Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Welcome and Guidelines for Participation

In early January of 2007, I decided to challenge myself to read 20 books from the New York Times Most Notable Book list. It started as a personal challenge and grew to include many other readers with the same ambition. A group blog was developed where participants in the challenge developed challenge lists and posted reviews of the books they read. Some lively discussions have ensued! Because of the enthusiastic response to that challenge, I decided to expand things a bit. For those of you wanting to continue challenging yourselves to read from the NYT Most Notable Lists - this is now the official challenge blog for that challenge!

The Notable Books Blog will include notable book lists from a variety of sources (not just the New York Times). Notable book lists will begin with 2007 lists. Please leave a comment on this post if you find other interesting most notable lists!

Although there will be no formal challenge guidelines, participants to this blog will be encouraged to challenge themselves to read books from the lists and post reviews to this blog. Cross posting to personal blogs is permitted (and encouraged!).

The "rules" are simple.
  1. Sign up by posting a comment to this post with your email address. You will then be invited to join the blog. **Please note, to protect the privacy of your email address I will delete your comment as soon as I send you the invitation to join.
  2. Please only post reviews about notable books listed on the blog
  3. Label your posts this way: using your name and the list name (example: Wendy, 2007 NYT Most Notable). Please do not use the title of the book in your labels. To search for reviews on specific books, please use the Blogger Search feature in the upper left hand corner of the blog.
  4. You create your own reading list; there is no minimum number of books to read. Feel free to substitute out books on your list or change your list to meet your personal reading needs and goals.
  5. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed.

100 comments:

Think Pink Dana said...

well i SO OBVIOUSLY need another blog to post to! **LEAPS IN WITH BOTH FEET**

Pour of Tor said...

I'm in (of course!) (You know my address already, I think :) )

Laura said...
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Wendy said...

I love you guys - I can always count on you to jump in with both feet and tons of enthusiasm.

What design, Laura!??! *laughing*

Rachel said...

Can I join? sans blog


Rachel D.

Wendy said...

Rachel, You are welcome to use the lists here to formulate your own personal challenge - because the challenge is personal, you aren't required to keep a blog list or post reviews. BUT, you do not need your own blog to join this one and post your thoughts/reviews and challenge lists. If you want me to add you, just let me know.

Rachel said...

Yes, thank you Wendy!


Rachel D.

Wendy said...

Rachel - I sent you an invitation to your email you have with the Yahoo group - hope that's okay :)

sally906 said...

Like I don't need another blog - but I would feel so left out if I wasn't part of it :)

Hoo Roo

Sally

Jill said...
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Wendy said...

Sally and Jill - Thanks for joining us! Invitations were sent to you this morning :)

Amy said...

Wendy,

I don't really need another blog either but think of all the good books I would miss out on if I weren't here. Please add me!!

mks said...
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Borrego said...

Hi, I liked your page.

Katluvr said...

I would love to join this challenge! I already spotted a couple of books that are in my TBR pile.

Wendy said...

Katluvr - If you send me your email address I can send you an invitation to contribute to the blog with reviews, etc... you can "conceal" your email from spammers by writing it the way Laura did in the third comment down on this page! Glad you'll be joining us :)

Lisa said...

Hi Wendy,
I am a newbie, I would like to join can I?

Happy Reading
Lisa

raidergirl3 said...
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Wendy said...

raidergirl: I sent you your invitation this afternoon :)

Lisa: Would love to have you! Let me know your email address and I'll send you an invitation :)

Stephanie said...
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Athena said...
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Wendy said...

Stephanie and Athena - I sent out your invitations today!

Please note everyone - in an effort to protect your email privacy, I am deleting comments with email addresses in them once I've sent your invitation :)

Judith said...
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Lisa said...
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Wendy said...

Judith and Lisa - I sent your invitations this morning :)

Eleanor said...
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Dewey said...
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Wendy said...

Dewey, I sent you your invite tonight :)

pussreboots said...
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Wendy said...

pussreboots: That was a strange email you provided! Anyway, I took out the "pair" and sent you an invite. If you don't get it, come back and give me your email address again!

Joy said...

Hi Wendy! I'm interested in joining again. I couldn't resist and already put a list up. :) I'm not sure if you need my address. Let me know if you do.

Thanks for hosting!

Wendy said...

Hi Joy - Yup, I'll need your email to send you an invite. If you post it here, I will delete it as soon as I send you your invitation :)

maria said...

I'd like to join the group blog. Please include me!

Joy said...
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Wendy said...

Joy: I sent your invite tonight.

Maria: Would LOVE to include you...please send me your email address and I'll invite you to the blog. Thanks :)

Sherri said...
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Wendy said...

Sherri, I sent your invitation tonight :) Glad you'll be joining us.

Pam said...
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Wendy said...

Pam your invite went out this morning :) Glad to see you joining us!

