Friday, May 16, 2008

A Well-Rounded Challenge

Beginning July 1, 2008, join me in this eclectic reading game. Read a minimum of 6 (six) books. Read 1 book from 6 different challenges that you've signed up for. The challenges you choose must run during the 6 month period of this challenge (7/1/08 - 12/31/08). For example, I'm signed up for Book Around the World (a perpetual challenge) and I might choose my July book from that challenge; August's from 101 Books in 1001 Days (runs until 8/28/10); September from 1% Well Read (runs until 2/28/09); October from Book a Week (runs until 12/31/08); November from Read It Again (perpetual) and December from Man Booker (runs until 12/31/08).

*Any combination of challenges works.
*You must be signed up with the other challenges.
*You may listen to eAudio, cassette tapes or compact discs.
*You may read all six books from the same challenge.
*To be well-rounded however means stretching yourself to include as many challenges (and books) as you can fit into this six month time frame.
*You don't have to blog or write a review (but you can if you want to).
*Even if a challenge begins after July you may use it for this challenge.
*Even if a challenge ends after 12/31/08 you may use it for this challenge.
*Sign-ups begin 6/1/08 and run through 7/15/08.
*This challenge will run through 12/31/08.

Any questions? email me at Jpruatt@aol.com

65 comments:

Jan in Edmonds said...

Just learning how to post the Mr. Linky link. A new territory for me!

Wendy said...

Yay - looks great! Good job, Jan *gives an enthusiastic pat on back!*

Debi said...

What a fun, fantastic idea! Impossible to resist! Thanks for hosting this!

Kristi said...

Ooohh, this one is right up my alley. Anything that helps me get through more of my challenges cannot be passed up! Off to work on a list, will return to sign up with Mr. Linky soon. Thanks for hosting!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Dear Wendy, Debi, Kristi and Becky,

Thanks for the kudos. I sure appreciate it. Hope you all have fun doing this. And Becky -- thanks for advertising it on your blog site!

Later.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

What a perfect challenge! :) I'll post it on my blog this week. Will there button?

Tara said...

Hey there! Looking forward to this one! Hopefully it will help me out a lot!!!

Teddy Rose said...

This is the perfect challenge for me! Thanks for hosting it!

Booklogged said...

Wonderful idea - gives us a double kick in the behind to get to some of those books lingering on the shelf. I will be back soon to sign up.

Thanks, Jan.

Melanie said...

This is my first year doing any challenges this will make my fourth challenge and looking forward to it.

Jan in Edmonds said...

So glad you're here, Melanie. Enjoy!

Corinne said...

What a fun idea!! Looks great :) I'll be signing up - anything to help me cross books off the list :)

Jan in Edmonds said...

Welcome Lindy, Corinne & Callista! So glad you're here and partaking of the fun!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Thanks Lyra for officilly signing up for A Well-Rounded Challenge. So glad you're here and have chosen your challenges. Enjoy!

Mrs S said...

I'm in - now I've planned what I need to read in the next 6 months! *lol*

http://www.clareswindlehurst.com/bookreviews/2008/05/25/challenge-updates/

kh7133 said...

I'd like to sign up for his challenge. It's been a while since I've signed up for challenges so I'm signing up for a bunch of new ones, but I know I'll qualify for this challenge.

Kristi said...

Finally got my book list together and up on my blog. Yea! Can't wait to start. Thanks for hosting, Jan!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Kristi -- Thanks for signing up. I checked out your blog and looks like you've got a great list. Hope you enjoy A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, one of my all-time favs.

Kristi said...

Thanks for stopping by Passion for the Page, Jan. I'm really looking forward to reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I've heard so many great things about it. Don't know what's taken me so long to get around to it ;>). Thanks again for hosting A Well-Rounded Challenge. It's a great idea!

CCDPiper said...

This one sounds like it will be a snap! Sounds like a great idea to me.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I have my list up finally! Click here for the list.

What fun!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Thanks Patti & J. Kaye. So glad you're both here & participating.

Jan in Edmonds said...

Welcome Karen -- glad you're here to enjoy this challenge.

;-)

Teddy Rose said...

Hi Jan,

I am hosting a new challenge, The ARC Reading Challenge. Could you please add it to the poll? That's going to be one of my challenges.

Thanks!

Teddy Rose said...

I just wanted you to know that I now added the title / Author of the books I will be reading for this challenge. The link is the same.

Teddy Rose said...

Woops, I just noticed that the On The Porch Swing Challenge isn't in the poll.

Susan L said...

Great Idea! I'd like to join. I should have a post up soon. I hope to read from Decades, 888, Mini Challenges, Every Month is a Holiday, End of the World, and Pub 2008. Thanks!

http://susanlovestoread.blogspot.com

Jan in Edmonds said...

Susan L. -- Welcome! Loved your blogspot. I, too, love to listen to CTs and CDs. Glad you're here.

Jan in Edmonds said...

TEMPORARY POLL:

The <--- Poll is not working (6/12/08) so in the meantime if you haven't already voted and want to list the six challenges you're doing for a Well Rounded Challenge, list them in the comments section and I'll tally them. Thanks for your patience!

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Jan, Here are mine:

**I Heard It Through the Grapevine Challenge

**Chick Lit Challenge

**Summer Reading Challenge

**100+ Reading Challenge

**The Chunkster Challenge 2008

**2008 TBR Challenge

Jan in Edmonds said...

Thanks J. Kaye ;-)

Teddy Rose said...

These are the challenges I will be doing:
ARC Reading Challenge

On the Porch Swing

I've Heard it Through the Grapevine Challenge

Raved About Reading Challenge

Book Awards II

TBR 2008

Jan in Edmonds said...

