Friday, 20 December 2013

2014 Postal Challenge

I as so glad to see this challenge again. Didn't make my goal last year, but got more than halfway there. I am sitting at seven right now.

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, 2014 to December 31st, 2014.  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! I always think that making lists is half the fun :)

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 12 pieces 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 (and some goodies from) the Letter Writers Alliance!
I'm going for the Air Mail Express level. I will be trying to do more letters this year, but didn't find that it worked for me in 2013 in terms of reporting on this. So, to help me do this, I bought Postcards from Penguin, a lovely boxed collection of 100 Penguin book cover as postcards. If you'd like one, let me know and I'll get your address from you. Also let me know if you have a favorite book, your interests or hobbies and I'll try to find a card that fits you. Let's see if I can get all 100 sent!


  1. So happy to see you'll be reading along this year once more! I love the postcard idea, it's genius. Those Penguins are fabulous.

  2. Good luck with this. I'm doing it too, my first year. I look forward to seeing what you read. Seven books this year sounds pretty good to me. Do you have any recs?

  3. Well, I have a few on my shelf that I don't think I will get to this year, that will be on the list for next year:
    1. The Letter Killers Club by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
    2. Letters from an Unknown Woman by Gerard Woodward
    3. For Love and Courage: the Letters of Colonel E.W. Hermon from The Western Front, 1914-1917. And you could always look at the ones people read this year.

  4. What a fantastic idea about the Penguin cards! I'm going for the same level - we should exchange cards. Email me if you'd like to:

  5. I just joined in and I would love to exchange a card with you. I am at kimmery4 (at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Thank you so much for letting me know about this challenge. I have signed up and will blog about it here.

    Marianne from Let's Read