Kara said...
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Wendy said...

kara, your invite went out this evening :) Welcome aboard!

~nsr~ said...

Hi, I'm interested to join!

Wendy said...

nsr: Would LOVE to have you join. Please provide me with your email address so I can send you an invitation!

~nsr~ said...
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Wendy said...

Your invite went out this morning, nsr :)

Maria said...

Count me in!

Wendy said...

Glad to have you Maria. If you want to contribute to the blog, please send me your email address :) Thanks!

samantha.1020 said...
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Wendy said...

Glad to have you here, Samantha - I sent your invitation tonight!

J.C. Montgomery said...
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Wendy said...

J.C. Your invitation went out tonight! Welcome!

Karen said...
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Wendy said...

Glad to have you here, Karen! I sent your invitation this evening :)

Jenifer said...
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Wendy said...

Welcome to the challenge, Jenifer! I sent your invite out tonight

Tami said...

Sounds like fun. Count me in.

Wendy said...

Would love to have you join us, Tami! Please send me your email address if you'd like an invitation to this blog :)

Tami said...
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Tami said...
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Wendy said...

No problem, Tami! Thanks for joining us. I sent your invitation today.

Amanda said...
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Wendy said...

Amanda, It's never too late!!! I sent your invitation tonight :)

Maria said...
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Wendy said...

Ah, there you are Maria! Thanks for coming back - I sent your invitation tonight.

Tina said...

Is it too late to join this challenge. I see many books I am interested in reading. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

Wendy said...

Tina, It is never too late! Would love to have you join. If you send me your email address (put it in the comments here), I'll send you an invitation to join the blog. I delete the email addresses from the comments as soon as I send off your invitation so it will preserve your privacy :)

Phoebe said...

I see that this challenge is still open so here I am...trying to challenge myself with some more aware-winning books.

Wendy said...

Tina and Phoebe: In order for me to send you an invitation to the blog, I'll need your email addresses. Please post them here and I'll get your invite out ASAP. I always delete those comments with email addresses once I've gotten the address :)

Phoebe said...
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Wendy said...

No problem, Phoebe - you're invite went out tonight :)

Thomas said...
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Wendy said...

Welcome Thomas! I sent your invitation out tonight :)

Tina said...
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Wendy said...

Welcome aboard, Tina :) I just sent you your invitation :)

N.Vasillis said...
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Wendy said...

Vasilly, I sent your invitation tonight :)

Juli said...
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Wendy said...

It's never too late, Juli :) I sent your invitation tonight.

She Became a Butterfly said...

i found you via the tbr challenge!

a friend and i just started a book lovers message board. we'd love for you to join!

eden
http://www.re-told.net

bethany said...

is this it? is this the challenge that I was asking about. So, is it not just NYT notable books, but notable books in general? sounds like one I should be a part of right??
I am just wondering if there is a time line, or if it is a perpetual challenge? thanks so much!

Wendy said...

Ah yes, this is it, Bethany :) We'd love to have you join...I'll send you an invitation. The way it works is that it begins the first of each year and runs to the end of each year...participants get to pick which books from which lists they want to read...no minimum, it is completely individualized.

Pour of Tor said...
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Pour of Tor said...

So detached am I from my activities of a few months ago that I just tried to join the blog again, not realizing that mine was the second comment here! Oh dear, oh dear. Well, I am off to make my list of twelve books, now that the dissertation is turned in and I have a wee bit more time.

Wendy said...

LOL, Ariel :)

katrina said...
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Wendy said...

Welcome Katrina, your invitation went out tonight!

Pam Conti said...

Sounds interesting....is it still active?

Wendy said...

Pam, Yes it is still active :) If you want to join the challenge and post to the blog, simply leave me another comment with your email address and I'll send you an invitation to join!

Pam Conti said...
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Wendy said...

Pam, I just sent your invitation! Welcome aboard :)

Sandra said...

I'd love to this. I will post about it asap and come back and post a link back to this page. Please sign me up. Thank you.

Wendy said...

Sandra, I sent you an invitation to join this blog...it is not a requirement to join the blog, but it is fun :) Just follow the instructions in the email invitation to join.

Prairie Progressive said...
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Wendy said...

Hi Tim! I sent you an invitation to join the blog...make sure you read about the changes for 2009 :)

Deb said...
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Pam said...

If we were in it for 2008, do we need to resign up?

Wendy said...

Pam: you do not have to sign up again...but it would be great if sometime before the end of January you could post a list of possible reads/goals for 2009 (although because the challenge is perpetual, you are not really "held" to that list!).

Cyndi said...
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Wendy said...

Happy to have you, Cyndi! I sent you an invitation to join the blog tonight. I deleted your comment to protect your email from spam :)

J and Z said...

I just found your lovely blog and viewed your profile and found this!! I would love to participate in the reading....let it begin!! Please visit my blog whenever you have the time!

Thank you

Jean