150+ Reading Challenge

Amy at My Overstuffed Bookshelf is hosting this challenge. When I’m at work I’m currently averaging 4 books a week (ergo, 200 books a year). However, I’m really bad at writing reviews so I’m going to try and convert some commuting time to the blog, giving up some reading! I thought this would just be fun to keep track of how many I do actually read this year :). I’m not going to post a list in advance, but will perhaps do a monthly roundup of the challenges, or maybe put an update in the sunday letterbox love, I haven’t decided yet!

You can sign up here.

Those Books I Should Have Read Challenge

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Yay another challenge! Readingwithmartinis.com is hosting this one:

We all have them. That pesky list of books that we “should” have read. This list could consist of “classics” that we somehow managed to miss in high school and/or college (David Copperfield, Madame Bovary, To Kill a Mockingbird), books that we want to read but their size is daunting (The Outlander series, The Game of Thrones series, Anna Karenina, War and Peace), it could be books that just somehow passed us by (The Harry Potter series, The Hunger Game trilogy, The Earth’s Children series), or it could simply be books that have been languishing on our bookshelves forever.

These books may induce reading guilt every time we pick up a different book.

If you have a “should have read” list, then this challenge is for you! So what are the rules?

Challenge Rules

  1. Timeline : This challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013
  2. You may join the challenge at any time during the year as long as the books were read in 2013
  3. Levels: There are 4 participation levels to this challenge. You can change levels at any time.Physical books and e-books count. Audio books DO NOT COUNT
    • Level 1 – 6 books
    • Level 2 – 12 books
    • Level 3 – 18 books
    • Level 4 – 24 books
  4. You must display the challenge graphic in your blog’s sidebar, if you have a blog
  5. You do not have to have a blog to participate. You can make a Goodreads list or some other tracking method that can be linked to
  6. You do not have to select your books ahead of time
  7. If you do make an initial list of books for this challenge, you may change that list at any time during the challenge
  8. Books read for this challenge may also count for other challenges
  9. You must fill out the linky form below and link to your challenge post or Goodreads list.

I’m going to aim for level 2, which is 12 books. The books I would like to read for this challenge are: 

  • Eoin Colfer- Artemis Fowl
  • Roald Dahl- the BFG
  • Veronica Roth- Divergent
  • Cassandra Clare- City of Bones
  • Mark Haddon- Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Ann Brashares- Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
  • Richelle Mead- Vampire Academy
  • Lauren Oliver- Before I Fall
  • Patrick Ness- The Knife of Never Letting Go
  • Christopher Paolini- Eragon
  • Dan Brown- Da Vinci Code
  • Alice Sebold- The Lovely Bones

I’ve tried to pick new books for this challenge, but when you are looking for books it is quite hard! I know there are some that I will come across in my tbr pile/list that will count for this, so it may change as the year goes on 🙂

Have you signed up for this? What other challenges are you taking part in for 2013? 

2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Evie from Bookish is hosting a challenge here to read books released in 2012 and earlier. The idea is to read some of the books thats been lying around in your to-read pile for a long time, and maybe give them the airing they deserve. 

I am going to aim for 11-20 (A friendly hug) books released this year. I think this is doable, and I can always read more if I get round to it. But I know how tempting it is to read new books! The books I would like to read in 2013 are: 

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
  • The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnary Brocket by John Boyne
  • City of Shadows by Alex Scarrow
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
  • Heart-shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
  • Starters by Lissa Price
  • Intrusion by Ken MacLeod
  • Itch by Simon Mayo
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • This is not Forgiveness by Celia Rees
  • Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
  • One Born Every Minute by Maria Dore
  • An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons
  • Virals by Kathy Reichs
  • When I was Joe by Keren David
  • Della Says OMG by Keris Stainton
  • The Enemy by Charlie Higson
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I’ve sort of cheated in that I have picked 20 books that I know or am pretty sure I can get from the library. This way I have no excuse, as I can get my hands on them! Some of them I have sitting around the house, and some are just ones I really need to get around to reading, especially the start of series like Charlie Higson, Patrick Ness and Kathy Reichs. 

It is so easy to miss great books, and I think it is always good to try something outside your comfort zone. I really look forward to this challenge, and will keep you posted how it goes!