Saturday, October 21, 2017

2018 Good Rule Reading Challenge

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January 2018 - December 2018
Inspiration: It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones. C.S. Lewis
# of books: readers decide

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1. Decide if you want to set a monthly, quarterly, or a yearly goal for this challenge. You might start out with a monthly goal to see what works best, and then modify it throughout the year.
2. Set your goal of books. You might want this challenge to cover all the books you read this year. OR. You might want this challenge to cover a specific area of your reading. Either is fine.
3. Decide if you want your balance to be 50% new to 50% old OR if you want your balance to be 75% new to 25% old.
4. Set your qualifications. How will you be defining "new"? How will you be defining "old"? Do you view "new" and "old" solely in terms of publishing dates? Or do you prefer to see it as "first time reads" and "rereads." Either interpretation works for me.
5. If you read broadly--audience, genre, etc. You might want to set guidelines on how you want this challenge to work for you.
6. If you blog, you might want to write a sign-up post with your goals and perhaps a structured post or two that you can continue to update throughout the challenge. Share links if you want.
7. If you are on Goodreads, you might want to create two bookshelves. One for keeping track of old books. One for keeping track of new books. Feel free to share the links if you do.
8. I am on twitter if you want to follow me. @blbooks You may leave your twitter in the comments if you'd like.
9. Combine with other reading challenges if you like.  
10. DO ask questions, especially before the challenge begins and in the first few months. 

Some examples:

Goal: I want to read 100 picture books. I intend to read 75 new picture books. I intend to read 25 old (or classic) picture books.
Goal: I want to read 12 biographies or autobiographies. I intend to read 9 new biographies and 3 old biographies.
Goal: I want to read 4 cookbooks. I intend to read 3 new cookbooks and 1 old cookbook.
Goal: I want to use the Good Rule only when reading my favorite genre--romance. There are so many I haven't read but want to read that I want to go for 50% new and 50% old.
Goal: I want this challenge to count EVERY book I read. I don't like to set goals. But I will commit to staying with this balance no matter how many--or how few--books I read this year.

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Darlene 12:16 PM  

I'm in for this one! I want to make sure that I read as many "old" books (published 2017 or prior) to "new" (2018 releases). I hope to keep my "new" reads to less than 50%.

Christine 7:47 AM  

I’m trying not to join too many challenges for 2018 but this one if awfully tempting! Setting myself too many reading rules usually backfires, but I’m going to mull it over and see if there is a certain area of my reading I’d like to apply this too :)

Becky 1:02 PM  

Christine, the way I'm going to approach it is to have it all balance by the end of the month. Like, if you read six to ten books a month, then try to have three or four be "old" books. And every participant can define what "old" is. For some new might be 2017/2018 and everything else be "old."

Becky 7:51 PM  

My sign up is at Operation Actually Read Bible:

Carol 5:04 PM  

Like Christine above I wasn't going to too many challenges in 2018 but this is something I've wanted to try to do anyhow, especially in devotional reading. I'll have a look & think at how I can work this in.

Unknown 2:13 PM  

I'm in! Here's my sign up post:

Curly Carla 6:53 PM  

I'm in!

I want this challenge to count EVERY book I read. I plan to read 1 'old' book for every 3 'new' books I read. The 'old' books will only apply to ones that I already own but have not read yet. The 'new' books will apply to any books that I purchase that are new to me.

My year end goal is to read 100 books total because that is my goodreads goal as well.

Blog post to follow.... :) Thanks!

Unknown 11:02 AM  

This is my first challenge! I'm going to read one book published more than 5 years ago for every one published since then. They will include children's and YA as well as adult, and comprise both fiction and non-fiction. Thanks, Becky! I have a Goodreads goal for 50 books for the remainder of 2018.

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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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