Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Challenges

As a person who enjoys a challenge, I've decided to take on THREE. 
Here they are: 

LGBT Challenge hosted by: Niji Feels
For this challenge, you pick a level.
I'm an Omnivorous Bookglutton. (10+ LGBT books from any genre.) I take that as, if it has LGBT in it, it's good enough for me. 

The Details:
  • The challenge runs from 1 January through 31 December 2015
  • Like last year, each month there will be a mini challenge/theme/list/thingy
  • This year, there is no form/genre restriction (you can read whatever you want – young adult, new adult, adult, erotica, nonfiction, manga – as long as its LGBT)
  • And the LGBT in the challenge’s name does not mean just LGBT, you can read any book that falls under the L(esbian) G(ay) B(isexual) T(ransexual) T(ransgender) Q(ueer) Q(uestioning) I(ntersex) A(sexual)+ spectrum
  • There will be link ups throughout the year (but the setup is going to be a little different from last year)
  • All formats (print books, ebooks, audiobooks, comics) are eligible
  • Books can overlap with other challenges 
I'm not a major LGBT reader. I am a supporter, though, and perhaps a member. (Questioning, dear readers. I am Cecil without knowing he likes Carlos.) 


Dive into Diversity Reading Challenge
Hosted by: Rather Be Reading
I am Asian American. And questioning. And atheist. I am a minority in some cases. (Minority in the USA, folks. Not Asia.) I am one of those people. I live in a diverse world. This should not be hard for many to admit, but it is. 
I want to branch out from the majority and read more of the minority. 

the details.

Dive Into Diversity officially kicks off on January 1, 2015 and will run through December 31. Each month, Rebecca and RBR will publish a diverse post  with a Linky. Simply add a review or post you wrote about diverse books to the Linky, and that’s it!

what does diverse mean exactly?

We loved this explanation from the We Need Diverse Books Tumblr: “We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

the good stuff.

There are no numbers of books associated with this challenge. Nope. (Though we do hope you challenge yourself to reading at least one diverse book a month.) There is an incentive for those of you who participate each month and also use our hashtag #DiversityDive to spread the word. You know what this means… giveaways and more.


Hosted by: All About Books

As a world-class traveler (not) and a fan of different cultures, I am excited for this one. I love traveling. Always have. I've been to London and parts of Asia. I've explored the Great Wall (thrown snowballs down it as well.) I've been to Greenwich and seen the line that divides the world. I've seen a lot.
But I haven't read a lot. 
My books are mostly based in these amazing (or not) United States. 
I want to branch out and read more.
This challenge will help me do that.

If you want to participate all you have to do is:
  • Create a google map
    (A google map is optional. If you have some other map you can embed, you can use that one of course!)
  • Embed that map somewhere on your blog
  • Grab the button if you want and link to this challenge
  • Enter the link to your blog post/page with the map
  • Optional: choose one or more of the mini-challenges listed below

The “Rules”:
  • There is no start and/or end date for when to join the challenge (latest date to enter a link is Dec 31th, 2015)
  • A book counts if you’ve read it in 2015 (= started AND finished in 2015), no matter when you joined the challenge
  • If characters travel to different places in the book, every place counts
    Tip: you can connect places on a google map! ;)
  • One book can count for multiple mini challenges
The mini-challenges:
These mini-challenges are optional! The main goal is just to have a map full of dots that are hopefully spread all over the world. Some of these mini-challenges are rather easy, others not so much. For some you can set your own goal of books you want to read.
  • Read one book for each continent
  • Read one book for each state in the US
  • Read one book for each ocean (the character travels across the ocean, no matter how)
  • The mountaineering challenge: climb the Seven Summits
  • Three Poles Challenge: visit North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest
  • Visit a certain number of extreme points of Earth
  • Read a certain number of books set in capital cities 
  • Read a certain number of books set in at least 5 different places (e.g. road trip books)
  • Read a certain number of books that are set in two places from different continents
  • Read a certain number of books within a 100km/1.5 Mile radius of where you live
  • Visit a certain number of the most famous landmarks in the world
  • A to Z challenge: Find a place for each letter in the alphabet
  • Visit a certain number of countries.
  • Read books from authors from a certain number of different countries.
  • Read a certain number of books set in places you’ve visited yourself.

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