November 23, 2011

My Reading Challenges

In the past weeks a lot of different reading challenges have popped up across the blogosphere. Why not present you with two of my own?

Dean Koontz Reading Challenge

No matter if you haven't read a book by him before or whether you know them all, this challenge is for both newbies as well as fans. It doesn't matter whether it's his latest novel or a re-read, every book with Dean's name on it counts! I'm a huge fan of Dean Koontz, so in my case it will be mostly re-reading, preferably of older books. If you should need some recommendations, don't hesitate to ask. And here's a little helper: Dean Koontz Book List

3 Books - Odd Thomas' Mailman

6 Books - Odd Thomas' Neighbor (this will be the one I'm settling for)

9 Books - Odd Thomas' Best Friend

12 Books or more - Odd Thomas' Stalker

If all this talk about Odd Thomas confuses you, I suggest you start the challenge by reading the respective novel!

To sign up, please read the general rules below! Then post about the challenge on your blog, including the button above, and don't forget to link back to the Dean Koontz Reading Challenge page on my blog!

Tea & Books Reading Challenge

This challenge was inspired by C.S. Lewis' famous words, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

You better settle in with a large cup of tea, because in this challenge you will only get to read ... wait for it ... books with more than 700 pages. I'm deadly serious. We all have a few of those tomes on our shelves and somehow the amount of pages often prevents us from finally picking them up. You may choose novels only, no short story collections or anthologies, and in case you're trying a short cut by picking large print editions of a book, well I'm sorry, those do not qualify for this challenge! Let's battle those tomes that have been collecting dust on our shelves, so no re-reads, please!

2 Books - Chamomile Lover

4 Books - Berry Tea Devotee

6 Books - Earl Grey Aficionado (this will be the one I'll try)

8 or more Books - Sencha Connoisseur

To sign up, please read the general rules below! Then post about the challenge on your blog, including the button above, and don't forget to link back to the Tea & Books Reading Challenge page on my blog!


RULES for both challenges

Anyone may join. Just leave a comment on the Reading Challenge page of your choice (of course you may join both challenges) with the following info:
Name / Blog (if you have one) / Chosen Level

I'll comprise a list with everyone and add it to the Challenge page!

Updates on the challenges will be posted on a regular basis and you may then comment with your own progress.

The challenges will take place between January 1st and December 31st 2012.

You can join any time between now and early 2012.

You have to pick a level, though you may "upgrade" to the next one at any time. In this case just drop me a line, so I can change your previous level.

You don't need to list your books ahead of time, though I won't object if you do. I'm definitely curious about your book choices for these challenges.

The books you choose may crossover into other challenges.

Both physical and eBooks are allowed, though personally I feel that especially the Tea & Books Reading Challenge is more fun with real books.

Reviews of the books read are not mandatory.

If you have any questions, please comment below!


  1. I love the tea and books challenge! I am a heavy tea drinker, so I may try this challenge, although next year my final paper is due, so I won't be reading as much as I use to, but I already have two "heavy" books on my shelf, so I will join in!
    Have you considered joining my challenge in February? :)

  2. You're crazy! I was about to sign up for Tea and Books to get through some of those scary tomes that I already have but then I checked and all but The Passage are under 700! I do have some Dean Koontz on the TBR so might sign up for that one instead.

  3. Crazy, huh? Maybe a little, but also in the possession of several such tomes, haha!
    BTW "The Passage" is a good start :-D in fact it is one of my own choices for this challenge! Maybe you find another 700+ book in your book stacks, after all it only takes two to do the Chamomile Lover level ;-) !