Thursday, December 31, 2009

451 Challenge

Welcome to the 451 Challenge! This challenge is based on 451 Fridays, a weekly feature hosted at As Usual, We Need More Bookshelves.

451 Fridays is based on an idea from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In his novel, a group of people (Bradbury calls them Book People) are trying to keep the ideas found in books alive. Instead of actually saving the books, the Book People each "become" a book - memorizing it, word for word, and passing it down to the next generation.

451 Fridays asks what books you feel passionate about. What book do you think is so important that you would be willing to take on the challenge of "becoming"?

We have compiled an amazing list of books this year in our weekly 451 Fridays posts, and it's time to start reading them! So, the 451 Challenge was born.

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.

This is my first time hosting a challenge, so if I've forgotten something important, please let me know. Let's have fun!!

Sign up using Mr. Linky below - please link to your specific post about the challenge, not just your blog.

Friday, December 11, 2009


As of today, I have the COMPLETE list of 451 books - through today's 451 post. If you have already selected books and see something you like better, feel free to change your list - we don't have a lot of rules here, and lists can be changed at any time.

Also - any book that appears on an upcoming 451 Friday feature is fair game!

If you are thinking of joining - please do! We would love to have you.