A couple of weeks ago I launched a new READING CHALLENGE for 2015. Every last Wednesday of the month, for the next twelve months, I’ll be doing an update post – for participants to report in how they’re doing and share comments about their book choices.

Since the Challenge starts tomorrow, this is just a reminder to you, now the festivities are over – what? you’re partying tonight? 🙂 – to sign up for this very gentle challenge and get reading!

It’s open to young readers and adults alike, although I will be asking you to give the genre and any age warnings.

The challenge is this:

to read x number of books set in your home area in 2015

How to join the Local Heroes Challenge:

  • Sign up with your target (can be changed)
    • If you blog, add the Local Heroes badge to your blog sidebar
  • Read a book set in your home area
    • If you blog, talk about it in a post and add the Local Heroes badge
  • come back on the last Wednesday of the month
  • add your book to the Challenge blog post for the month

If you haven’t read a qualifying book that month, don’t worry, nothing bad will happen. If you read six books in November that qualify, add them all in November or December!

I’ve set the list up as a blog hop, so you can visit other participants and see what they’re reading too.

How do you win the Challenge?

If you set yourself a target of THREE books in the year, and achieve that – you will get a BRONZE Badge at the end of the year to display on your blog or any other online space you like.

If you set yourself a target of SIX books in the year, and achieve that – you will get a SILVER Badge at the end of the year to display on your blog ….

and, if you set yourself a target of TEN books in the year, and achieve that – you will get a GOLD Badge at the end of the year.

I thought ten was stretching enough, since it could be quite hard to find enough books that qualify, depending on where you live.

What qualifies as local?

If you live in a big city, then that city sounds right to me. If you are out in the countryside, then maybe your state, or your country, your mountain range, river valley… anything that you feel is the right ‘size’ for you to call it ‘local’.

I’ll be reading books set in my county, Norfolk, a task I set myself last year and I think I got to three. I know of at least three more I either identified or got into my kindle last year, so I’m going to set myself a target of six to start with. If I find it easier than I thought, I could up it to ten later.

Those include:

  • The Rings of Saturn by W G Sebald (Fic)
  • The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (Crime/Detective)
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Sci Fi)

and at least one more of Hilary Mantel’s great historical works.

If you have any difficulty finding them, and you’re a Goodreads member, try searching on the lists in Listopia, or click the location in the blurb of a book set in the place of your choice, and it’ll find others set in the same place.

Interested?  Sign up now and start spreading the word with a post of your own, if you like. I’d really like to see a good number of sign-ups, and I need your help to let the world know about it!

Local Heroes Badge

GRAB The Badge (hover over badge, right-click and Save Image As…)

SIGN UP on the Linky – add your name and GOAL (3,6,10) in brackets

SPREAD the word – you can copy the linky list code too…

READ BOOKS!

Come back every last Wednesday of the month and talk about them!



 

 

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  • 8 January, 2015 at 4:55 am
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    I’d better start looking! I’ve heard a rumor of a mystery with a Daly City setting, but so far haven’t been able to confirm (or find the book). That leaves me with local history. Which it wouldn’t hurt me to read.

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