Sunday, March 30, 2008

Announcing the Initials Reading Challenge

Initials Reading Challenge
April 1, 2008 - November 30, 2008
Read five to eight books by authors who publish under their initials.
Examples would be: C.S. Lewis. A.A. Milne. J.R.R. Tolkien. L.M. Montgomery. E.M. Forster. T.H. White. J.K. Rowling. R.L. Stine. e.e. cummings. D.H. Lawrence. J.D. Salinger. H.G. Wells. E. Nesbit. T.S. Eliot. E.B. White. P.G. Wodehouse. J.M. Barrie. W.B. Yeats. V.C. Andrews. G.K. Chesterton. T.E. Lawrence. O. Henry. H.A. Rey. Etc.
You don't have to choose an author from the above list. But those are the ones I was able to think of at the time of the posting!

Note: there are three other banner options for you posted on the official challenge blog.

No lists are necessary.
Sign up at any time between now and November 1, 2008.
Read as many books as you like, as long as you meet the minimum requirement of five books.
Your books can count towards other challenges you're participating in.
A blog is not required. See the Initials Reading Challenge Review blog for details on how you can still participate fully!

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Debi 12:12 PM  

Oh man. I just know I'm not going to be able to resist!

Chris 12:14 PM  

oh come on Becky! :p Yet another tempting challenge! I'm sure I'll end up signing up...*sigh*

Nymeth 3:32 PM  

Hmm, I did buy Winnie the Pooh and Anne of Green Gables to read at some point this year, and I've always wanted to try some Wodehouse...I'll give this some thought, but you can probably count me in :P

Chestertonian Rambler 10:04 PM  

Hmm...shouldn't be too hard. I've at least got one Chesterton (Napoleon of Notting Hill) and one Lewis (Silver Chair) already on the reread docket, so I'll see how it goes.

joanna 2:21 AM  

Count me in too, Becky, sounds like fun!

Grilsgood 12:18 PM  

Ok, I will try it, could be my first failure. I do have plans to read at least 2 C. S. Lewis books.
Then I need 3 more. Well I was in lvoe with D. H. Lawrence in colledge. Could reread those

Maria 7:18 AM  

I'm in :)

Mandy 2:16 PM  

Count me in too!

krin 8:14 PM  

I'm in. My list is here.

Grilsgood 5:15 PM  

I have finished, but no blog, will also post it tomy A NOvel Challnge area later this week

1. C. S. Lewis Till We See Her Face
2. White, T. H. The book of Merlyn
3. D. J. donaldson New Orleans REquim
4. C. S. Lewis Mere Christianity 5. Spencer, M. D.

The Locked Room
6. Hildick, W. W. The Cae of the Dragon in Distress

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