Friday, April 10, 2009

Summer Vacation Reading Challenge - 2009

I am so excited that some of you thought this challenge idea was worthwhile. I am really quite excited about it and hope it brings lots of fun, relaxing, reading pleasure for many of you. I have given quite a bit of thought to the particulars of this challenge over the past week, and have tweaked a few of the details. So, without further ado, here are the particulars:

Summer Vacation Reading Challenge:
I love to travel, but with the economy the way it is, a get-away summer vacation is not in the budget this year. However, books are very affordable (and libraries add new meaning to the phrase "price is no object"). I anticipate taking many 'literary' vacations over the course of the next few months, and I hope you can join me as well.

Dates: Friday, May 22 - Monday, September 7, 2009 (Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend)

Requirements: Summer vacations are meant to be relaxing and fun - not stressful. However, some people interpret "fun" by doing nothing but going to the beach and vegging out -- while others like to maximize their sight-seeing adventures. To that end, I have developed two different levels of participation:
  • Beach Bumb: you will read 3 books during this time frame (a leisurely book-a-month); cross-over book selections from other challenges may count; and you do not have to list books in advance -- after all, summer vacation is a time for spontaneity.
  • Globe Trotter: you will commit to reading 6 pre-selected books during this time frame, but you may substitute up to 3 books due to changes in travel plans. Cross-overs for 5 out of the 6 books are allowed, but ideally one book will be read for this challenge alone.
Literary Genres: I personally enjoy travel memoirs, but you may read any literary genre that you enjoy - provided it allows you to "travel" to a different locale that you would like to visit: Perhaps a mystery that takes place in Paris? Perhaps a romance that takes place on a Californian beach? Perhaps a historical fiction novel that takes place in 16th century England? Or a science fiction novel that allows you to travel to a galaxy far, far away? It doesn't matter the genre, as long as it transports you to another place that you would like to visit.


Sign up and Reviews:
If interested in this challenge, please sign up using the Mr. Linky form at the bottom of the post. Once the challenge starts, I will try to set up a Mr. Linky for the actual links to your completed book reviews. I think it will be fun to be armchair travellers for one another.

Prizes: You bet! I will offer one "fun" prize for those who sign up for the challenge prior to May 15. All participants will be entered and a random name drawn. There are several ways to better your chances of winning:
  • one entry for signing up for the Beach Bumb level
  • two entries for signing up as a Globe Trotter
  • three entries for blogging and/or tweeting about the challenge
  • five entries for following my humble blog.
Please submit a separate comment if/when you twitter/blog; and a separate comment if you are/become a follower.

There will also be a prize awarded at the end of the challenge. You must complete the challenge in order to qualify for the drawing - but for each book read and reviewed, you will have one submitted entry. The grand prize will be a $20 Amazon gift certificate --- a great way to start the new fall reading season!

So there you have it -- my first hosted challenge. I hope I haven't omitted anything of great importance.

Please feel free to snag one of the two buttons that Robin made for this challenge and place it on your blog. Don't forget to sign up using Mr. Linky. I hope that this proves to be a fun, relaxing, stress-free challenge experience for everyone.

80 comments:

Grilsgood said...

I need another, I am finishing up challenges fast. I will have to go with the 3, when you use the library you cna't preselect, they wont' have it when you need it.

Whitney said...

This is a great idea for a summer challenge! Thanks for hosting.

Tammy said...

Love the idea! I blogged about it here.

Tammy said...

I'm a follower, too!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Would love to join in on this reading challenge. I have posted at my blog and linked it back to you. I also have my 6 books picked out and listed. Have a great day!

Sherrie

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Me again! I am also following your blog.

Sherrie

Jenners said...

This is awesome! I will definitely do the Beach Bum level ... and will consider the Globe Trotter level if I can figure out what books I want to do. When I get my post with this set up, I'll try to come back and link the page in Mr. Linky. And I will definitely blog about it. I will come back to tell you when I post about this challenge.

Fantastic Job!

Jenners said...

I am a follower of your blog!

Christina said...

I will be doing the Globe Trotter level.

And I blogged about it. List of books is forthcoming.

Christina

Kim said...

Don't know what level, but I am in! Fun idea Molly. You are so brave--I haven't even considered hosting a challenge yet.

I signed up for the read-a-thon taking place next Saturday. I am pretty sure I will just be doing 12 hours--are you still thinking of doing it too? After being a cheerleader last time around and seeing the fun the readers were having I just need to at least try it.
*Happy Weekend*
Kim

Kim said...

Woot Woot! I am follower!
:)
Kim

Kim said...

Me again....

I will be a beach bum for sure.

