Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Birth Year Reading Challenge 2018


It's baaaaack! After being resurrected in 2017, the Birth Year Reading Challenge returns, raring to go for another year.

What makes this challenge different from the others out there? In a word: PRIZES! Here at the Hotchpot Cafe, everybody wins.

Special thanks to Steven Depolo for permission to use his photo!

BIRTH YEAR READING CHALLENGE

What books were published the year you were born? This challenge encourages you to find out, and then read some of them. You might even draw some conclusions about what was going on in the literary world that year.

Wikipedia and GoodReads.com have lists of books by year published. Literary prize lists are a great source, and searching “best books of ______” will also give you interesting results. (Feel free to comment and suggest other sources!)

Ready to join? Leave a comment and/or a link to your post, with your reading list. I promise no snarky comments will be made about your age.

RULES

1. Join anytime before March 1, 2018. The challenge ends at midnight EST on December 31, 2018.

2. If you're a prior participant in the BYRC and have already mined out the books from your birth year, you may substitute the birth year of a close family member as your year of choice. One year per participant per challenge, please.

3. Books may come from your TBR pile or list, but they don’t have to.

4. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed and encouraged.

5. Change your book list at any time.

6. Reviews and reactions are encouraged, but you don’t need to have a blog to participate.

7. All genres and formats are eligible. If it’s a book, it counts. But for the book to count toward the Grand Prize and the Barnburner Prize, it must be 100 or more pages long.

8. One candle is awarded for each qualifying book you read. There is no limit on how few or how many candles you can earn.

9. Candles will be tracked at a “headquarters page” in the sidebar.

10. After you sign up, tell your friends! A sign-up post on your own blog would be very nice. Feel free to borrow the button for display on your blog, also.

PRIZES

When you meet your reading goal, you can select a book from my library–most likely an ex-library hardcover or a gently used trade paperback (a list will be provided)–and I’ll mail it to you. But keep reading because . . .

GRAND PRIZE

On January 1, 2019, the three readers who’ve earned the most candles will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card from Amazon. You can be the kid in the candy store, and I can be the parent who foots the bill!

BARNBURNER PRIZE

The reader with the most candles on January 1, 2019, will receive a special customized prize package tailored to their reading interests.   

Are you in? Welcome! Please sign up by leaving a message in the comments, with your reading list or link.

Participants, progress, and review links will be posted on the 2018 Progress & Reviews page.

38 comments:

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    1. Welcome back, Bev! You're so prompt with your list and all. Thanks for joining again.

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  2. This sounds great! I've been collecting (amassing might be a better term) books first published in English (in their respective countries) during the year 1945. I've identified a little over 170, and have obtained 98 for my library, but I have read probably less than half of them! So this challenge will be my spur to dig into those I own, and to obtain even more.

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    1. Hi, Russell, and welcome! What a great idea for a collection. It sounds like you have lots of interesting books to choose from for this challenge. I love reading my year (1959)--often a kinder, gentler time.

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  3. I shall return! I didn't read many this year, but I had already made up my mind to continue on my own in 2018. The Gladys book I'm reading through next October was published in 'my' year, so there's at least one for next year! I'll do a post soon. Thanks.

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you're returning, Nan, and look forward to seeing your choices for this year. How nice that you already have a head start!

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    2. I just can't do it. Sorry. I'm not going to sign up for any challenges this year. But thank you for offering.

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    3. No worries, Nan. I understand it's not for everyone and hope you enjoy your reading freedom this year!

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  5. I'm going to try this one.
    http://jannghi.blogspot.com/2017/12/birth-year-reading-challenge-2018.html

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    1. Welcome, Jamie! I'll bet you have some good books to choose from in 1971. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to read.

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  6. Thanks for bringing it back another year. Will do a sign-up post as soon as I decide whose birth year I want to celebrate.

    Also I am very happy to have finished the Dread and Read challenge. Wrap-up post coming as soon as I write the reviews. Thank you so much for hosting it and wish you'll bring it back for 2018 too.

