zora Neale Hurston Mini-Challenge
host: Becky's Book Reviews
date: January 1- March 31rst
books required 1

8) Speculative Fiction
host: Book Ninja
date: October - April 1
books required: 6

9) Jewish Literature Challenge
host: Callista (also has own site)
date: December 4- April 26
books required: participant decides

10) Royalty Rules Reading Challenge
host: Magic of Ink
dates: February 1-April 30th
books required: 2

11) Expanding Horizons Challenge
host: Book Nut
dates: January 1 - April 30
books required (4-6)

12) Series Challenge
host: Crazy Cozy Murders
dates: December 1 - May 31rst
books required: participant decides

13) Book Awards Challenge
host: has its own site
dates: July 1- June 30, 2008
books required: 12

14) Themed Reading Challenge
host: Caribousmom
dates: January 1- June 30th
books required: 4

15) Chunkster Challenge
host: So Many Books, So Little Time
dates: January 7th- December 20th
books required: 4

16) Triple-8 Challenge
host: own website
dates: all of 2008
books required: 64 (or is it 56?)

17) Short Story Challenge
host: Kate's Book Blog
dates: all of 2008
books required: participant decides

18) The A to Z Challenge for 2008
host: Thoughts for Joy
dates: all of 2008
books required: 52

19) Mythopoeic Award
host: Foxy writer
dates: all of 2008
books required: 7

20) Nineteenth Century Women Writers
host: Becky's Book Reviews
dates: all of 2008
books required: 4-6

21) 2008 TBR Challenge
host: Mizbooks
dates: all of 2008
books required: 12

22) Printz Award Challenge
host: Hidden Side of A Leaf
dates: all of 2008
books required: 12

23) Inklings Mini-Challenge
host: Becky's Book Reviews
dates: all of 2008
books required: 4

24) Young Readers Challenge
host: Becky's Book REviews (well, really Young REaders site)
dates: all of 2008
books required: 12

25) Austen Mini-Challenge
host: Becky's Book REviews
dates: all of 2008
books required: 2

26) Romance Reading Challenge
host: The Bookworm
dates: all of 2008
books required: 5

27) Young Adult Challenge
host: Thoughts of Joy
dates: all of 2008
books required: 12

28) By the Decades 2008
host: 3M
dates: all of 2008
books required: 8

29) Back to History Challenge:
host: own site
dates: all of 2008
books required: 12

30) In Their Shoes Reading Challenge
host: own site
dates: all of 2008
books required: participant decides

31) Celebrate the Author Challenge
host: Becky's Book Reviews
dates: all of 2008
books required: 12

32) Cardathon Challenge
host: me (but has its own site)
dates: all of 2008
books required: participant decides

33) First in A Series
host: Thoughts of Joy
dates: all of 2008
books required: 12

What is "scary" about this list? Well, there's the obvious reasoning that it's 33 CHALLENGES. It is only January 9th, and I'm signed up for 33 Challenges. And then there is the less-obvious but nevertheless true fact that I will probably join even more challenges as the year progresses!!! And then there is the distinct possibility (almost a promise) that I will want to HOST more challenges later in the year. :)

3 comments:

Kristina 8:30 PM  

Oh Becky!! I thought I had too many and I think I only have 10!! I am so looking forward to your blog this year because of all the reviews I will get to see you post! By the way I love your new picture!

Chris 11:30 PM  

I didn't even know there WERE 33 challenges going on right now :p I can't tell you how much better you make me feel :p Here I am feeling overwhelmed...phew!

Debi 5:12 PM  

You know what really boggles my mind...the fact that you'll probably actually finish them all!

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I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
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  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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