(once I look at my books I may consider a different level)
Kim

The Tome Traveller said...

Oooh, I love the buttons! I think I will be doing the Globe Trotter...

I'm a follower, too.

Carey

MJ said...

I'll be a beach bum.

MJ said...

following

Kim said...

My post about the challenge is up here:
http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2009/04/summer-vacation-reading-challenge.html

*smiles*
Kim

Ti said...

I signed up and plan to go the Beach Bum route.

My link is posted here:

http://bookchatterandotherstuff.blogspot.com/2009/04/summer-vacation-reading-challenge.html

Ti said...

I am now following you :)

Kylee's 2009 said...

I signed Mr Linky with my blog link (I haven't posted about it yet). Hope that's okay. I'm joining at the Beach Bum level.

Kylee's 2009 said...

Here is my post for the challenge. http://kylees2009.blogspot.com/2009/04/summer-vacation-reading-challenge-2009.html

Kylee's 2009 said...

And here is the link to when I tweeted about your challenge.
http://twitter.com/kylee_2009/status/1535544213

Jayme said...

globe trotter here! sorry about signing up on mr. linky twice. i have never used it before and i messed up :(

got all my books picked out! yay!

Jayme said...

http://www.lovelycomposition.blogspot.com/2009/04/ah-summerlovely-summer.html

blogged about challenge here!

Jayme said...

following

Dahlia and Balu said...

This is just what I was looking for. I've signed up, and I'm off to make my book list. What fun!

Dahlia and Balu said...

My book list is here: http://dahlia-and-balu.livejournal.com/58368.html?view=115200#t115200 .

Kara said...

My book list is up and I am following your blog!!!

Sara Jillian said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm looking forward to this!

Off to make my booklist now, and become a follower :)

CandiBelle said...

I'm so excited! With school finishing for the semester I've been searching all over the internet for a Summer book challenge as interesting as this one. I'm definitely going to be Globe Trotter! (woo hoo!) and am very excited about picking books.

Sara Jillian said...

Blogged about the challenge here:
http://sjillian.blogspot.com/2009/05/summer-vacay-2009-reading-challenge.html





Also, I'm a follower!

Jenners said...

I am officially signed up! I blogged about it here:

http://findyournextbookhere.blogspot.com/2009/04/some-interesting-links-and-award.html

and here

http://findyournextbookhere.blogspot.com/2009/05/summer-vacation-reading-challenge.html

Anonymous said...

Had to make some changes to my list of books. Work is taking way more time than anticipated so I'll only be able to read 3 instead of 6.

Becky said...

Here's my post about the challenge. I've signed up to be a Globe Trotter.

Becky said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Becky said...

And here's the tweet.

JessicaLeigh said...

This is a wonderful idea! I think I'm going to take on the "Globe Trotter" level!

zetor said...

This is a brilliant idea, I have signed up . Not sure which lecel yet, do we have to decide now? My post is here, http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/summer-vacation-reading-challenge.html

zetor said...

I'm also a follower of your blog.

Jo-Jo said...

I'm in...as a Beach Bum! I blogged about it here.

JoAnn said...

Hi Molly,
I'm in at the Beach Bum level and blogged about the challenge today.

http://lakesidemusing.blogspot.com/2009/05/summer-vacation-reading-challenge.html

JoAnn said...

...and I'm a follower, too!

Sarah said...

I would like to join but I am not sure how to use Mister Linky!

Rebecca :) said...

Molly, I hope you guys have fun with this challenge! I'd sign up but I don't think I can keep track of anymore challenges! I will sign up for your next one.

outer banks vacation rentals said...

This is truly an awesome idea. thanks for posting and bringing something new to the net.

Tea said...

Im in! I would love to take a summer journey through the words of authors. It's the second best thing. I'm excited.

Diane said...

Molly>>>Thanks so much for hosting this one. Somehow, I totally forgot to sign up until today. Here is the link to my post:

http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2009/05/summer-vacation-reading-challenge-2009.html

Sherrie said...

Hi!
I didn't see anywhere to post reviews so am doing it here. My first review for this reading challenge is posted at my place, Just Books.
Have a great day!!

Sherrie

M's Book Blog said...

Thanks for this challenge.

tea said...

I haven't started this challenge yet. I might start with "London Holiday" by Peck.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
My second book review for this challenge is at my place, Just Books.
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/05/review-lightning-thief.html

Sherrie

Sandra said...

My post about the challenge is up and linked. I am joining as a Globetrotter. Three down, three more to go. Thank you.

Sandra said...

And I have been a follower for some time now. Thanks again Molly.

Kim said...

My first review is up!
http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2009/05/mudbound.html

Sherrie said...

