Friday, November 20, 2009

GLBT Challenge 2010

Welcome to the GLBT Challenge 2010!
The Challenge that Dare Not Speak its Name...




Rules/Guidelines:

The basic idea of this challenge is to read books about GLBT topics and/or by GLBT authors.

The challenge runs year-round, and there will be three levels of participation:
  • Lambda Level: Read 4 books.
  • Pink Triangle Level: Read 8 books.
  • Rainbow Level: Read 12 or more books.
You don't need to choose your books right away, and they can change at any time. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.

In January, I will put up a post for you to leave links to your reviews, if you like. Those links can help serve as a reference for others. That will also be how I track participants for prize drawings.

Prizes! There will be prizes, both for this main challenge and for various mini-challenges throughout the year. Keep an eye on the blog for details.

Sign up using Mr. Linky below (please link directly to your post about the challenge).



Feel free to use either of the buttons above, designed by Jason.
Background image on the second button thanks to Claudio Bindella, courtesy of Flickr.

82 comments:

BookDiva said...

I will definitely give this a try. I think I will start out at the Lambda Level and perhaps work my way up. Thanks for doing this!!

Amanda said...

That's perfectly fine. I don't mind you moving up or just staying at the low level. :)

Ah Yuan // wingstodust said...

Saw this challenge on ninefly's challenge post. =D Will attempt to do Rainbow Level, and strictly from books by GLBT authors. =D

Amanda said...

Cool! I look forward to your reviews.

Ryan G said...

I'm going to go for the Rainbow. It should be no problem for me, I hope :-)

Amanda said...

Awesome, Ryan! Thanks for joining!

Amanda-Lee said...

i dont get it...what do the books have to be about? the issue of being gay...or just a gay character with a bigger plot...

can you post an example list?
preferably with some supernatural stuff please!!!

cheers...

Amanda said...

Amanda-Lee - the books can either be about a gay issue (either an issue in general or about a gay character), or it can be a book written by a GLBT author. For instance, Virginia Woolf wrote many non-GLBT books, but you can read anything by her for this challenge because she was a lesbian. Same thing with Oscar Wilde, EM Forster, etc. If you check the tabs at the top of the page, you can go to the Resources page, which has multiple lists. Several of those should include supernatural/paranormal work. Plus, we have someone who will probably do some guest posts on GLBT speculative fiction in the near future.

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

I love the badges!
The site looks awesome - great job!

Since I am a bit of Spec Fiction nut I have a bunch of links here which may be useful.

Here is a link for a site which is a GLBT themed site for Fantasy - there are also resources there for more spec fiction within the genre.

http://crossedgenres.com/

Here is also a my list at goodreads which I have been collecting for a while which is mostly spec fiction it will continue to grow.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1987170-shellie?shelf=glbt-theme

More links that I have been collecting

http://www.glbtfantasy.com/

http://jclarkmedia.com/gaybooks/genre.html

Great stuff! Looking forward to the challenge.

Gina Marina said...

I'm going for the Rainbow level and will be checking out the links. Most of my gblt reading is erotica so it will be fun to go mainstream ;-)

Amanda said...

Shellie - thanks for the links!

Gina - yay for rainbow level!!

writergal said...

I'm doing the lowest level so I can complete it.

Rob said...

Hi Amanda, I'm going down to Sydney for a week (leaving the house in an hour so I better get off-line!) and look forward to signing up when I return. I'll look for some Australian authors to include and have a list of my own started.

Amanda said...

That's awesome Rob! I look forward to hearing what you find for Australian authors.

Elizabeth Kaylene said...

Definitely doing this! Do we have to wait until January to start?

Amanda said...

Elizabeth - for this challenge, yes, but if you want to read other books in the meantime, that's great! We also have the 2009 challenge still going on.

Elizabeth Kaylene said...

Good - now I won't have to feel guilty for buying myself books instead of gifts for other people. (:

Sasha said...

Hello there. Just to clarify. Can we read poetry books? Richard Siken, for example (steering clear of Mary Oliver for this one, haha).

Thanks. :)

Amanda said...

Yes definitely, Sasha! Poetry is welcome!

runningforfiction said...

