Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
- Must be 13 or older
- Must be US or Canadian resident (Mailing address)
- Please no PO Boxes
- You must be a follower of Blog with Bite
- Contest Ends January 22nd Midnight CST
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Here is how it will work: between January 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010, participants are challenged to read books on the 451 master list. There will be several levels of participation:
Spark - read 1-2 books from the master list
Ember - read 3-4 books from the master list
Flame - read 5-6 books from the master list
Blaze - read 7 or more books from the master list
I will attempt the BLAZE level - let's hope I don't get burned ;)
451 MASTER LIST
- 1984 - George Orwell
- A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul
- A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
- A Confederacy of Dunces - John O'Toole
- A Solitary Blue - Cynthia Voigt
- A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
- A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
- Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
- Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
- Ashes in the Wind - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
- Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
- Atonement - Ian McEwan
- Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
- Blake's Poetry & Designs - William Blake
- Blindness - Jose Saramago
- Call It Sleep - Henry Roth
- Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson
- Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
- Centennial - James Michener
- Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
- Collected Poems - Robert Frost
- Collected Poems - William Butler Yeats
- Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Cry, The Beloved Country - Alan Paton
- Demonology - Rick Moody
- Devil in the White City - Erik Larsen
- Diaries of Anais Nin - Anais Nin
- Different Seasons - Stephen King
- Dr. Seuss's ABC - Dr. Seuss
- Dr. Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
- Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
- Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
- Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
- Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
- Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise - Ruth Reichel
- Geek Love - Katherine Dunne
- Going After Cacciato - Tim O'Brien
- Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
- Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
- Greengage Summer - Rumer Godden
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
- I Am America and So Can You! - Stephen Colbert
- I Am David - Ann Holm
- In This House of Brede - Rumer Godden
- Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
- Islandia - Austin Tappan Wright
- Izzy Willy Nilly - Cynthia Voigt
- Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
- Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins
- Julius Ceasar - William Shakespeare
- Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling
- Legends of Pensam - Mamang Dai
- Les Miserable - Victor Hugo
- Little Boy Lost - Marghanita Laski
- Little Women - Louise May Alcott
- Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
- Long Day's Journey Into Night - Eugene O'Neill
- Love You Forever - Robert Munsch
- Macbeth - William Shakespeare
- Mary Poppins - P.L. Travers
- Maus - Art Spiegelman
- Maus II - Art Spiegelman
- Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
- Middlemarch - George Eliot
- My Invented Country - Isabel Allende
- Night - Elie Wiesel
- Night at the Circus - Angela Carter
- Nursery Rhymes - Mother Goose
- Out of the Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis
- Paco's Story - Larry Heinemann
- Paradise Lost - John Milton
- Parthian Stations - John Ash
- Peace Like a River - Leif Enger
- Perfume - Patrick Suskind
- Persuasion - Jane Austen
- Piercing the Darkness - Frank Peretti
- Pitch Dark - Renata Adler
- Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
- Quarantine - Jim Crace
- Rabbit is Rich - John Updike
- Rasero - Francisco Rebolledo
- River's End - Nora Roberts
- Roots - Alex Haley
- Sam Bangs and Moonshine - Evaline Ness
- Sea Glass - Anita Shreve
- Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 - Nathaniel Philbrick
- Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
- Silence - Shusaku Endo
- Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
- South Riding - Winifred Holtby
- St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves - Karen Russell
- Summer of my German Soldier - Bette Green
- Ten Tales Tall and True - Alasdair Gray
- Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights
- The Autograph Man - Zadie Smith
- The Awakening - Kate Chopin
- The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
- The Beginning and the End - Naguib Mahfouz
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson
- The Blindfold - Siri Hustvedt
- The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery
- The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
- The Butcher Boy - Patrick McCabe
- The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Complete Works of Shakespeare - William Shakespeare
- The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas
- The Courage of Their Convictions: Sixteen Americans Who Fought Their Way to the Supreme Court - Peter Irons
- The Double Helix - James D. Watson
- The Dragonridgers of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
- The Family from One End Street - Eve Garnett
- The Far Pavilions - M.M. Kaye
- The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
- The Giver - Lois Lowry
- The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
- The Golems of Gotham - Thane Rosenbaum
- The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
- The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
- The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
- The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
- The Hiding Place - Corrie ten Boom
- The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
- The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkein
- The Hours - Michael Cunningham
- The Iliad - Homer
- The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
- The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
- The Joy of Cooking - Rombauer, Becker, and Becker
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
- The Lions of Al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkein
- The Love of a Good Woman - Alice Munro
- The Magic of Ordinary Days - Ann Howard Creel
- The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster
- The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
- The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
- The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
- The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene
- The Ring and the Book - Robert Browning
- The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 - Sue Townsend
- The Shadow of the WInd - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
- The Sleep Book - Dr. Seuss
- The Stand - Stephen King
- The Story Girl - L.M. Montgomery
- The Story of a Mariage - Andrew Sean Greer
- The Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
- The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffinegger
- The Way of Herbs - Michael Tierra
- The Worst Hard Time - Timothy Egan
- The Yiddish Policeman's Union - Michael Chabon
- This Present Darkness - Frank Peretti
- Time and Again - Jack Finney
- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
- Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
- Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
- Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
- We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
- We the Living - Ayn Rand
- We Were the Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oates
- Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein
- Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
- Women in the Wall - Julia O'Faolian
- Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
Here are the levels:
- Bronze Fiction: Read 5 books specifically mentioned in the song or a book by an author specifically mentioned. Or, read a work of fiction about something else mentioned in the song.
