It is a start of a new year, and I have full access to two US library systems that have lots of books (the LA city library has like 50 branches, seriously. It is a MASSIVE system), along with eBooks, of course. So while I'd love to read book blogs in the past, I never felt that I could review or keep up because I only had what the German libraries had or what people were uploading on the net and for most books, they aren't worth the effort of tracking them down.
Well, now, thanks to the lovely local libraries and their lovely "Hold" feature (seriously, putting books on hold has changed my life), I felt it was time to actually learn how to review books properly. And I came across this challenge and had to dive in.
Duration: December 1, 2011 - February 29, 2012.
We are a YA Book Club, so all books should be young adult.
You have 3 months to read 10 YA books that satisfy following requirements:
1) Winter is the time when books are given awards are and are placed on a variety of Best of lists. Read a book which received some critical or popular acclaim in 2011. Here are some ideas: Goodreads Choice Awards nominees, Kirkus' Best Teen Books of 2011, Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of 2011, Amazon Best Young Adult Books of 2011.
2) Read a book that is a new release published in December of 2011, January or February of 2012. Goodreads offers lists of the most popular new releases by month, they might help you to make your choices - December, January and February. (If you have difficulties obtaining these new books, you can read a release from the same months in 2010/2011).
3) Read a book set in winter, has a "wintery" cover (snow, skiing, etc.), features Christmas. For example, , .
4) Read a book whose title starts with one of the letters of the word WINTER.
5) Read a book written by an author who is absolutely new to you.
6) Read a book that features an animal, for example, a main character owns a pet (Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging), works with animals (Dairy Queen), or rides them (The Blue Sword).
7) In celebration of Valentine's Day, read a romance, contemporary, paranormal, historical, etc., or any book with a strong romantic subplot.
8) Read a book which has a character of noble blood - this character can belong to royalty or aristocracy, in a novel set in present or past, real world or fantasy.
9) Read a book about a character with a single parent or no parents.
10) Try an audiobook. If you learn that this format doesn't work for you, you can switch to a written version of your chosen audio.
So here I go.