EXTENDED INTO MAY! April #TTWIB reading challenge: Where in the world will your Nobel take you?



Edit April 29: We're extending this challenge into May! Now's your chance to join in the fun and get double the fun, double the punch in one reading challenge.

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Happy almost-April! This month's reading challenge was born last year, the love child of two wonderful reading challenges that just made sense together.

My wonderful co-hosts of Travel the World in Books  --  Tanya at Mom's Small Victories and Lucy at Fictional 100 -- were pretty game to give this a whirl again this year.

I'm a more perpetual-challenge-type-of-gal and I love it when I can knock off two things in on go. So, look:

Travel the World in Books challenges you to:
Travel the world in books, of course! Expand your horizons and read books set in or written by authors from countries other than the one you live in.

Read the Nobels challenges you to:
Read books authored by those who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The challenge is very simple, as is the tradition of the free-read mantra of TTWIB:

Read ONE book this April that qualifies for both challenges. 

Here's an example:
  • I choose to read Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (this is an example - I've read it and it's one of my favorite books)
  • Marquez is the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature winner.
  • Marquez hails from Colombia.
  • This book is about Latin American immigrants and is set across Europe, including Switzerland Austria.

Pick your book and sign up

If this sounds daunting to you, don't worry! It's easy to find a book that qualifies for both challenges.

You can pick a Nobel prize winning author then narrow it down to a specific book written by that author. Or you may already have a book in mind. I suggest visiting the following links to see what interests you:
  • Check out last year's challenge right here. Lots of links to participants' weekly posts.
  • Read the Nobels blog - over a hundred book reviews by fellow readers. Check out the right sidebar for individual reviews by author or by title.
  • Resources on the Read the Nobels blog - this list-in-progress includes links to a List of Nobel Prize for Literature laureates, laureates arranged by genre, as well as places to download e-books. There's a lot to discover, for example, did you know that any book by Toni Morrison would qualify (she won in 1993), or that classics by Rudyard Kipling or William Faulkner would make great reading for this challenge? 
  • My own posts for the 2016 Read the Nobels reading challenge - includes my reviews of Nobel-prize winning books, book spotlights, monthly wrap-up posts for the challenge, and more!
  • Travel the World in Books summary page with links to the link-ups to reviews arranged by region.
  • Check out my Book Map! You can also scroll down to the bottom of this page. Anything with a star denotes a Nobel prize winning book.

Weekly posts and the new #TTWIB Instagram challenge

Ready to get started?

Start with your sign up post! Make sure to come back for weekly discussion posts and Instagram challenges. Link up and make sure to visit other participants ... and have fun!

For Instagram challenges, use the hashtag #TTWIB and tag @guiltlessreader so I can compile your lovely posts at the end of the month. If you're doing a weekly post, you can also include your Instagram photo for the week.

Week 1 (April 1-9) : Sign up post - let's begin our journey

  • What immediately comes to mind when you hear "Nobel Prize winner for literature?" Why?
  • Which book did you choose? Who is the author / when did they win the Nobel Prize / nationality? Where does this story take place?
  • Why did you pick this particular book?
  • What other authors / books did you also consider for this challenge?
Instagram challenge: A photo of you and your chosen Nobel

Link up below:

Weeks 2-3 (April 10-16): Learn more about your author and setting

1. Visit the Nobel Prize for Literature list of laureates and read up why your chose author won that year. 
  • What about this author stands out for you? 
  • Share an interesting fact or tidbit that you learned about your author.
2. Visit the Read the Nobels blog and look up other books that have been reviewed on the blog (see right hand side bar where reviews are sortable through the dropdown "By Nobel Laureate"). 
  • Are there a lot or a few reviews by your author on the blog?
  • Do any of the books reviewed appeal to you? Are there any you would like to read?
3. Where does your book take place?
  • Describe your favourite scene/s or cultural practices which you think best highlight the country in which the story takes place.
  • Does the country intrigue you? Would you visit?

Instagram challenge:

Join in any (or all!) of these memes this week -- #Friday56, #BookBeginnings or #BookmarkMonday and take a photo of your book for the meme. Get creative - add props, yourself, or even make a little photo album!
  • Friday 56  - a random quote from page 56 of your book
  • Book Beginnings - the beginning sentence of your book
  • BookmarkMonday - your book with the bookmark you are currently using (or any other random bookmark! 

Link up below (mark whether it is week 2 or 3):

Week 4 (April 24-30): Link up your reviews! 

  • It's the end of the challenge! Link up your review of your book for this challenge.
  • Tell us a little about where you traveled to in this book.
  • Tell us a little about the author.
  • Would you recommend this book to us?
  • Tell us how you found this reading challenge - did you enjoy it or not? 
Instagram challenge: 
A photo that describes how you feel about your book for this challenge (e.g. your best facial expression!). If you read many books for the challenge, pick your favourite.


Link up below (linky already contains last year' reviews!):


We'd love for you to join us and find out where in the world will your Nobel take you!


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