Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Serial Readers Challenge 2009


Serial Readers Challenge 2009


As many of you know, I love to read books in a series. (not so much the Harlequins or Silhouettes, but that’s just me.) I love trilogies, series, or even just related books by an author. I enjoy the continuity, and getting glimpses of the "Happily Ever Afters" from the previous title. So, in this spirit, I offer you the Serial Readers Challenge 2009. It’s really simple! And for the purpose of this challenge a series is defined as at least 3 related books. I typically read romance but for this challenge any genre is welcome. So this can be done in conjunction with any other challenge. AllAboutRomance.com and Fantasticfiction.com are good resources for finding series!

1. Read books in series/trilogies/related by author. (Julie Garwood’s Lion’s Lady, Castles, The Gift are related.) For a series to count you must read each book in that series during this calendar year. (Rereads and audio books welcome!) If you previously started a series and do not wish to re-read, then only the titles read after 01/01/09 will count towards your total books read. You will not however get "credit" for total series read. Only series started and finished in 09 will count toward the prize for # of series read. For example I started Lynsay Sands Argeneau series this fall. For me to get credit for all 9 books I will need to re-read the first 3 sometime in 09. The series does not have to be read in order, or in succession to "count"! (so if I read #4-9 this spring and next fall re-read #1-3 then I get full credit. Otherwise ...I only get credit for the 5 books read, but not for reading the entire series.) I think I just made that about as clear as mud.
2. The Challenge will begin January 1st and last until December 31st 2009.
3. Post your list on your blog and link it back to this post. Please comment to this post when your link is up. Your list is not something, you need to decide in advance. Please add as you go!
4. Please rate and review each title on your blog. When you do so, please label it SRC or Serial Readers Challenge so we can all read your reviews and maybe be inspired to try a new series for ourselves.
5. There will be prizes! Woo Hoo! Some of the prizes may be simple online trophies, and some will be book give-aways. (Titles to be determined) Prizes will be given for most books read, most # series read, most pages read, and some maybe at random! (my favorite kind!! Yay!)
6. To wrap up the challenge next winter, comment to this post linking your wrap-up post by December 31! Prizes will be awarded January 2010!


Sign up early and spread the word!

75 comments:

Cindy W said...

Is it reading 3 books in a series?

Carpoolqueen (formerly known as Beth) said...

It's reading any all series you want with at least 3 books! Mallorys would count, BDB would count etc. I just didn't think 2 books constitutes a series of books to me! That would be more of a companion... So over the course of a year, Any all series you read would count. Chicago Stars....etc. You don't have to read them in order, or in succession, but just read em'!

RandiLyn said...

Hi Beth,
Great idea!!
What if you have been reading a series all along. For example Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series I have read from the beginning and a new one is coming out in Feb 09 that would count right?

aunt rowena said...

great fun Beth!

OT: could you move your Playlist to the right column? On my Mac, it covers the center column and I cannot read the entire post for the rules of this challenge. Is there a # of series to shoot for?

thanks!!

melinda

Carpoolqueen (formerly known as Beth) said...

You will get "credit" for the books you read in 2009! I'm not too picky, but the hope is that a series will be started and finished in 2009! There is no number of series to "shoot for" but to do as many as you can or want to!

Cindy W said...

So... If I've already started a series before 2009, I'll get credit for reading it IF I've read at least 3 books in the series in 2009, right? I'll put mine up on my blog in the next couple of days, fall baseball is almost over with!!!! I need the 8 weeks off!

Carpoolqueen (formerly known as Beth) said...

You'll get credit for all books read in 2009! If a series has 8 books, but you only read 4 in 2009, you will get "credit" for 4. If you chose to reread books then you'll get full credit for the series. Only books read in 2009 count! However, if you finish a series you started previously, then you'll get credit for those books read after Jan. 1 2009! I hope this helps! Maybe I should be more specific in the post.

aunt rowena said...

OK - thanks! My post is up and linked: http://auntrowena.blogspot.com/2008/11/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

My list is started...

and thanks for moving the playlist!

melinda

Heather said...

Great idea!! I'm In! I will put this up on the blog soon. Its a busy week with furniture delivery, new carpet install, doctor appts, and wrestling. I am lucky to even get my email read this week.

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Ok I just added the list on my blog but it will be updated soon
http://desertrosebooklogue.blogspot.com/

thanks :)

RandiLyn said...

Hi Beth,
Sounds like fun. I going to post my list as I go.

Thanks!!

RandiLyn said...

I forgot to post my link:
http://randiromancereader.blogspot.com/2008/11/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

DeSeRt RoSe said...

I would love to join this challenge.
This is my link to the challenge

http://desertrosechallenges.blogspot.com/2008/11/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

Cindy W said...

Okay, Here's my link. Sorry it took so long to get up.

http://cindyreadsromance.blogspot.com/2008/11/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

Kara said...

I'm in - I love series and have some new ones that I want to get started - what better way than to join a challenge!!!

