Wednesday, January 13, 2010

451 Challenge

451 Fridays is based on an idea from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In his novel, a group of people (Bradbury calls them Book People) are trying to keep the ideas found in books alive. Instead of actually saving the books, the Book People each "become" a book - memorizing it, word for word, and passing it down to the next generation.

451 Fridays asks what books you feel passionate about. What book do you think is so important that you would be willing to take on the challenge of "becoming"?

We have compiled an amazing list of books this year in our weekly 451 Fridays posts, and it's time to start reading them! So, the 451 Challenge was born.

Here is how it will work: between January 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010, participants are challenged to read books on the 451 master list. There will be several levels of participation:

Spark - read 1-2 books from the master list
Ember - read 3-4 books from the master list
Flame - read 5-6 books from the master list
Blaze - read 7 or more books from the master list

Re-reading is acceptable, as are crossovers with other challenges. Audio, print, and e-books are all acceptable. Each month, participants will be encouraged to post their reviews on the challenge blog, and each review posted will be an entry into a grand prize drawing for a $25 gift card to the online bookseller of the winner's choice.


As of today's date (1/13/2010), I have already read 30+ books on the list!! However, there are so many titles that remain that I want to read!! I've listed some choices below of those that I will be choosing from. Who knows, I may throw some re-reads into the mix too!! My actual list to reach my goal of the Ember Level (3-4 books) will be below with links to reviews.

Possible Choices
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Completed Books
  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


  1. How fun! Actually, I was thinking about doing another theme month where I read nothing but classics--this challenge might tie nicely into that. :)

  2. heidenkind . . . There are definitely lots of classics on the list!!

  3. Tif - I'm glad you are joining us! You've selected some great choices - can't wait to see what you think.

  4. Elizabeth . . . Thanks for hosting! This is such a brilliant idea!


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