November 25, 2012

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."

Welcome to the second edition of the TEA & BOOKS Reading Challenge! Once again, you better settle in with a large cup of tea, because in this challenge you will only get to read ... books with more than 650 pages!

Here goes ...

You may pick both fiction and non fiction books!

Contrary to last year short story collections, anthologies or collected works in one volume are now allowed!

Re-reads will now also be ok (though preferably you should read one of those unread tomes that have been collecting dust on your shelves)!

Last year you had to read 700+ pages but I reduced this to 650+ for 2013 (and no, this is not further negotiable)!

And as a little incentive - books with more than 1.200 pages will count for two books (so theoretically you can read four such super-chunksters to reach the Sencha Connoisseur level)!

Last but not least - no large print editions of a book, please!

Are you ready? Go ahead and pick your level!

2 Books - Chamomile Lover

4 Books - Berry Tea Devotee

6 Books - Earl Grey Aficionado

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 my blog or directly to this blog post which will be the main sign-up page now (I'd ask to link back to the TEA & BOOKS Reading Challenge page but Blogger is acting up and won't allow me to publish any new pages - apparently a known problem for some time now)!

Non-Bloggers may of course sign up as well for the challenge - no sign-up post needed!

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RULES

To sign up, all you have to do is fill out the FORM!

To view the list of all participants go HERE.

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

The challenge will take place between January 1st and December 31st 2013.

You can join any time between now and early 2013.

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 the challenge.

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!

46 comments:

  1. OMG-- good challenge! I need to look at my bare bookshelf to see if I have books 650pages or more :)

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    1. Oh I'm sure you'll find one or two such heavy tomes. And if you don't you can always buy them *lol*.

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    2. Drats. 2 of my fattest books are still 100 pages short. Grr...

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  2. So exciting! I'll probably be back at a lower level. I'm restricting all of the challenge books I read to a much lower number this year so I'm less stressed (even though I'll be done with all my challenges in the next 2-3 weeks leaving me some breathing room).

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    1. To be honest, I signed up for a lower level this year - four books, that's it. And no matter which level you decide to sign on for, I'll be happy to see you again in this challenge!

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  3. What a wonderful year long challenge! I've been wanting to re-read Les Miserables and this is just perfect!

    Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Happy to have you on board!
      Now that's one fat tome and if memory serves me right it's got enough pages to count for two books!

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  4. I signed up for this in 2012 but gave it up almost at once for family reasons. I'd love to give this one more try next year at the very first level -- chamomile lover. Will get to the sign ups in a day or two. :)

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    1. It'd be great to have you join again!

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  5. Yay awesome challenge! I just bought 2 proper tomes and I have that damn Shantaram somewhere in the room, so this'll be good for me. Although I may read the tomes before 2013 - who has time to wait? I'll sign up when I've decided how many I want to go for. Would green tea be like 7 books? It's all I drink ;)

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    1. Who has time for reading heavy tomes in December!? Not me, anyway, ha. I suggest you save 'em all up for the challenge next year!

      P.S.: Hey, I love green tea too!

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    2. Well, since I'm back at uni my xmas hols may be the only proper reading time I'll get. We shall see, I still have Mr Proust to finish... Yeah, I signed up for 8 books since the Russians love writing long novels and just I can't stay away from them. I think I have about 5 in mind already, but I'll present them in my blog post.

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    3. I have enough tomes to attempt the highest level myself, but looking at how much I managed to read for the challenge this year, namely four books, I decided to start slowly next year. After all, I can always upgrade! Maybe ...

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  6. Oh how cool is this? I was just talking to my best friend the other day and telling her I had never read such a thick book as these. I have tons and tons of books I can look through. I saw that Jennifer S. mentioned Les Miserables. That is actually one we had dicussed. How funny! I am going to go for the Berry Tea Devotee (4 books). I am really going to tackle this head on. Then have a cup of tea! Thank you for hosting this. I am really looking forward to it!

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    1. Welcome on board! And it's true, the only way to tackle these tomes is by holding onto a huge mug of tea!

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  7. Are unabridged audiobooks allowed, assuming the print version meets the minimum page requirement?

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    1. Good question. As long as the print edition would be 650+ pages I'll say YES. Just don't skip the hot tea, that's not negotiable! ;-)

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    2. No problem, Birgit! I want to tackle a few more books in the Outlander series, and they exceed the minimum 650 page count.

      Don't worry, I won't skip the tea. I'm a tea-lover as well!