Here is my post.

Heather's Books said...

I'm in and here's the link to my post..http://heathersfavebooks.blogspot.com/2008/11/serial-readers-challenge.html

Grain de Beaute said...

I will participate. ^_^ I'll put up my series list later. ^_^

The Holistic Knitter said...
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The Holistic Knitter said...

Hi
my list will be here:
http://lyndasbookblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/serial-readers-challenge.html

Rikki said...

I love this challenge idea. Count me in. I just posted my preliminary list on my bookkeeper blog.
http://www.rikkidonovan.com/?p=14

Shon said...

I love this idea for a challenge! Here is my post:

http://shonchallenges.blogspot.com/2008/12/2009-serial-readers-challenge.html

Christina said...

I would love to join CPQ but hate to admit my blogging ignorance. I have a new blog and added the info for your contest as a post (the first post on my blogspot to be exact) and think I linked correctly. Here is the link http://crysteena73.blogspot.com/2008/12/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html
If I screwed something up just let me know. thanks.

retroredux said...

Hi Beth,
I'd love to join if I may: My post is here:

http://retroreduxsreviews.blogspot.com/2008/12/serial-readers-challenge.html

I have sooo many series I've been putting off reading-now no more excuses:) You have a great blog BTW:) Laura

emeraldfire said...

I'd love to join up as well

emeraldfire said...

Here's my post: http://emeraldfiresromancespot.blogspot.com/2008/12/serial-readers-challenge-2009-hosted-by.html

Amanda said...

I would also like to join this challenge. My post is here: http://bookmusings.wordpress.com/2008/12/28/serial-readers-challenge/

Grilsgood said...

I just loves series and plant to do the Odd thomas one next week. Lindy

Intergalactic Bookworm said...

Can a series be written by many different authors? I am thinking of some Star Trek series that I need to get caught up on, but each book in the series is by a different author.

Judy/Intergalactic Bookworm

http://intergalacticbookworm.blogspot.com

Carpoolqueen (formerly known as Beth) said...

Christina looks like you did a great job with the "blog thing".

IG Bookworm: sure that series sounds like it would work. Why not!!

Yay!!

Lisalit said...

Is this how you sign up? This is one of three series challenges I am joining--my list of series I want to read can be found here: http://lisalit.blogspot.com/2008/12/series-challenge.html

Thanks for hosting!!

Debbie said...

I would love to sign up. I have several series that I want to continue, but I'll post on my blog as I go.

http://debbscraps.blogspot.com/2008/12/series-challenge.html

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I'm in and have a trilogy! My post is here: http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/2008/12/new-challenge-serial-readers-challenge.html

Cheryl said...
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Cheryl said...

Sorry. I posted the wrong link

I am joining this challenge.

My post is here http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/2008/12/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

BookPsmith said...

This sounds like a great challenge. I would love to join. Here is my link:

http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2008/12/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

Becky said...

here's my post.

Becky

Brittanie said...

This is a wonderful challenge.
Here is a link to my post.
http://abookloverforever.blogspot.com/2009/01/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

debbiesworld said...

Great challenge! My series is listed here: http://debbiesworld.wordpress.com/2009/01/01/serial-readers-challenge-2009/.

beauty said...

Count me in as well.

http://kindlings.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/2009-serial-challenge2009-serial-challenge/

Mishel said...

I'm in (=

http://creativitygone.blogspot.com/2009/01/day-27-serial-readers-challenge.html

mari said...

Count me in. Here is my post where I will be updating my list.

Kathrin said...

Count me in! My post is here!

Stephanie said...

I'm in! Here's my post:

http://andlifegoeson-andon.blogspot.com/2009/01/another-reading-challenge.html

Kristi said...

Ok - I am in - my post is here: http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2009/01/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

First review is done also.

Kristi

retroredux said...

Hi gang,
my first book review for SRC is here:

http://retroreduxsreviews.blogspot.com/2009/01/lions-lady-by-julie-garwood.html

tuulenhaiven said...

Better late than never! I'm joining. Here's my post:

http://tuulenhaiven.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/serial-readers-challenge/

Heather said...

Heres the link to my actual list!

http://heathersreadingromance.blogspot.com/2009/01/serial-readers-challenge-list.html

Preoccupied_Precious said...

Hi! This sounds like a great challenge! Count me in! You will find my first link here:

http://preoccupiedprecious.blogspot.com/2009/01/serial-readers-challenge-2009-dont-you.html

My blog is mostly written in Swedish, since that is my mother tongue, but I promise to try to give you reviews in English anyway.

As long as I tag my entries with Serial Readers Challenge I can add to the list as I go along?? I don't need to pupish in that specific post posted above, right? Please help! I'm so new at this ;)

See you!

Ms. Bookish said...

This sounds like a great challenge - here is the link to my post!

J. Kaye said...

My challenge is completed. The link is http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/2008/12/new-challenge-serial-readers-challenge.html.