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    1. I'm glad you're in for another year, Neer! Ditto for the Dread & Read Challenge! I hope you'll enjoy both of them again, and look forward to seeing what books you choose.

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  7. Just seen that you have posted about the 2018 D&R challenge. Yipee. Will soon be signing up for it.

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    1. Yay! Just let me know when you're ready to choose your books!

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  8. Very excited for this! My book list is here, and my official sign-up post will go up on my blog in January.

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    1. Welcome, keslei! I'm glad you've decided to give this challenge a try. Unfortunately, I'm not part of GoodReads so I can't see your list. You're definitely signed up, though.

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    2. Here's a non-Goodreads book list, for those who aren't on there.

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    3. Thank you! Your list is now linked on the progress page. It looks like you'll have a nice variety of genres and subjects, to keep things interesting.

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    4. Yay! You're all set. Happy reading!

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  9. I love reading challenges and I was born in an eventful year, 1968. I will be logging on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/16265588-erin-joi?shelf=2018-birth-year-reading-challenge

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    1. Oh, I forgot to mention that I don't have a blog, but can send in a screenshot of my list for check-ins.

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    2. Hello and welcome, Erin-Joi. I'm glad you've joined this challenge! Unfortunately, I'm not part of Goodreads so I can't see your list, but that's no problem. Just update me as you go along, okay? (And I agree, 1968 is a huge year!)

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  10. Hi, I would like to participate this year. My name is Kimberly. My year is 1991. https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/42922540-kimberly-cameron?shelf=birth-year-reading-challenge-2018

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    1. Hi, Kimberly, and welcome! I can't see your list on Goodreads, but you're welcome to participate with 1991. Update me as you go along, okay?

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  11. I'm in! I've just discovered this challenge, I really don't know what was published in 1973, but I'm curious :-D
    I have a blog https://quattropassisullenuvole.blogspot.it/2017/12/birth-year-reading-challenge-2018.html (sorry, it's written in Italian only)

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    1. Welcome, goldmoon! How exciting to have you participating all the way from Italy! Good luck finding your books from 1973 and please keep updating your progress, so I can light your candles.

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  12. Hello!! My name is Melody and I love love love to read. I would love to be a part of this challenge. However, I cannot find a specific list for my year, 2000. I have just been selecting them obe by one. What would be the best way to update you on my progress???

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    1. Hi, Melody! Welcome to the BYRC! If you need more book ideas, here's a list I found on Wikipedia containing some excellent choices: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_in_literature.

      You can put your list in the comments here, and then as you finish each one please let me know in the comments for the Progress & Reviews page, http://hotchpotcafe.blogspot.com/2017/12/birth-year-reading-challenge-2018_6.html. Hope that helps!

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  13. Hey!
    I'm so excited! Here's my signup post: https://bookishowlette.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/2k18-challenges/

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    1. Hi, Bookish Owl! Welcome to the BYRC! So glad you've joined in! I've added your name and link, so you're all set. If/when you do another post with your book list, please let me know and I'll update your info, okay?

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  14. Hi! I.. failed hard at this challenge last year, but I'm determined to give it a proper shot this year as I think this is a really cool idea for a challenge. My year's 1990, and my list is here.

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    1. Hello and well met, James! I'm glad you've decided to give this another go. We don't judge here at the cafe; we just concentrate on having fun!

      It looks like 1990 was a good year to choose books from--you've quite a variety ahead of you! I can't wait to hear about them.

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  15. Hello, I'm so glad I found you. I was born in 1945. I'm anxious to see what was published that year. I haven't begun to research this.

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    1. Hi, Linda, and welcome to the BYRC! I hope you enjoy researching your special year and I look forward to seeing what you choose to read for the challenge. Keep me posted, okay?

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  16. I will be joining this challenge, I found amazing books published in 1983, and here's the list I came up with:
    https://duranteelconticinio.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/my-birth-year-reading-challenge-2018/

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    1. Hi, Tania! I'm glad to have you along for the BYRC, and I appreciate your enthusiasm for the books from your birth year. I hope they will keep your reading habit going strong.

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