      Thanks for hosting!

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  8. Count me in with two tomes: Wolf Hall and The Passions of the mind, my two books with over 650 pages... I also have Shantaram in mind, which I started 2 years ago and did not finish, so we'll see about the total number :)

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    1. Yay, good to have you back again, Ally! It's so much more fun when you know that you're not the only one tackling such heavy books - it certainly motivates!

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  9. Thanks Birgit! I just need time to write about these challenges :)

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  10. This is an awesome challenge! Something that actually challenges us! I love that quote by CS Lewis, its one of my favorite quotes ever, and I totally agree with him!

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  11. This is a great challenge. I started last week going through my books and trying to read one, once a week before bedtime. Only time it is quiet around here. We have them all by alphabetical order by author and 9 bookcases full. Some we have read but many we haven't. I am in the "A's" and a long long way to go. I quit buying and going to the public library.

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  12. Birgit, I have been trying to delete line 14 as I made mistakes and redid it on line 15. I got on Google and followed their directions to delete the line, but when I went back and hit your "FORM" link, the line wasn't deleted. Please delete line 14 for me as I misunderstood how to fill out the form the first time around. I couldn't send you an email because you have a no blog reply site. Please write back and let me know what to do. Thank you.

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  13. I was just wondering, how do ebooks count? I have a feeling the pages differ from device to device. Or should I go by the Goodreads page counts?

    ^_^

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    1. Good question. Just go by the page count of the physical book on Goodreads and you're all set.

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  14. Just signed up! :-D I'm excited for next year. I've signed up for a lower level, but who knows what will happen.

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  15. Great idea! Just signed up for the maximum level! I like good tea and big books)

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    1. Now that's the kind of attitude I want to see more of in this challenge! Happy reading!

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  16. I enjoyed the 2012 challenge, so am going to try it again--at a much lower level though! Thanks for hosting this again, and for lowering the minimum page count a bit.

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    1. Happy to have you back and hey, I am going for a lower level too this year! After all, with tomes like these even baby steps are giant leaps!

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  17. I saw this challange this morning and I am going to participate as well. I am going for 2 books, since I am sure I can complete the challange then, and if I go for more books I am afraid I will not complete them.

    Looking forward to see what books everybody will choose and how everybody will do during this challange.

    kind regards,

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    1. It's great to have you on board, Bettina! Happy reading!

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  18. Ooh as a tea addict this sounds like the perfect challenge for me! Count me in, form-filling and posting now :-) Think I'll start small and work my way up though...

    Sarah

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    1. Welcome to the challenge and trust me there is nothing "small" even about the first level in this challenge! ;-)

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  19. Hi! I'm onboard as well-- Samantha / herdingthedragon.blogspot.com / 2 Books. I'll probably get more, but better to start low and see how high I can go!

    ~:D

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    1. Thanks for joining! Have fun with your tomes and ohhh ... I saw you signed up for both of my challenges, woohoo!

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  20. Great challenge...I have a few books that are quite long that I've been reluctant to pick up in the past. Now I have a reason to read them!

    Thanks for hosting!

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  21. I'm in (againg!) thanks for hosting!
    I'm a Chamomile Lover as in 2012! ^_^

    Valentina
    www.peekabook.it

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  22. Aww tea and a reading challenge! how could I possibly resist! I signe up for the first level - I love Earl Grey most, but I'm not even sure if I have two such big books, what's left for more! but i will find lol.

    I will make my sign up post soon... Thanks for hosting!

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  23. Just saw this challenge mentioned on another blog and I'm signing up a bit late :) My goal is to read 4 books for the challenge-can't wait to get started!

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  24. A bit late, but I think I can still do it! I'm working my way through the 200 books on the 2003 BBC Big Read list, which includes a number of chunky books. I've signed up to read Les Mis this year, which I think counts for two (does it count for 3 if I read it in French? ;) ) and maybe Ulysses as well, although I'm half-hoping that doesn't happen. But it is on the list...

    Here's my other challenge: http://www.elizabethbagwell.me.uk/big-read/

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  25. Hi! I joined your reading challenge in early Jan. I couldn't remember the level I signed up for so I went to the list of participants and I didn't see my name. I would like to sign up for Chamomile Level. If I am lucky, I will be able to level up. Could you please put me on the list? Thank you so much!

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    1. Oh, that's weird! Did you fill out the form back then or simply commented here (I found your comment further above)? Either way, I've added you to the list now! :-)

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