Sunday, January 16, 2011

Introducing the 2011 Bloody Jack Reading Challenge

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So, I've always wanted to host a challenge... but all my ideas were done already. And then I had a brilliant idea. I need to catch up on a favorite series of mine and what better way than a challenge. I absolutely love L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series, which has 8 books published in it right now (and a 9th coming out in October). They're pretty thick, so I figure a full year challenge can easily be accomplished.

So, I hope some of you will join me. I have a few different levels you can look at:

Crow's nest - This is for those who aren't sure about the series. Read at least one of the novels in the series.
Batten down the hatches - For those of us that have started the series, but not finished it, either pick up where you left off and finish the series.
Dead men tell no tales - Read the whole series. Whether it's a re-read, first time, or even more than your second time.

-Anyone can join.
-Please post somewhere on your blog (if you have one) that you're participating. (You can steal that button up there too!)
-You can join at anytime. The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 (even though this is late.. if you started one, it counts!)

Oh, and as some incentive. . . I'll be giving away a book from the series, whichever one you need, want, etc. to one random participant. I'll be pulling a name from the Linky below to win on February 1st. So, if you don't have a blog, link up to your facebook, goodreads, shelfari, twitter or some sort of account so I can get a hold of you. :)

I will have a linky up for reviews as well, wherever you review your books, and may also do a random giveaway at the end of the year from those. :)

I will be taking on the Dead men tell no tales level as I feel it's time for a re-read and I have yet to finish the last two books in the series. I may try out some of the audiobooks since I hear they are fantastically narrated.

Here is the list of books in order:

Bloody Jack: Being an Account... Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1)

Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Bein... Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack, #2)

Under the Jolly Roger: Being a... Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, #3)

In the Belly of the Bloodhound... In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, #4)

Mississippi Jack: Being an Acc... Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West (Bloody Jack, #5)

My Bonny Light Horseman: Being... My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War (Bloody Jack, #6)

Rapture of the Deep: Being an... Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (Bloody Jack, #7)

The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: B... The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on her Way to Botany Bay (Bloody Jack, #8)

And in October this year, we will have a 9th Bloody Jack book - The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Continuing Adventures of Jacky Faber, Wending Her Way Back from Botany Bay. (I'm so excited!!!)

Books read (links to reviews):
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
2. Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer
Under the Jolly Roger by L.A. Meyer
In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer
5. Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer
6. My Bonny Light Horseman by L.A. Meyer
7. Rapture of the Deep by L.A. Meyer

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  1. You know I had never heard of bloody jack till just recently and now its seems to be I am listening to the audiobook of the first one and its pretty fun to listen too.

  2. I will be joining in too! I love, love this series. I read the first book and have listened to books 2-5. I am waiting for my library to get My Bonny Light Horseman.

  3. Just made my blog post about your challenge! I needed a good motivation to start this series!

  4. This challenge is right in time - I just borrowed the first Bloody Jack book from the Library!

    Look forward to taking part, thanks so much for hosting this challenge!


  5. I was JUST SAYING that I wanted to read these, and asked someone what they thought of them. Good, I'm guessing.
    I need to make up a challenge post, and I'm thinking this will make the list. :)

  6. Haha, I haven't heard of this series before but it looked really interesting from the GoodReads description! I'm going to be starting one this week :)

  7. I have been meaning to read this series! I'll have to make a post and link up. I'll probably do the whole series on audio.

  8. Because I need a reason to re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-read the Bloody Jack Adventures!! haha C:

  9. I am SO in! Re-reading... My husband is only on Book 2, the slowpoke. :P

  10. I agree with Meghan! Like I need a reason to re-re-re-re (times like 10) the series :) I absolutely love Jacky. I'm so excited to participate in my first Challenge :D

  11. I just found this, but I've already reached Dead Men Tell No Tales. LOL! I got the 9th book ARC over the summer, and I spoke to LA Meyer for an interview last Saturday. Via email he said he was too busy to type all his answers to my many questions and would prefer calling me instead! Can you believe it? I was so nervous. It was a great interview, except that it's difficult to take notes and talk on the phone.

    I hope everyone is doing great on their challenge.


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