I was sooooooooo excited when I found my way to this challenge.
Rainbow level? Rainbow level.
I am pumped. :]

~robby

Amanda said...

Yay Robby! We're so happy you're here.

book weirdo said...

sounds like a cool challenge although i dont know that many GLBT authors besides sara ryan and julie anne peters. Quick question, do they have to be books published in '10 or any year?

Amanda said...

Sorry to take so long to get back to you - right after you left your comment, the Linky went down and made it so I couldn't access this page. No, the books don't have to be published in 2010. Any year, any time period. I plan to read some classics by glbt authors (Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Colette, etc).

Aarti said...

Ok, I'm signing up as I just read a GLBT book and I have a GLBT graphic novel coming to me tomorrow to borrow. Or can I only start in January? If so, shoot. I will have to find more :-) But for now, I'll sign up (no dedicated post) for the lambda level.

Thanks!

Amanda said...

Aarti - yes, I'm sorry, I'm trying to keep 2010 dedicated only to books read that year, since there's a glbt challenge going on in 2009 already. :)

Marieke said...

I just signed up at the Pink Triangle level, with a partial book list. Looking forward to 2010!!

Amanda said...

Glad to have you with us, Marieke!

susan said...

I learned about this late last year and wanted to join but I never got my act together. Now I know early, I'm more organized so I'm in.

I'm going for Pink Triangle. I plan to overlap with other challenges so I think this is doable.

Looking forward to reading and checking out other participants' choices.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for organizing this.

Amanda said...

Susan - glad to see you in! Anon - you're very welcome!

Susan Deborah said...

I have already read some books. i am here to know more about the resources available. Being a researcher in this area, I am interested. I am not sure whether I can read all the entries but I am interested nevertheless.

Thanks.

Joy always,
Susan

Susan Deborah said...

I would also recommend literature from India. There are some good ones. Another recommendation would be the quintessential 'History of Sexuality' Vols 1, 2 and 3 by Michel Foucault.

Joy always.

Susan Deborah said...

For a start:

'The Transgender Reader'
~ Susan Stryker

'Transgender History'
~ Susan Stryker

Katie said...

I'm only signing up for Lambda level, but I'm excited. I think this is a great challenge.

Faith Adeline said...

Great challenge! I'm shooting for the pink triangle level (:

Amanda said...

Thanks for joining us, all of you! :)

Foxy Brown said...

omg, i'm too excited about this. i love to read. i'm going for the gusto. rainbow level, baby!!

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

The post is live and I did it right.
Yeah!
Looking forward to all the wonderful reviews.

hcmurdoch said...

This looks great! As a high school Teacher Librarian I try to read a wide variety of books so that I know what to recommend to all my students. I'll add this challenge to my blog. I am assuming we can read fiction and non-fiction

Amanda said...

Yes, definitely fiction and nonfiction are both good. :)

MissAttitude said...

I'm going for Rainbow Level all YA with poc. I'm psyched for this challenge!

Amanda said...

Woo-hoo! That's awesome! I'd like to do a mini-challenge specifically featuring POC (both authors and characters).

Lauren said...

I find it hard to commit to challenges, but this one is a must-do. I'll start off aiming for Lambda level and see how I do from there.

imsonotablogger said...

hi,
def going to give this a go as i only know a few authors(namely Sarah Waters-check out our interview with her at http://thebookclubblog.co.za- and Jeanette Winterson, and would love to find some more to read.
I think Il start out at the Lamba level and work my way from there. havent done a link up post yet, but will do and then add to mr linky.
Cool idea!

Mama Librarian said...

I'm going for Rainbow! =) Thanks for putting this up.

Rob said...

Aloha from your 85th member! I'm looking forward to this challenge with my first book, "Out In The Garden." My goal is Rainbow. Thanks Amanda and Jen for hosting this reading challenge (my first one!).

Happy New Year, "Hau'oli Makahiki Hou."

Sara said...

I updated my entry for my list of books and it now has a new URL. The one in #89 is correct. The one in #59 is wrong.

Amanda said...

Sara - I deleted the old one. Thanks for letting me know!

Bubbles said...

