July Book Blowout!

June 30, 2008 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Books | 3 Comments

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I am joining Marg from Reading Adventures and Amy from Passages to the Past in Blue Archipelago‘s fun July Book Blowout challenge.  I thought this would be a fun way to encourage me to read the pile of ARCs I have on my night stand.  So, I’m challenging myself to read 7 books this month.  This will really be a stretch for me because I’m averaging only about a book a week so far this year.  I really enjoy reading and reviewing ARCs, but it would be nice to have some room to read some historical fiction and other books I would select for myself during the dog day’s of summer.  August marks the beginning of the Book Award Challenge II, so I also need get myself prepared for that.

Would you like to join me?  If so, here’s how to get started:

How do I join in the fun?

  • You can sign up any time between today and July 14 – just because I’m a bit slow to announce this!
  • To join you need to post about the Book Blowout on your blog – and set yourself a target number of books you will try to read – go on challenge yourself! (Please note: If you do not have a blog I am perfectly happy for you to post your target in the comments below – and then the list of books in the wrap-up post in August)
  • Use the Mr Linky below to link to that post so we can all see how many books you’re taking on in the Blowout
  • Post a list of the books you managed to read by the deadline of August 7 to complete the challenge

What rules do I need to know?

  • Only books read between July 1 and July 31 count towards the challenge
  • You can include re-reads – as long as they are read within the month of July
  • Books you abandon will only count as half a book
  • If you read to your children you can include all books which have more than 100 pages
  • You can include up to two graphic novels
  • You can include up to two audio books – (if you have a visual impairment that prevents you from reading then you can use just audio books for the challenge)
  • Books you read for other challenges are eligible – use this as an opportunity to catch up!
  • If you start a book before July 1 and then finish it during the month of July then you can count is as half a book


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  1. I think maybe I should skip this challenge for this month… I don’t think I can make July a ‘blowout’

  2. I can’t imagine why in the world you wouldn’t want to participate this month… 🙂

  3. This sounds fun, I am going to work on my list before I join. I just did my recap for June and sadly, only read 5 books. I really need to pick up the pace.

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