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Thursday, December 31, 2009

L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge, 2010

It's time! It's time! It's time!

L. M. Montgomery Reading ChallengeIt's time for the second annual L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge here at Reading to Know. I've been eagerly anticipating the start of this challenge. Last year I spent a lot of time reading and learning about Montgomery herself, so this year I'm happy in the thought of spending time with her characters.

I STILL haven't decided exactly which books of hers I'll be re-reading, although I have gotten started with Jane of Lantern Hill. We'll see where I go from there.

Now, what do you need to do to be a part of this challenge? Well, I like to keep things simple so here are the basic "rules":

1. Pick the Montgomery book (or books!) that you most want to read and then read them during the first few weeks of January. **NOTE: I decided against using Mr. Linky for a variety of reasons. One very big reason you'll discover below. Just leave a comment below with a link to your introductory blog post and we'll call it good.** Your introductory blog post does not need to be excessively long or grand. You merely need to create a blog post saying, "I'm in!" and link it up here in the comment section. If you'd like to say which books of Montgomery's you plan on reading during the challenge, do so then! There are a great many to choose from.

Here is the button code, if you'd like it:

<a href="http://www.readingtoknow.com/2009/12/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge-2010.html"><img alt="L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge" src="http://www.bluecastlephoto.com/misc/lmm-challenge.gif" border="0" /></a>

2. Come back on Sunday, January 31, 2009 and leave a comment "linking up" to however many Montgomery related reviews/posts you like.

3. Visit around and get to know the other people who are participating in the challenge and read about what books they've involved themselves with. Be friendly! =)

I mentioned the other day that I had a really fun giveaway to host in conjunction with this challenge and I'm excited to share it with you know. I purchased the following Sterling Silver Oval Shaped Locket to give away to one of you:

Isn't it beautiful? Anne (and Lucy Maud) loved beautiful things and this locket just makes me smile. So one of you will win the locket AND a chain for it. Typically I keep my contests around here nice and easy but this one is going to take a little bit more work because, well, I think it's worth it.

How can you win this beautiful locket?

1. You can sign up to participate in the L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge. As a reminder of how to do this - you create a blog post linking back to this one from your site. You don't have to write up a long post. Just something that indicates that you intend to participate in this challenge. By signing up and leaving a comment below, you'll gain one entry.

2. For every post/review you write up about this challenge during the month of January, you can come back and leave a comment on THIS POST to gain an extra entry. The more you "play" the greater your chances, essentially! =)

Any or all of these will gain you extra entries for this contest.

Yes, I intend to be a bit stricter with this contest but it's a gorgeous locket, I bought it, and I'm making the rules. ;D haha. And trust me, I'm perfectly DELIGHTED to be able to gift one of you with it with my best blessings attached!

**This contest will be open throughout the contest, ending on Sunday, January 31st. The contest will open for U.S. residents and Canadians only. Can't leave out the Canadians on a challenge, uh, such as this one!**

So go forth - make some new literary friends and maybe, just perhaps, you'll receive a beautiful gift as a further reward for your reading progress!

Most importantly - HAVE FUN!

94 comments:

Tina's Blog said...

I can't wait to get started. Count me in. It's too late for me to decide tonight which books I will read....I will have to think on that for a while.

Amber said...

I'm in!! I'm going to read Anne of Avonlea.

Amber said...

I really like the Panache Freshwater Cultured Pearl Double Strand Bracelet from Emma Parker & Co. I'm a sucker for pearls.

Amy said...

Okay, here's my post--->

http://hopeistheword.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/l-m-montgomery-challenge/

I can't wait! I'm already enjoying Pat of Silver Bush (again!). I'm going out for the day, so I'll have to come back and do the other stuff later.

Have a great first day of 2010, Carrie!!

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

How fun! Now to find my copy of AofGG... :)

http://herdofsteph.blogspot.com/2010/01/hello-2010.html

Tonia said...

I'm in! I love Montgomery's books and I've picked a few that I haven't read. My blog post is here - http://thesunnypatch.blogspot.com/2010/01/l-m-montgomery-reading-challenge.html

Finny said...

It sounds fun! I think it was 6th grade when I last read Anne of Green Gables, so I'll start with that. http://finny74.blogspot.com/2010/01/reading-challenge.html

Catherine said...

I'm in. See #4 of my blog post http://thegiesbrechts.blogspot.com/2010/01/friday-fave-five.html

I just went to the bookstore and got Anne of Green Gables, and a friend is sending me her copy of Anne of Avonlea.

Looking forward to this!

Catherine said...

