Sarah Dessen Mini Challenge ~ Completed!

Another completed challenge!  Last year I read great reviews about Sarah Dessen.  So when I learned about this mini-challenge, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to discover a new author.  Ms. Dessen is a fantastic author and I see why many readers (both young adult and adult) are drawn to her.  I’m looking forward to reading more of her novels.  Here’s what I read for this mini-challenge:

My list:

  1. Just Listen
  2. Lock and Key

2009 Mini-Challenges

Wendy is hosting again the mini-challenges through the Yahoo Group – A Novel Challenge.  You don’t have to be a member of the group to participate, however I would encourage you to join as this is a good group of dedicated readers!  The challenge is from January 1 – December 31, 2009.  The rules can be found here.

Here are the 12 challenges:

  1. Read a collection of short stories and either blog about it, OR tell the group about what you read.
  2. Read a play. Blog about it, OR tell the group about your experience.
  3. Read a nonfiction book; write a review on your blog or post it to the group.
  4. Read 2 essays from the same collection; write a review on your blog or tell the group about what you read.
  5. Go to a book event; blog about it or tell the group about it.
  6. Borrow a library book, read it and review it on your blog (or tell the group about it).
  7. Read a book by a new to you author. Do a little research on the author…do they have a blog? How many books have they written? Have they won any prizes? Where do they live? etc… Blog about the book you read and the author OR tell the group about them.
  8. Make a donation. You can either donate to an organization that supports reading OR make a physical donation of a book (or books) to ANYONE. Blog about it or tell the group what you did.
  9. Promote literacy. This is wide open – use your imagination. You could give a child a book, or read a book to someone who cannot read, or volunteer at an event which promotes literacy, or donate to your local library, or write something on your blog with a link to a group which promotes literacy, or anything in between.  The only rule with this one is that you must PROMOTE literacy in some way…
  10. Participate in a buddy read or Group discussion. This can be a face to face group, an on-line group or a one on one discussion with a friend who read the same book. Either way, blog about your experience or share with the group. Did the discussion give you greater appreciation or insight into what you read?
  11. Read a book outside your comfort level or from a genre you don’t normally read. Blog about it, or tell the group about it.
  12. Read a classic (defined as anything published before 1970). Tell us why it fits the category of being a classic. Write a review or tell the group about the book.

I’m not sure if I’ll track my progress on this blog, my main blog or both.  I’ll decide as I complete each mini-challenge.