Here are some challenges that I’m participating in 2013 and hope to complete throughout the year. This will be the go-to post that I will update as I grind through each of the challenges. I will leave a link on the sidebar to this post. Reviews for each book will be linked to the book titles so that you can have the pleasure of visiting and reading them if you would like. To sign up for any of the challenges or are interested in learning more about them, click on the image of each challenge to be returned to the original post and blog.
In 2012 I did no challenges except the Goodreads reading challenge, so with 2013 I hope to have a lot more fun and try them out. In 2011, however, I did some reading challenges but kinda pushed them aside. This year I will not! I will not! I will not!
Personal/Goodreads Reading Challenge
So firstly I might as well introduce my Goodreads reading challenge, which is on the left sidebar, and I have set it to read 100 books in 2013. Last year I got to 89, 11 short of 100 which was such a bummer, but this year I hope to reach that 100 or even try to go a bit further. This year isn’t looking that good already anyway with only 1 book read since day 1 – it’s day 5 now.
2013 Debut Author Challenge
This year I’m going to really try and complete the DAC challenge. In 2011 I participated; in 2012 I didn’t. And with Edelweiss and NetGalley it’s kind of easier to read debut novels without running out of them. The objective is to read twelve (12) YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year. Challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2013. Authors that have “adult” titles currently published but are debuting a YA/MG novel in 2012 can be included and this goes for authors that have children’s books published as well. Novels must be read in 2013 in order to be counted – too bad I read Level 2 in the last days of December; could’ve counted it if I hadn’t. I’ll begin with 12 for now, which is the goal, but I may go over considering on how I go.
What’s in a Name 6 Challenge
Thanks to Gail from Ticket to Anywhere for introducing me to this challenge. It sounds like a lot of fun. Here’s how it works: between January 1st and December 31st of 2013 read one book in each of the categories. Overlaps are allowed between other challenges but not between categories and books can be any media source (print, audio, ebook). Below are the six categories with the titles that I hope to read in 2013 (these titles may alter).
1. A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders #1) by Peter Lerangis
2. A book with something you’d find in your kitchen in the title: Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
3. A book with a party or celebration in the title: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
4. A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
5. A book with an emotion in the title: Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
6. A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Other Resolutions and Goals
Since I work at a bookstore it is probably a good idea that I try to read at least 10 Adult books throughout the year, considering most of what I read is YA. However, I do read a lot of adult fantasy and sic-fi so I want to read at least five Adult Fiction (I still need to finish The Casual Vacancy so that will count towards that).
I also want to read some classics as I haven’t since I finished school. I constantly look at my B&N Leatherbound editions of Poe, Lovecraft and Homer as I always want to pick them up and read them. So, therefore, I’m going to attempt to read some of the books in those and see how I go, as well as reading some other classics.
Additionally, I want to read and possibly finish some series that I have on my shelf such as the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, The Monstumologist books by Rick Yancey, Supernatually and Endlessly by Kiersten White among others. I want to try and minimise what I have to read so I’m up to date with all series I have begun.
This is my 3rd and final year of my undergraduate so there’s definitely going to be a lot more work and I also hope to get a job elsewhere so that I have more money coming my way to save for 2014, so reading may falter – BUT I WON’T LET IT. I will not fail. I will succeed. I will be on top of everything, and that includes the blog.