- Silver Fiction: Read 8 books within the same criteria mentioned above.
- Gold Fiction: Read 10 books within the same criteria mentioned above.
- Bronze Nonfiction: Read 5 nonfiction books about any topic in the song.
- Silver Nonfiction: Read 8 nonfiction books about any topic in the song.
- Gold Nonfiction: Read 10 nonfiction books about any topic in the song.
- Bronze Combo: Read any combination of 5 fiction or nonfiction books related to the song.
- Silver Combo: Read any combination of 8 fiction or nonfiction books related to the song.
- Gold Combo: Read any combination of 10 fiction or nonfiction books related to the song.
Friday, January 1, 2010
- The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010.
- Here are the participation levels. Feel free to do whatever level you want. You can also switch up or down midway through the challenge.
A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges described below.
A Moderate Gamble: Complete any 6 of the 12 challenges described below.
Gambling It All: Complete all 12 of the challenges described below.
- Each challenge you complete and link up in the correct Mr. Linky spots (which will be posted on January 1, 2010) will earn you entries into a prize drawing at the end of the challenge. Some of the challenges are harder and will earn you more entries. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will earn 5 extra entries into the drawing.
- The prize is a book of the winner's choice from Amazon (worth $25 or less).
- Crossover books from other challenges is fine.
Challenge 1: Read Your Doppelganger (worth 1 entry)
Find an author who has either the same initials, the same first name, the same last name, or the exact same name as you. Read a book by this author and write a post about it. (If you try to keep your identity anonymous on your blog, you don't have to reveal what part of the author's name is the same as your name.)
Example: If your name is Susan Kasischke, you might read a book by Stephen King (same initials), Susan Donovan (same first name), Laura Kasischke (same last name) or Susan Kasischke (same exact name).Challenge 2: Blogroll Roulette (worth 1 entry)
Find a blogroll at either your book blog or a book blog you like that has at least 15 book blogs on it. Go toRandom.org and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1 for the min. and 15 for the max. and then hit generate. Then find the blog that is that number on the blogroll you selected. (For example, if you get 10 at Random.org, then count down the list of blogs until you get to the tenth one). Go to that blog and pick a book to read from the books that they have reviewed on their blog. Read it and write a post about it. Be sure to link to the blog post you picked the book from!
Challenge 3: 100 Best Book (worth 1 entry)
Choose one of the lists below and go to the link provided. Choose a book to read from the list that you haven't read before. Read the book and write about it.
- Radcliffe's Rival 100 Best Novels List
- Top 100 Sci-Fi Books
- 100 Best Romance Novels of the 20th Century
- 100 Best Mystery Novels
- 100 Best Non-Fiction Books (pick from either Board List or Reader List)
- 2009 Best Books for Young Adults
Pick one of the major literary awards from the list below. Click on the link for the award you picked. You will find a brief description of the award and links to past winners. Pick one of the past winners, read the book and write about it.
- Booker Prize
- Caldecott Medal
- National Book Award
- National Book Critics Circle Award
- Newbery Medal
- Nobel Prize for Literature
- PEN/Faulkner Award
- Pulitzer Prize
- Commonwealth Writers' Prize
- EMMA Awards
Go to Random.org and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the numbers 1 for the min. and 5 for the max. and then hit generate. Find a book to read that has that number of words in the title. Read the book and write about it.
