I originally started this blog for personal fulfillment and a few friends and family members who enjoyed reading my first blog attempt last summer. I was shocked - and honored - to find other bloggers thought my blog was interesting enough to "follow". That kept me motivated and inspired to better my blogging posts. I eventually wrote my first book review and found that not only did I enjoy the writing process (and the fringe benefit of having a written record of books I have read), but I actually influenced a few of you to take a look at a book that I suggested. That is very empowering - and has now led me to want to push myself a bit further.
I was giving thought as to how I could take my blog to the next level (now that I have added 3 columns and a header - ha ha).....and I thought perhaps the next step could be a weekly meme or a quarterly challenge. I am not sure that I have the creativity for a weekly meme (I just don't know how some of you come up with such clever, thought-provoking questions each and every week) - so I decided to concentrate my efforts on a challenge. After quite a bit of thought - internal debate - and research (I perused the Novel Challenge website and I don't think I am stepping on any toes here), I have decided to host the Summer Vacation Reading Challenge 2009. Now, I have a skeleton of an idea here, but I may need some help.
I LOVE to travel, but with the economy the way it is, that is just not feasible right now. So I thought....why not travel through literature? I personally enjoy travel memoirs, and will probably focus my "vacation escape" reading in this way, but I do think there are other ways to "travel" in literature without reading memoirs. Here are my thoughts:
- The challenge will run between May 1 and September 30, 2009
- Summer vacations are to be relaxing and fun - not stressful. However, some people prefer to do nothing but go the beach and totally veg out - while others like to maximize their site-seeing adventures. To that end, I thought I would offer 2 levels of participation: Beach Bumb: you will read 3 books in this time frame. You do not need to pre-select books in advance and cross overs from other challenges will count; Globe Trotter: you will read 6 books in this time frame. You will make a initial list of books that you will read, but you may substitute up to 3 books if you need to change your travel plans. Crossovers for 5 out of the 6 books will count. Ideally, one book will be for this challenge alone.
- you may read any genre of literature that allows you to "travel" to a locale that you would like to visit. Perhaps a mystery that takes place in Paris, France; perhaps a romance novel that takes place on the Floridian beaches; perhaps an historical fiction novel that takes place in Scotland; perhaps a fantasy novel that take place in a world far, far away that is appealing to you. It doesn't matter the genre, as long as it transports you to a part of the world (albeit US or otherwise) that you would like to visit
- I would like to offer prizes
- Is this something that you might be interested in participating? IF so, please comment and let me know.
- Am I missing something? Again, I have never done this before and am not sure that I am covering all the bases, so to speak
- I have NO idea how to make a button for this? Could you possibly help in this area?
- I have NO idea how to post this idea to A Novel Challenge --- do you?
- I would LOVE to give prizes, but have never done this before. What criteria is typical? What prizes are highly appreciated?
Thank you so very much for any input you can provide.