Saturday, November 29, 2008

The New Rules


Joy from Thoughts of Joy originated the idea for an A to Z Reading Challenge. I participated in this challenge in 2008. Since Joy is stepping down as host this year, I volunteered to host this challenge in 2009. She did give permission to change the rules. And you'll notice a few changes. One, I could never hope to live up to the awesomeness that is the A to Z Reading Challenge blog. (While I know that many people love Mr. Linky, I just don't have the funds to get all the privileges that I'd need to compete with last years. Free accounts only allow for one working Mr. Linky at a time per blog.) Two, I thought I'd create some new options. Perhaps breathe some new life into the challenge.

Option A: Read authors A to Z. Commit to reading 26 books theoretically speaking.
Option B: Read titles A to Z. Commit to reading 26 books theoretically speaking.
Option C: Read both authors A to Z and titles A to Z (52 books; this is the challenge Joy created)
Option D: Read internationally A to Z (books representing 26 different countries) (The books could be from international authors (writers from that country); however, it's fine if a book is only set in that country. If need be, instead of countries one could use cities, states, regions, etc. The idea is to use proper place names. If you'd like you could even use a few fictional countries.)
Option E: Read 26 Alphabet books. Embrace your inner child and go visit the children's section!

General rules:

How strict is the 26 or 52? I know it isn't always easy to find those difficult letters. The thought of finding the X's (for example) might scare folks away. It shouldn't! I'm a merciful host! (Ask anyone!)

If you want to give the X's a go... For authors, try to find an X in the first name, middle name, or last name. For titles, it doesn't have to be the starting word. Try to find an X somewhere in a title, and it'd count in my book.

Still can't find a book for the letter you need? I'll take your word for it. I've been there. I know. If your library doesn't see the need to order books just because it starts with an X, then I don't blame you for not wanting to special order a book that you may or may not enjoy. You gave it your best, don't feel bad. You can still make this challenge work for you.

Don't be afraid to ask for recommendations. Look at the previous site. Ask other participants. Or ask me, your host. I may not have the "right" recommendation for every letter, but working together, I bet you'll find something that interests you.

Audio books count in my opinion. If you take the time to listen to books, then that should count towards something.

What about rereads? I don't have a problem with rereads. I would hope that you'd want to mix it up a bit and read some new authors, new titles, etc. But I'm not going to require that by any means.

What about children's books? Children's books and YA books count along with adult fiction and nonfiction of all sorts. (Poetry and plays too. Short stories count if they're in a collection.) I don't see a need to discriminate between "adult" and "kiddie" books. Even picture books can count if you like. Though try to use them in moderation. I used a few picture books to get tricky letters this year.

Overlaps are allowed with other challenges. In fact, you'd be a bit silly not to take advantage of this!

25 comments:

Beth F said...

I totally understand the restrictions on Mr. Linky. But I wonder if you would consider using just one free one for posting links to reviews. It's so much easier than going from the Yahoo! group. I don't mean to pressure you or to offend. Just a thought. Thanks so much for setting up this blog.

Becky said...

Beth:

I plan on folks leaving links to reviews in individual posts for each letter. For example, one post will be for A, one for B, one for C, etc. Then you'd just go to that post and leave a comment. I will try (or one of the other administrators) will do a round-up carnival of sorts with the entries we get.

Beth F said...

I just read your post on "lettered" posts. Good idea! Great. I just like to have some way of seeing what people are reading. My favorite part of challenges.

emeraldfire said...

I'd love to try as well.

emeraldfire said...

My website is http://www.emeraldfiresromancespot.blogspot.com

emeraldfire said...

Option B.

DeSeRt RoSe said...

I would like to join with option B if that's ok!
Although I don't intirely understand the rules but I guess there is still time to do that :)

Yish said...

hi there, I'll love to join this (it's going to be my first reading challenge, i'm psyched!), but i'm just a little confused about the rules though. do i have to review every single book i read?

Kucki68 said...

I assume we do not have to read them alphabetically?

Kristi said...

Hello,

I am going to be ambitious and try for option C - my post about the challenge is here - as will be my list of books as I either decide on them/and complete them!

http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2008/12/to-z-challenge.html

Preoccupied_Precious said...

This is my first participation in a reading challenge ever - and I'm so looking forward to this!

My challenge this year will be option B (titles).

I'm not really sure how this works though, but you all seem to be very nice people so I'm sure you will help me get along later on.

Thanks for having this challenge!

BookPsmith said...

I am so excited about joining this challenge. I am committing to Option B. Thank you for hosting.

http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2008/12/to-z-challenge.html

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I'm committing to Option C (which I think will fill in pretty easily for me), and Option D (which will be much more of a true challenge).

I blogged about it here:
http://www.sheistoofondofbooks.com/2008/12/28/a-to-z-challenge/

lorriechipps said...

Option B for me.

retroredux said...

Thanks for hosting! I've joined and I'm going to try Option B (titles).
My blog link:

http://retroreduxsreviews.blogspot.com/2009/01/to-z-reading-challenge.html

thanks, laura

Katherine said...

I've finally decided to do this challenge!

http://agirlwalksintoabookstore.blogspot.com/2009/01/a-to-z-challenge.html

S. Krishna said...

I definitely want to do this challenge!

http://www.skrishnasbooks.com/2009/01/to-z-challenge.html

Jennifer said...

I am joining in with Option C

http://rundpinne.blogspot.com/2009/01/losing-follower-to-z-book-challenge.html

LJ White said...

I'm going to be brave and attempt option C. This is my first year doing reading challenges so wish me luck. http://ljsaddictions.blogspot.com/2009/01/z-reading-challenge.html

~Rachée said...

I love this challenge! I think that I am going to totally borrow this a s achallenge for my patrons at my library. Thanks!
-r

Tea said...

I love this challenge too. I feel behind. I do have a question. May we use library books for the author-A-Z challenge? Some of my books listed are library books. Now, for the rest, as much as possible, I am going to use my TBR pile which really needs to dwindle.

This space won't take my password. It takes it everywhere else.

Becky said...

Yes, use all the library books you want!

Intergalactic Bookworm said...

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

http://intergalacticbookworm.blogspot.com/2009/03/death-of-ivan-ilych.html

Jenny said...

Hey, i'd love to join up too, is it too late? i keep a record of books i read anyway, so would be able to just fill in the ones i've done already.
i'll be ambitious and try for C - i'm unlikely to manage it all but it saves on indecision :P
-do books from one list count on the other, or does it have to be 52 separate ones? Thanks :)

Allie C. said...

Oh, I just came across this and very much want to partake! I've already started a goal of reading 50 by the end of the year (I'm about halfway done). I think this can help me complete that goal (and maybe then some!).

I choose option B. Oh, I'm excited =]


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