Next up are the geographical challenges. These include country challenges, continent/area challenges and international country-hopping challenges.
I'll start with individual countries.The next post will be about area/continent challenges and international challenges. Please, if you know of more country challenges, let me know (just leave a comment).
Books on France challenge, hosted on the Words and Peace blog. The challenge is to read books related to France in some way: set in France, written by a French author, written in French or featuring a French theme. Any genre is valid, there are 4 levels, reviewing is expected, and there is a giveaway drawing for the participants at the end of the year. There are 22 participants so far, and you can find out more by following the link.
Then we hop over the Channel to Britain. The British Books Challenge is hosted on the Feeling Fictional blog. It is, quite simply, a challenge to read at least 12 books by British authors in the course of 2013. Monthly reviewing is expected, at least of you want to win some of the prizes. That's right: There are monthly prizes! (Most unfortunately the majority are only available to UK participants, but the host intends to try to do a couple of international giveaways as well). 56 participants so far, and further rules may be found by clicking the link.
Next we cross the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle (boy, would I have aced this challenge last year with all those Nora Roberts Irish-themed books). Books and Movies is hosting the Ireland Challenge. This is an all-year challenge and, in the host's words, covers "Any book written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters". Crossovers are allowed, levels range from 4 books (Shamrock) to 10+ books (Ceilith). 22 participants so far. More rules can be found by clicking through the link.
50 States challenge hosted on the Book obsessed blog. The challenge is simple enough: Read books that are set in each of the 50 states of the USA. This does not appear to mean that you have to read fifty books - after all, the same book can be set in more than one state. Re-reads and cross-overs are acceptable and reviewing is a must. More rules can be found over on the hosting blog. So far 21 people have joined.
The Indian Quills challenge is hosted on The Tales Pensive blog. Books read for the challenge must be authored or co-authored by authors of Indian extraction. It runs all year and I did not see a sign-up date. You must commit to the number of books you read beforehand, and reviewing is expected. More rules and information after the link. 26 participants so far.
The final country challenge is the Aussie Author challenge. Hosted by Booklover Book Reviews, it has two levels: 3 books by at least 2 different authors, and 12 books by at least 4 male and 4 female authors, of which at least 2 are non-fiction and 4 different fiction genres are represented.
Reviews seem to be expected, I did not see a sign-up deadline, and further rules and a sign-up post can be found by clicking through the link.