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January 5, 2011 posted by Christina

The Book Bucket List Challenge!



Picture this: You’re at a party talking with a group of friends. At one point someone says “Haha, phoney? Since when did you turn into Holden Caulfield?” and everyone laughs. You laugh too but on the inside you’re like..

I have no idea what they’re talking about…………………………!!!

You know it’s something to do with Catcher in the Rye but you haven’t read the book (and it seems like everyone else has) so you don’t quite get it. It’s been on your book bucket list for aaaages but you just don’t have the time to get to it.

That’s where this challenge comes in.

The Book Bucket List Challenge was created to give you the chance to get to all those books that you’ve wanted to read for ages but never found the time to. Or, if you’re a reviewer like myself, it gives you the gift of free will – to read a non review book because till now you’ve had to focus only on your TBR pile.

Choose your level –

Level 1: 4 books in 2011
Level 2: 8 books in 2011
Level 3: 12 books in 2011


  • Books can be either YA or adult
  • Books don’t have to be 2011 releases.
  • Anyone can join. Please link to a public (web) place I can find you.
  • You can join at anytime. The challenge runs from now till to December, 2011
  • You are required to review the books if you want to enter the giveaway. The review can either be a proper review, or simply use the short template (see below)
  • You do not have to run a blog to participate, although there must be a public website where I can find you (Goodreads, LibraryThing, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Tumblr, etc)
    **Tip – if you link to Facebook, a good way to do it is to write a note or use the Visual Bookshelf application
  • Your blog does not have to be a book blog
  • If you enter with your blog link, you must post about the challenge so I may link.
  • Reviewers, the book can not be part of your review books that you would’ve read anyway, it defeats the whole purpose of the challenge.

Your review doesn’t have to be a full review if you do not wish to do so, instead, just use this template:


Rating: /5

Why did you include it to your Book Bucket List?:

Was it worth it?: Yes/No

Brief Thoughts?:
Would you recommend it?: Yes/No

Prize: If you complete the challenge, at any of the levels, up for grabs is any number of books of your choice to the value of $50 from The Book Depository, to continue the theme of giving the gift of free will.

In addition to that, thanks to the lovely author Dianna Love, we have some awesome swag to giveaway. One Belador T-shirt, one black backpack, and a signed copy of Blood Trinity.

We’ll hopefully add to that as the year progresses with other goodies.

Here’s a list of books commonly found on Book Bucket Lists (including my own)
Book Bucket List on Goodreads

To enter click here!


Participants –

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  • Oh wow, this one sounds great! There are so many books I wish I have already read (mostly classics) but I never get to them because there are so many other great books released every week 😀
    So I’ll think about it. I already have two Austen-books on my pile which would def. classify for this challenge. :)

  • Awesome idea! I’m going to think about entering, since I already have too many challenges.

  • can we use this-challenges-books for another challenge?

  • In theory yes, books can overlap, but they can’t be review books.

  • I have submited the form. Please count me in.

  • Can they be ones you’ve read before and have planned to read again in run up to new releases or only previously unread books?

  • They must be previously unread :)

  • Lol I actually have currently 14 unread books waiting for me to read 2 coming in April and 1 in July plus at least another 2 on order as well!

  • Submitted the form! is a tumblr alright? Count me in. :)

  • Great challenge! I’m in :)

  • Why didnt I see this before???

  • I have submitted the form too. Please count me in too XD

  • HEY! I already read 47 since January 1st can I just review twelve of those? I don’t exactly understand how you are keeping track of this though.

  • I created a book blog for this, but that was after I signed up…so do I just re-enter my info with a link to the blog, or what do I do instead?

    Thank you for your help in advance!

  • @Rachel – if you have a blog or somewhere that you can post the review (such as goodreads), you can leave the link in the comments of each month’s BBLC review post. :) At the end of the year there’ll be a form you fill out where you submit the links to the reviews (in order to enter to win the prize)

    @Rena – just resubmit and I’ll update the details :)

  • Thanks for hosting this challenge!

  • I was just wondering if you got my information for this yet? I submitted it twice under my real first name (Serena) and I still haven’t gotten an e-mail or anything yet…I was just wondering if you’ve gotten my information yet?

  • Just updated it. You’re now up there Rena :)

  • Thanks! 😀

  • I’ve completed the challenge. Just thought I’d let you know.

  • *Finally* posted my first review! It’s here:

    • Read your review! I don’t watch Gossip Girls or even glance at the books, but reading your review makes me want to read them now! I like the humor in your writing as well. Made me laugh!

    • Hi Shani,
      Thanks so much for reading my review & for your encouraging comment. I appreciate it :) So, have you read/watched any Gossip Girl now? Happy reading!

  • Just entered in your challenge. Hope I’m not too late…

    Happy Reading:)


  • Two quick questions:
    1) is there an age restriction to your contest? I ask because I dont know if I am considered YA any longer, but love the genre… esp paranormal fiction/Paranormal romance
    2) seeing as its May, can I include the (new) books that I have read since January? or is it only books I read/finish reading from this point forward?

  • Very keen on starting this challenge! I would enjoy reading the books I wouldn’t normally read and write a review, but never writing one your template would come in handy for me!


  • Sounds interesting. I just started the challenge.

  • I just finished my first book for my Bucket Book List and I used the template, and I published the template and answers to the questions on my Facebook wall. Is this what is requested or is there some other way I should do this?

    • Morgan thats basically what I’ve been doing because I don’t have a blog! I’ve been using the ‘My Notes’ app on facebook as I tried the ‘visual bookshelf’ app that was also suggested but didn’t like it so used ‘My Notes’ instead!

    • Thank you very much! That’s what I used was ‘My Notes’ and I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right. Thank you again!

  • Just realised I never really gave a link to the bucket list books I’ve reviewed using the template. I’ve reviewed them using ‘My Notes’ on facebook, hope this link works for them!

  • Enormously challenging cheers, There’s no doubt that your current subscribers will likely want significantly more writing like this continue the great content.

  • i still really not clear of what to do..

  • I was wondering if there is any way of changing the facebook thing because I think that this Book Bucket list would fit better in my tumblr :S I’ve just created my participation

  • Kinda late in seeing this… Will you do another of these for 2012?

    • Yes, we will :)

  • Does this challenge end at the beginning of December or end?

    • end

  • Was a winner picked yet for 2011 the challenge?

    I completed 12 book reviews for the challenge and they can be found at

    • Yes, it will be announced soon.

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