Friday, December 2, 2011

Sign Up - 6 Degrees Reading Challenge 2012

The year is coming to a close, which means it's time to start sign-ups for the 6 Degrees Reading Challenge 2012! The rules for this reading challenge are simple enough, but I warn you, it is kind of difficult to actually do. But loads of fun! Here's how it works.

Make a list of at least 6 books, connected by similar themes, covers, characters, etc. Just make sure the books have unique connections. In other words, you can't just read 6 books that have similar covers, or all have a character named Amy. Here's an example (part of my 2011 list):

{based in a prison}
{arranged marriage}
{scheduled deaths}
The Giver
{drowning victim}
Generation Dead
{undead character}
Once Dead, Twice Shy

You get the picture. Now the rules:
  • Be Creative - Books cannot be connected by author, genre, series, or publisher. Anything else goes. 
  • Deadline - All challenge books must be started and finished between January 1, 2012-December 31, 2012. Books started/read before signing up count as long as they're connected and read within the challenge deadline.
  • Data! Data! Data! - All connections must be listed on your challenge post.
  • Sharing is Caring - Books from other challenges count as long as they can be connected.
  • Make It Count - YA, mid-grade, children's, adult, graphic novels, mangas, and audio books count (all together now, "As long as they're connected."), but individual short stories DO NOT count. Books from the same series count as long as they're not read back to back (and try to limit the number of books you use from one series). New, old, or not yet released, doesn't matter as long as it's connected.
  • One Time Use - Connections and books can only be used once!
  • *singing* Put One Book in Front of the Other - You don't have to read all the challenge books back to back, but you do have to read them in the order that they're connected.

There are four levels to this challenge. You can change your challenge level at any time during the year, just make sure you update your challenge post.
  • Level 1: connect and read at least 6 books.
  • Level 2: connect and read at least 12 books.
  • Level 3: connect and read at least 18 books.
  • Level 4: connect and read 24+ books.

To sign up, just write a post that includes a link back to my blog/this post and your challenge level (though it's not required, I also suggest adding the challenge button. You can find the code at the bottom of the post). You don't have to have a list right when you sign up, but you will need to post your challenge books once you pick them, as well as how they're connected. After you've posted your sign-up post, come back here and add your post to the linky. You can sign up any time between now and November 1, 2012.

Have fun, and good luck with the challenge!

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blackandwhitedreamer said...

Sounds fun! One question: can books in the same genre be connected as long as the genre isn't what connects them? For example, could two sci-fi books be connected if the main character had the same name/there was some other similarity?

Ren @ All By MySHELF said...

@blackandwhitedreamer: Yes, you can connect two book in the same genre, as long as they aren't connected by genre, series, author, or publisher. =)

A. Knight said...

This is a pretty cool challenge! I just don't know if I'm creative enough to think this one up. I want to try though so I'm going to think about it.

- Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

Priscilla TheGreat said...

I so want to do this challenge. I just have to think of books that are connected!

blackandwhitedreamer said...

I have another question, about the requirement that books are read in the order that they're connected. If I'm reading too books at a time and I'd like to connect them, and I started Book A first but finished Book B first, does it matter which order I connect them in? Or do I need to finish a book before connecting it to another?

Elemillia Ucselub said...

wow, I definitely want to try this challenge. I'm going to have to think about it for a minute, though. It's different. I will definitely join, as long as I have something I can put together.... I wouldn't even know where to start with this challenge, but I'm going to give it some thought - look at some of the books i've read and the ones I want to read next month and I will be signing up soon. This is a very clever challenge, glad I stumbled on it.