Friday, January 16, 2009

Orbis Terrarum for 2009

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Welcome to Orbis Terrarum 2009!!!
This is year 2 of our big adventure. There are some different things going on this year, so read up and tell me if you like it.

Main Challenge Rules:
*The Orbis Terrarum Challenge begins March 1 2009(you are welcome to join later) Through the end of 2009.
*For the challenge each reader is to choose 10 books (for the 10 months).
*Each book must from a different country, I have decided to go by the country of origin of the author, or the country he/she lives in is fine as well.
*You don't have to have a list, that means you can change your mind at any time. As long as there are 10 from 10 different countries, written by 10 different authors: Anything goes.


The bottom line: choose 10 different books, written by 10 different authors, from 10 different countries.

***At the end of the challenge for next year I thought it would be really fun to do (an optional) book exchange! I don't mind being in charge of prizes some of the time, but I was just thinking it would be really fun to get everyone involved in the end.
At the end of the challenge each OT challenger could select one of their favourite books that they read during that challenge to pass on to someone else who also finished the challenge. It would be like a: bests of 2009 OT swap!!FUN.
Tell me what you think!!
If some people didn't want to be involved, they could just opt out, no problem.

Sign up here to participate!!

62 comments:

Richard said...

Bethany,

Wow, everything looks great! I actually was thinking about a film mini challenge after our comments exchange last night, so what a nice surprise to see that you'd already thought about that. Anyway, I'll definitely be in for both the bilingual and movie mini challenges. Thanks so much!

beastmomma said...

This sounds fantastic! I am really looking forward to participating and helping again.

Jennifer said...

Everything looks fun and I am very, very excited to be part of 2009! I love the idea of a swap at the end of the year.

The Holistic Knitter said...

I'm in - I'd love to do the book swap but tend to get most of my books from the library - so will see about that
Thanks for hosting
Love the mini-challenges ;0)

The Holistic Knitter said...

How about a Poetry reading challenge - I haven't seen one of these yet?
Perhaps 10 poems or poetry collections from 10 different countries?

Ex Libris said...

I didn't do well last year, so I'm looking forward to redeeming myself in 2009! I will commit to the main challenge, the short story challenge, and the poetry challenge.

Lizzy Siddal said...

Count me in for the main challenge and the book swap.

BiblioMom said...

I didn't participate last year since I just found your blog in November but I plan to hop aboard in 2009. I'm also a reader of the 3% blog about works translated into English and my personal challenge for myself is to read more translated works this year and the two go along so well together. Thank you.

Corinne said...

You are a maniac, woman!! WOW! I think the book exchange at the end sounds really fun - good idea :) The blog looks GREAT!

violetcrush said...

I would love to join but I am a little confused. Can we read 10 books based in 10 different countries too or is it restricted to where the authors are from?

Mrs. B. said...

I would be up for an end of challenge swap...perfect!

*claire* said...

I would love to join, but as I've joined 10 other challenges for 2009 already, would it be okay to do some overlaps with other challenges?

Stephanie said...

I defintely want to join this year!

Ramya said...

love the book swap idea! It is fair to expect you to provide prizes all the time!

One thing I was thinking about to make the whole thing more interactive is have a OT community blog. Let people share facts/fun stuff/ traditions/ recipes etc from the country they are reading about. It might be a major organization effort though. I would love to help you organize it if you need my help!

fleurfisher said...

This is wonderful! I'm in for the main challenge, short stories and the book swap.

3m said...

I'll be participating in the main challenge and the film challenge.

Stephanie said...

Yeah! I'm excited. I even posted my tentative reading:

http://stephaniesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/sunday-salon-life-for-challenged.html

Elizabeth said...

I've been looking forward to this one for a while!

bookoholic13 said...

Oh, this looks like fun! I'm in!!

samantha.1020 said...

I'm in for the main challenge. I'm really excited about this one!

Matt (Matt's Book Blog) said...

Thanks for this challenge. In the main challenge.

beastmomma said...

I finally created my challenge post. Looking forward to going around the world again.

tuulenhaiven said...

So exciting!! I can't wait to pick out some books. I'm in for the main challenge, and probably some of the mini ones as well.

DiAnais said...

I mistakenly commented on the OT2008 challenge, so I'm signing up here as well :).

tanabata said...

I'm in again this year. I'd intended to join all along but finally got around to posting about it.
The book exchange sounds like a really fun idea and I'd be up for that as well. Thanks for hosting! :)

priscilla said...

I'm late but signing up as well. I'll probably get most books from the library, but I'll participate in the swap if I can.

Wendy said...

I just signed up - looks like fun!

Abbie said...

I've just found this challenge and I'd love to join in. I'm setting up a new blog for my challenges, http://ab13readchallenges.wordpress.com/ - but it's very new so you won't learn much about me there as yet. For my first book I'm off to France - Madame Bovary, by Flaubert.

Keesh said...

I couldn't wait for this challenge to start...sounds like fun. Count me in for the book swap.

