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Announcing the O.A.T.E.S. Challenge

This is kind of a silly challenge, but I can’t get it out of my head so I’m going ahead and announcing it. I’m not sure if anyone else will want to participate because it’s kind of loosey goosey, but if you do want to participate, I’d love to have you!

This challenge started in my head because I was thinking back in November 2009 about what I wanted to read in 2010. I knew I wanted to be more deliberate in what I read, and part of that would include making sure I read more Joyce Carol Oates. That also included reading Margaret Atwood, specifically The Blind Assassin, because I’ve tried three times to read that book, and three times I’ve given up. However, I think I can do it!

So then I was thinking, Oates…O-A-T-E-S.

O for Joyce Carol Oates, A for Margaret Atwood…maybe I could come up with other authors to fit T, E, and S!

Immediately Ernest Hemingway came to mind, and even though he doesn’t fit the rule that it’s the author’s last name that has to fit the acronym, he can slide since it’s ERNEST HEMINGWAY. Then Twitter came to my aid and it was decided that T could be Leo Tolstoy (yes, even *I* am cringing as I write that), and S can be for John Steinbeck.

I’ll lay it out easier for you to see:

O – Joyce Carol Oates
A – Margaret Atwood
T – Leo Tolstoy
EErnest Hemingway
S – John Steinbeck

I’m nothing if not a fan of changing things up, so if there’s a literary author on par with any author already on this list, and their last name begins with A, T, E, or S (come on, this is the O.A.T.E.S. challenge, you can’t substitute anything for Joyce!), then you can substitute that author in. For example, if you wanted to substitute George Eliot for Ernest Hemingway, you could. Or if you wanted to substitute Mark Twain for Leo Tolstoy, you could and I would probably even encourage you in that! Because I think Tolstoy’s shortest book (not including short stories, because duh, those are short) is a million pages.

Here’s the rules/details:

  • The challenge goes from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.
  • Anyone can participate! You do not need a blog!
  • Challenge books can overlap with other challenges.
  • You do not need to pick your books in advance.
  • You can change levels mid-challenge!
  • Levels:
    • Instant OATES – 1 book
    • Old Fashioned OATES – 2 books
    • Rolled OATES – 3 books
    • Steel Cut OATES – 4 books
    • Whole OATES – 5+ books

Woohoo! Some really nice bloggers made some buttons!

Heidenkind made this one, which I love. Thank you so much!!

McVane tweaked heidenkind’s button…pretty cool, huh? McVane, you’ll never know how much I appreciate this!

Caribousmom made this one, which I love. Totally goes with the theme!

Thanks for helping me out you guys! If anyone else ends up making their own button, let me know so I can add it in. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun with me! Sign up using the Mr. Linky below.

This second Mr. Linky? This is where we can put the links to our reviews, so there’ll all in one spot. And that way we can see which books people totally loved. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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44 Responses to “Announcing the O.A.T.E.S. Challenge”

  1. Nicole

    Good Luck with the challenge! Sounds fun and very doable.


  2. Jenn (Bibliolatrist)

    This is officially the first challenge I’ve ever entered. But I have 3 Oates books on my 2010 reading resolution, and 1 or 2 by Tolstoy. (And 1 or 2 by Eliot…sigh.)

    So this will be yet another kick in my pants to get these books read!


  3. Pam

    I LOVE the creative nature and originality of this challenge. And, like you, I’m all about choosing the books I read deliberately. Looking forward to following your progress.


  4. Rachel

    You’re so going to love me for this one. Tolstoy wrote a novella: The Kreutzer Sonata, 128 pages

    Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Alicia

    I might do this challenge, but I have to see if I have any books {I’m on a book buying ban} or if I can mooch any. Also – Anna Karenina isn’t that bad!!!! I have actually read it twice, but I don’t count the first time cause I was in high school and I don’t know if I paid attention!


  6. Alicia

    Nevermind…I signed up. I know I have at least 3 books I could read!


  7. Kari

    Haha, you’ve tried to get through The Blind Assassin three times? I’d say just give up! It’s not that great!


  8. Lisa

    I’m in! I’ve got A and E already on the reading plan so to push myself, and because I have an Oates book on Mt. TBR, I’m shooting for Rolled OATES!


  9. Word Lily

    Oh, I love this! What a fun challenge! I’m not committing myself to much of anything right now, though. Maybe once I’ve pondered …


  10. Ashley

    I’ve never done a challenge before, but this one is definitely doable and fits in with whats already on the to-read list! Definitely Oates and Atwood, I think I’ll substitute Eliot for good ol’ Ernest though – so for now it’s Rolled Oates for me ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Beth F

    I love your categories!!! Too funny. Good luck to everyone!


