The Challenge

22 Jun

Here’s the challenge:  one book per week for an entire year.

Incredibly difficult?  Yes.  Impossible?  No.


The goal to start this project is September.  Why so many months in the future?  Because I thought of this idea at a really inconvenient time.

Hi, everyone.  My name is Kelly, I’m a 23 year old former English major (now English degree-holder), and I love books.  A lot.  I’ve always wanted to belong to a book club, but I could never find one would challenge me the way I wanted it to–so I decided to make my own.  Unfortunately, my book club idea doesn’t exactly coincide with my current work schedule.  My job requires me to do a lot of traveling, and in a few short days, it will also require that I live in a tent for almost a month (long story).  August includes a lot more moving, but also (hopefully) a lot more regular access to the internet, so it should be easier to get things going from that point.


Each month of the year will be assigned a genre.  Voting for the genre will start the month before and be open for ten days–for example, voting for the September genre will open August 1st and be available until August 10th.  You can vote by posting a response here or by emailing me at  After ten days, voting will close, and the most popular genre will be announced on this blog.

For the next ten days, voting will commence for books in that genre.  Vote for up to ten books.  The most popular books will be announced at the end of ten days (either four or five, depending on how many weeks are in the month), as well as the order in which we’ll be reading them.

The remaining days of the month will be used to get your hands on the books.  Check out bookstores, used book shops, yard sales, and (of course) your local library.

Each Sunday, I’ll start us off by posting a video about the book we read that week.  Everyone is welcomed (and encouraged!) to post a response video, write a blog (send me a link, and I’ll post it here), or just leave a response comment on this blog or on YouTube (username: heymanletsread).

What I envision is an online community who comes together to challenge themselves not only by reading A LOT, but by reading new genres and styles and by pushing themselves to think critically about books they otherwise might have avoided.

It’s not a contest.  You’re not going to get in trouble if you skip a book, or if only participate sometimes.  Heck, it’s my idea, and I’m not even sure I can do it!  But I really want to try, and I hope others will be willing to give it a go, as well.

Dudes, it’s going to be SO AWESOME.



Voting for the September genre will open up in a little over a month, on August 1st.  So, if you’re so inclined, use this time to help me spread the good word!  Let’s get the challenge out there, and get as many people involved as possible!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here, or to email me at  I’ll try to create some sort of FAQ, but please be patient if it’s not up right away.  Remember: I’ll be living in a tent for a month (long story).


Hey Man! Let’s Read 2011 will commence very shortly, so get excited!  This is going to be fun, and I can’t wait to share the year with whoever is willing to join me on this (admittedly kind of insane) journey.


Until next time–


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3 Responses to “The Challenge”

  1. Ece June 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    You should definetely do this! DEFINITELY!!! I’ve always wanted to belong to a book club too, plus it’s an amazing chance to push ourselves to reading more books!

  2. Cathy July 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I’m really excited about this! I’ve always wanted to join a book club but my schedule is so random that adding regularly scheduled event to the calendar wouldn’t really work for me. Doing this in the online world is ideal. Plus I’ve gotten into such a rut, reading the same genre over and over that this will force me to expand my horizons… Great idea!!

  3. moniquealfris July 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Wow good luck!

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