I was planning on announcing this on October 1st, but I have been sick for a week and it was all I could do to get my Banned Books Week posts written! Anyway, I'm sure you have been waiting to hear the official announcement about the staus of this challenge. Most of you voted on the poll I posted and the results were as follows:
13 voted to make it a perpetual challenge
5 voted to extend the deadline
1 voted for either choice
Some who voted for perpetual had suggested periodic mini-challenges for incentive. So I am making this challenge perpetual and I will be having quarterly mini-challenges, starting this month. A couple suggested a re-vote to come up with a new list, but since the original voting list ended up with 813 selections, I figure we can work off that list. Many I have talked to were already reading off that list anyway and there are some fantastic book recommendations on the entire list (you can find the link to the complete list on the sidebar).
I know that you have already signed up previously, but please sign up again on this post. This will give me an idea of who is participating from the old challenge and of new participants. If you plan on continuing with us on the challenge, please be sure to sign up. I hope you will!
And now, for the mini-challenge! I took the holidays from the months of October, November, December and January...US, Canada, and UK holidays...and used them for the challenge. Take the first letter of each holiday (or the second letter, if it's a two letter holiday...like New Year's) and pick a book from the list that starts with that letter OR either of the author's names can start with the letter. Example: Veteran's Day = author: Rachel Vincent OR Columbus Day = City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
MINI-CHALLENGE WILL GO FROM TODAY UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2011
Columbus Day = C
Halloween = H
Thanksgiving = T
Veteran's Day = V
Thanksgiving = T
Remembrance Day = R
USA & UK
Hanukkah = H
Christmas = C
Kwanzaa = K
New Year's Eve = N or Y
UK & CANADA
Boxing Day = B
USA, UK, & CANADA
New Year's Day = N or Y
Martin Luther King Day = M or L or K
Total holidays/letters is 13 so that's 13 books in 4 months...not too hard, I hope! You do not have to read them in the month they fall. If you live in a country other than USA, UK or Canada, you can substitute one of the smaller holidays with a customary holiday in your country...total books still must equal 13 though. I will have a small giveaway at the end of the four months for all who complete their 13 books. There will be a page (access in sidebar) to post your reviews for the four month challenge.
I hope you will continue to join me here for the 101 Fantasy Challenge and I hope you like the mini-challenge. Please leave me a comment, if you like!