2012 Ireland Challenge Giveaway

I can’t believe I missed the end of the challenge! Things have been so busy around our house. 🙂 But, the Ireland Challenge is indeed over, and I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as I did! While I enjoyed all of the reading I did for my personal Ireland Reading Challenge, I have to confess that this is the first year that I didn’t reach my challenge goal. I know that many of you were more successful, and I congratulate you.

Time for the end-of-challenge giveaway! The prize is a copy of For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers, sponsored by the lovely Michelle at That’s What She Read. Here’s how it works:

~ Everyone who fulfilled their challenge level and wrote at least one review will get one entry in the giveaway.

~ You get extra entries in the giveaway based on how diverse your reading was. You earn one extra entry for reading from these genres – one entry per genre represented in your challenge list:

Contemporary fiction
Historical fiction
Science fiction or fantasy
Young Adult fiction
Children’s fiction
Non-fiction – history
Non-fiction – memoir or biography
Non-fiction – essays

~ I will leave the challenge open until 11:59 p.m. PST, Friday, December 14th. This will be on the honor system, as I don’t have time to visit everyone’s blogs and figure out how many entries you each qualify for. Simply leave a comment below telling me how many entries you’ve earned, and I will draw a winner on Saturday, December 15th.

Thanks so much for reading along with me – and look for a sign-up post for Ireland Challenge 2013 very soon!

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27 Responses to 2012 Ireland Challenge Giveaway

  1. irene says:

    I don’t remember what I challenged myself with this reading in Ireland. I read four books, all fiction, 3 contemporary fiction and one historical fiction. Can you put a link up to the original post?

  2. Arti
    Twitter: Arti_Ripples

    Yes, I completed the four books I set for myself in three different genres: a novel (Molly Fox’s Birthday), a short story collection (Dubliners), a novella and short stories (Everything in this Country Must) and a play (The Importance of Being Earnest). So guess I’ve four entries into your contest. Thanks for hosting, Carrie. I’ve enjoyed my reads!

  3. Serena
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit

    Wow, I did better than I though this year. I got 5 entries this time around
    1 for reviewing and meeting my goal
    1 for children’s fiction for Realm of the Lost by Emma Eden Ramos
    1 for historical fiction for The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey
    1 for non-fiction memoir/biography for Paper Garden by Molly Peacock
    1 for contemporary fiction for The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri

    Though I am upset that I didn’t get to the poetry book I planned on reading.

  4. Lynne says:

    I finished 4 books for one entry. I would say that one was contemporary fiction and 3 historical fiction. So that would be 3 entries total?

  5. Beth says:

    Sadly I didn’t complete a single read for this challenge. I ended up having such a crazy year that I didn’t manage to read as much as I would have liked. Great that you’re hosting a giveaway for all those that did! Congrats everyone!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Beth – my reading quantity isn’t anywhere near normal this year, either – I know exactly how you feel!

  6. Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll)
    Twitter: joyweesemoll

    I challenged myself to four books, but read six and reviewed them all. One was historical fiction. One was nonfiction — history. One was nonfiction — memoir. One was children’s fiction. The other two don’t really fit in the categories — one, a classic, was contemporary fiction at the time it was written in the early twentieth century and the other was a gardening book.

    So, I’ll claim 5 entries. Thanks for hosting! This was fun.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Joy – you’re welcome – and congrats on doing so well on the challenge!

  7. raidergirl3 says:

    I read 6 books and I only hoped to read 4. With another month, I might have read 2 more! I think all my books fit into contemporary books, so I’m with one entry.
    Thanks for hosting, I’ll be back next year as I still have books that I want to read, and favorite authors to read more of.

  8. Hi! As I shared, I aimed for Shamrock and reached Blarney; 8 books instead of 4 (all reviewed & linked). That may amount to 1 + 2 extra for leaping two levels, or 1 + 4 extra books. I’ll say 1 unless I hear differently.

    I’ll have you double-check bonus subjects too (all laid out for ease). I hit memoir, fantasy, young adult, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, short story (approved but unlisted): 6. If the same book can include another category, please add children’s: 1.

    If a category can be repeated in multiple books: there are 2 more short stories. I won’t say ‘romance’ because that enters most novels. My sum is 10 unless surpassing levels or quantity is a bonus. 🙂

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Carolyn – you did a great job on the challenge! Congrats. 🙂 And since I don’t want to have to recount everyone who surpassed their level, I think we’ll stick with 10.

  9. Sarah Reads Too Much
    Twitter: sarahreads2much

    Hi! Thanks for this challenge! I completed 4 books:

    The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – Classic (not a category given)
    The Absolutist by John Boyne – Historical Fiction (+1)
    Broken Harbour by Tana French – Contemporary/Mystery/Horror (?) (+1)
    The Demons Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan – YA/Urban Fantasy (+1)

    So I guess – 4 entries for me!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sarah – actually you get 5 – cause you get one for meeting your challenge goal. 🙂

  10. Avid Series Reader says:

    I met my challenge goal of 4 books (1 entry). 2 were contemporary fiction (+1) and 2 were historical fiction (+1). Total: 3 entries. I’m very glad you’ll be hosting this challenge again for 2013! I have my list all ready to sign up again – thanks!

  11. JaneGS says:

    Sadly, I only read 3 of the 4 books I had set out to read, so fell short of the Shamrock level. I read and posted on Frank Delaney’s Ireland, which I loved. I also read Saints and Sinners by Edna O’Brien–I found this set of short stories to be so depressing that I couldn’t read it in one fell swoop. Powerful but sad. I also read James Joyce’s The Dubliners. The Irish do write marvelous short stories!

    Leon Uris’s Trinity still sits on my tbr shelf–I hope to read it in 2013.

    Thanks for hosting the challenge–I’m glad I read more Irish lit than I have in awhile.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Jane – I’m so glad you enjoyed the challenge – and I hope you’ll consider joining us again next year!

  12. faith hope & cherrytea
    Twitter: _eHope

    looks like i have 9 entries that includes:
    1 review + meeting my commitment level
    9 of the varied genres + an audio bk

    if you’re including 1 for ea review written/posted, then 15 reviews were posted…

    thought this challenge had ended on the 30th so a bit of surprise to find this xtra ‘twist’ 🙂
    thanks again as i’ve said earlier – it surely added to my knowledge of Ireland!

    • faith hope & cherrytea
      Twitter: _eHope

      it would help you i’m sure if i had at least counted correctly 🙂
      1 for completing the challenge w/ at least one review [15 ]
      + 9 other genre entries = 10 entries 🙂 sorry – glad i checked back when i was more awake and found my error !

  13. Lorraine S. says:

    Thanks to this challenge, I have a lovely journal from Ireland. Each author (Trevor, Yeats, Binchy, O’Brien,McCourt, Wilde,etc. had their own page of all books written and those I read. Read 14 books. Plan to continue on my own. Thanks.