Friday, December 3, 2010

Where Are You Reading Challenge

Sheila at the fabulous Book Journey is hosting this fun reading challenge. For the Where Are You Reading Challenge, the goal is to read a book that is set in each of the 50 states. The books can be either fiction or nonfiction. I think this challenge sounds like a lot of fun. I don't think I will make it through all 50 states but I will certainly try!

The rules from Sheila's post:

This Challenge starts January 1, 2011 – December 31st 2011.  The Challenge consists of reading at least one book that covers each of the 50 states of America and you can add as many other countries as you like.

So how do you decide what state a book is categorized under?

1.  In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in.  (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)
2.  Non fiction reads categorize  in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.

How to get started

Set up a map under Google Maps.  It is easy to do!  Every time you read a book in 2011, upload a cover picture to Picasa Web Albums (there may be other sites to use, feel free to use what works best for you).
Once you are ready and have your map set up please create a blog post (those who have blogs) using the Challenge picture of the map I provided above as well as link to this post so others may join in.  Then come back and link that post here to Mr Linky so I as well as other participants know that you are participating and we can pop in throughout the year to check out your map and how we are all doing.
This is actually a fun and easy challenge as all books you read qualify and it will be fun to see where you generally read books from as well as searching out books to fill in areas that you need.
For those who have covered the 50 states by the end of 2011, they will go into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble or to Amazon.  **  All other areas beyond the 50 states are bonus points and we will have a drawing using for those who read 10 or more books throughout 2011 in that category.
Sheila has included a link to her book map so you can see how to set it up. For more details and to sign up, visit Book Journey.

My Map:

View Where I Am Reading 2011 in a larger map


  1. Thank you for your comment!

    I hope things go smoothly as well, of course I'll keep everyone posted :)

  2. This does sound like a fun challenge but difficult too. Good luck with it.

  3. I am finally getting around to see everyone posts. Hope you have fun with this challenge! I put my first peg on the map today for Georgia!


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