Sunday, May 18, 2008

Presenting...the Irresistible Review Challenge!

reWhen I started writing this book blog a little over a year ago, I never dreamed that it would it be so fun, nor that I'd meet so very many wonderful people who enjoy reading as much as I do. Not only that, but through the many passionate, well-written reviews of my fellow bloggers, I've been exposed to an amazing number of wonderful books and authors I might otherwise never have heard about, let alone considered reading. More and more books have gone onto my TBR list (and my bookshelves...and my library card) - and I've begun to notice that the ratio of books loved to books read has skyrocketed.

So, in tribute to the many book bloggers who've added shocking numbers of books to my reading list, I present the Irresistible Review Challenge, which begins now and runs through Labor Day. Here are the rules:

1. Read 8 books between now and Labor Day (September 1) that you were inspired to read after reading a fellow book-blogger's review. Ideally the books will be ones you'd never heard of or would probably not have considered reading had it not been for the review. If you expanded your horizons or went beyond your usual reading comfort zone because of the review, all the better!
2. Write a review of the book on your blog.
3. (The most important step) Make sure you link to the review that inspired you to read the book in the first place!
4. Books read for other challenges count.
5. There is no need to make a list ahead of time - for this type of challenge, it's probably best to remain open to serendipity in the bookblogosphere!

Interested? Just let me know in the comments, and I'll add you to the list of participants I'll be putting in my sidebar. I'm planning on having some book giveaways to add to the fun, and anyone who participates in the challenge will be eligible. Hope you'll join the fun!

68 comments:

  1. I'm definitely interested in joining this one!

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  2. May I play please?

    I have recently discovered the addicting realm of book reviews and my list has doubled in the last month. Yikes!

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  3. when is it labour day?

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  4. Becky - Great! Glad to have you!

    Rachael - Of course! I'm glad you feel the same way I do about all these amazing reviews and their effects on reading habits.

    Valentina - Sorry! I'll go back and add the actual date to the post. Silly me. Labor Day is Monday, September 1. That should be enough time, don't you think?

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  5. Rachael - I can't link to your profile - do you have a link you'd like me to use in my sidebar? Thanks!

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  6. I want in!!! I'm already reading 2 books that I found out about from bloggers, lol...so I'm starting now! Great idea Darla!!

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  7. Oh please, sign me up! I just finished Year of Wonders, which I read because of the great reviews. I'm sure there will be more. :)

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  8. Darla, sorry about that! I forgot which account I was logged into. The above name should link right over to my blog.

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  9. Or not. For Pete's sake. I'm not familiar enough with Blogger to make this work.

    Here is the url:
    fuzzycricket.wordpress.com

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  10. What a great idea---it makes me wish I could fit in challenges. Certainly I have ended up with a HUGE amazon wish list thanks to other bloggers!

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  11. I love this idea, but I'm not sure if I can manage 8 books between now and September :( June is going to be a busy month for me, and then I'll be travelling until late August. Ah well :( Have fun everyone!

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  12. Go on then. My problem is I have a few books that I bought after reading recommendations, but I can't always remember where I saw the inital reviews. Damn you I have too much to read already!

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  13. Chris - Yay, I knew I could count on you! :-)

    Heather J. - Great! Thanks for joining!

    Rachael - Got it - thanks!

    Heather (ErrantDreams) - well, if you change you're mind, feel free to join in! :-)

    Nymeth - I'm sorry you'll be so busy, but it sounds like you'll be having a fun summer!

    Rhinoa - Is that a yes? Think of it as books you were going to read anyway. Try doing a blogsearch.google.com for the review - I've done that to try to figure out some of mine. Let me know for sure and I'll add you to the sidebar. :-)

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  14. Sheesh. Like I need any more challenges!! But at this point, it's hopeless to resist!! I'll probably be posting a list later on this week!!

    You rock Darla!!

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  15. Stephanie - Yay! Glad to have you! :-D

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  16. This is a great inititative. But er - sometimes I forget where I read that certain special review. ;p

    You guys have fun. I'm not reading that much recently, so I'll have to skip it for now.

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  17. Dark Orpheus - I know what you mean! I think the whole idea came for the challenge when I started keeping notes about where I'd read what, just so I'd remember to go back and thank the reviewer once I finished the book (if I liked it). Then as my list grew and grew, I thought it might be fun to include other people!

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  18. Yeah go on add me. I will do my best to read 8 even though my reading schedule is already busting! I made a tentative list today and will post it up by the end of the week. I can always change it as I go along if something else takes my fancy, but I am trying to get through books I already have.

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  19. Great! You know I was counting on you, you challenge addict! :-D

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  20. What a good idea for a challenge! I'd love to join in. Thanks Darla, off to put your challenge button on my blog.

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  21. Welcome, Bellezza - I'm glad you're joining!

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  22. I'm interested in joining, too. There's so many books that I wouldn't have discovered if I hadn't started blogging.

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  23. Reader Rabbit - Great! Glad to have you. I'll add your link to the sidebar.

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  24. Just to let you know I read my first book for this challenge last night in bed and loved it. Not sure if you want us to let you know our progress or not. I even managed to track down the two links that inspired me to read it :)

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  25. Rhinoa - Yes! I love to know your progress. I thought I'd keep a list of irresistible review books from the challenge, so I'll start that right now! I'm off to read your review first...

