Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Beth Kephart Reading Challenge 2010

Beth Kephart Reading challenge
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Beth Kephart. Beth Kephart the person, Beth Kephart the blogger, and Beth Kephart the author.

I want to read her entire backlist and I know many of you want to read it, or part of it, as well. I decided to host this challenge, the first one being six months long to move us in that direction.

Here are the specifics of the challenge:

Dates: Jan 1, 2010--June 30th, 2010.
Beth Kephart Newbie -- Read one book out of any category. This level is not eligible for the prize.
YA Fan--Read all the books categorized as YA. This level is eligible for the prize.
Memoir Fan--Read all the books categorized as memoir. This level is eligible for the prize.
Mix'n'match--Read any 4 books off the list. This level is eligible for the prize.
Entire Backlist -- Read the entire backlist. Definitely eligible for the prize.

The prize is an ARC of Dangerous Neighbors not due out until the fall!

In order to be eligible for the prize, you must complete the level you choose and link all of your reviews in the review linky that will go up on January 1st.

List of Beth Kephart's Books:

A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage, W.W. Norton, 1998 (Memoir)
Into the Tangle of Friendship: A Memoir of the Things that Matter, Houghton Mifflin, 2000 (Memoir)
Still Love in Strange Places: A Memoir, W.W. Norton, 2002 (Memoir)
Seeing Past Z: Nurturing the Imagination in a Fast-Forward World, W.W. Norton, 2004 (Memoir)
Ghosts in the Garden: Endings, Beginnings, and the Unearthing of Self, New World Library, 2005 (Memoir)
Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River, Temple University Press, 2007 (History)
House of Dance, Laura Geringer Books: HarperTeen, May 2008 (YA)
Undercover, Laura Geringer Books: HarperTeen, 2007 (YA)
Zenobia: The Curious Book of Business, Berrett-Kohler, January 2008 (YA)
"The Longest Distance," in No Such Thing as The Real World, HarperTeen, May 2009 (YA--short story)
Nothing But Ghosts, Laura Geringer Books: HarperTeen June 2009 (YA)
The Heart is Not a Size, HarperTeen, forthcoming, February 2010 (YA)
Dangerous Neighbors, Egmont, Fall 2010

Sounds great huh? Please help me spread the word about one of my favorite authors and join me in this challenge. I'll be reading the entire backlist.

If you want to join, please write a post or mention this challenge in some way on your blog and put the link into Mister Linky. If you don't have a blog, please leave a comment with your level of participation. Once you choose a level of participation, you are expected to stick with it!


Jodie said...

I'm not allowed to join any more challenges (I signed up to a challenge that will keep me from overloading on challenges because I have no willpower of my own) but I do have 'Undercover' so perhaps I will read that in the next 6 months...That will not be me joining the challenge though :)

kate hopper said...

What a wonderful idea, Amy. I'm a huge Beth Kephart fan!

I'm so happy to have found your blog. I'll try to mention this on Mother Words in the next week.

Vasilly said...

You can count me in, Amy! I'm so excited. I have Nothing but Ghosts on my shelves now. I'll try to wait until January to start reading it.

Maya Ganesan said...

I followed you here from Beth's blog and I'm so excited about the challenge! I've read all her YA books, so I'll try to read all her memoirs...I'm sure they're amazing.

Teddy Rose said...

I posted your challenge on A novel Challenge to let people know about it.

Grilsgood said...

I can read 2 books, it is all my library offers, that is if no one steals one before I get to

Sherrie Petersen said...

I already own two of Beth's books which I enjoyed very much. So I can at least do the Mix 'n' Match and read 4 more :)

avisannschild said...

Argh, your blog ate my comment again! A briefer version: I totally want to read Beth's books, but I'm not sure I want to commit to reading all of her memoirs in one year! I might have to try the one-book level though...

S. Krishna said...

I'll be joining at the one book level - I'll include it in my next large challenge sign-up post!

Julie P. said...

I'm in! I evidently needed my cup of coffee before typing because I entered your link instead of mine! Can you please delete Number 11? I seem to recall having this problem before on one of your challenges! So sorry!

tapestry100 said...

Count me in, too! I've posted about it on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I could have sworn I already posted here when I joined up back in January o_O Apparently I didn't. Oh well, better late than never!

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