#AmazingBookRace Book Challenge 2016: A Race Around the World

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Hey guys, Mana and Sil here! We've decided to create a challenge akin to The Amazing Race (and also a little inspired by Ticket to Ride, one of the coolest games!). This challenge will feature books around the world and will hopefully be a great tool for readers to be able to read outside of Western societies.

Before we go into the rules, we want to encourage you guys to pick up books that don't have much buzz around them, and if many people don't know it BETTER YET. We want to encourage you guys to pick up #ownvoices authors and stories. Pick up books with diversity! We decided to make this Book Challenge because there are a lot of books out there that are set in the USA and we want to do a race around the world that gets you to read books set in SO MANY COUNTRIES MORE. Because the world is huge and USA is not the only one out there.

Objective: To read as many books as possible in a country/state/region/etc depending on the route selected. This is a month long challenge, where each week has a different route and you can acquire points as you go.

Update: You have to read books from each selected route give by us. BUT if you are done reading them, you can totally read more set in other countries. Of course we recommend you choose non-Western settings and not USA, England, France, Germany, etc.

Date: This challenge will start Saturday, October 1st and will end Monday, October 31st.

Points: to get points, you need to cross post your reviews to Amazon, Goodreads, or any other review area and then send it to thebooktravelers@gmail.com!  (Subject: TAR Challenge) You can send however many reviews you want, but one book = one point.

NOTE: They have to be new reviews, not old ones! So if you have been keeping an eye out for these books for quite a while, it's the perfect time to start them (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

*We'll be putting some books you can choose from (but you can totally read other stuff!):
  • Week 1 | Ready, Set, Go! The first destination you guys are going is.... Hawaii!
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

  • Week 2 | Next stop is.... the Philippines!
Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
One Crazy Summer by Ines Bautista-Yao

  • Week 3 | One more stop before the finish line and that country is... India!
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatram
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

  • Week 4 | This is the last leg before the finish line, maybe you can even see it right now. You only have to go to one more country and you are there. The last and final stop is... Egypt!
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
✈ The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn

One person will choose ONE book from this list to win:

- Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
- A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatram
- Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
- The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
- A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

This is international, of course. If The Book Depository ships to your country, you're so on. The winner will be the one with the most points in the race so get reading and reviewing *thumbs up*

Sign-Up form:
Fill out this form so we can send you a reminder via email of the challenge. Because the challenge is a few months away, we thought it best!

*If you don't have a blog, do not worry. Anyone can enter the challenge! Just write under BLOG URL that you have "None"

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  1. So excited to participate in this! The hardest part for me is probably going to be finding books because I'll be in college at the time and will only have what I'm taking with me/when I can get easily. :3

    1. omg yes Tamara I'm so excited too! Aw yes :/ We put some choices you can pick, some are really cheap to find on Kindle but yup so don't worry if you don't do a week or something <3 You don't /have/ to read four books or anything! Just to what you can <3


  2. This is such a fun idea!!! It goes super well with your book theme as well. :) I hope lots of people participate!

  3. GAH SARAH! It does, right!!! I'm so happy it came out this way and we're very excited for this Book Challenge 1)because we NEVER have done one (+ I'm rather nervous haha) and 2) because it's such a good way to encourage other people to read not so popular books out there!