Monday, November 10, 2008

Unshelved Reading Challenge

I can't remember if it was the summer readathon or the fall readathon (the first one), but one of the two introduced me to the glory that is the Unshelved Bookclub. It's a comic strip book review of sorts that is great fun. They've featured a lot of great books. (There's a new strip each Sunday.) And I was looking at the list today and thinking that this would be a great challenge or mini-challenge. To read 3 books reviewed in the Unshelved archives in four months.

Unshelved Reading Challenge
host: Becky of Becky's Book Reviews
dates: February 1, 2009 - June 1, 2009
books required: 3

Audio books welcome. Blog not required. Overlaps with other challenges allowed. Lists not required. But books must come from their archives. Remember, new books/strips are being added all the time.

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Grilsgood 5:20 PM  

I qouls like to rry, not sure how may of these books my library will have, but one can always hope, No blog, so when done I will post here or at A Novel Challenge. Lindy

Jena 8:56 PM  

I love Unshelved! (I was introduced to the wonder that is this comic when I was subbing in a high school library last year.) I don't do challenges, but if I did, I'd been signing up for this one!

Jenny 10:52 PM  

I'm in, I'm in! This looks fun. I've read some of these already (6). Going to be hard to keep my list updated though!

Alyssa F 1:15 AM  

These are great! Thanks for introducing me to a new thing.

Kim 12:49 AM  

I'm in! I have picked three to start with. Who knows, I may read even more! :)

Ali 4:06 PM  

Wow, that's a new site for me and I like it! I have 2-3 of the books in their archives in my TBR pile already. Do I have to wait until February to get started?

Jessica 11:30 AM  

I'm in for this one! I read unshelved quite a bit (working in a library, we find it very funny), but I was unaware of their Sunday comic book club thing. Fun!

Anonymous,  9:32 AM  

Hello - Sign me up - this looks like an interesting pick of books to choose from. My post is here - but no books on it yet!


Anonymous,  9:33 PM  

I'm in! Here's my list:

Anonymous,  8:08 PM  

Count me in...And yet another list to add to the tbr pile! :)

Thaydra 6:01 PM  

I'll do it. This will be my first book challenge I've done. Stranger than fiction, considering I work at a library!

I've read Unshelved for awhile now, having been introduced to it a while back by my boss. I love it!

Sandra 2:53 AM  

I wasn't sure about this when I first saw it. But I've now read The Gargoyle and found others on their list I would read. Please sign me up. I will create a post asap.

Gwendolyn B. 2:58 PM  

Hi, Becky. I'm in, and it's official. Here's my post:

Kim 2:20 PM  

I am finished! I read four and posted my wrap up post here:

Jenny 11:36 AM  

Here is the link to my completed challenge.

Sandra 6:29 PM  

I can't find your wrap up post for this challenge Becky. I didn't do very well, only one out of the three read. I think short term challenges don't work for me. But I love all the different challenge ideas you come up with. I was hoping to read your wrap up and see which books you read.

Becky 6:38 PM  


You did better than I did! Believe me. I not only didn't read anything for this one. I didn't even get any books checked out for this challenge. I think I forgot about the challenge entirely until the weekend when the challenged ended. Oh well.


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