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June 07, 2006

Announcing the Kat with a K Summer Reading Program 2006

Summer Reading Program 2006

Remember summer reading programs at the library when you were little? When they would actually reward you for reading instead of playing outside or doing whatever else it was that normal kids do? Maybe you have kids participating in one right now, in fact. But really, why should kids have all the fun? Some public libraries do have adult SRPs as well, but they're not so exciting. But fear not! The first annual Kat with a K Summer Reading Program (for Grown-Ups) is here!

The Basics: Sign up. Read books. Review them on your blog. Meet your goal. Maybe win some prizes.

Goals: Set a goal for how many books you want to read this summer: June 1 through August 31. The minimum is three, or an average of one for each month. Pick a goal for yourself that is challenging but doable. If you'd like, pick a bonus goal as well: this is a particular task with which you want to challenge yourself. It could be to finally read Moby Dick, or to read something in a genre out of your normal comfort zone, or something in another language, or whatever. Bonus goals are totally optional, but will make you eligible for more prize drawings.

Prizes: Readers who meet their goals will get a printable certificate and a prize image to proudly post on thier blogs. In addition, for each book you read, you will be entered in the main prize raffle. There will be a bunch of prizes; not sure how many yet. And yes, there will be prizes for Knitters and Muggles alike. There will be some extra prizes too: one for the person who reads the most books; one of the person who reads the most pages; a drawing among the people who met their bonus goals. And maybe more surprise prizes along the way. (If anyone has something they'd like to donate as a prize, let me know.)

Reviews: So what are these reviews you have to post? Don't worry; it's not too scary. For each book you read, post at least the title, author, number of pages, and a short commentary. Feel free to post other information (genre, publisher, etc.) if you'd like. The reviews can be as long or short as you want; just make sure you tell us enough to show that you actually read the book. ;-)

Ready to Sign Up? Just e-mail me with the following information:

1. Name
2. Blog URL
3. Goal (number of books)
4. Any bonus goals
5. Whether you knit (so we don't send yarn to Muggles)

Then I'll link you in the sidebar so we can all watch your progress. I'll also make a progress tracking page, where I'll track how people are doing. (A little healthy competition never hurt, right?) We'd prefer you post the books as you go, or at least once a month, so we can all get ideas from what others are reading, but if you have to post them all at the end, that's okay. I'll periodically post links to particularly interesting reviews.


1. But I don't have a blog!
Don't worry, that won't disqualify you. Just let me know that when you sign up and we'll work something out.

2. June already started. Can I count books I've already read?
Yes, feel free to count books you finished on June 1 or later.

3. What if I started a book before June, but finish it in June (or July or August)?
That's fine. (Have you looked at my sidebar?) Count them. You'll probably start some over the summer that you won't finish until after August 31, so it will all work out.

4. What about rereads?
Also fine. I have things I like to reread every year, and I know others do too.

5. How about kids' books?
In the interest of fairness, I've decided to count anything from "chapter books" on up in the main drawing. If you have a question about a particular title, let me know. BUT! Do post about the picture books you're reading, and at the end of the summer we'll crown a Picture Book Queen (or King).

6. Knitting or other craft books? Or cookbooks?
If you sit down and read it cover to cover, yes. If you skim, just look at pictures, or just use some patterns or recipes, no.

7. Are you playing?
I'm going to set a goal and play along, but I won't award myself any prizes.


And, as always, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Posted by Kat at June 7, 2006 06:58 PM

Ooooh, sign me up. I'm such a joiner.

Posted by: Jocele at June 7, 2006 11:20 PM

You know, Kat, you're little & cute and all, but really, you're just this Pandora's box of enabling. Sign me up. I'm reading the new Evanovich on the 20th & I'll line up some real books as well.

Posted by: Erica at June 8, 2006 03:25 PM

the library here had a winter reading program for growned-ups, and i won a free used book, but i was really in it for one of TEN hotel stays... but i didn't win.

Posted by: cubbie at June 8, 2006 07:08 PM

I did win a mug and a pair of Minnesota Twins tickets in the summer reading program here a few years ago. I love the mug - it's red and says "Hot Reader."

Posted by: Chris at June 9, 2006 07:45 PM

Question: What if I'm reading from a collected works? (Like Shakespeare plays.) Should I just pretend that it's its own book? Cuz I ain't buyin' a standalone _Measure for Measure_ :)

Posted by: Kate at June 9, 2006 08:53 PM

I have a dilemma. I just spent 10 days reading Collapse by Jared Diamond, but then he went and said something ignorant that pissed me off and I don't want to finsih reading the book.

But I'm over 200 pages into it! Do we get page # credits for books we toss across the room? Or should I just suck it up and finish the $#%* thing and post a long rant about it on my blog when I'm done?

Posted by: Christine at July 26, 2006 10:37 AM
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