LJ White said...

I would like to join this challenge. Here is the link to my post. http://ljsaddictions.blogspot.com/2009/01/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

Rasberryswrlgirl said...

I would like to join. MY link is http://engelsigh.blogspot.com/2009/01/2009-serial-reading-challenge.html

Yooperchick said...

I'm in! I've decided to read a series in the next few weeks, so this one will get knocked out pretty quickly if I'm not careful! :)http://ilovemybooks.blogspot.com/search/label/Serial%20Readers%20Challenge

BookPsmith said...

I have read my first series. Here is a link to the reviews...

http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2009/01/book-review-mrs-arris-goes-toseries-by.html

Word Freak said...

hey i want to join the challenge. Here's the challenge post on my blog http://the-word-freak.blogspot.com/2009/01/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

about twilight and sookie stackhouse series, i started the first books on December, but i'll read them again sometime in 2009 i promise ^^

mari said...

My first two books of my first series have been read and reviewed. You can find links on my main post (found above) or just click here.

Book Dragon said...

Count me in!.I've already read more than 8 series so far this year and am one book away from finishing another.

I haven't finished my post about the challenge yet but it is published {blush}. I'm at BookDragon's Lair

Grilsgood said...

I now have a blog solely for reviews

http://lindysbookmobile.spaces.live.com/default.aspx

Progress on challenges is still posted to A Novel Challenge

retroredux said...

Hey gang,
Playing "catch up" here:) I've started several series for this challenge. You can read my reviews and see what series I've chosen so far here:
http://retroreduxsreviews.blogspot.com/search/label/Serial%20Readers%20Challenge

Cinnamon said...

Am I too late to sign up?

http://ajourneyofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/serial-reader-challenge.html

Renee Riva said...

Hi Carlpool Queen,

I'm an author of a YA trilogy. Would you like to review or have a free book give-away for your fellow readers? Please visit my site www.reneeriva.com and let me know. I'd be happy to send you a book or two!
Thanks!
renee

retroredux said...

Hi Beth,
Unfortunately, I'm going to have to drop out of your challenge as with what life's handing me right now,it's become clear that I won't be able to participate in as many challenges as I'd hoped. Thanks for letting me join anyway and sorry that I have to leave the challenge:(
Laura

lastnerve said...

Awesome challenge and I accept! Here is the link to my blog post.

http://valsserialbookchallenge.blogspot.com/

jedi145 said...

Can I still join?

http://kelly-books.blogspot.com/2009/06/series-challenge.html

Book Psmith said...

Here is a link to my second series, the Melendy series by Elizabeth Enright

http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2009/05/book-review-melendy-series-by-elizabeth.html

MarthaE said...

Hello Beth! I saw this challenge at another friend's blog. I do love series and I have a couple of questions. 1) Is it too late in the year to join? 2) I did not do reviews on all of the series books I have already read but could probably go back and do mini-reviews... do they all have to have reviews? 3) I gather if i read 8 of a 9 books series with #1 having been read last year - I get credit for the series but only 8 reads right? THANKS for answering the questions!
Martha

Carpoolqueen (formerly known as Beth) said...

Wow! So many new folks joining the SRC! Yay! It's never too late to join. Here's how I'm keeping track of my SRC books. I have a post that I edit. I list each series and the books that I have finished in that series this year. I typically write a separate review and tag it SRC. That is not necessary. I'll probably go back and add to my Own SRC post the star rating and maybe the # of pages per book. That helps me keep it simple. Reveiws just help us to share cool new books with each other, but are not a condition of participation. I myself have gotten behind in my reviews, so will sometimes post a "mini" reveiw of several books in a post. I say, do whatever works. Enjoy. If you are interested in seeing my list and how I'm keeping track it can be found at

http://justyouraveragecarpoolqueen.blogspot.com/2009/01/serial-readers-challenge-list.html

Book Psmith said...

Thank you Beth for hosting a great challenge. I have written a wrap up post since I am not going to be reading anymore series this year.

http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2008/12/serial-readers-challenge-2009.html

Debbie's World of Books said...

I finished my Vampire Academy series. See my post here: Debbie's World of Books

jedi145 said...

What about a series that hasn't been completly released yet? Like vampire acadmemy. I re-read book 1-3 and book 4 was released this year but the series isn't finished. what would that count as? Thanks :)

jedi145 said...

if you read all the books in a series that have been release, does that count as a series or can you only count a series that has been fully released

jedi145 said...
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jedi145 said...

http://kelly-books.blogspot.com/2009/06/series-challenge.html

Brittanie said...

I have posted a wrap up post on my blog. Here is my link:
http://abookloverforever.blogspot.com/2009/12/serial-readers-challenge-2009-wrap-up.html
Thank you for hosting. :)

Mari said...

Missed the deadline but here is my final post.
http://marireads.blogspot.com/2010/01/serial-readers-challenge-2009-wrap-up.html