Thanks Teddy Rose. ;-)

Jan in Edmonds said...

Thanks Kim for signing up to participate in A Well Rounded Challenge. Glad you're here! Enjoy!

Tammy said...

I love this idea! Of course, now I've found out about challenges that I hadn't previously heard of, that I will OF COURSE have to sign up for -- you're an enabler!:-)

Jan in Edmonds said...

Tammy -- welcome to the challenge. Go ahead and start. So glad you're here and participating. Enjoy!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Lena -- so glads you're hear and participating in A Well-Rounded Challenge.

Enjoy!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Kelsey,

Happy you've joined this challenge. Great list.

Lisalit said...

I know the deadline has passed--is it OK to sign up anyway? It sounds like such fun!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Lisa L. -- So glad you've joined the challenge. Thanks for including it at your blog.

Deborah said...

I finished!

Here are the books and the challenges:

On Beauty - Zadie Smith (1 % Well-Read)

The Film Club - David Gilmour (Canadian)

Waiting for Snow in Havana - Carlos Eire (Unread)

Dear American Airlines - Jonathan Miles (Pub 2008)

Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death - Laurie Notaro (Non-fiction 5)

Black Water - Joyce Carol Oates (New Classics)

Jan in Edmonds said...

Way to go, Deb! Fantastic!

Teddy Rose said...

So far I have finished 2 books for this challenge. Here is the link for my review for The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker, which was for The ARC Reading Challenge(I finished that challenge):
http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2008/07/horsemans-graves-by-jacqueline-baker.html

Here is the link for my review for my review for Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje, which was for the TBR Challenge:
http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2008/08/divisadero-by-michael-ondaatje.html

Jan in Edmonds said...

Teddy -- Thanks for providing reviews of the two books you read for this challenge. Nice work. These are books I feel I'd enjoy reading.

Kristi said...

A challenge where I don't need to add any new books to my lists! I like this one!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Kristi -- So glad you've joined! Hope you make lots of progress!

Kristi said...

Hello,

First two books done for this challenge:
A Thousand Splendid Suns (Unread Authors Challenge)
http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2008/09/thousand-splendid-suns.html
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Daring Book for Girls Challenge/Book Awards Challenge)
http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2008/09/from-mixed-up-files-of-mrs-basil-e.html

Jan in Edmonds said...

You're looking good Kristi --

Kristi said...

Hello,

Finished this challenge! My last 4 books are here:
http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/search/label/A%20Well%20Rounded%20Challenge

Actually - all 6 can be found here.

Thanks for hosting!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Kristi -- Good going and thanks for posting great reviews -- makes me want to read them all!

Teddy Rose said...

I finished the my third book for the challenge. It is for Book Awards II.

Here's the link to my review:

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2008/10/brief-wondrous-life-of-oscar-wao-by.html

Teddy Rose said...

I also finished my fourth book for the challenge. It's a wonderful one for Raved About Reads Challenge. Here's my review:

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2008/10/art-of-racing-in-rain-by-garth-stein.html

Jan in Edmonds said...

Thanks Teddy -- I liked your reviews very much of Oscar Wao & the Garth Stein book, the latter of which I believe was a book that Starbucks has on it's shelf. Put a little saccharin from this book in your coffee!

raidergirl3 said...

I just finished this challenge. Thanks for hosting this one.
Here's the post with the books I read and for which challenge: http://raidergirl3-anadventureinreading.blogspot.com/2008/06/challenge-well-rounded-challenge.html

Teddy Rose said...

I just finished my fifth book for the challenge. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult for the Hearding Cats Challenge. It was a good one, here's my review:

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-sisters-keeper-by-jodi-picoult.html

Jan in Edmonds said...

Raidergirl --- Congratulations on completing this challenge! Well done!

Also thought I should officially sign up for this challenge so I can say that I finished it too!

Jan in Edmonds said...

Teddy -- thanks for the review of My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I'd heard similar takes on this book. I've read a few by this author and know her reputation. Have even met her. She's been to Seattle a number of times. thanks so much for sharing!

Jenny said...

This sounds fun I didn't know we could still sign up and count books so I have 1 left that I will finish by the deadline and I'll post what I read. Thanks

Jenny said...

Oh, crumb may have messed up. I just joined challenges in Sept do I have to have read the books and joined say July or can I just count since I found challenges? I may not qualify that is why I hadn't signed up earlier.

awell-roundedchallenge said...

Jenny -- Go ahead and count the books you've read for any challenges you've joined between July 1 and December 31, 2008. I think you'll be good to go! Also, my email address is janpruatt@verizon.net

Teddy Rose said...

Yippee, I finished the challenge!

Here is the link to my new post about completing the challenge:

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2008/12/well-rounded-challenge-completed.html

Thanks for a great challenge Jan! I hope you do it again!

Grilsgood said...

I have finished and will be away for the holiday. I dont' have a blog either. Here are mine:

1. July Tess Gerritsen The Surgeon read for Suspicion
2. Aug Green, Jane The Beach House
3. Sep Poe, Edgar Allan Classic Poe
4. Oct Gilbert, Elizabeth Eat, Prey, Love
5. Nov Carbone, Elisa Blood on the Rive: James Town 1607
6. Dec Koontz, Dean Your Heart Belongs To Me

Jan in Edmonds said...

Lindy -- Can you say which challenge goes with which book you read? Thanks!

3M said...

I finished up awhile ago. My wrap-up is here.

Jotter Jan said...

3M -- Loved your blog and all the books you read for this challenge. Good job!