Awesome idea for a challenge - I'm definitely in. I'm going to shoot for Rainbow Level, since I was intending to read quite a few GLBT books this year anyway. I'm really looking forward to some great books!

Notorious Spinks said...

I am looking forward to the challenge.

Amanda said...

Bubbles - Yay!

NS - For some reason, your link keeps going through as spam in Linky, it has an @ in it, but I just looked up your address per the link in the comments and fixed it in the linky so it wouldn't be flagged as spam anymore. I didn't see a direct post about the challenge, though, so if there is one that I just didn't see, leave me a comment with the full web address and I'll edit your entry in the list. Sorry for the trouble!

Karen said...

I've just joined in. I'm going to start with the lowest commitment level, but I might upgrade as I go. I'm a high school librarian working to give the right book to all of my students.

thestonebow said...

I'm in! Doing the Rainbow Level, and looking forward to it. Thanks for hosting this challenge!

Amanda said...

Yay! We're glad to have you guys.

Elizabeth Sabourin said...

Going at Lambda level. =)

vorvolaka said...

I'm assuming it's not too late to enter!

I'm going for Raindow Level.

Amanda said...

Never too late! That's right. Thanks for joining us. :)

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

Amanda -
I think I recall you saying that erotica is not to be part of the challenge... just wanted to check?
Thanks!

Amanda said...

Erotica is actually just fine, Shellie! It's just straight-porn that I don't want. :)

Kris said...

Hi Amanda! I'm a new blogger and I'm really excited to be participating in this challenge. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

Karen said...

I'm moving up to the Rainbow Level. I love the mini-challenges!

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

Posted - Fun Home by Allison Bechdel... loved it.

It was my first graphic novel.

This will make 3 out of 4. One more to go. I believe I will be surpassing my goal for this challenge this year. :)

Caroline said...

Rainbow level!!!

Chris Wolak said...

I'm new to blogging and this is the first reading challenge that I've signed up for. Going to go easy and start with the Lambda level. Thanks for the challenge!

Niranjana (Brown Paper) said...

I just read Shamin Sarif's wonderful "The World Unseen" set in apartheid-era south Africa, and then came across this challenge. I'd love to join even though I'm so late. I'll start as Lambda, and hopefully move up to Pink Triangle.

Mish said...

Hey there. I finally got around to posting my final read for last year's challenge. :) I've signed up for this year, though I think starting this late in the year I'll aim for 4.

I'm not sure where you'll be for BEA, but if you're a chocolate fan (which I am not), I suggest going to Chocolate by the Bald Man. It's off of Union Square Park, around the corner from Whole Foods.

Amanda said...

Thanks for joining, and for the suggestion! :) I do love chocolate.

Amy said...

I have a whole lot of books to count for this now so am finally joining! Hooray!

Amanda said...

Yay Amy!!!

Dramaya said...

It's sounds like a great challenge and I'm happy to be a part of it!

Roof Beam Reader said...

I'm in! This is an exciting challenge, thanks for hosting it!

Mardel said...

I know it's late in the year to sign up, but I seriously though I already had signed up. I meant to, and then apparently forgot all about it, though I've been following the blog. My mind isn't like it used to be, LOL

I'll try (since it's already August) the first level.

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Amanda said...

Mardel - It's lovely to have you no matter when you sign up! :)

Dark Heathyr - No problem! I just deleted the extra links and left your challenge link up. :)

Kelly said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only joining in a little late in the game! But I'm going to try my best to do the Pink Triangle level of 8 books. This is great because I read a lot of GLBT fiction (esp for young adults) so now I get to discover even more great books of the genre!

Dutchie said...

Oh I wish I had of found this challenge earlier! Will you be hosting this challenge again next year (I'd join in now, but already have several challenges lined up for the rest of the year and want to be able to make a real effort)? And is it both fiction and non fiction?

Amanda said...

We certainly will be! It'll be slightly different next year, more of a self-directed challenge, but it'll definitely be here.

Dutchie said...

Awesome, I'm following the blog either way. I've already gotten quite a few reading ideas out of it.

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Amanda said...

No problem! :)

Adam said...

Did it! I've read 17 so far this year - and I'm working on War and Peace, so I may not get this number much -if any- higher than 17. LOL