Monday, March 09, 2009

It's The End of the World II Challenge (Sign Up Here)

Announcing the second season of the IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD (AS WE KNOW IT) Reading Challenge. I've changed up a few things, but at its heart it remains the same.

Name: It's The End Of The World II
Host: Me, Becky (of Becky's Book Reviews)
Dates: March 10, 2009 - October 9, 2009
Books Required: at least four

Read at least four books about "the end of the world." This includes both apocalyptic fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction. There is quite a bit of overlap with dystopic fiction as well. The point being something--be it coming from within or without, natural or unnatural--has changed civilization, society, humanity to such a degree that it radically differs from "life as we now know it." (Aliens, evil governments, war, plague, natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, depletion of resources, genetic manipulation, etc.) Here is a wikipedia article on the subject. Also see here. These changes can be small-but-still-significant or huge-and-life-threatening.

Books can be classified as children's, young adult, and adult. (Not many children's books go there. But many teen books do. And they're great.)

Graphic novels can count for this challenge.

Audio books allowed.

Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.

You may have one reread that counts toward the challenge. But most should be new-to-you. (Exception: If you read it several years ago, and you can honestly swear that you don't remember anything about it...then I won't stop you from counting it towards the challenge. I know I've forgotten books I read a decade ago.)

Visiting other participants is encouraged.

Suggesting books for other participants (including the challenge host) is encouraged.

No lists are required. If you do post a list, then feel free to change it at any time.

No blog is required to participate.

Reviews are not required.

But DO share a review in the form below. Or email me with your updates if the form isn't cooperating. TO FIND A LIST OF ALL BOOKS REVIEWED, CLICK HERE.

To sign up, please leave a comment on this post.

To leave your review, fill out the form. If you should have trouble filling out the form, email me and let me know!

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Debi 6:18 AM  

Oh Becky, I love you, I love you, I love you! Well, of course, I already loved you anyway...because you're an absolute sweetheart. :) But I am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled that you're hosting this one again!!! I'm definitely in...and I am sooooo excited to go put together my list! Thanks, Becky!

Unknown 9:09 AM  

AHHH! I just finished Life As We Knew it. Can I count it? (please, please) I'll join up regardless. (Maybe I'll even be brave and read The Dead and the Gone...)

Debi 9:12 AM  

Wasn't sure if you wanted our lists or not, but in case you do, here's mine.

Unknown 9:17 AM  

That was easier than I thought. Here's my list.

Becky 11:12 AM  

I'm so happy, you're happy, Debi!

I love looking at lists. So do post if you make one :)

Melissa, you can count Life as We Know It!

Anonymous,  9:47 PM  

I'm in. Here's my list.


Anonymous,  5:09 PM  

Eek, this looks like fun! I'll be keeping my list here. :D

joanna 3:32 AM  

Count me in please, my list is here:

Mark David 9:58 AM  

What an interesting challenge :)

I've just finished reading The Road over a week ago, so I entered the link to my review.

Here's my list.


raidergirl3 8:13 PM  

I love these books and I'll try again this year - I read at least 4 last year but I missed the time frame. Oh well.

Here's my attempt for this year

thanks for hosting

sally906 2:54 AM  

I'll be joining in again - have put the challenge on my challenge blog - but don't have a list yet :)

Corinne 10:38 PM  

Super fun!

katrina 6:01 AM  

My list is here:

Stephanie 10:17 AM  

Count me in!!! I just posted my list here:

Megan 7:01 PM  

I'm in. Here's the first half of my list:

Christina 9:24 PM  

Oops.. I left my message in the review box. Hopefully you can delete it??! Here's the link to my blog. I don't have a list yet. Thanks for hosting!

Lynda 3:32 PM  

Thanks for another great challenge - I'm in!

Trish 9:16 PM  

I'm going to join. I love this genre!

Sharon 9:02 PM  

I would like to join too.

My link is

Irish 3:48 AM  

Count me in this sounds like fun :) my link is

Vanessa Contessa 3:07 PM  

WOW! This is my kinda challenge! I'm in.

My list is here:

Rachel 2:03 PM  

What a great challenge. I'd love to join.


Unknown 7:33 PM  

I am loving your challenges! Sign me up. I have a new e-mail address: bookwormjudy9292 AT yahoo DOT COM. Judy

Jo 4:22 AM  

I'm a bit late joining this. My ost is here No list as yet though!

erin sheely 9:36 PM  

I am soo excited for this! Sorry I'm a bit late though.

Emily 4:45 PM  

Here's the link to my post on this. I think this is my favorite genre of YA fiction.

Anonymous,  8:19 PM  

I'm so totally doing this challenge! I love dystopian/apocolyptic works. Here is my challenge post:

Michelle (galleysmith) 8:20 PM  

I'm totally doing this challenge. I'm a big fan of dystopian/apocolyptic pieces. Here is my challenge post:

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