Showing posts with label Reading Challenges. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reading Challenges. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Caribbean Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reading Challenge


Recently, I got an email from someone asking for recommendations of Caribbean young adult books in the fantasy genre. It made me realize that I haven't really read much in that area. Last year I started Caribbean Juvenile Literature Reading Challenge to motivate myself to read more Caribbean children's and young adult novels in general. I got about halfway through before my schedule distracted me from reading, but I still plan to complete that challenge one way or the other.

Now I'm starting Caribbean Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reading Challenge to motivate myself and others to explore books in this sub-genre. This time, I'm giving readers more time to complete the Challenge and inviting participants to start the Challenge whenever they want.

Challenge button artwork by Nicholas Da Silva, used with his kind permission. Check out his website at http://www.dreadandalive.com and find him on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dreadandalive



GOAL


Read 12 Caribbean YA fantasy and science fiction novels in 12 months. Clicking on the book covers will take you to the book's page on Amazon.



1. Green Boy by Susan Cooper
2. Timeswimmer by Gerald Hausman
3. The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson`
4. Abraham's Treasure by Joanne Skerrett
5. The Chalice Project by Lisa Allen-Agostini
6. Delroy in the Marog Kingdom by Billy Elm
7. Legend of the Swan Children by Maureen Marks Mendonca
8. Escape for Silk Cotton Forest by Francis C. Escayg
9. The Island in the Sky by Tobias S. Buckell
10. The Jumbie Seed by Tracey Baptiste
11. Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard
12. Night of the Indigo by Michael Holgate

Note. The Island in the Sky by Tobias S. Buckell and The Jumbie Seed by Tracey Baptiste are forthcoming novels but I'm including them now in anticipation of their release.


GUIDELINES


1. Read the books on the list above. Don't worry if you aren't able to read all 12, just read as many as you can.
2. Sign up for the Challenge using Mr Linky below if you’re a blogger, and if you’re not a blogger simply leave a comment on this post so I can know who's reading along with me. This way, everyone can visit participants' blogs and check out any reviews or blog posts related to this Challenge. Which brings me to the next guideline.
3. Blog about the books that you read. You don't have to do long, detailed book reviews or anything, just say what you thought of the book and mention that you read the book as part of this Challenge. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the Challenge too. I'll also be blogging about the books as I read them.
4. You don't have to read the Challenge books in the same order that I'm reading them and you can read at your own pace. Also, you can start the Challenge whenever you want. That said, for the sake of discussion, some synchronicity would be nice!
5. Keep up with the Challenge on Twitter by following this hashtag: #CaribSF/F/YAchallenge
6. Grab this button and post on your site to track your progress and let others know you're doing the Challenge:




Note: You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. You can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, Shelfari etc.

Below, please enter the direct link to your reviews/posts about this Challenge, not to the main page of your blog. We'd like to be able to find your review directly through the link and not have to look for it. Thanks for participating! 





Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book Rating System for Caribbean Juvenile Literature Reading Challenge



Here is the rating system I'm using to rate the books I read during Caribbean Juvenile Literature Reading Challenge 2013. I'm using cupcakes instead of the standard star system. Why cupcakes? Well, because cupcakes are yummier, although to be fair, I haven't yet tasted a star so they might be quite palatable for all I know.


Adored it - It was a fantastic book. Perfection or pretty darn close. I would highly recommended this.


Loved it - It was a great book. It had a few flaws, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it.


Liked it - It was okay, I’m not going to rave about it. There were things about the book I had issues with.


Did not like it - Found it difficult to complete. Books considered ‘not for me’ will probably fall in this category.


Hated it - This was a terrible book and I struggle to find one redeeming feature to speak about it. I cannot believe trees were cut down for this.


Also, if a book doesn't quite fit into any of the above categories, I'll use a half a cupcake, like so:




Friday, November 2, 2012

2013 Caribbean Juvenile Literature Reading Challenge



In an effort to get myself (and hopefully others) to read more juvenile literature written by Caribbean authors, I'm launching Caribbean Juvenile Literature Reading Challenge 2013.

GOAL


Read 20 Caribbean children's and YA novels in 6 months.

RULES


Want to do this challenge? Here's how.

1. Read the books on the list below. Don't worry if you aren't able to read all 20, just read as many as you can.
2. Leave a comment on this post so I can know who's reading along with me. I'll post the names of challenge participants here on my site and link to their blogs. This way, everyone can visit participants' blogs and check out any reviews or blog posts related to this challenge. Which brings me to the next rule.
3. Blog about the books that you read. I'll also be blogging about the books as I read them.
4. You don't have to read the Challenge books in the same order that I'm reading them and you can read at your own pace. That said, for the sake of discussion, some synchronicity would be nice!
5. Visit the Reading Challenge Tracker page where I'll be keeping track of my progress and linking to Challenge-related items and posts.
6. Keep up with the Challenge on Twitter by following this hashtag: #Caribkitlitchallenge
7. Feel free to grab this button for your site to let others know you're doing the 2013 CJLR challenge and to help spread the word:




Lastly, here are the challenge books:



1. The Jacob Ladder by Gerald Hausman
2. Blue Mountain Trouble by Martin Mordecai
3. Surprising Joy by Valerie Bloom
4. Inner City Girl by Colleen Smith-Dennis
4. Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti by Frances Temple
6. Earth's Waters by Nicole Blades
7. Tonia of Trelawney: A Buccaneer Girl by Jacqueline Grant Kent
8. The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle
9. Abeng by Michelle Cliff
10. Butterfinger by Bob Cattell and John Agard
11. Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo
12. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
13. One Bright Child by Patricia Cumper
14. Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490 by Edwidge Danticat
15. Popo and Fifina by Arna Bontempsad Langston Hughes
16. Abraham's Treasure by Joanne Skerrett
17. Sprat Morrison by Jean D'Costa
18. Escape to Last Man's Peak by Jean D'Costa
19. The Amazing Absorbing Boy by Rabindranath Maharaj
20. Brown Sugar and Spice by Betty Peter

Backup books (in case any of the books above prove intolerable, or I can't track down a copy):

1. Jamaican Schoolgirl by Elisabeth Batt
2. Sometimes Hard by Cyril Dabydeen

Thanks and hope you will join me as I explore Caribbean children's and YA books!