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The Twenty-Ten Book Challenge

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TwentyTen Reading Challenge @ Barts BookshelfAh! Ok, I admit I am a blogging challenge virgin. I know, I know I should push the boat out and just go for something… when the 2010 challenge came up, voila ma chance est arrivee! Finally a challenge which doesn’t seem too difficult to muster up the courage to tackle. a) you have a year to read 20 books b) the categories are loose enough to make me feel like I can carry-on reading stuff which I enjoy but with a few challenges along the way. Thank you Bart’s Bookshelf for hosting this rather ingenius idea and to Rita’s Blog which introduced me to it. I need lots of help and support though….I hope that I will find plenty out there. Here’s a summary of what I have signed-up to achieve.

The aim is to read a total 20 books, over ten categories, in 2010.


  • Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
  • The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
  • Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010 are eligible.

So, on with the categories

  1. Young Adult
    Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category. 1. Sovay by Celia Rees, 2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  2. T.B.R. **
    Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09. 1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, 2. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  3. Shiny & New
    Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count! 1. The Bedside Book of Beasts by Graeme Gibson 2. The Officer’s Lover by Pam Jenoff
  4. Bad Blogger’s ***
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book a go).
    *** Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.
  5. Charity
    Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop.
  6. New in 2010
    This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!)
  7. Older Than You
    Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
  8. Win! Win!
    Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so!
  9. Who Are You Again?
    This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before! Sleeping with Cats by Marge Piercy
  10. Up to You!
    The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state it in your sign-up post.

That’s it! I hope that I have done everything right so far. I particularly am looking forward to the new ‘Who are you again?’ category, hopefully I find some long hidden treasures, or at least inform myself of authors a bit better….For the Last category ‘Up to You!’ I choose:

Told from an Animal’s Point of View…harking back to the Redwall days. I aim to find something quite unusual though. Should be fun.


Written by bookinglass

December 6, 2009 at 6:30 pm

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  1. I’m looking forward to doing this challenge with you! Good luck!


    December 6, 2009 at 8:55 pm

  2. Cool!! I’m glad to spread the ideas!!


    December 7, 2009 at 6:50 am

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