button created by
First the rules, then why I like the Titanic. I like challenges that run all year; it takes the pressure off. So this challenge will run from now until Dec. 31, 2012. Any books you've posted reviews of recently will qualify as well. And all types of media will count for this challenge paper books, ebooks, audio books, historical fiction, fiction with a titanic theme, non-fiction, movies, TV shows and documentaries. By the end of the year we should know our Titanic trivia!
UPDATE: I'm adding a third level for those who just want to get there feet wet!
There are three levels:
Getting My Feet Wet: read or watch a combination of 3 (three) Titanic related material
Taking a Plunge: read or watch a combination of 6 (six) Titanic related material
Going Down With the Ship: read or watch a combination of 12 (twelve) Titanic related material
I just ask that you try and mix up your media, whichever level you join (ie don't just read fiction, or just watch documentaries, try to get a bit of variety such as a few historical fiction, some non-fiction, a movie, a documentary for an example) but I won't be the Titanic police if you really must only read/watch one genre/media but since it is a reading challenge you must at least include one book in your choices.
Sign up below and then come back to this blog to add links to your reviews starting in January, but you can include any books you read starting now, Dec. 10, 2011.
Feel free to continue adding links to your reviews even after you complete your goal! The more comprehensive a list we have the better!
My Titanic story: I became fascinated with the Titanic when I was fairly young, probably 8 or 9. We lived on a hill and behind our place was a large field leading down to our small town's major cemetery. My friends and I used to play there all the time and I got my love of cemeteries from that. We were respectful. We would sit under trees and read or just talk in the peaceful atmosphere. But we'd always walk around the old part of the cemetery reading headstones and family plots/memorials. Many famous men from the town's history were locate there, occasionally we took rubbings with charcoal. But one day, at said 8 or 9, we ran across the most fascinating name on a large family plot marble memorial for the "Beattie's" one of the town's popular families and written on the memorial was reference to "Thomas Beattie" who died in the "Titanic Disaster". Suddenly I felt connected to the Titanic, a bit of it's history was in my backyard. I've visited there many times in my life and when I read Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember" for the first time and found his name in the appendix at the back which lists all the passengers I felt like I *knew* someone who had perished on the Titanic and it became a lifelong interest.
Looking forward to your reviews and discovering some new (to me) titles to read.