Friday, April 23, 2010

Hogwarts Reading Challenge

Admittedly, I am a nerd. No doubt about it. And a lot of that nerd-i-ness centers around an unabashed love for (nearly) all things Harry Potter. (I haven't bought any of the "merchandise," and don't have a vacation to the theme park planned, but the books and the movies are to die for.)

So, me being the nerd that I am, I was intrigued when I was reading book reviews on The Little Bookworm's blog and there would be something random about "Hogwarts" at the end. I did a little digging and found this post about the Hogwarts Reading Challenge, and I couldn't help but want to participate (I hope it's not too late).

Here are the deets:

1. Go to the blog that is hosting the challenge, Worth Reading It?, and get sorted into a Hogwarts house. (I was Hufflepuff.)

Get Sorted By The Hogwarts Sorting Hat!

2. During the duration of the challenge (March 8 - December 13, 2010), list all of the books that you read and (as applicable) categorize them into which class at Hogwarts they fit. Each book is worth 1 point towards the House Cup (HP books are worth 25 points); after five books, you're entered into the drawing at the end of the challenge for a $25 Gift Card, and the House with the most points at the end is the winner (with all the applicable bragging rights).

The classes are...

Transfiguration - read any book that has "trans" or "figure" in its title, is about shape shifting, has a shape shifter in it, or is about anything having to do with changing one thing into another
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (Finished May 16, 2010)
- The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler (Read 5/31/2010)
- The Book of Luke by Jenny O'Connell (Finished 6/16/2010)
Defence Against the Dark Arts - read any book that has "defence" ("defense"), "dark" and/or "art(s)" in its title; read any book that is about self defense, war, history of war/marital arts, murder mysteries
- Troy by Adele Geras (Finished 3/28/2010)
- Ithaka by Adele Geras (Finished 3/31/2010)
- Zombie Blondes by Brian James (Finished 4/4/2010)
- Ophelia by Lisa Klein (Finished 5/14/2010)
- Lady Macbeth's Daughter by Lisa Klein (Finished 5/24/2010)
Charms - read any book that has "charm" in its title, any book that deals with giving something or someone a new aspect (for example, the nerdy guy become a handsome doctor)
- Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips (Finished 4/6/2010)
Potions - read any book that has "potion" in its title (cookbooks count, but you must cook at least one recipe out of the book)

Astronomy - read any book that has "astronomy" in its title, books about planets, stars, etc, sci-fi

History of Magic - read any book that has "history" or magic in its title, books about magic, witches, etc.

Herbology - read any book that has "herb" in its title (again cookbooks count and, again, you must cook at least one recipe out of the book)

Arithmancy - read any book that has "arithmancy" in its title, any book with a number in its title, any book that deal with numbers or math

Ancient Runes - read any book that has "ancient" or "runes" in its title, books about historical places like the pyramids, Stonehenge, great wall of china, or any book about symbols

Divination - read any book that has "divine" in its title, any book about psychics or psychic abilities, tarot reading, etc.

Care of Magical Creatures - read any book that has "magical" or "creatures" in its title, about supernatural beings
- The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson, Book 4) by Rick Riordan (Finished 3/15/2010)
- The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson, Book 5) by Rick Riordan (Finished 3/18/2010)
- The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1) by Rick Yancey (Finished 6/16/2010)
Muggle Studies - nearly any book works here; what better why to understand Muggle than to read what they read?
- The Off Season (Dairy Queen, Book 2) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock [Audio] (Finished 3/18/2010)
- Troy High by Shanna Norris (Finished 3/22/2010)
- Front and Center (Diary Queen, Book 3) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock [Audio] (Finished 3/25/2010)
- Beginner's Greek by James Collins (Finished 5/28/2010)
- An Off Year by Claire Zulkey (Finished 5/31/2010)
- The Heights by Brian James (Finished 6/13/2010)
3. Link up your book list in the Mr. Linky on the main site for the challenge and watch your points accumulate (point totals displayed on the website are one month [roughly] behind).


Andrea said...

HAha, it's a fun challenge. Glad you joined.

Bunnitaz said...

Hi and welcome to the challenge. If you know any Slytherins that may want to join please send them towards the challenge. We are lacking students in that house. Check back for mini challenges. Happy Reading

Bunnitaz said...

new mini challenge posted

Bunnitaz said...

Hi Hogwarts Reading Challenge 2011 is now up and running until June 30th. This is the last Hogwarts Challenge for me as such it will be more involved and hopefully more fun. Click Mini Challenges for dates and info. I am not announcing any prizes other than the $15 gift card to a random winner for participating in the main challenge with the 5 book minimum met. However, there will be a drawing for a prize for all those who are able to accumulate 450 plus points and well as participate in all the mini challenges as well as read 7 books from one series (in honor of the 7 HP books). This final challenge is called the Triwizard Tournament. All prizes will be given out any time after the mini challenge or right the main challenge but if you win you will get your prize.
*A series is when the main character is the same in all subsequent books. Ex: Eve Dallas in the Death in…, James Patterson Alex Cross books. When in doubt, ask me. Have fun and Happy Reading