From the challenge site:
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen
* Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011(books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime – Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
* The goal is to read or re-read as many Nicholas Sparks novels as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.
* Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
* Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.
* You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them. It is not required that you review the books you read for this challenge but feel free to do so.
* Post this reading challenge on your blog so you can keep a list of the books you’ve read for this challenge. Please include a link back to this post so readers can join the challenge too.
* You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. You can keep tabs on books you’ve read for this challenge on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you’d like (maybe make a shelf for “Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge”). If you are not on either of those sites then you can list the books you read for this challenge in the comments on my wrap-up post, which will be up at the end of 2011.
—First Date – Read 1–4 Nicholas Sparks novels
—Going Steady – Read 5–8 Nicholas Sparks novels
—Engaged – Read 9–12 Nicholas Sparks novels
—Married – Read 13–16 Nicholas Sparks novels
I’ve got several of Nicholas Sparks’ books that I’ve been meaning to read, but everytime I go to grab one I seem to find another book that grabs me first… I joined this challenge mostly to motivate me to finally read them! I only have a few of his books and since my only knowledge about Sparks’ storytelling comes from the movie “The Notebook,” I signed up for the “first date” level.
I figure that once I’ve completed that level I’ll know whether or not I want to continue reading his books. Naturally, if I enjoy his writing, I’m going to continue reading beyond that level. This will get me started, though. :-)