Monday, April 06, 2009

Yes, another reading challenge.

Final Frontier Reading Challenge.
A reading challenge with four levels of participation.
All dedicated to a certain sub-genre of science fiction.
Challenge is from April 6th through October 6th 2009.
Sign-up by leaving a comment on this blog post.
Those books dealing with space travel, exploration, colonization, etc.
(Also anything with aliens is allowed either on our world or theirs.)
(Think Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles or Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy.)

Fly Me To the Moon: Perfect for newbies just beginning to explore science fiction OR for those with sci-fi lovers with busy schedules. Read ONE book.

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars

Spaceman: Read two to three qualifying books. (Or if you like substitute a movie for one of the books.)

Bang, bang, shoot em' up, destiny
Bang, bang, shoot em' up to the moon
Bang, bang, shoot em' up one, two, three

Starman: Read four to six qualifying books. (Again, substitute a movie or two is fine. Especially if you'd like to compare the movie version to the book!)

There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds

Space Oddity: Perfect for those that can't get enough sci-fi! Read seven or more qualifying books!

I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

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krin 3:10 PM  

I'm in!

Here's my list:

Anonymous,  4:18 PM  

LOL! Love the gifs!

Anonymous,  6:45 PM  

I think at this point I might as well just sign up for everything you host, lol. :D

My list is here (or at least, it will be once I start adding things to it...):

- Anastasia

Lynda 12:14 PM  

I'm in - not sure what I'll be reading yet - will add list over the weekend ;0)

Jenny 1:09 PM  

Ack knew I couldn't resist for long I'm going for Fly Me to the Moon! or maybe higher LOL. I'll post to my blog later.

californiameaghan 7:32 PM
i am signing up to read 7 books. thanks for hosting!

krin 8:18 AM  

I finished my first book: Have Space Suit - Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein. My review.

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

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
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
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