Here we are at day 1 of The Dewey’s Books Reading Challenge. Well, the “official” first day at least. Keep in mind that anything you’ve read so far for the challenge, you can definitely count. It’s a bit of a bittersweet thing starting this challenge. Here we are beginning a new year and sadly Dewey won’t be giving us any posts. But she will be with all of us in spirit and I’m so glad that we can continue to experience what she has left for us all. All of you wonderful bloggers have kept the wonderful sense of community that she contributed so much to alive.
I’m absolutely thrilled at the participation level of this challenge! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that we would have such a big turnout. But I should’ve known better. It goes to show how big of an impact Dewey had on this community. We have lots of great things in store for this year! This will most certainly be an exciting challenge. I have nearly every month booked for a mini-challenge! So there will be lots of fun activities popping up throughout the year. Make sure to bookmark the site. The first mini-challenges will be hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings and my wonderful co-host for this challenge, Robin. They should be announced in the coming days. We’ll also have lots of random prize giveaways throughout the challenge, so keep your eyes open! Tomorrow I’ll be announcing the winner of the first prize, a chocolate monkey :p If you’ve signed up for the challenge, you’re entered. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do! You can join in the fun at any time.
Also, don’t forget to post all of your reviews to the Mr. Linky on the Challenge Reviews Blog! This is actually very important as I’ll pick winners for many of the prizes based on that. For each review that you post, you’ll get an entry into random giveaways. There have been a few great reviews posted already. Check them out!
There seems to be an issue with Dewey’s site right now that you may have noticed. It’s not coming up. This could throw a little bit of a wrench in the challenge, but if anyone needs recommendations of books to read, you can click on the links in the blogroll and see what other people are reading. I’m not sure if the site is down for good, or if it’s a server issue. It’s sad to think of her site being taken down, but at the same time, I can imagine the grief that her family has gone through and understand if it’s time to close loose ends.
Once again, thank you all for your amazing contributions to this challenge so far. Whether you’re hosting a mini-challenge, reading along with each other, or just being a casual observer, it means the world and it’s wonderful to see this community continue to thrive. I think Dewey would be very happy and may even blush a little 😉 Happy Reading Everyone!