Went to the Emma Parker & Co site and found this beautiful garnet ring: http://www.emmaparkerdiamonds.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=552

I think garnet is the perfect color of red, and I love them set with diamonds.

Catherine said...

And... see my tweet: http://twitter.com/cathering

Brittanie said...

I love the Three Color Ion Plated Steel Necklace,it is beautiful.

Brittanie said...

I have read most of her books so I am reading only 2 for this challenge. I am reading Jane of Lantern Hill and A Tangled Web. Here is a link to my sign up post:
http://abookloverforever.blogspot.com/2010/01/l-m-mongomery-reading-challenge-2010.html

Finny said...

I loved the Platnium Genuine Blue Sapphire Ring. I'm thinking 15th anniversary next year...

Amy said...

I've been poking around the Emma Parker website, and I'm partial to these diamond earrings:

http://www.emmaparkerdiamonds.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=232743

Thanks for such a generous prize offer, Carrie!

Alex said...

I am in too! I am reading Anne of Green Gables next week, as part of my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge (on my create corner blog http://createcorner.blogspot.com/).

Thanks for including Canadians in this prize. I am guessing that Lucy M. Montgomery would have appreciated that ;)

Tracy and her crew said...

I have joined in. What an excellent challenge!

Beth said...

I'm in! Here is my post.

Our Pace said...

I thought I already commented but I don't see it. Hmm... strange. Well, here goes again!

Our Pace said...

Oh and I'm doing it in this blog:
http://selfcreatingart.blogspot.com/

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I'm in, and I think I dragged Amanda back in too!

I reminded her how we both read Anne of Green Gables last year, and told her that you were doing the challenge again, and did she want to read the 2nd Anne book. "I guess. I really should," she said. I told her she didn't have to, and she said she wanted to.

Fun. I'll write up my post soon.

Oh, and that Chocolate and Gold Ion ring on the front page of Emma and Co is beautiful.

Barbara H. said...

OK, I am in! I am going to read Anne of Green Gables. My post is here:

http://barbarah.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/book-challenges/

Barbara H. said...

I like the Sterling Silver necklace with pink crystals as I wear a lot of pink, but I also like the Murano Glass pendant with the rose heart, the Murano Glass Heart Necklace, and several of the heart-shaped lockets.

Jen @ Happy LIttle Homemaker said...

http://www.thesteeds.net/?p=1982

I'm in!

Bethanie said...

I'm reading A Tangled Web again. :) I will post soon...

MarionG said...

Hi I checked out the jewelry and my favorite piece/s was the Sterling Silver vermeil earrings with purple cubic zirconia. Very pretty. polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail (dot) com

Annette said...

I'm starting with the first Anne that I haven't read...Anne of Windy Poplars. http://livelearnlove226.blogspot.com/2010/01/l-m-montgomery-reading-challenge.html

I got the Anne set for Christmas and hope to read a couple for the challenge. I also hope to read Story Girl.

Annette said...

The jewelery is beautiful. My favorite ring that I could consider is 38112, sterling...and the one I would never get is 480...a beautiful ruby.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Thanks for the challenge - I'm in! You can find my intro post at http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge-2010.html...I think I'll start with Anne of Green Gables, but I have to think about it a little.

Jen said...

This sounds like a lot of fun! My post is here-

http://1001goals.blogspot.com/2010/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge.html

Jen said...

So many beautiful designs! I like the black leather cord with steel ovals and the ion plated steel flower necklace with cubic zirconia.

Bubbles said...

I love L. M. Montgomery, but I haven't read any of her books for years. Count me in!

(Blog post here: http://oneblacksheep.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/l-m-montgomery-reading-challenge-book-selection/)

Amy said...

I finished Pat of Silver Bush! Here's the link--->

http://hopeistheword.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/pat-of-silver-bush-by-l-m-montgomery/

Now, on to Mistress Pat! :-)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

On the Emma Parker & Co site, I think I'd have to say, I like the cultured pearl and heart bracelet the best.

Journey said...

I'm in (just on time...)! :-)

I'll definitely read "Rainbow Valley", but hope to add one or two more books!

Here's my blog post

Shawnee said...

I hope I can still join! Here's my post:
http://shawneett.blogspot.com/2010/01/reading-challenge-2010.html

Shawnee said...

NICE jewelry at her site ... I really like the CZ necklace http://www.emmaparkerdiamonds.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=38101. Oh, I like the fact they're having a 50% Off Valentines Sale!

Amy said...

I like these pearl earrings. They're so pretty.
http://www.emmaparkerdiamonds.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=185301

Rebecca Martin said...

I'm new to your blog and in on the challenge!

http://rebarit.blogspot.com/2010/01/cant-pass-it-up.html

. . . Emily of New Moon is (always) my choice.

Rebecca Martin said...

As for the Emma Parker & Co. jewelry, I like the designer earrings the most, and these simple ones, in particular:

http://www.emmaparkerdiamonds.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1218555

Hmm, they're in my price range . . .

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

I'm reading Anne!

http://stephaniesmommybrain.blogspot.com/2010/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge.html

Rebecca Martin said...

. . . and I tweeted: https://twitter.com/rebawrit

Thanks for the fun contest!

SweetT said...

I'm in. I am reading Anne of Green Gables!
http://sweettsews.blogspot.com/2010/01/reading-challenge.html

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I've finnished Anne of Green Gables, and Anne of Avonlea. The link for my review post is http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/01/anne-of-green-gables-and-anne-of.html

Catherine said...

The first of my blog entries about reading Anne of Green Gables: http://thegiesbrechts.blogspot.com/2010/01/overbrinuning.html

Catherine said...

The second of my blog posts about reading Anne of Green Gables: http://thegiesbrechts.blogspot.com/2010/01/wit-and-wisdom-of-anne-shirley.html

Catherine said...

The third of my blog posts about reading Anne of Green Gables: http://thegiesbrechts.blogspot.com/2010/01/another-new-word.html

Catherine said...

And here is the fourth blog entry - I have just finished Anne of Green Gables. http://thegiesbrechts.blogspot.com/2010/01/anne-of-green-gables.html

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I've finished reading Anne of the Island (my post came out a little gloomy - but I really loved the book).

http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/01/anne-of-the-island-review.html

Amber said...

I finished Anne of Avonlea:

http://emorycc-thebookbasket.blogspot.com/2010/01/anne-of-avonlea-by-lm-montgomery.html

Amy said...

I finished Mistress Pat--->

http://hopeistheword.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/mistress-pat-by-l-m-montgomery/

Loved it! :-)

Alex said...

I just finished Anne of Avonlea..made a little post here:
http://createcorner.blogspot.com/2010/01/52-books-in-52-weeks-book-2-lucy-m.html

Annette said...

My second post is at http://livelearnlove226.blogspot.com/2010/01/meet-maud.html I thought I had already shared it here, but apparently not!

Annette said...

I just read Anne's House of Dreams! SO lovely!

http://livelearnlove226.blogspot.com/2010/01/annes-house-of-dreams-lmmontgomery.html

Barbara H. said...

I just finished revisiting Anne of Green Gables here:

http://barbarah.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/anne-of-green-gables/

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I skipped over Anne of Windy Poplars in favor of Anne's House of Dreams, which I reviewed here -

http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/01/annes-house-of-dreams-review.html

I'm really enjoying the series, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be reading through it now, if it weren't for this challenge - so thanks again!

Finny said...

I finished reading Anne of Green Gables.

http://finny74.blogspot.com/2010/01/green-gables.html

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We had some fun with an Anne of Green Gables inspired craft today.

The post is here: http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/01/puffed-paper-sleeves-anne-of-green.html

It's so much fun to see the children warming to the story.

Abi said...

My daughter and I are reading Emily of New Moon together.

Abi said...

Our post line is here
http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2010/01/l-m-montgomery-challenge.html

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I just finished Anne of Ingleside (my favorite so far!).

My post is at http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/01/anne-of-ingleside-review.html

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Anne of Green Gables http://stephaniesmommybrain.blogspot.com/2010/01/anne-of-green-gables-by-lm-montgomery.html

I really do still like her!! Just don't love her anymore. :)

Booklover1212 said...

I am so sad that I'm just finding this NOW!!!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

My Rainbow Valley review is at http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/01/rainbow-valley-review.html

This will be a good book to share with the kids!

Beth said...

Here is my post for Kilmeny of the Orchard:
http://starrweavings.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-review-kilmeny-of-orchard-by-lm.html

Beth said...

My post on Chronicles of Avonlea:
http://starrweavings.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-review-chronicles-of-avonlea-by-l.html

Beth said...

My post on Further Chronicles of Avonlea:
http://starrweavings.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-review-further-chronicles-of.html

Amy said...

I've decided to read Emily of New Moon.

I've had this book in my home library for over a year but it sounded so similar to Anne's story that I put off reading it.

Now I'm glad I've begun reading it.

Amy said...

I mentioned your challenge on my latest blog post.

http://admafrica.blogspot.com/2010/01/be-prepared.html

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island. Definitely preferred Avonlea! http://stephaniesmommybrain.blogspot.com/2010/01/anne-of-avonlea-and-of-island-by-lm.html

Amy said...

Okay, I FINALLY finished my HUMONGOUS PEI post! :-)

http://hopeistheword.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/prince-edward-island-reminiscences/

Jen said...

I read four LM Montgomery books this month. The first was Kilmeny of the Orchard. My post is here:http://1001goals.blogspot.com/2010/01/kilmeny-of-orchard-lm-montgomery.html

Jen said...

The second book I read was The Chronicles of Avonlea. The post is here: http://1001goals.blogspot.com/2010/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge_28.html

Jen said...

The third book I read for the challenge was The Further Chronicles of Avonlea. The post is here: http://1001goals.blogspot.com/2010/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge-further.html

Jen said...

The fourth and last book I read for the challenge was The Road to Yesterday. The post is here:http://1001goals.blogspot.com/2010/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge-road-to.html

I had a good time reading books I hadn't read before. Thanks!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I read Rilla of Ingleside, and reviewed it at http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/01/rilla-of-ingleside-review.html

Thanks again for the challenge - this book alone made it worth the effort. And, I can't wait to watch the movies with the children now!

Abi said...

Our Emily post is here.
http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2010/01/things-about-emily-of-new-moon.html

Jill said...

I can't believe I've never read these books but I haven't! I'm going to start at the beginning with Anne of Green Gables. I blogged about it here http://praiseworthythings.blogspot.com/2010/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge.html

Jen said...

Ok, I couldn't help myself. I read one more book for the challenge. I discovered that my copy of The Blue Castle wasn't in storage like I thought, so I just had to re-read it. It's my favorite of her books! The post is here: http://1001goals.blogspot.com/2010/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge-blue.html

Thanks again!

Black Sheep said...

I just managed to finish "Pat of Silver Bush" in time, after much trepidation. Review is here: http://oneblacksheep.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/l-m-montgomery-challenge-pat-of-silver-bush-review/

Tonia said...

I completed all the books I planned to read. Here's my summary - http://thesunnypatch.blogspot.com/2010/01/l-m-montgomery-reading-challenge_31.html

Tina's Blog said...

Anne of Green Gables was the first book I read on my Kindle. I knew I wouldn't get more than the first one done in January, but at least by starting the series (which I never read while growing up) I am at least heading in the right direction.
Here is the link to my post:
http://booksaremything.blogspot.com/2010/01/anne-of-green-gables-kindle-book-1.html

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I read Anne of Avonlea, and 11-year-old Amanda sort of read some of it :(

Our reviews of Anne of Avonlea


By the way, I was looking back at your comment on Amanda's review of Anne of Green Gables (which is again linked within my review above), and she mentioned Much Ado About Anne, which I think that you should definitely read next year in conjunction with your LMM Challenge, because you still haven't, right??

Brittanie said...

I read Jane of Lantern Hill for the challenge. I really liked it. Here is the link to my review:
http://abookloverforever.blogspot.com/2010/01/jane-of-lantern-hill-by-l-m-montgomery.html

Jacqueline said...

I didn't actually sign up for the challenge because I came across it late but the challenge did inspire me to read a L.M. Montgomery book this month. I read The Story Girl online from ReadPrint. You can read about it here if you're interested - http://jacquelinesjabberings.blogspot.com/2010/01/story-girl-by-lucy-maud-montgomery.html

Cindy said...

oops forgot to leave the direct link: http://monkeyboy-adventures.blogspot.com/2010/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge-round-2_:

Cindy said...

One more entry for me: I like the sterling silver and pink crystal bracelet! thanks!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Anne of Green Gables the movie. :)

http://stephaniesmommybrain.blogspot.com/2010/01/anne-of-green-gables-movie.html

Shawnee said...

I posted my review of "Anne of the Island"; this is a sweet one.

http://shawneett.blogspot.com/2010/01/reading-challenge-2010-review.html

THANKS for the challenge. I wouldn't have read this otherwise and it's gotten me excited to read more of the series.

Beth said...

My review for Magic for Marigold is here:

http://starrweavings.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-review-magic-for-marigold-by-lm.html

Abi said...

I awarded your blog with an award. You may pick it up here
http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2010/01/sugar-doll-blogger-award.html

Jennifer said...

I'm in!

Blog post--> http://blogfulofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/lm-montgomery-reading-challenge.html

Recovering Sociopath said...

In. Post here: http://recoveringsociopath.blogspot.com/2011/01/another-reading-challenge.html

Wendy62 said...

Planning to participate. My post is here: http://hundredacrewoodreporter.blogspot.com/p/reading-challenges.html

Haven't chosen book/s yet....

Katherine Cox said...

I would love to join the challenge! Here is my post.

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