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Book bucket list challenge

Posted: January 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: reading, review | Tags: , , , , , , | 15 Comments »

I’ve been contemplating learning to write book reviews. I read so many for work & for personal interest, but I’m still daunted by writing them. I would like to write reviews for our (future) teen’s & children’s blogs at MPOW. I also want to publish reader-submitted written or video reviews (of books, games, movies, cds) as a way to engage young people. The idea of tweet reviews – where readers review in 140 characters or less – is a winner too.
Plus, I have an ever-expanding “must read” list going.
As luck would have it, my dear other spouse twitter flicked me over to this blog post by Christina via @yaReads.

The idea is to read through your book bucket list over the year and write reviews as you go. So given my mantra for the year is “Just start,” I’ve decided to challenge myself. I’ve signed up for 8 titles and reviews for the year! My list will only contain YA titles because I am using the exercise to also develop my reader advisory skills (and because YA books rock!). I’m really excited for the challenge and for the skills I will (hopefully) develop.

Here is my current YA book bucket list (in no particular order):
1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
2. Batman : the dark knight returns by Frank Miller.
3. Catching fire by Suzanne Collins.
4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
5. Gossip girl : a novel by Cecily Von Ziegesar.
6. Darkness be my friend by John Marsden.
7. How I made it to eighteen : a mostly true story by Tracy White.
8. The book thief by Markus Zusak.

I’ve just started reading Gossip girl : a novel having read the prequel It had to be you : the Gossip Girl prequel last year.

The challenge is open to anyone and you can enter anytime – and win cool prizes! – so why not join me?
Big thx to the good people at yaReads :)

p.s. Do you write reviews? Any pointers?
p.p.s. Do you have a book bucket list? Care to share?

  • Kelly January 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Sounds like a great idea D. Might have to join you in reading the books. A few of those you’ve listed are on my list too

    • dpgreen January 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Hi Kel! Thx for the comment :) It’s a cool idea for a challenge, isn’t it? You shld join in! Which “bucket bks” do we share?

      • Kelly January 26, 2011 at 2:20 am

        We share:
        1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
        6. Darkness be my friend by John Marsden. – Well make that all of the Tomorrow series – reading bk2 atm
        7. How I made it to eighteen : a mostly true story by Tracy White. – the title alone makes me want to read it, and I dont’s even know what it’s about!
        8. The book thief by Markus Zusak. This one’s been on my reading list for a while.

        I’m sure there’s plenty of others….. Might have to do a blog post on this too…..

        • dpgreen January 28, 2011 at 2:41 am

          Yay – we share a lot! Very keen to read Speak, esp given all the talk about it recently. I’m up to bk4 (obviously) in the Tomorrow series, loving it. How I made it to eighteen looks kinda intense, & important (like Speak). I’ve started The Book thief – wow, what a control of language. Thanks for your reply Kel :)

          • Kelly February 5, 2011 at 8:56 am

            About to start bk4 of the Tomorrow series now!!!

            I loved many of his bkkos when I was younger but this was never a series I could get into… kinda wondering what’s changed that now?

          • dpgreen February 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm

            Excellent! You are cruising through it :) Such a great series isn’t it? Now I want to start it! Let me know what you think of bk4.

  • Christina January 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for joining the challenge! That’s a very good selection of books you’ve picked. I loved the Gossip Girl series when it came out, but kind of gave up on it when it started to be ghost written (book #7 I think?) but it’s still definitely worth the read. It’s not at all like the show.

    Hmmm as far as pointers go, I think it helps to read other people’s reviews and see what style you feel suits you, what you want your “voice” to be. Are you snarky? Informative? Light? To you prefer to go indepth? You can make it up as you go, and it might take a while before you find a “voice” your comfortable with.

    Also, while reading a book, sometimes it helps to take notes. But keep in mind, reading and reviewing is still meant to be fun, so these notes are things you write on impulse that come to mind while reading. Maybe you’re impressed with a character or think the way the book is going is fricken lame, sometimes it helps to jot those things down for later when it comes time to review it.

    Hmmm, I guess that’s it, any other questions just email me!

    • dpgreen January 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

      Hi Christina & thx v much for the comment & advice :) Yes, I’m excited to be reading the GG series. I’ve avoided the show so far to avoid spoilers & will check it out once I’m done reading. (Although perhaps it will be a little disappointing post-bks?) I really appreciate the pointers – thank you. Sounds a bit like what (else) I’ve read abt blogging: finding yr voice is the thing, & that may take a while. I like the idea of taking notes when you feel the impulse; I will do that. Cheers too for the email offer :)

  • Azz January 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Ive decided to make a dent in my shelf of shame this year starting with ‘Focault’s Pendulum’ by Umberto Eco, which I’m loving. Other books are
    The ‘His Dark Materials’ series by Phillip Pullman
    A confederacy of Dunces
    One flew over the cuckoos nest
    Guns germs and steel
    The twenty seventh city by Johnathan Franzen
    Liber Kaos by Phillip Hine

    And, funnily enough, The book theif. We were going to do it for our newly resurrected bookclub

    • dpgreen January 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Thx for sharing Azz! “Shelf of shame” – love it. Ah Franzen, wld you believe I *still* haven’t got there?! Bad librarian, I know. I’m excited to hear you have resurrected yr bkclub. Is it in-person, or online? Though perhaps you can’t say given “the first rule of Book Club is: you do not talk about Book Club”. We must compare Bk Thief notes at some point. I will check out those titles on the ever-so-helpful worldcat. (I love it & so will you if you don’t already know abt it). Thx very much for sharing yr list, and happy reading :)

  • Nic January 18, 2011 at 12:37 am

    #6 on your list is a winner mate

    • dpgreen January 18, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Thx for the comment Nic! And I’m sure you’re right on that :) I’m excited, and lucky, that I’ve still got some of the series ahead of me. I know how much you love it. Amazing to think bk#1 was 1st published in 1993… Go Marsden!

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  • Auntie Daniek June 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I tend to pull whatever is on my local public library ” new books” shelves and give it a whirl, when I’ve got the opportunity. Taking the train to work helps, though just lately I’ve been reading travel books, which don’t seem worth the reviewing.
    The tip I have is to review every book you read on Amazon, that way you have to have read and understood it (kind of) it’s like the test your teachers would give you at school. Here’s the link to my amazon books:

    • dpgreen July 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      (Pls excuse delay) Hi & thank you for the comment :) Yes! I love checking out the “new books” shelves @ other libraries & bookstores. I miss reading on public transport. Travel books hey? Great! Do you read much non-fiction? I really enjoy it whenever I do, but I don’t do it as much as I’d like. Thank you for the tip & the link to your amazon books (cool profile pic!). It was great to read them thanks. Sounds like a great idea to help you – and me – commit to review-writing :)