Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Break Reading Challenge - What's This All About?

Thank you for stopping by the Holiday Break Reading Challenge blog. As a public school librarian, I look forward to my yearly holiday break - for multiple reasons. Of course, I love spending extra time with family and sleeping in late every morning, but I also enjoy the increased amount of time I can spend reading.

The librarian in me always wants to encourage reading for pleasure and the holiday break provides the perfect opportunity. For that reason, I decided to create the Holiday Break Reading Challenge. Having participated in both, Read-A-Thons and Challenges, you might see something of a blending of the two concepts. Keep reading for detailed information.

1) Anyone can participate. I'm focusing on teachers and students, but if you want to cram a little extra reading in during the holiday season, please join us.

2) The Reading Challenge is designed to be self-paced. I will ask for you to set a goal for the number of books you want to read, but if you don't reach the goal - no big deal. This is for fun.

3) You don't have to provide a list of books you plan to read in advance. You can, but it isn't required. My mood determines what I read so I usually don't stick to a list. If I can't do it, I don't want to force others to do it.

4) The Holiday Break Reading Challenge corresponds with my time off from school. So, it starts on Friday, December 18, 2009 and ends on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 at Midnight.

5) I'll have a section set up on the blog for reviews. Please link your reviews of the books you complete during the challenge.

6) Everyday there a new "Challenge" will be posted. These "Challenges" are designed to help you get to know other bloggers, talk about what you are reading, and share information about books. A new Mr. Linky (if I can figure it out) will be used in each post to record everyone's responses.

7) HERE IS THE BIG ONE! At least one prize will be given out everyday during the Reading Challenge. This might be a book, a bookmark, or other swag. No specifics lined up yet.

8) Be sure to follow the Reading Challenge on Twitter. New challenges and prize information will be announced there, too.

9. Grab the button to put on your blog.

So, it's time to decide if you want to participate. A Mr. Linky widget will be added to this post soon. I'll send out a Twitter message to notify people they can sign up. Also, spread the word. Tell your friends. Let's get a large group together to share holiday reading with this season.


  1. I'm not a student but I got a lot of great new books lately and I think it would be fun to set some goals for this month so count me in!

  2. I've never done one of these before, but I was planning on doing some extra reading over the break, and I think this would be fun!

  3. We're thinking hard about doing this one. Think it's a great idea just want to make sure we've got the time. Am I right in understanding that there is no set amount of books? You can pick as many or as little as you want?

  4. What a fun challenge? Count me in. I am looking forward to doing some extra reading during the break too even though we go to school through Dec. 23. My TBR pile is threatening to bury me.

    How do I follow on Twitter? I clicked the Twitter button and got a "page not found" message.

  5. Hi, I don't have a blog so I left my myspace url. Hope that's okay! I plan to read ten books for the Holiday Break Reading Challenge. Hopefully I'll be able to stick to my tbr pile as much as possible!

    Here's my tentative list:

    1) Looking for Alaska by John Greene
    2) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
    3) Wicked by Gregory Macguire
    4) P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
    5) Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser
    6) The Gunslinger by Stephen King
    7) Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
    8) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    9) Charlotte & Emily Bronte: The Complete Novels
    10) Complete Tales & Poems: Edgar Allan Poe

  6. Yay! Always love a good challenge. Don't have a list yet, I'll have to keep track as I go.

  7. I hope I have joined correctly! I'm looking forward to reading over break with all of you. I'm a high school librarian and I have been so focused on the learning curve of tech integration, I've neglected the reading part of the job and the pleasure it is to just settle into a good book.

  8. I'm not a teacher but I like to think of myself as a student of life. Looking forward to taking part in this as much as I can. Just completed one of the activities and it was so much fun, thank you!

  9. Sorry about link #35 that goes directly to my blog instead of the post about this challenge.


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