Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mad Men Reading Challenge

Mad Men
Reading Challenge 2010
hosted by vvb32 reads
November 30, 2009 to November 30, 2010

signup on this post in comments
and review links here too

The 3rd season TV series has ended, but I'm keeping the Mad Men madness alive...

Whether or not you have watched the TV series, the selection pool I have put together will give a snapshot of the 60's and Mad Men genre with a feminine slant.


1. Create challenge acceptance blog post.

2. READ one of these:

Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet
by James P. Othmer

Kings of Madison Avenue:
The Unofficial Guide to Mad Men
by Jesse McLean

The Feminine Mystique
by Betty Friedan

Sex and the Single Girl
by Helen Gurley Brown

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath

The Best of Everything
by Rona Jaffe

The Group
by Mary McCarthy

Lady Chatterley's Lover
by D. H. Lawrence

Revolutionary Road
by Richard Yates

Valley of the Dolls
by Jacqueline Susann

Wishin' and Hopin'
by Wally Lamb

Extra credit (+1):
WATCH one of these films:

The Apartment (1960)

The Best of Everything (1959)

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Butterfield 8 (1960)

The Children's Hour (1961)

Far From Heaven (2002)

Gidget (1959)

Lady Chatterley's Lover(1955)

Psycho (1960)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

West Side Story (1961)

(will pop up now and then for other prizes)

Mad Men Mini-hoopla, July 29-31, 2010

*** Book Giveaway for meeting the Mad Men challenge ***

Open to all.

Offer ends: November 30, 2010

Prize: something from your book wish list...
something you're wishin' and hopin' for...

+1 for extra review book or movie posts
+1 for past review posts on any of these books or movies

*there are a lot of books here that work for the Women Unbound challenge -- hint, hint ;-D
*source for most books
*source for most of movie list

*** Participants ***

1. me - vvb

2. Charlotte of The Book on the Hill

3. Misty of Book Rat

4. Abilene of Tales of Delirium

be the next, enter your acceptance link in comments...

*** Review links ***
be the first and get +1 towards this challenge

enter your review link(s) in comments...

==end result==
my first hosted reading challenge which flopped :-(
i still love this setup and will try to do it for myself in the future.


  1. ooh, I might think about this one. I don't have cable, so I've not seen much of this season, but I love the show!

    Definitely will NOT be watching Bye Bye Birdie though. Just the episode about that grated on me.

  2. Great challenge! The Group is fiction though (and great fiction at that).
    I'm working out some posts surrounding challenges just now so will add this one to that. I'll probably read Revolutionary Road (already seen film) and read The Children's Hour.

  3. I'm going to have to think on this one a minute, but I think I want in. I've never watched this show (no time), but I hear great things...

  4. I absolutely had no idea of what Mad Men was. So I read about it and watched a trailer or two. Looks cool ! I'm dying to see Revolutionary Road, but really wanted to read the book first. So I think I'll join ! I'll tell you when my post is up. :)

  5. Well, how easy is this? I will think about it. I have no idea what Mad Men is but I can relate a little to the 60's. I read Wishin and Hopin and LOVED it and LOL!

  6. Alright, the acceptance post is up:

  7. Is it too late to sign up for this? I recently bought The Bell Jar and I'm in the mood to watch Bye Bye Birdie again. =D


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