In spite of the fact that I am not ready, 2011 is almost over – and all of you in book blogger-land know what that means: time to sign up for 2012 reading challenges! The last few years, I have had the pleasure of hosting the Ireland Reading Challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting other bloggers and being introduced to new Ireland-related books and authors. Since the challenge is a few years old, I thought it would be fun to add some twists this year – especially since some people find it very easy to complete the highest challenge level.
Here are the new guidelines:
~ The challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to November 30, 2012.
~ Any books read for this challenge can also apply to other challenges you are working on.
~ Re-reads are allowed.
~ Any book written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters, counts for the challenge – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, audiobooks, children’s books – all of these apply. (I will be posting a list of books previously reviewed for the challenge in the next day or two, if you’re looking for suggestions.)
~ Choose your commitment level:
Shamrock level: 4 books
Luck o’ the Irish level: 6 books
Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 8 books
Ceilidh level: 10+ books
~ Write up a post indicating that you are participating (feel free to copy the lovely graphic at the top of this post), and then add your challenge post’s link to the Mr. Linky here or on the main challenge page.
~ You don’t have to list your books ahead of time – just have fun reading throughout the year.
~ I will put up a page for the challenge in my header, and add a Mr. Linky for reviews and wrap-up posts.
~ Everyone who fulfills their challenge level and writes at least one review will get one entry in the giveaway at the end of the challenge. The prize? A copy of For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers. Wrap-up post and giveaway details will go up at the beginning of December, which is why the challenge ends on November 30th.
~ Now for the twist: you can earn extra entries in the giveaway by diversifying your reading. You will earn one extra entry for reading from these genres – one entry per genre represented in your challenge list:
Science fiction or fantasy
Young Adult fiction
Non-fiction – history
Non-fiction – memoir or biography
Non-fiction – essays
I look forward to hearing about your Ireland reading this year!
Sign up here: