Friday, June 20, 2008

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Summer Reading Thing!


It's time once again for our annual Summer Reading Thing (the idea for which I once again acknowledge that I stole from Katrina over on Callapidder Days ). She does it Spring and Fall; I do it Summer and Winter.

Here are the basic details. (And if it seems like I'm plagiarizing the text from LDS Publisher's Summer Book Trek, well, yes, I am. But since she made me write it in the first place, I figure it's fair game.)

Who: The Summer Reading Thing 2008 (or SRT 08) is for anyone who’s up for a reading challenge. All age groups are welcome.

What: A summer reading challenge for everyone. Set your goals and track your progress. No goal is too small; no ambition too great. Feeling overwhelmed? Make your list small or use the same list from any other reading challenge (like this one).

Make changes to your list as needed as desired. Finish early? Add more books (or not). Change your mind on a title? Drop it. No pressure, no minimums.

Post a short review on your blog of at least one of the books you read during the challenge. If you like to do reviews, you can post one for each of the books you read. Please keep the reviews family friendly. I'll set up a Mr. Linky where you can link to your reviews. (Don't have a blog? Keep reading.)

When: Friday, June 2oth through Sunday, September 21st, 2008.

Where: The blogosphere. Join up using this Mr. Linky. Post your summer reading list on your blog and backlink here. If you don't have a blog, you can use the one I created last year for this very purpose. Simply e-mail your list and reviews to her and she'll post and link you up, making you eligible for prizes.

Why: To promote literacy around the world. Yeh, right. Because we need a reason not to feel guilty when we choose to read instead of mop the floor.

How: Make your list and post it on your blog. Then link to your post using the sign-up Mr. Linky. As you read your books, post a review on your blog and link to the review post using the review Mr. Linky. At the end of the challenge, post a wrap-up and link to the wrap-up Mr. Linky (coming in September).

Prizes: Prizes will be books (new or gently read) or book related items. (If you're an author or publisher and you want to provide a prize, send me an e-mail.) I'll give away one prize each week. To be eligible for prizes, you must have signed up on the Mr. Linky here. Beginning July 20th, you must also have posted one review using the Mr. Linky here. Due to shipping costs, you must live in the U.S. or Canada to win a prize. (Sorry.)

Spread the word: Let your blog readers know about SRT 08 so they can join the fun with you! Grab the button and use it on your blog. The larger image (top of post) is 400 px. The smaller image (below) is 220 px and will fit the standard Blogger sidebar. The image in my sidebar is 185px, for smaller sidebars, like mine. Please link your button back to this post.

Note: You can join Summer Reading Thing 2008 at any time.

Okay, that’s it. Go post your list and let’s get reading!

Click here to join Summer Reading Thing 2008.

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4 comments:

Pat said...

Because we need a reason not to feel guilty when we choose to read instead of mop the floor.
That's reason enough for me! Count me in!

Heather J. said...

This is a great idea! I've written my post already but it won't be up until tomorrow - I'll come back and "Mr.Linky myself" as soon as I have it up.

Maria said...

My list has been up for ages at http://abookgeek.blogspot.com/2008/06/summer-reading-challenge.html just forgot to leave a comment here :-)

Mrs S said...

I'm all done :) - here's a link to my wrap up

http://www.clareswindlehurst.com/bookreviews/2008/09/21/sunday-salon-meets-weekly-geeks-time-to-catch-up/