Example: If you get 1 for your number, read a book that has a one word title. If you get 2, read a book that has a two word title and so on and so forth.Challenge 6: Genre Switch-Up (worth 1 entry)
Go to this list of book genres and pick a genre that you have NEVER read before. Find a book from that genre, read it, and write about it. Note: If you seriously cannot find a genre that you have never read, then pick the genre that is as far away from what you normally read.
Challenge 7: Break A Prejudice (worth 1 entry)
We all have reading prejudices--authors we don't like, genres we don't like, or even publishers we don't like. For this challenge, think of a reading prejudice you have and then find a book that is an example of this type of book. Read the book and then write about the reading prejudice you had BEFORE you read the book and how reading the book either changed your prejudice or reinforced it.
Examples: I always say I can't stand James Patterson; therefore, I might read a James Patterson book for this challenge. Or, if you sneer at "chick lit" books, you might read a "chick lit" book. Or, if you think books published by Harlequin are pure drivel, you might read a book published by Harlequin. If you turn up your nose at the Twilight books, then you might read one of the Twilight books.Challenge 8: Real and Inspired (worth 2 entries)
Many authors or books inspire others to pay homage to them by writing another book inspired by the original work. For this challenge, read both an original work and a book inspired by that original work. Write about both books in one post. Note: This might require some research on your part and requires reading two books so it worth 2 entries.
Examples: Christopher Moore's Fool is based on Shakespeare's play King Lear so I plan on reading both King Lear and Fool. Another example is Jane Austen, who inspired the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. For this challenge, you might read bothPride and Prejudice and the zombie version. (There are tons of other Austen-inspired books out there too.) Another idea would be a graphic novel version of a "standard" novel. The only real requirement is that the "inspired by" book must clearly state what original work inspired it.Challenge 9: Same Word, Different Book (worth 2 entries)
Find two books that have the same word in the title. Read both books and write about them. (Worth 2 entries because you have to read two books).
Example: If you pick the word "Love," you could read any two books that both have Love in the title. To help you find books that have the same word, you could go to Amazon.com, type a word into the Search box and see what books come up with that word.Challenge 10: Become A Character (worth 2 entries)
For this challenge, you can read any book you want. However, you have to write about the book as one of the characters from the book. The character can comment on his/her treatment by the author, other characters, the "untold story," what happened next, and so forth. You could even have two characters interviewing each other! Your imagination is the only limit. Because of the difficulty level of this challenge, it is worth two entries.
Challenge 11: All in the Family (worth 2 entries)
The writing gene often runs in the family. For this challenge, you need to find two authors from the same family (either by blood or by marriage) and read a book by each of the authors and then write about both books. Because of the research involved and having to read two books, this challenge is worth two entries.
Examples: The Bronte sisters; Stephen King and his wife Tabitha OR his son Joe Hill; Jonathan Kellerman (husband) and Faye Kellerman (wife); Michael Chabon (husband) and Ayelet Waldman (wife); Joan Didion (wife) and John Gregory Dunne (husband); Mary Higgins Clark (mother) and Carol Higgins Clark (daughter)Challenge 12: Author Anthology Pick (worth 2 entries)
Find an anthology of your choice. Read at least 5 entries in the anthology. Of the 5 entries you've read, pick your favorite one and then find a book by that writer and read it. (If your first choice doesn't have a book, then pick your next favorite until you find a writer that has a book.) Write about the anthology, your favorite pick from the anthology, and the book you read by your favorite pick. Because of having to obtain and read two books, this challenge is worth two entries. Thanks to J.T. Oldfieldat Bibliofreak who partially inspired this challenge.
Example: If you choose a poetry anthology, you would at least 5 different poems, pick your favorite, and then seek out a book of poetry by that poet. If you read a short story anthology, you would read at least 5 different short stories, pick your favorite, and then seek out either a novel or another book of short stories by that writer.I'm dying to hear what you think about these challenges! I think they might be even harder than the previous challenge, but I'm really excited about the possibilities. I hope you are excited too. If you do a post about the challenge to announce your participation and help me promote it, you can gain an extra entry into the drawing. Simply link up that post in Mr. Linky below.
And remember, I'll be posting the places to link up your challenge entries on January 1, 2010 so look for them! Happy Reading and thanks for participating!"