Saturday, 19 December 2009

2010 Challenge: Introductory Post

This challenge is hosted by Bart’s Bookshelf and has participants reading 20 books from 10 categories. The Rules are:
  • Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
  • The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
  • Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010 are eligible.
So, on with the categories
  1. Young Adult
    Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.
  2. T.B.R. **
    Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09.
  3. Shiny & New
    Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count!
  4. Bad Blogger’s ***
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
    *** Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.
  5. Charity
    Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop.
  6. New in 2010
    This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!)
  7. Older Than You
    Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
  8. Win! Win!
    Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so! ;)
  9. Who Are You Again?
    This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before!
  10. Up to You!
    The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state it in your sign-up post.
My choice for Up to You! is Memoirs.

On to my list (you knew it was coming by now didn’t you)
Young Adult
1) My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger
2) The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

1) John Adams by David McCullough
2) Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill

Shiny & New

Bad Blogger’s
1) Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent. Eva at A Striped Armchair recommended this one and it sounded amazing.
2) The Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal. This one was recommended by S.Krishna and it sounds wonderful.


New in 2010

1) Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb. I am so excited about this book!!

Older Than You
1) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Win! Win!

1) The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett. Cross challenge with the 2010 Terry Pratchett Challenge.
2) Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal. Cross challenge with the South Asian Author Challenge.

Who Are You Again?

Up to You! Memoirs

1) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
2) True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy

As you can see I have some categories where I haven’t chosen books. I have some ideas but haven’t made up my mind yet. The category that is causing me some problem is the charity one. I live in the sticks and we don’t really have any charity shops around here, but I am sure I will figure it out.


A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Looks like you've picked some wonderful books so far. Have fun with this challenge! I look forward to many reviews from you in 2010.

Eva said...

I hope you enjoy My Most Excellent Year! I know most bloggers loved it, but it totally wasn't for me. Ohhh-Baby Catcher! I hope you love it as much as me! lol And yay for Jane Austen, even though S&S isn't oen of my very faves. ;) I see you are a fan of the political memoirs! Have you read Madeleine Albright's Madam Secretary? I LOVED it, but I'm also an international relations junkie.

Zee said...

I haven't read Madeleine Albright's book. I really want to though. I am a bit of a political junkie actually. I almost did polysci in college.

I have read very few of Austen's books and S&S is the one I have at home that I haven't read. I bought it last summer when B&N had their annual 3 for 2 on the classics. I like to stock up on them when I am in the states during the summer. :)

I loved your review of Baby Catcher. Midwife is the only medical job I could consider and there was a wonderful documentary series here a few years ago that followed some midwifes. I want to see more of their world so thanks for the review you had