  12. Michelle

    I’m in – I’ve recently become more interested in Atwood’s work (how can I be a Canadian and yet have never read ANY?) and J.C.O. has been a favorite author of mine for years – I think I have every book she has ever written (or close) in my TBR pile. But I can’t figure out what the url is that I have to put in on Mister Linky and whether or not I have to sign up at that website to be able to do it?


  13. nat @book, line, and sinker

    i’m reading ‘of mice and men’ right now with my juniors. does that count?!?! ๐Ÿ™‚ i LOVE this challenge. so literary…


  14. softdrink

    The challenge levels crack me up! I have everything on my shelf except for an Oates, so I might just have to join in.


  15. Veronica

    This challenge rocks. It’s just too funny and excellently original. I definitely think I’m going to have to join. BTW, I read Tolstoy for the first time just a few months ago, and while at 800+ “Anna Karenina” was kind of a beast, I also found it to be incredible and extremely readable.


  16. Teddy

    I just joined. I also posted about it on A Novel Challenge.


  17. Lisamm

    Well this is quite the wackadoo challenge, isn’t it?? Very creative and full of fiber, LOL. I’m not very successful at completing challenges but I just wanted to wish everyone else much luck with your OATES!


  18. Amanda

    FYI, Trish – Leo Tolstoy’s got a pretty short not so bad book called The Death if Ivan Ilyach. I hated Anna Karenina when I read it back in 2001, but this last summer I gave Tolstoy another chance and actually enjoyed Ivan Ilyach. It helps that it was only like 100 pages long.


  19. Lindy

    For me it is
    O O’Nan, Stewart; Oates, Joyce Carol
    A Adler, Elizabeth; Albom, Mitch; Anand, Valerie; Anderson, Joan; Andrews, Donna
    T Tapply, William G;
    E Ellis, Julie; Evanovitch, Janet; Evans, Richard Paul
    S Saul, John; Sandford, John; Small, Beatrice; Shreve, Anita; Santlofer,Jonathan; Straub, Wendy Corsi


  20. Nari @ The Novel World

    I swore off challenges for this year, but this one seems so easy and fun…I think I may have to sign up for it.


  21. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    I love the levels! Fantastic. I’ll have to give this some thought since I planned on reading at least one oates book anyway


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  23. Monica (aka monnibo)

    If you don’t have any button-maker volunteers yet… shoot me an email! I’m your gal ๐Ÿ™‚


  24. Monica (aka monnibo)

    If you donโ€™t have any button-maker volunteers yetโ€ฆ shoot me an email! Iโ€™m your gal ๐Ÿ™‚


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  26. Wendy

    I love this challenge – thanks for hosting. I also made a button (it is pretty simple!) You can check out my post about the challenge to see it…


  27. Sandra

    I have to do this one. I’ve got We Were the Mulvaneys on my shelves, and her latest, Fair Maiden, on reserve at the library. The other should be easy. I’m a Whole Oates girl. I’ll link after I’ve posted.


  28. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Oh, this sounds good! I actually have some Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates on my TBR stacks, so I’d be “killing two birds with one stone,” to pull out a tired cliche!

    I signed up on my Obsessions and Compulsions blog…appropriate, don’t you think, for STILL another challenge!


  29. Christina

    Very clever, Trish! I’m working on the feasibility of doing this challenge, but I’m also trying to be more sporadic in my reading selections. We shall see.


  30. Jen - Devourer of Books

    Well, I’m already reading Steinbeck and Atwood for our classic reads book club, so I might as well join at least at the Old Fashioned OATES stage. I’ve actually never read any Joyce Carol Oates, so maybe I’ll try to pick one up this year.


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  32. Ju Haghverdian

    I always try to stay away from challenges because i know myself well enough lol but this one seems easy, easy.
    Let’s do it… my blog is in Portuguese but I will stop by here once in a while to check yours ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  35. Michelle Miller/the true book addict

    I’m assuming that level one means one book from each author? That’s what I’ll be doing. I’m signed up above.

    Great challenge!


  36. Melissa

    What is it about “The Blind Assassin?” I’ve tried to read that before too and I always fail. Good luck with the challenge!


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  44. Lindy

    I dont’ have a blog, so here is what i read

    o O’Nan Stewart The Good Wife
    a Brennan, Allison Cutting Edge
    t Olson, Tod The California Gold Rush
    e Brunstetter, Wanda Elaine A Sister’s Secret
    s Saul, John Black Creek Crossing

    o Opie, Iona, editor Mother Goose
    a Andrews, V C Tarnished Gold
    t Burgess, Thornton w. Old Mother West Wind
    e Erickson, Carolly The Tsarina’s Daughter
    s Spark, Muriel The Abbess of Crewe

    o O’Neal, Zibby Grandma Moses
    a Adler, Elizabeth Summer in Tuscany
    t Fobes, Tracy To Tame a Wild Heart
    e Ellis, Julie Loyalities
    s Brown, Sandra Send No Flowers


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