Tuesday 1 January 2013

Postal Reading Challenge 2013

Thanks to Melwyk, I have a new challenge this year.

It is called the Postal Reading Challenge, and immediately attracted me when I heard about it. Below are the rules and the levels. I`m going to try to go big for this one, and aim for the Air Mail Express Level, partly because I love the idea of trying to send more old-fashioned letters this year. That is something I keep meaning to do, but don`t follow through on. I have some lovely stationery and a collection of postcards, so there is no excuse. I had never heard of the Letter Writers Alliance before, but am intrigued and have just joined. I even have a book about making needlework postcards, so should try that too. Great idea, Melwyk!

What is the Challenge?

The key is to read and review books with a postal theme. These can be non-fiction on the subject of letter writing, collections of real letters, or epistolary fiction of any era. Be creative! Review each one and link back to the challenge -- there will be quarterly roundup posts for you to link reviews and posts to as you create them.

The challenge runs from January 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013.  You can sign up ANY TIME throughout the year.

Any books chosen can overlap with any other challenge, and rereads are allowed. Just remember to review them somewhere online in order for them to count toward the challenge. Lists don't have to be made in advance, though feel free to share your choices and inspire other readers if you wish! 

How do I join in?

There are a few ways to participate in this challenge. 

Postcard Level:   Read and review books with a postal theme.

Snail Mail Level:   Read and review 8 books with a postal theme.

Parcel Post Level: Read and review 12 books with a postal theme.

Air Mail Express Level:   Read and review 12 books with a postal theme AND commit to sending more old fashioned letters this year. At least 12pieces of mail (or more!), and you can share numbers or even images of your mail art in the quarterly roundups.

Anyone who completes the challenge at any level will have their names thrown into a draw to win some letter-related goodies at the end of the year. In addition, if you complete the Air Mail Express Level, you'll get a chance to win a lifetime membership to the Letter Writers Alliance!


  1. Well this does sound good. I love books written in letter format, or related to such. I'm intrigued with the 12 pieces of mail or more. We do do a fair bit of emailing as opposed to hard letters sent with stamps on them. Good luck

  2. Yes, the mail part intrigued me which is why I went for the level that included that.

  3. Okay, I put a few book on hold at the library today:
    1. Canada: A portrait in letters: 1800-2000
    2. Letters from the Lost: a memoir of discovery
    3. Original Letters from India
    4. Word from New France by Marie of the Incarnation of the Ursalines

    Looking forward to them.

  4. Oh, those sound fabulous! I'm reading one called "Kind Regards" right now.