Monday, December 11, 2017

Family Tree Reading Challenge

Family Tree Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
January - December 2018
# of books: minimum 3,

Love reading? Love family? Love researching family history? Want a family-friendly reading challenge? 

Goal: To read a book from the birth year of your selected family members. You do not have to mention them by name, unless you want. But do please list the years you'll be reading. You may include yourself in your 'family tree.'

Minimum of three books (and three family members). You can read more, of course.

Sign up by leaving a comment.

What books count towards the reading challenge?
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Board books
  • Picture Books
  • Early Readers
  • Early Chapter Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Middle Grade Books
  • Young Adult Books
  • Adult Books
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories
  • Plays
Is a blog required? Are reviews required? No. If you do blog, I'd love a link to your blog so I can read your reviews and book recommendations. If you review books on GoodReads, leave a link to your profile so I can friend you and follow your reviews!

If you're on twitter, you can contact me @blbooks and talk cats OR books!

You can comment on this post or any challenge-related post to update others on your progress.

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JLS Hall 10:29 PM  

This is such a neat idea! I'm in - four cousins/four birth years: 1949, 1950, 1952, 1960. My post about the challenge is here:

Thanks for hosting!

Bev Hankins 1:41 PM  

I love this! Will get myself fixed up with a blog post soon.

Darlene 7:08 PM  

I'm in! I'll do my birth year, and also for my two daughters.

Here's my blog page for my 2018 challenges:

Bev Hankins 8:11 PM  

Here's my sign-up:

My years: 1992, 1969, 1966, 1947, & 1948. May do more family members if I get ambitious.

Jamie Ghione 11:20 PM  

I'm in.

Katie Fitzgerald 2:37 PM  

What a great challenge idea - I'm in ! Here's my post: My years are for my grandmother, parents, sister, husband, and three daughters.

ici 12:14 AM  

I really like this. I will join.

OwlReadMore2 12:48 PM  

I am joining in on the fun. Plan to read a book from each decade starting with 1940 all the way to 2010. I will list the family members once I get them narrowed down to the year. I will post on Goodreads.

Thanks for hosting the challenge.

AlleluiaLu 12:34 PM  

Here's my sign-up post:

I chose family members who are/were the youngest child in the family, like me. Ended up with selections from 1860 to 1991.

This is a really great idea! Kudos to you!

Annie 10:32 AM  

This is a great idea. Reading and Family History are my two favorite hobbies. I’m in for sure. I read at least a book a week, and have genealogy done back to the1600s, so I’m not going to pick the specific years right now. I think I’ll just go back in a straight line? Maybe? I’m thinking maybe add a twist of books that deal with their locale or history (I like historical novels a lot), something that might have affected their lives? I don’t know, but it sounds like an adventure. Here the link to my goodreads page (I hope. I’m not sure I did it right).

Annie 10:43 AM  

Haha! It just occurred to me that reading a book from the year they were born would automatically make it “history” to me! I’m such a geek!

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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.

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  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
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  • apocalyptic fiction
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  • fantasy
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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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