The Around the World challenge is going into its second year and I’m still overwhelmed by the response it got last year. I hope just as many are going to join me in exploring the world through books again in 2016.
The goal of the Around the World challenge is to visit as many different places in the world through books, especially places that are rather rare, and not the kind of settings you see in 95% of all the books you read. We’re are going to do this by creating a google map where every pin on the map stands for one book. The goal is to have as many pins as possible and they shouldn’t be very close to each other but spread all over.
What is the challenge about?
A while ago there was a bit of talk on twitter about our reviews, that we mostly review frontlist titles and I wanted to make it a personal goal of mine to review more backlist titles in 2016. I already read a lot of backlist titles but often rather review only recently or to be released titles when I don’t have the time to review them all. This challenge is all about changing that attitude.
Why would you want to review more backlist titles? For me, mostly, it is because it leads to more discussions with others because obviously more people have also read the book and this is FUN. I also like to discover more older book (especially because it often means I can binge read a series), so more reviews about backlist titles would be great. Authors are grateful as well when you review their books long after the book has been released.
The goal of the challenge?
Everyone who wants to participate can set their own goal. My personal goal is a ratio of 1:1, so that I review just as many backlist as frontlist titles. Every goal that means more than usually is okay. It can be a ratio like I do (even if it is 2:1 = only half as many backlist titles as frontlist titles), it can be fixed number or anything else you can come up with. Maybe look at how many you reviewed last year and set your goal accordingly.
I’m not going to do any giveaways for reaching goals, this is just for fun, but set yourself a goal you think you can achieve.
The challenge takes place from January 1, 2016 until December 31, 2016.
Last year I had the idea to mark places on a map that I visited through reading a book. Lots of people seem to like this idea and followed me in creating a google map. Around The World was born.
I want to do it again in 2015 and because we all noticed that most of our marks are placed in the US, I wanted to dp it as a challenge that motivates us to read books with more diverse settings.
This challenge will be just for fun. No winning and no lossing. There won’t be a giveaway at the end. You’ll be doing it just for you. This challenge is just to collect a list of people participating and comparing maps as well as having a motivator to look out for books with a setting outside the US.
If you want to participate all you have to do is:
- Create a google map
(A google map is optional. If you have some other map you can embed, you can use that one of course!)
- Embed that map somewhere on your blog
- Grab the button if you want and link to this challenge
- Enter the link to your blog post/page with the map
- Optional: choose one or more of the mini-challenges listed below
As promised Elena and me are hosting our first event for the A Year of Reading Brandon Sanderson challenge, a 25h read-a-thon!
This weekend we want to spend 25h together with you, reading Brandon Sanderson’s books. We are going to start on Saturday at 8pm (TZC) and will read until Sunday 8pm/9pm, depending on whether you live in a country where the time is changed this weekend or not ;)
Everyone can join the read-a-thon (you don’t have to be participating in the challenge) as long as you spend it with reading a Brandon Sanderson book. During these 25h we’ll ask you questions about the book and have a couple tasks which are optional but fun to share.
You can either write a blog post about your updates and answers or just participate by tweeting, using#25hSanderson.
Interrupting my blogging hiatus for a very exciting announcement! :D
At the end of last year I fell in love with Brandon Sanderson‘s books, so when Elena came to me with her idea for a Brandon Sanderson challenge/read-along I was thrilled! There are still so many of his books I need to read and reading them together with others is so much better!
A year of reading Brandon Sanderson:
From Alcatraz to Mistborn to Warbreaker, Elena and I who are big fans of Sanderson, want to tackle Sanderson’s complete Cosmere. This challenge is supposed to be a coordinated long-time read-along to make for intensive chats about Sanderson’s books. Therefore we are going to host “reading nights” and if we can manage we also want to do read-alongs for specific books.
See that Sanderson is a diligently writer, there is a broad range of books to choose from, both in the Fantasy and Science Fiction genre, and series as well as standalones. He is also quiet popular in Germany so that almost every book is available in German and most of his books are also available in audiobook format! There is something for everyone!