Thursday, December 10, 2009

451 Challenge Book List

Elizabeth of As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves is hosting her first challenge -- the 451 Challenge. This ties in with her 451 Fridays -- a feature where readers share which books they would save if books became endangered and which one they would choose to "become" or memorize to save. I participated last May and had a great time choosing my books and might even participate again!
Here is how it will work: between January 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010, participants are challenged to read books on the 451 master list. There will be several levels of participation:

Spark - read 1-2 books from the master list
Ember - read 3-4 books from the master list
Flame - read 5-6 books from the master list
Blaze - read 7 or more books from the master list

Re-reading is acceptable, as are crossovers with other challenges. Audio, print, and e-books are all acceptable. Each month, participants will be encouraged to post their reviews on the challenge blog, and each review posted will be an entry into a grand prize drawing for a $25 gift card to the online bookseller of the winner's choice.

The list of books is in the sidebar of the challenge blog. At this point, the books that I am considering reading are these:
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens -- this one will be a re-read and will overlap with the Flashback Challenge.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery -- I've actually never read this one.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien -- I'm hoping to participate in the Lord of the Rings Readalong so I will read all three of these and The Hobbit.

Since these three choices are actually five books, it puts me at the Flame level. I will update this post with review links and any added books that I choose during the eleven months of this challenge.

Saving as many books as possible,


  1. YAY! YAY! YAY! I'm so glad you're joining us. And I can't wait to see what you think of Anne!

  2. I'm going to do this one too ... I think it is so cool! And I think you'll love "Anne of Green Gables." I read it for first time this year and loved it.

  3. Elizabeth - I'm so glad to join your challenge too! I'm going to have to take time to go back through the posts and choose more books though!

    Jenners - I hope I love it! I never read it as a kid because it suffered from "boring title syndrome".