Hi!
I have finished my 3rd book for this challenge. Two more to go! You can see my review of Uglies - Scott Westerfeld at my place, Just Books.
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/06/review-uglies.html

Sherrie

J.T. Oldfield said...

I've decided to join in the journey! I'll be reading:

1. Poland (with another challenge)
2. Bridget Jones' Diary
3. The Book Thief
4. Midnight's Children
5. The Savage Detectives
6. The Idiot

I've already started the Savage Detectives and will let you know when I finish! :)

Molly said...

Sherri and Kim --

You guys are off to a GREAT start!

To All OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

Mr. Linky is finally up and working again, so I have now created a separate post to link to book reviews. See the upper left hand corner of my side-bar for a direct link to that post.

I have even completed one book so far -- yippee!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
I have finished my 4th book for this challenge, it is "Pretties" by Scott Westerfeld. You can see my review at my place, Just Books.
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/06/review-pretties.html Have a great day!!

Sherrie

tea said...

I am going to choose the "Beach Bumb." Now to list my books. I have taken some exciting Journeys.

tea said...

Ok, I finished "The Beach Bumb." I felt less stress doing this one. I really enjoyed the journeys. All of the reviews are on my blog
http://ilovelovebooks.blogspot.com

1.A Thirst for Rain by Roslyn Carrington The Northern foothills of Trinidad

2.Jantzen's Gift by Pam Cope Nonfiction, Africa, Vietnam, different exotic places.

3.My Cousin Caroline by Rebecca Ann Collins Jane Austen's England

I really enjoyed this challenge. Thanks for giving it. I hope you give it again. I would love to become a Globe Trotter.

tea said...

Congratulations!

J.T. Oldfield said...

here's my tweet from when I first signed up:

http://twitter.com/bibliofreakblog/status/2020846229

J.T. Oldfield said...

And I just posted my list on my blog:

http://bibliofreakblog.com/challenges/summer-vacation-reading-challenge/

zetor said...

My first book finished, http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/party-in-san-niccolo.html
I have travelled to Florence for this one. It was wonderful all I can say is READ IT!!!!

tokemise said...

I found this challenge just today so I'm starting late but I'm in as Globe Trotter. I'll pick and list my books later tonight/tomorrow. I signed up for Mr. Linky and this is going to be really fun.

Susan said...

I'm sorry I'm so late joining this one, Molly! I hadn't forgotten. I am going to be the Globetrotter. I am reading one book now that qualifies, but have to find the other five, so will post and let you know the list tomorrow. :-D

tea said...

I'm sorry. I already signed up. So, this is the second time. I am going to make a blog just for my Summer Vacation Challenge. I'm on my way!

tokemise said...
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tokemise said...

I recently finished my first book for this challenge. My review is here:
http://byhookbook.blogspot.com/2009/06/finally-reviews-and-updates.html
I'm still not sure how to use the Mr. Linky. I signed up and it links back to my blog--is that all I'm supposed to do? Thanks for you help-I'm still new to blogging.

shananaginsbooks said...

I just joined! It's my first challenge. =)

My list is here:
http://shananaginsbooks.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/summer-vacation-reading-challenge/

Jenny said...

Signing up just a bit late! Looking forward to reading some great books and reading everyone's reviews.

sprite said...

I didn't see a Mr. Linky list, so I'm hoping it's okay if I a) still sign up and b) just leave a comment saying I'd like to be a Beach Bum.

Jo-Jo said...

Hurray for me...I completed this challenge! You can view the books that I read and see the reviews here.

Mikaiya said...

If it isn't too late, I would love to join as well! I'll have to be a beach bum, since I'm starting late, but definitely should be able to manage 3 books that "travel well" before the end of summer.

tea said...

Oh boy, I started out being a "Beach Bumb." I'm probably still a Beach Bumb, but I feel like a World Traveller because I have six books on my blog.

my blog addy is

http://Summertravelandread.blogspot.com

Molly, I know you're busy.

Book Dragon said...

The books are read but no reviewed. That will get done, just not before Labor Day.

Here's my wrap-up

tea said...

I have been a Beach Bumb. I'm ready with my reviews. What's next?

Shelley said...

Well, I ended up being a Beach Bum rather than a Globe Trotter! I read three books:
Extras by Scott Westerfeld, which took me to a future city in Asia; as well as Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars which took me to beautiful PEI. All three of my reviews are in one post:
http://blog.chainreader.com/2009/07/hiatus.html
Thanks for a fun challenge!

zetor said...

Travelled around the Sahara Desert today, in this fantastic book, http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/footprints-in-sand_29.html

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