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  26. This is a great idea, and I already have two books that I am reading that fit the bill. I love finding out what other people are reading and what they think of books.

    I would love to participate, though now I have to remember where I saw those reviews among the many book blogs I keep up with.

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  27. Great, Serena - glad to have you! I'll add your link to the sidebar. Can't wait to read your reviews!

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  28. Oh, this sounds interesting! Reading might help me relax between all the summer projects I'll be working on over the next two months. Please sign me up if it's not too late. =)

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  29. This is my first review for the challenge:

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/05/polysyllabic-spree.html

    Thanks for hosting it.

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  30. Deepa - welcome to the challenge! Of course it's not too late. :-) I'll add you to the list!

    Serena - wow, that was fast! Thanks for the link - I'll add it to the sidebar list. Now I'm off to read your review...

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  31. Deepa - I can't link to your page because I guess you need a facebook account. Or should I just put your link and people who have accounts can see it? Is that where you'll post your reviews? Let me know, and I'll link to wherever you want (unless you don't want me to). Thanks!

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  32. I accept your challenge. Can these revies also be ones that were found from WASHINGTONPOST.COM, NEWYORKTIMES.COM, etc?

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  33. Margot - The challenge is supposed to be for reviews you find on other book blogs, so that you can link to them and have fun that way. But if you find an irresistible review elsewhere, that's fine too! I'm adding you to the list - and welcome to the blogosphere! :-D

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  34. Thanks for adding the first link.

    Deepa---I have a facebook account and if you are going to write reviews there, I would gladly read them.

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  35. I just read my first book for the challenge, Stone Creek. Here's my review ... are you compiling a list somewhere?

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  36. Great, Heather - thanks for the link! I've been putting a list of books read on the sidebar of my blog. I've noticed some people start new blogs for a particular challenge, with permissions to challenge participants - do you think that's worth doing? I've never hosted a challenge before, so I'm open to suggestions!

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  37. It'll definitely be a challege but I'm game. Looking forward to starting.

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  38. Yay, Book Junkie - glad to have you! I'll add you to the sidebar. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews!

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  39. Great! Thanks, Heather - I've added it to the sidebar.

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  40. I'm in! I've found lots of great books from other book bloggers. My list is here.

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  41. Glad to have you with us, Callista - thanks for joining! I'll be looking forward to reading your reviews.

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  42. Here's another of my books for this challenge. Onto the next one.

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/06/if-you-were-talking-baboon.html

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  43. Darla - Here are two more of my reviews. Thanks!

    http://fuzzycricket.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/163-irresistible-nobodys-princess-by-esther-friesner/
    and
    http://fuzzycricket.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/162-irresistible-the-blue-girl-by-charles-de-lint/

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  44. Here's another link for the challenge...

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/06/blind-submission.html

    Thanks for hosting the challenge. It's been fun.

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  45. Thanks for the links, Rachael and Serena - I've added them to the list!

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  46. Darla - Thanks for adding those links. When you get a minute (or many minutes) here's another review. Thanks so much for keeping this organized!

    http://fuzzycricket.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/175-irresistible-the-penelopiad-by-margaret-atwood/

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  47. Great! I've added it. I enjoyed your review!

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  48. Yay for all those reviews! We finally posted one of our own.
    The link is right here

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  49. Great! I've added it to the list. Thanks for letting me know!

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  51. Here's another review link for the challenge!

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/07/haunted-is-not-word-that-comes-to-mind.html

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  52. I am on a roll for this challenge; Here's another link:

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/07/intricately-braided-family-quilt.html

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  53. I have 3 more books to go for this challenge! I am almost complete. yippee!

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  54. We've read our second book for the challenge! :)

    The link is here

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  55. Here's another book review for the challenge. I have two more to go.

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/07/austenland-theme-park-for-rich.html

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  56. Thanks, RR2 and Serena - I've added links to your reviews!

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  57. Here's my 7th book review for the challenge...only one more to go!

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/07/more-than-stolen-books.html

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  58. Darla - Here's my latest review, WICKED LOVELY. Thanks!

    http://fuzzycricket.wordpress.com/2008/07/14/196-irresistible-wicked-lovely-by-melissa-marr/

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  59. Here's another review link. Thanks!

    http://fuzzycricket.wordpress.com/2008/07/22/irresistible-the-journal-of-curious-letters-by-james-dashner/

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  60. Serena - wow, you're almost there! Thanks.

    Rachel - you sure are on a roll!

    Thank you both for the links - I will update the list.

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  61. Here's my final book for the challenge:

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/07/to-adore.html

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  62. oops...that was book seven...i have book eight still in the works. lol I am all over the place today!

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  63. I completed the challenge today. Here's my post listing all the books with all the links to reviews, etc.

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  64. I finished the challenge on the flight to Boston last week. Here's the review that I finally got to post today:

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/08/baby-proof-not-bulletproof.html

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  65. That was surely fun. And now I've completed the challenge. Here is my final review! Thanks so much, Darla.

    http://fuzzycricket.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/irresistible-the-book-of-lost-things-by-john-connolly/

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  66. Rachael, Serena and Becky - Congratulations on finishing the challenge! It's been so much fun reading all your reviews. I will get the links up as soon as I can (August has been crazy-busy for me, and I'm so behind!), and I will also do a wrap-up post with everyone's titles and links, etc.

    Thanks so much for participating!

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