N.Vasillis said...

What a great challenge! I'm in!

Priya Iyer said...

I'm in for the OT 2009 Challenge! I loved doing it last year, and I hope it's just as much fun this year too! :) Thanks for hosting it..

abbie13 said...

Please, just a question for clarification - do these authors have to be contemporary? Is it okay to include authors who are deceased? I'm just wondering because you write about the country where the author "lives" always in the present tense! Thanks, Abbie

Sandra said...

So sorry Bethany. I made a boo boo in the Mr. Linky. Could you remove the first one please, #44? The next one , #45 is the correct link to my post about the challenge. And I'm in for the swap too. Thank you very much.

Jenny Simpson said...

This sounds fun. I will probably opt out of the swap though as I read mostly library books. Thanks

Lahni said...

Sounds like fun, I'm in! I don't think I can participate in the swap either. I posted a link to my blog, not the actual post about the challenge...was that wrong? Here is the challenge post:
http://rawlings.mapledesign.ca/?p=508

Scribacchina said...

Hello, I hope it's not too late to join... Thanks for this challenge, I participated in a similar one last year but it was not repeated, so when I saw yours I thought, this is it. Travelling through books is always fun! My post (with no list as of now, sorry!) is here.

Tracey said...

Please count me in for the main challenge - I jumped in and started reading and then realised I hadn't signed up! Thank you for hosting

Lahni said...

Hi, I've already signed up for the challenge, but I've changed the blog I'm going to use. Here is the new link:
http://nosebook.mapledesign.ca/

Bee Bee said...

I had signed up last year but could not finish it. But this time, I am determined!

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clueless said...

Hi Bethany,
I read about the OT 2008 challenge in a couple of other blogs late last year and I'm glad I found this year's now!
Love the vintage posters..

Shetty Priyanka said...

I'm excited about the challenge..
I'm in... :)

Tej said...

Hi Bethany

Ive been following Ramya's blog for a while now and got to know about this challenge being hosted again this year. Im really excited to take part in this...

uenohama said...

I've just signed up for this challenge. I've picked two books at the moment.

http://damnedconjuror.wordpress.com/2009-challenges/

3m said...

Hmm, I could have sworn I entered my name in Mr. Linky when I posted my comment in January above.

Oh, well, maybe Mr. Linky wasn't working that day.

It's there now, anyway.

Madeleine said...

Hi Bethany,
I added this challenge, I am waiting for foreign language books but in the meanwhile am reading foreign books in english, so I'll do both

Anupama said...

Hi!

My new year resolution for 2009 is to read one book per month! So this challenge is in line with what I already intend to do. Only I need to take care to select diff authors from diff countries. Interesting challenge... So far - I've read -' Tuesdays with Morrie', 'Love in the time of cholera', 'Life Expectancy - Dean Koontz' and 'A year down yonder by Richard Peck'. I enjoyed 'em all... :)

Anonymous said...

Cool,
We have the same name. I never meet someone with the same name as me. Anyway, I'm in. Sounds fun.

Arvind said...

Hey, sign me up for this one! I know I am a bit late-but I have a month of vacation, and you just gave me a great way to spend it :).

Zeal said...

Hey I am new to the blog world and just saw this challenge.Sounds really interesting and would like to sign up, but I don't see Mr. Linky where I can sign up, maybe I don't know..someone care to help ?? :) :)

Zeal said...

Hi Bethany, thanks for the info :). I have created a post at my blog and will update my list as I read. This will give me a chance to read about different countries. I am excited!! Here is the link http://booksbroadcasting.blogspot.com/2009/05/orbis-terrarum-2009.html

I have one more question though, can we read 10 books from different countries or the authors necessarily have to be from different countries?

jan said...

hey, count me in.
i know am signing up late and i have a busy month ahead of me. but this looks like fun. and i can leave my boundaries and start reading different authors! :)

tea said...

I just finished reading and reviewing "It Happened In Italy" by Elizabeth Bettina. I hope this book will fit the reading challenge.

blog address

http://ilovelovebooks.blogspot.com

Anupama said...

I'm currently reading 'Only Love is Real' By Dr. Brian Weiss.

preilijuly said...

Hi! I hope it's not too late to sign-up. Seems a great challenge.
My goal and list: http://preilijulyfrench.blogspot.com/2009/06/reading-challenges.html

tea said...

Well, I have a new address but no posts yet.:)

http://aroundtheworldtraveller.blogspot.com/

Anupama said...

Just read 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' - a Swedish work translated in English. One of the best murder mysteries I've ever read.

Veens said...

I can't seem to find my name anywhere!entering again!

Veens said...

i think the book swapping thing is a great idea!

mel u said...

Please sign me up for this really great challenge

my list of books read and reading goals is at rereadinglives.blogspot.com

Tea said...

I haven't been here in awhile. Somehow I strayed away from my reading challenges for 2009. I have three more books to read before the end of the challenge.
Do I need to relink my links again or just start with book eight.

teakettle58@yahoo.com

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