We weren't going to take part in challenges this year, but then after a discussion about books we've had on the shelf for ages (you know...the ones we were really excited to read and couldn't wait for, even went as far as acquiring them, and then for one reason or another never got around to) we decided to challenge our selves and came up with....
So we came up with tentative lists, decided at least one a month would be pretty good going and swore to review one of them on the last day of each month.
We'd also love it if others wanted to get involved too! Not only is this is a great way to clear those books that have been hanging around for ages, causing feelings of guilt everytime we think of them...but it also gets some older books back in the spotlight too? Great!
We're not offering prizes or giveaways with this challenge, but what we are offering is a little bit of book cheer-leading. Along with our review on the last day of the month, we'll post a linky for you to add your 'oldest books' read reviews and we'll promise to check them all out and leave comments, encouraging other participants to do the same. So that's book clear out, spotlight for old book and possibly more blog vistors and interactions. Sound good to you?
If it does and you'd like to join here, there's only a couple of requirements and they're pretty easy ones at that:
1. You must have a blog where we can visit your review and say Hi (and very possibly increase our wishlists even more)
2. Copy the button at the top of this article and post it to your blog sidebar (if you have one) and link to us..this would be very much appreciated and helps get the word about!
3. Write a blog post letting everyone know you're taking part in the challenge and link to this post here so others can join in if they wish. (there's no deadline for this..want to join in December? No problems :D) Include a tentative list of books you intend to read for this challenge. (we all like lists right?) They can be any genre, and from any year...as long as they are from at least 2011. Come back here and link below to let us know you're signing up.
5. The amount of books you decide to read for this challenge is up to you...but you must already own them! While there aren't prizes, we'll make a special blog button award for the person who achieves the most at the end of the year and crown them 'The Oldest Book on the Shelf challenge' Winner. What more could you ask?
6. Pop back on the last day of the month and link ALL of your 'Oldest Books on the Shelf' reads you've read that month, in our post we'll put up early that day too (you don't have to post your reviews on the last day, whenever you want is fine). Make sure you've mentioned in your review that you read the book as part of this challenge. Visit the other participants posts and offer moral support. *make sure you visit the specific end of month post and don't link here*
7. Don't have a blog but want to take part? No problem...if you have somewhere else you review books like Goodreads, join in too.
That's it...easy right? Any questions just leave a comment or email us (address found in the contact info page)
We hope you like this challenge and are up for it!
Our 'Tentative' book lists
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
All of HP by JK Rowling
Firespell - Chloe Neill
Monsters of Men - Patrick Ness
The Book Theif - Marcus Zusak
An Act of Love - Alan Gibbons
Haunting Violet - Alyxandra Harvey
I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
When I Was Joe by Keren David
Dead Tossed Waves/The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
At LEAST the first book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Anything by Milly Johnson (I own all her books, have a feeling I'll really like them, but haven't actually got to them yet)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (the oldest TBR I have I think)
Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (I Know...shame!)
Look forward to seeing your lists and Good luck with the challenge!