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Another challenge!

April 19, 2010

I saw this fun challenge at Booking Mama and thought I could handle it since I’ve already completed several of my 2010 challenges and I’m making pretty good progress in a few others.  Since I only have one of the books on the list, I’m signing up at the Polliwog Level.  Here are the details from Booking Mama’s blog:

Here’s EW’s list of the summer’s must-reads:

THIS BODY OF DEATH by Elizabeth George (April 20)
HALF LIFE by Roopa Farooki (April 27)
GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok (April 29)
THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE by Julie Orringer (May 4)
THE LAST STAND by Nathaniel Philbrick (May 4)
WAR by Sebastian Junger (May 11)
THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin (June 8 )
SO COLD THE RIVER by Michael Koryta (June 9)
THE COOKBOOK COLLECTOR by Allegra Goodman (July 6)
LUCY by Laurence Gonzales (July 13)
RED HOOK ROAD by Ayelet Waldman (July 13)
I CURSE THE RIVER OF TIME by Per Pettersson (August 3)
YOU LOST ME THERE by Rosecrans Baldwin (August 12)
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins (August 24)

Since I want this to be fun and stress-free (just like a summer vacation!), I’ve decided to include lots of levels, and the first one only challenges you to read one book — how easy is that? (And I know almost every one of you will be reading MOCKINGJAY before the summer ends.) The names of levels might look familiar to you. Remember those swimming lessons you took at the YMCA when you were a kid?


1-3 Books: Polliwog
4-6 Books: Guppy
7-9 Books: Minnow
10-12 Books: Fish
13-15 Books: Flying Fish
16-18 Books: Shark


The 2010 EW Summer Books Challenge will run from May 1, 2010 through September 6, 2010 (Labor Day). I know summer doesn’t officially start until June, but I figure it’s always a good idea to get a jump-start on the fun! To join me in this challenge, all you need to do pick your level of participation (you can always go up levels, but not down.) Then after you read a book, just write a review to share your thoughts with others!

Sign Up:

You can join this challenge at any time during this summer. All you have to do is grab the challenge button at the top of this page and write a post announcing your participation in the challenge — remember you don’t need to pick the specific books, just your level. Once you have posted your 2010 EW Summer Books challenge post, come back to Booking Mama’s post and click on Mr. Linky. Please leave your name and link directly to your introductory post (not just to your blog’s home page.) If you don’t have a blog, no worries — you can just leave a comment on Booking Mama’s post telling me you want to participate.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2010 1:51 pm

    Thanks for playing! I like how you rubbed it in about how well you are doing on all of your challenges! LOL!

  2. April 19, 2010 2:01 pm

    I just dropped off my copy of So Cold the River this weekend or I could have passed it along to someone, bummer.

    I can’t wait to read some of these books.

  3. April 19, 2010 2:05 pm

    Have fun!!

  4. April 19, 2010 2:19 pm

    Sounds like a fun challenge! Good luck with it.
    Have a great week!
    Natalie :0)

  5. April 19, 2010 2:44 pm

    I know that I am going to read Mockingjay – I can’t wait for it to come out!

  6. April 19, 2010 3:27 pm

    I’m so bad…I join challenges only to forget I joined! Then when I remember I go back and add my links. LOL This looks like a fun one though. Stress free summer fun reading. I just might need to if only to at least read 1 fun beach book this year. 🙂

  7. April 19, 2010 3:49 pm

    This one is tempting because I love reading in the summer. I will think about it…

  8. April 19, 2010 3:50 pm

    Wow, this looks like fun. I saw this challenge on Julie P’s blog, but I wasn’t sure if I’ll join. Seems like I don’t do very well in challenges. I’ll think about it. Have fun! =)

  9. April 19, 2010 4:18 pm

    I was thinking there was no way I could join this challenge since I’m really overwhelmed with those I have going right now, but I am definitely going to read Mockingjay, so I will have to consider it. 🙂

  10. Kathleen permalink
    April 19, 2010 4:30 pm

    What a fun challenge! I hope you have fun reading the books. There are quite a few on the list that I will be reading too but I have sworn off challenges so I won’t be tempted!

  11. April 19, 2010 4:34 pm

    This one does sound tempting – think I could handle one book, even with all my other challenges. Something to think about. Good luck and have fun with it.

  12. April 19, 2010 4:47 pm

    Another tempting challenge. If I were to join, I’d also be a polliwog. We’ll see. Some of the titles you listed sound great. 🙂

  13. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 19, 2010 4:57 pm

    Good list of books! You’re lucky – I’m doing so poorly on my existing challenges that I couldn’t possible add another!

  14. April 19, 2010 6:06 pm

    That button is so gorgeous! 😀

  15. April 19, 2010 6:14 pm

    I am failing dismally at my challenges, but I’m going to have to do this one. I already have the Elizabeth George novel and the Larsson novel on order from the library (on audio of course), and who isn’t going to read Mockingjay??? So I’m in. Against all of my better judgement.

  16. April 19, 2010 8:08 pm

    Good luck Kathy! This does sound like a fun challenge.

  17. April 19, 2010 8:35 pm

    Great list, and have fun reading!

  18. April 20, 2010 6:25 am

    I’ll be signing up for this one too.

  19. April 20, 2010 8:15 am

    Have fun and good luck! I don’t know if I have the time to take part, because of the baby, but I’ll keep this one in mind. Thanks for mentioning it!

  20. April 20, 2010 9:20 am

    I guess I will have to do this. I definately will be reading Mockingjay!

  21. April 20, 2010 8:56 pm

    I just now realized I could be a Polliwog without even trying too hard as I preordered Mockingjay before my book buying ban and just scored an ARC for Hornet’s Nest!

  22. April 20, 2010 10:03 pm

    Four of these were already on my “can’t wait to read” list, so it just makes sense to join, right??? 🙂 I’m just not good with challenges, for whatever reason!

  23. April 21, 2010 9:15 am

    I have a few of these and want to read a few others, so this challenge sounds like a great idea. Now to make some time to read the books!

  24. April 22, 2010 6:17 pm

    I’ll pass but good luck to the both of you 🙂

  25. April 23, 2010 3:06 am

    Sounds fun, but I am making hardly any progress on my challenges. My reading is kind of slow this year.

  26. April 25, 2010 6:15 am

    I’m so looking forward to reading Mockingjay!

    Good luck with the challenge, Kathy!

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