Friday, January 11, 2013

Cut The Cable Reading Challenge (2013)

This is the first year I'm going to host a Reading Challenge!
You can find my post at Goodreads in the Challenge Factory group.


The challenge is to read books that were made into TV shows and/or novelizations based on TV shows.

(Examples, Perry Mason, Dresden Files, Doctor Who.

The first two were books made into TV shows, the last was a TV show first.)

The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.

You have to read the books in 2013.

Short stories count (example, Sherlock Holmes, Jeeves and Wooster)
Rereads count
Crossovers with other reading challenges count

Casual Viewer - 6 books
Couch Potato - 12 books
TV Junkie - 18 books
TV Addict - 24 books

I am going to allow non-fiction books in this challenge as long as they are written by, or are about, an actor/personality that has been on television.

Below, I've listed possible reads in different categories. You don't have to pick from the categories, I'm just using them to illustrate how diverse this challenge can be!

a) Mystery/Detective

Examples include Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Perry Mason, Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Hamish Macbeth, Columbo, Psych.

b) Sci-Fi

Examples include Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Blake's 7, Torchwood, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

c) Paranormal/Fantasy

Examples include Dresden Files, The Sword of Truth series (novels) Legend of the Seeker (TV), Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, The Dead Zone.

d) Humor

Examples include Jeeves and Wooster.

e) Adventure

Examples include Burn Notice, Zorro, A-Team, 24.

f) Reality

Examples include The Garner Files: A Memoir by James Garner, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter by Josh Gates, David Janssen - My Fugitive by Ellie Janssen, From The Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes: The Autobiography of Robert Clary by Robert Clary.

Movies don't count for this challenge. The book could have been a movie but it has to have been a TV series (even if it didn't last all that long!). Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a movie, a book and a TV show and would count for this challenge. James Bond was books and then movies, I don't believe it was ever a TV show so it wouldn't count.

I hope you like this challenge and take it on and have fun with it!

If you have any questions, please e-mail me or put it in the comments. I tried to cover everything above and clearly!

I've made a post page where you can update your progress and post reviews throughout the year. That way, we can find new reads and new friends.

You can find this and other reading challenges I signed up for this year here.

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