Friday, December 2, 2011

Considering two challenges of my own

Seeing all these wonderful challenges that other book bloggers are starting or continuing or taking over has me thinking of three challenges that I may want to start for 2012 as well.  Honestly, at the moment the only thing stopping me is the inability to make pretty buttons to fit them.  I have very little talent when it comes to that kind of thing.  But this weekend or next, I may try my hand at one anyway.

The three challenge suggestions are these:

2012 Graphic Novel  Challenge - a challenge to read more of this far underrated medium.  There's a lot of great graphic novels out there (and some utter dreck) and it would be interesting to see what other graphic novels that people are reading for the challenge.

2012 New Book Challenge - I have a tendency to pull more older books from the shelves of my library than the new ones.  Then, years later, I end up "discovering" a book that friends have known about for years.  I want to change that.  So I'm thinking of starting up this challenge as well.

2012 Children's Book Challenge - There really are a lot of great children's books out there.  Those of us who are parents to children not yet old enough to read themselves have found a lot of them.  I think it would be a great challenge to see how many new books you can get your children to enjoy with you, as well as review.  It would be a perfect opportunity to tell your readers not just what you think of the books but what of your children do too.

The rules for all three challenges would be pretty similar to the other challenges I'm participating in, but that's something I'd write out when I do the sign up posts.

So this brings me to a few questions, oh gentle readers:

  1. Do you know of any similar challenges happening in the book blogging world?  If so, point me in their direction because I'd hate to step on any toes
  2. If not, would any of these challenges be of interest to you?  If so, which ones?
  3. If I do it, I'll need some help with the buttons.  Can you give me a few suggestions on the best way to make them/free software to help, free graphics that will make it prettier?
  4. Am I completely insane for wanting to host these challenges?
So that's it.  That's what's going through my mind.  I'm definitely interested in input from anyone who reads my blog, particularly those who are also participating in reading challenges.


  1. There was a graphic novel challenge last year:
    but there have been no posts there since July, so maybe it will not happen in 2012.

  2. Thanks, Ricki! It actually is going on in 2012, with a new host. I'm all signed up and ready!