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CHALLENGE COMPLETE: The Beth Kephart Challenge

The Challenge:

Dates: Jan 1, 2010–June 30th, 2010.

Beth Kephart Newbie — Read one book out of any category. This level is not eligible for the prize.
YA Fan–Read all the books categorized as YA. This level is eligible for the prize.
Memoir Fan–Read all the books categorized as memoir. This level is eligible for the prize.
Mix’n’match–Read any 4 books off the list. This level is eligible for the prize.
Entire Backlist — Read the entire backlist. Definitely eligible for the prize.

The prize is an ARC of Dangerous Neighbors not due out until the fall!

In order to be eligible for the prize, you must complete the level you choose and link all of your reviews in the review linky that will go up on January 1st.

I chose to participate at Mix n Match level and have since read 4 of Beth Kephart’s books, as follows:

  1. “Nothing But Ghosts” by Beth Kephart
  2. “Undercover” by Beth Kephart
  3. “House of Dance” by Beth Kephart
  4. “A Slant of Sun: One Child’s Courage” by Beth Kephart

I’ve really enjoyed reading her novels and the memoir; it’s been an interesting experience, and she has a lovely style. I’m glad I decided to follow through with this challenge!



The Challenge:

The basic idea of this challenge is to read books about GLBT topics and/or by GLBT authors. The challenge runs year-round, and there will be three levels of participation:

  • Lambda Level: Read 4 books.
  • Pink Triangle Level: Read 8 books.
  • Rainbow Level: Read 12 or more books.

You don’t need to choose your books right away, and they can change at any time. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.

I chose to participate at Rainbow Level and have since read 12 GLBTQ-related books, as follows:

  1. “Child of My Right Hand” by Eric Goodman
  2. “The God Box” by Alex Sanchez
  3. “The Vintner’s Luck” by Elizabeth Knox (plus the film)
  4. “In Love and Trouble” by Alice Walker
  5. “Young Avengers: Sidekicks” by Allan Heinberg
  6. “Young Avengers: Family Matters” by Allan Heinberg
  7. “Essential Dykes to Watch Out For” by Alison Bechdel
  8. “Hero” by Perry Moore
  9. “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
  10. “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel
  11. “The Angel’s Cut” by Elizabeth Knox
  12. “What Happened to Lani Garver” by Carol Plum-Ucci

I still have several GLBTQ novels on my reading list, so this is definitely not the end of the line as far as that’s concerned. Interestingly, I think the majority of those I have reviewed so far I’ve really enjoyed, if not loved. Have I just been picking the best ones, or is there something about GLBTQ literature that lends itself to a more nuanced and affecting view of people/reality? An interesting question to ponder. In any case, it certainly seems that I’ve found a subset of fiction which appeals to me on both a philosophical and personal level. I’m so glad I signed up  for this challenge!

CHALLENGE COMPLETE: The L. M. Montgomery Challenge

The Challenge:

  1. Pick the Montgomery book (or books!) that you most want to read and then read them during the first few weeks of January. Your introductory blog post does not need to be excessively long or grand. You merely need to create a blog post saying, “I’m in!” and link it up here in the comment section. If you’d like to say which books of Montgomery’s you plan on reading during the challenge, do so then! There are a great many to choose from.
  2. Come back on Sunday, January 31, 2010 and leave a comment “linking up” to however many Montgomery related reviews/posts you like.
  3. Visit around and get to know the other people who are participating in the challenge and read about what books they’ve involved themselves with. Be friendly! =)

I chose to read Pat of Silver Bush this year. You can find my review here. I loved it! It really was wonderful to get back to Montgomery again; that plus the wonderfully warm weather we’ve been having recently reminded me of the summers of my childhood. Ah, nostalgia…

Here’s to the first finished challenge of the year!