ThemeQuest Reading Challenge

A reading challenge that might tie in to a New Year's resolution... but hopefully it will be way more fun than that.

Here's the deal:

Choose one word you want to focus on during 2010—your “theme” for the year.

Usually it will be a word related to improving one’s life—words such as happiness, balance, simplicity, creativity, abundance, serenity… or come up with your own!

Then—read books related to that word.

Choose your level of participation:

THEME THING: Read 5 books related to your theme—at least 1 fiction and 1 nonfiction.

THEME MANIA: Read 7 books related to your theme—at least 2 fiction and 2 nonfiction.

THEME SUPREME: Read 10 books related to your theme—at least 3 fiction and 3 nonfiction.

1. The challenge runs from January 1 – December 31, 2010.
2. Participants may join anytime before December 31.
3. Re-reads and overlaps with other challenges are fine.
4. Audiobooks count!
5. No need to list your books beforehand, and no need to write reviews.
6. Create an intro post linking to this blog.
7. Then sign up here via Mr. Linky (below), using your intro post’s address. Please use this style: blog name (theme word); e.g., Unruly Reader (balance)
8. Add a Comment to this post, telling us your theme word and your level of participation.

Other stuff:
The graphic is yours to lift to use on your site—go ahead and steal that thing!

Have a super time!


Grilsgood said...

think my theme will be Murder, and maybe the sub genre serial killer. Lindy/CT

Stacey said...

Hi Lindy,
Welcome! Your topic is a good one -- lots of fiction and nonfiction books to select from.
-- Stacey

sharonb said...

I bought the book Simple Abundance for the new years reading so I am going to go with abundance as my choice for the theme read

Whitney said...

I'm in. My theme is going to be creativity.

Elisabeth said...

I'm in! But, I did modify the length of the theme. Mine is "the power of the written word." I'm so excited! Thanks!!

Whitney said...

I'm actually thinking about adding another word. Not quite 100% sure about it yet, but it's something I can't completely get away from.

Stacey said...

Welcome, Elisabeth! Great theme.

Stacey said...


Sounds intriguing --

Whitney said...

So...I did it! My second theme is going to be faith.

Stacey said...


Great theme! Congratulations on tackling two themes for the year.

readerbuzz said...


I've been reading books about happiness for several years. I hope to read several more this year.

And I want to focus on the idea of happiness in everything I read this year.

Stacey said...


Happiness = perfect theme.

I can't wait to see what books you read!

Unruly Reader

I'm so not a blogger said...

what a fab idea for a challenge, I think I may do this one and off the top of my head, i think my theme will be laughter.

Stacey said...

I'm so not a blogger--

Laughter sounds great!

Stacey said...


"Peace" sounds perfect. Welcome aboard!

Stacey said...

I hope the reading challenge itself proves relaxing -- to fit your theme word!

Grilsgood said...

I dont'have a blog so here goes

1. Saul, John Black Creek Crossing
2. Johansen, Iris Deadlock
3. Olsen, Karen E. The Missing INk
4. Grafton, Sue U is for Undertow
5. Howard, Linda Cover of Night
6. Koontz, Dean Dark Rivers of the Heart
7. Clark, Mary Jane Lights Out Tonight
8. Krentz, Jayne Ann Fired Up
9. Patterson, James Witch and Wizard
10. Hosp, David Among Thieves rated 5
11. Woods, Stuart Heat
12. Hoag, Tami Deeper Than The Dead
13. Howard, Linda Death Angel
14. Brennan, Allison Cutting Edge
15. Howard, Linda Death Angel
16. Hoag, Tami Deeper Than The Dead
17. Henry, Sue Degrees of Separation
18. Hooper, Kay Blood Ties
19. Howard, Linda To Die For
20. Doetsch, Richard 13th Hour

Unruly Reader said...


Way to go! 20 books -- excellent. I nearly wiped myself out reading a mere 11. : )