Monday, December 5, 2011

Truth in Fiction Challenge

Several weeks ago I was musing on pairs of books, namely fiction books paired with a related non-fiction book.  You can read all about that bookish musing here.  Once I started thinking of fiction and non-fiction pairings I simply couldn't help myself.  I had to make a challenge.

I present to you the TRUTH IN FICTION CHALLENGE!




The Details:
Challenge runs from 01/01/12 - 12/31/2012

Goal:  read a specified number of book pairs that are comprised of one fiction book and one related non-fiction book.  Think outside of the box; the non-fiction book could also be journals, letters, memoirs, etc.... The pairs needn't be exact matches, although there should be an easily detectable common thread.  Overlapping with other challenges is fine.

The catch:   Instead of individual reviews, after each book pair write a joint review.  For example, if I read The Bell Jar  by Sylvia Plath and then The Journals of Sylvia Plath then my review post will be focused on both books.  


Levels:
Freshman:  1 pair
Sophomore: 2 pairs
Junior: 3 pairs
Senior: 4 pairs
Masters: 5 pairs
PhD: 6 pairs
Professor:  7 pairs

Interested?  Leave a comment and with a URL to a post (with or without a book list) or leave me a comment with which level you'll be aspiring to complete. (EDIT: I had a Mr. Linky up and it was giving me fits, so we're back to leaving comments).

18 comments:

Andi said...

GREAT idea!! Go on with your awesome self.

FleurFisher said...

I'm intrigued, and I'm thinking novels and author biographies, but rolling everything into one post might be tricky. More contemplation needed I think.

Amanda said...

@FleurFisher I was thinking of just the pairs. For example if you read a bio of Thomas Hardy and read Jude the Obscure then maybe you could write about the biographer's writing about Hardy's novel.

Gloria Green said...

I'm going to give this a shot for 2012--these are known as text sets in elementary school language arts, so I'm familiar with the format. Put me down for 4 pairs of books for this challenge......

Beth G. said...

This is such a fantastic idea. Jeanette Winterson has a memoir coming out in 2012, and now I have the perfect excuse, er, reason to re-read Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

I'm aspiring to Freshman, but I can think of at least 2 more possible pairings. Can we promote during the year? :)

Melwyk said...

This sounds fabulous! What a great idea, looking at how fiction and non-fiction approach a specific subject. I'm in. But will have to think on it a bit more about level of participation...

Dusky Literati said...

Great challenge. Here is my post.

http://www.duskyliterati.com/?page_id=3585

Lindsey Sparks said...

I love this idea! I like to read fiction and non-fiction about specific topics together anyway, and I'm trying to clear off my TBR shelves and this should help!

Debbie Rodgers said...

I'm in! Here's my sign-up post:
http://www.exurbanis.com/archives/5205

Melwyk said...

Okay, I'm in. Here's my sign up post! I'm only trying level one but who knows, I may surpass myself ;) Great idea for a challenge.

dolleygurl said...

I'm going to give this one a try - it will for sure be a challenge! Here is the link to my sign up post - http://themaidenscourt.blogspot.com/2011/12/truth-in-fiction-challenge-2012.html

Melissa said...

I'm in, even though I suspect this may be my most challenging challenge of 2012. :) Here's my post: http://bettyboochronicles.blogspot.com/2011/12/2012-challenges-master-sign-up-post.html

S-Sherman said...

This challenge sounds like fun. I'll be shooting for Masters level. Link to my post: http://theseansherman.blogspot.com/2011/12/reading-challenges-for-2012.html

Bree said...

Great idea. Here's my link.

http://thethingsweread.blogspot.com/2012/01/2012-challenges.html

Que Bella said...

Hi, I came across your challenge earlier today and couldn't resist. I think I will start with the sophmore level --2 pairs of books.

My sign up link is here: http://afineruffling.blogspot.com/2012/01/reading-challenges-for-2012.html

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Love this challenge! Thanks!

http://truebookaddictchallenges.blogspot.com/2012/01/truth-in-fiction-challenge.html

The Bibliophile said...

I know I'm late signing up, but this looks too good to pass up.

http://yabookluver.blogspot.com/2012/03/truth-in-fiction-challenge.html

Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis said...

2012 Wrap-up post:
http://www.exurbanis.com/archives/8354