My Year For Reading Challenges

My Year for Reading Challenges

Just to prove my capacity for biting off more than I can chew, on top of working on my PhD, doing this blog, and agreeing to a number of requests for book reviews/blog tours, I am signing up for two separate reading challenges this year.

This is a first for me, and I’ll be honest… I don’t know how well this is going to work.  I imagine what will happen is that I’ll start out the first month or two okay, fall off the wagon, scramble frantically to catch up over the summer months, and then ultimately fail in December.  But it doesn’t hurt to try.  So I’m just going to dive in and see what happens.

So here are the two challenges:

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

This is a challenge to read books off that pile that sits and waits, and we keep meaning to get to it, and never seem to.  And lord knows I have a LOT of those.  Some of the books on my TBR pile are fairly recent, having been added over the past year, but some have been sitting around waiting for me for several years at least.

For full information and the sign-up page, go here, but here is some of the basic info:

Challenge guidelines: 
  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012.
  2. As we would like to see quality reviews linked up to our monthly wrap-ups, only bloggers can enter. Sorry about that!
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge (You need to include the info + host list + challenge button. You can also grab the button code and add it to your sidebar!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. At the end of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it’s unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this month. For each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It’s open to INTERNATIONALS. For participating in the mini-challenge you will get +1 entry.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice – we will be checking 😉
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you’ll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway – 12 books, 12 winners, INTERNATIONAL.
  11. You don’t have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!

Reading Levels:

1-10 – A Firm Handshake
11-20 – A Friendly Hug
21-30 – A Sweet Kiss
31-40 – Love At First Sight
41-50 – Married With Children

Hosts:
Evie from Bookish – http://www.evie-bookish.blogspot.com @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Readhttp://www.nicoleabouttown.com/ @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Homehttp://www.handsandhome.ca/ @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion For Life http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/ @BookPforLife
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading http://whatchyareading.net @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read http://missiontoread.com/ @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea http://booksbiscuitsandtea.blogspot.com/ @alouetteuette
Christa from Hooked On Books http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction http://fansoffiction.blogspot.com/ @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision http://mermaidvision.wordpress.com @mermaidvisions

I’m not making a full list of books ahead of time because I simply have too many books on my TBR pile to choose from and you never know where my mood might take me, but I can say that Skeleton Lake by Angela Kulig, Being Human by Patricia Lynne, and Breathe by Melanie McCullough will be on the list.  Also, probably a few that have been sitting around for awhile like White Noise by Don Delillo and The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto, to name just a few.

However, I am starting at the lowest level (1-10 books) right now, because I simply don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep this up.

2012 “Books That Made Me Love Reading” Challenge

This wonderful challenge is being hosted by the always-awesome Emlyn Chand, and is much more simple than the TBR Pile Reading Challenge.  Pretty much, this challenges asks you to read at least 1 book per month that you loved as you were growing up, and which had a huge impact on your general love of books and reading.  This could be a children’s picture book, or the books you were forced to read in high school that you actually learned to love, etc.

I think this is an absolutely fantastic idea for a challenge because those of us who love reading have usually had this passion since we were children (possibly since before we can remember), and we always have a huge slew of books we’d love to re-read some time.  I know for me books have always been a part of my life.  My mother is a also an avid reader and our house was always filled with books, no matter how many times we moved, or how small the apartment or townhouse was.  My mother read to me a lot when I was little, and my brother and I both started reading on our own at very young ages.  Some of the first books I really remember reading are The Boxcar Children mysteries that I read in first grade.  I was obsessed with those books, and I will no doubt read at least the first one over again for this challenge.  I also really loved picture books.  In fact, I still do, and I collect them.  And, of course, the book that changed everything for me (as I’ve mentioned on this blog before) was The Hobbit.  I read it in the 4th grade and knew from that moment on that I HAD to be a writer.  No if, ands, or buts.  So, that one will definitely be on the list (just in time for the new movie too!).

For more information and the sign-up for this challenge, go here.

So there you have it, folks.  More things to add to my schedule, to keep me busy, keep me awake nights, and make me (more) crazy.  But at least it should be a fun ride to the psych-ward. ^__^

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6 thoughts on “My Year For Reading Challenges

  1. My reading challenge this year is…to actually read some books :P. I’m going to be fairly busy, but I’m going to try to keep up with reading. My history class is going to help with that: in addition to that book about gender identity in France post ww1 that we were talking about the other night, I’ll have three more history type books to read. Although I don’t know if I have to read the whole thing or not (but I’ll probably wind up doing that, if they’re interesting).

    I’m not going to try to set any goals this year reading wise…other than keeping a tally of how many books I’ve completed. Were you and I competing in this category though, I imagine you’d put me to shame 😀

    • lol, well, giving yourself the time to reading anything is still a worthy goal. I know I’ll be reading a lot for my classes too. We’ll see how much outside reading I can actually fit in… 😀

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  3. Welcome to the challenge, Amanda. I’m so glad you signed up. I love the Box Car Children too! I didn’t know you were going for your PhD. Cool! My hubby has a PhD in materials science engineering. I stopped at my Master’s (in Quantitative Sociology/ Survey Methodology). My MA Thesis is the single worst thing I’ve ever had to do in life, so I can’t imagine going through a dissertation. Ugh. I also basically stopped reading for leisure during grad school, so I’m super impressed by your ambition!

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