2014 Ides of March Challenge

March 10, 2014 Challenges 34 Comments

2014 Ides of March Challenge

To help those doing the month long challenge Take Control of Your TBR Pile and for those who just want to participate for a few days and knock out some of those books piling up. To count towards the participation prize you must read a book published before March 1, 2014. This is an easy stressfree read-a-thon. Enter challenges, clean-up your TBR pile and make a few friends.

I’m a bit of fan of Ancient Rome so this seemed like lots of fun…except if your name is Julius Caesar.  Here are some fun facts about Julius Caesar’s last day:

1. a haruspex (person who divined the future from entrails) named Spurinna allegedly warned Caesar to ‘beware the Ides of March’
2. Roman senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus stabbed Caesar 23 times
3. Blood loss was a major factor in Caesar’s death
4. Romans counted their months differently from us – they counted back from three fixed points (the Nones, Ides and Kalends)
5. Caesar probably didn’t utter the famous words ‘Et tu Brute?‘ but our ancient sources are divided on what he actually said. I reckon it was probably something like ‘ouch’ or ‘stop stabbing me’.


  • The event kicks of at 12:01 am on March 13th in your time zone and ends at 12:00 midnight on March 17th.
  • Link up below. You do not need a blog to participate. You can use your Goodreads account, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumblr etc.
  • Join for one day or the entire time..it is up to you.
  • Must post either start-up post or wrap-up post to qualify and participate in at least one challenge. (around time of event) for participant giveaway.
  • Earn extra entries for participant giveaway for each challenge you participate in.
  • Earn an extra entry for reading one of the following: a book from your TBR pile published before March 1, 2014
  • Extra entries for sharing, adding button and following challenge hosts
  • Have fun!
  • Tweet your progress using #TBRreadathon (optional)
  • Twitter Party – Sunday March 16, 2014  4pm (EST) to 5 pm. Chat about books and win some swag.

When in Rome… Challenge

Prize: $10 Amazon gift card (available internationally)
random.org picked Kristen H. as the winner. Congrats Kristen

Since this is a fuss free challenge, I thought I’d make the challenge pretty simple. We all know that when in Rome, do as the Romans do which means you should follow the customs of the society you are visiting but (and here’s the important bit) what does that actually entail? All you have to do is leave a comment answering this simple question:

When in Rome, what do the Romans do?

Stuck? Here is an example – when in Rome, Romans loved to attend gladiatorial battles.

In order to win, you must be signed up for the challenge (you can do this here). Winner will be randomly selected and I will notify them by email.

My challenge goals

Read: 3/3
Reviewed: 3/3

1. Werewolf Sings the Blues by Jennifer Harlow
2. Sweetest Mistake by Candis Terry
3. Werewolf in Las Vegas by Vicki Lewis Thompson


34 responses to “2014 Ides of March Challenge

  1. Tashia @TaterReads

    When in Rome, Romans hung representations of phalluses (male genitalia) around their necks and above doorways for good luck.

    That’s downright the weirdest thing I’ve ever discovered… Wow.

    Thank you for the fun and easy challenge.

  2. When in Rome, be sure to wear a toga!

    Thanks for the fun challenge, and the facts about Caesar – very interesting! 🙂
    *Signed up for the read-a-thon as Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

  3. jen7waters

    I love this because I’m currently reading The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and I’m learning a lot about ancient Rome! So When in Rome, fear the sea. ;D

  4. LOL you’re guesses about what Caesar probably said when he got stabbed are hilarious (and probably right on). I wonder how you say “damn it” in Latin? All my time studying the language and I’ve never learned.

    Anyway, when in Rome the Romans had great feasts to worship the gods. (I love the Roman/Greek Gods). Fun Challenge – good luck with the readathon. I’m on the linky thing as Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun (#22)
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  5. What a fun and educational challenge!

    When in Rome, join the legion and see the world! Although really being in the legion would not be that great, but Rome built a great empire that eventually stretched too far to defend.
    Toward the end of the Roman Empire it wasn’t as bad to be a woman. Women began to hold jobs like doctors and lawyers and could marry for convenience, like men. I thought that was interesting, since most ancient cultures were harsh and strict in their treatment of women. I loved learning all these facts.
    I’m 39 in the signup. Thanks for hosting!
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