Last summer, before I started my Children’s Lit certificate, I participated in the the Summer Seasonal Challenge with the Seasonal Reading Challenge group on Goodreads. Basically the gist is that this group creates reading challenges that are based primarily on the season. So there are four a year, and the Summer challenge runs from June 1 – Aug. 31. The Fall challenge then obviously starts Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 31. Since I finished classes, I decided I wanted to kick start my reading in a big way. I’ve been reading, don’t get me wrong, but not a lot of substantive literature. And I like accumulating points — who doesn’t?
So the basics are this:
There are tasks created from a variety of people — some are from the moderators, some were suggested by challenge participants, some were earned based on points or tasks from the last season’s challenge — and there are different point levels based on how difficult a task is to complete. The tasks call for you to read a book or books that fit within its boundaries (you’ll see what I mean in a second), and most of the tasks are seasonally relevant. That’s it in a nutshell. The complete task list for the Fall Challenge is here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/385219-fall-challenge-2010-tasks (The rest of the 20- and 25- point tasks will be filled in as people complete the Summer challenge and created their tasks). Some of these tasks I’m really excited about, like
- 15.4 – FALL EQUINOX — Read two books that have the same number of characters in their titles. Spaces do not count as characters.
I’m choosing a couple of chunksters for this one, even though its only 15 points: Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes and East of Eden by Steinbeck (10 letters each). Together they equal EXACTLY 1200 pages. Just for one task!! I swear not every one is as ambitious as I am. But both of these have been on my TBR list for sooooo long that I had to work them into this challenge somehow.
Check out the task list if you’re interested and then check out my plans HERE - as I update my plans, that spreadsheet will be updated.
There are few empty spaces right now. One of the tasks I’m having a particularly hard time with: 25.1 — And the Story Continues… The task calls for me to read two books, totaling at least 400 pages, that are 9th, 10th, or 11th in a series (to correspond with the months of Sept., Oct. and Nov. of the challenge). There are no series I’m reading that are that long, nor do I want to try to fit in books any where else in the challenge that I don’t really want to read, just to meet this task. So I’m looking for books that would fit this task, but that can be read out-of-order — in other words, books that don’t require me to have read the previous 8 books in the series in order to follow what’s going on. I’m not too particular in terms of genre, but crime/thrillers seem to fit this best. Greg at The New Dork Review of Books suggested Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series, which look good. I’m also wondering about Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series — for this, the ninth book is Eric, the tenth book is Moving Pictures, and the eleventh book is Reaper Man. I could read Moving Pictures and Reaper Man, but do I need to have read the previous books to get these? Any help would be appreciated!!
What are your favorite looooong series? Are you participating in any good challenges this Fall?