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Monday, December 19, 2011

2012 Mammoth Book Challenge

I am hosting another reading challenge!


Welcome to the 2012 Mammoth Book Challenge hosted by Darlene's Book Nook!

There are a couple of other challenges involving "mammoth-size" books, but I could not find any other challenge that allowed audiobooks. So, I created my own challenge! 

Please read below for the challenge guidelines, because mine is a little different than what is out there!


2012 Mammoth Book Challenge

Here are the challenge details:

1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.

2. You can join the challenge at any time. All books read in 2012 count for the challenge, regardless of when you sign up.

3. This challenge can cross-over to your other reading challenges.

4. You do not need a blog to participate! If you are not a blogger, you can post your reviews at Goodreads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing and link them up here.

5. All formats of books are acceptable: Bound copies, e-books, and audiobooks as long as they meet the guidelines of Point #6 below!

6. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT E-BOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS: If you are using an e-book or audiobook for the challenge, the bound format equivalent must be a minimum of 450 pages. Only unabridged audiobooks will count!

7. Both adult and children's literature are allowed: As long as it meets the minimum page count of 450 pages.

8. About LARGE-PRINT BOOKS: Same rules apply as noted in Point #6. As long as the regular-bound format equivalent is a minimum of 450 pages, this format will count.

9. No anthologies, short story collections, or poetry: Just novels.

10. There are four levels for the challenge:

a. Level 1: Read 2 mammoth-sized books.
b. Level 2: Read 4 mammoth-sized books.
c. Level 3: Read 6 mammoth-sized books.
d. Level 4: Read 8 or more mammoth-sized books.

11. When you write your sign-up post, you must choose your level. You can go up, but you cannot go down!

12. There will be link-ups for your reviews on a quarterly basis, which will be posted on THIS page.

13. There will be a link for your wrap-up post at the end of the year.

14. Create a sign-up post and link back to this post. Sign up with Mister Linky below! Be sure to use the direct url to your sign-up post and not the url to your blog.

15. Grab the challenge button and post it in your sidebar. Copy and paste this HTML code into an HTML gadget for your sidebar: <a href="http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com/2011/12/2012-mammoth-book-challenge.html"><img alt="2012 Mammoth Book Challenge" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ppHAYfdRbA8/Tu_p6GZgl9I/AAAAAAAABos/TtQIDZQqdvQ/s400/2012+Mammoth+Book+Challenge.jpg" width="190" /></a>


I am aiming for Level 1: Read 2 mammoth-sized books. 

UPDATE: CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
LEVEL 1 REACHED ON JUNE 13, 2012
LEVEL 2 REACHED ON JULY 12, 2012
LEVEL 3 REACHED ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
LEVEL 4 REACHED ON OCTOBER 16, 2012

I will keep track of my progress below:
  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, Book 1)
  2. Love Is Murder by Sandra Brown (Thriller Anthology, Book 3) 
  3. Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 10)
  4. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving  
  5. Surrender by Elana Johnson (Possession, Book 2) 
  6. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (Nevermore, Book 1) 
  7. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 
  8. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  9. Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Dust Lands, Book #1) 

Sign-up below if you wish to join me in the challenge!

20 comments:

  1. I thought I would enter another of your Challenges. :) I figured I would shoot for Level One. I used to read ONLY mammoth sized books, but now I seem to read ONLY under that. I hope to read some of each this coming year. :)

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  2. @Angie: Great to have you aboard, Angie!

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  3. Thank you for hosting this challenge. I'm glad to see one that accepts ebooks. Some of us have trouble holding those big books for hours on end as our hands get older. I'm in for level 2 and will be posting my reviews on Shelfari

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  4. Hi Darlene, you have some great challenges and I'm hoping to join one more. I must be careful and don't get carried up, up, and away.

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  5. Thanks for hosting this challenge! I have some +450 page books on my shelf that I have been putting off... this will help give me the motivation!

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  6. Thanks for hosting :) Can't wait to finish some mammoths!

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  7. Thank you, Darlene, for hosting this challenge! This will be my first year participating in a reading challenge, and I'm really looking forward to it! I'm starting out modestly - Level 1. Here's to a happy 2012 full of reading!

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  8. I tried to comment earlier and it would not let me so here I am again! Mammoth books are my all time favorite to read. There is nothing like getting lost in a huge book. As long as it's good that is! Thanks for hosting the challenge. Good luck to all.

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  9. Ooh.. this sounds like a great challenge!Thanks for hosting. I have lots of books on my TBR pile that are in the mammoth category!

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  10. I'm excited to participate in this contest, since I normally avoid books above 350 pages or so. Good luck to everyone!

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  11. Hi, I'm excited to attempt this challenge. 400+ page books send me running, but I've got two I really need to read by the end of the year. So, I'm going to try for the first level read 1-3 Mammoth books. I hope I succeed - a great challenge - thanks for sponsoring.

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  12. Hi Darlene,

    I'm new to blogging and reading challenges. I'm really excited to participate in your contest!

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  13. Shweetness :D I'm going for level 4, I've read two mammoths so far this year :)

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  14. Just joined, I'm thinking of starting at Level 2. Good luck everyone.

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  15. I completed my challenge, but don't know where to post my wrap up, is there a linky?

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    1. Yikes, better get that up! Thanks for the reminder ;)

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  16. Hi! Will you be hosting this again for 2013?

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    1. I sure am, purplg8r!

      Here is the link:

      http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.ca/2012/12/2013-mammoth-book-challenge.html

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