Reading Challenges 2013

Reading Challenges 2013

To go with my big plans for 2013, I have joined three challenges. These challenges, along with those I haven't finished from 2011 and 2012 should keep me motivated.

Because I am only reading books that I own or can borrow. This challenge will work perfectly.

From The Deliberate Reader:

To make some progress towards reading the mountain of books I own instead of always reading the books I’ve borrowed, I’m making a challenge. 12 months, 24 books from my own bookshelves. My rules:
  • They have to be books I already owned. No buying a new book just to read it and consider it part of the challenge.
  • They have to be physical books. Despite a plethora of ebooks and kindle freebies, I want to get through the physical books that are overflowing from every bookcase I own.
  • They have to be books. No magazines, even if reading and tossing would clear shelf space.
If you want to participate in a book challenge for 2013, please sign up below. You don’t need to follow the same challenge I’ve got – if you want to read 12 fiction books, or 24 nonfiction, or whatever you want, it’s fine. Your challenge, your rules. And if you don’t have a blog, you’re still welcome to join in – just leave a comment!
The List:
  1. Twice A Bride Mona Hodgson 
  2. Skeleton Creek Patrick Carman
  3. Neverwhere Neil Gaiman
  4. Warm Bodies Isaac Marion
  5. Image Grammar Harry R. Noden
  6. 13 Little Blue Envelopes
  7. The Last Little Blue Envelope
  8. Keys to College Success Minnette Lenier
  9. The Painted Veil W. Somerset Maugham
  10. Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories Ian Fleming
  11. Dancing at the Harvest Moon KC McKinnon
If you would like to join the challenge, link up by clicking here.'s that physical book thing that stopped this one! but, I tried! 11/24
Ok, so I don't know exactly how I'll approach this next challenge, but it just sounded like too much fun to not try.

List of Reads:
  1. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (Re-Read 1 Book)
  2. Twice A Bride Mona Hodgson (Read 1 book that is part of a series)
  3. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell Tucker Max (Read 1 book everyone but you has read)
  4. Skeleton Creek Patrick Carman (Read 2 books that are part of a series)
  5. Eleanor and Park (Read 1 book released in 2013)
  6. Class of 88: Freshmen (Read 4 books that are part of a series)
  7. Class of 88: Sophomore (Read 4 books that are part of a series)
  8. Class of 88: Junior (Read 4 books that are part of a series)
  9. Class of 88: Senior (Read 4 books that are part of a series)
  10. The Great Gatsby (Re-Read 3 books)
  11. Fahrenheit 451 (Re-Read 3 books)
  12. Things Fall Apart (Re-Read 3 books)
  13. 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Read 3 books that are part of a series)
  14. The Last Little Blue Envelope (Read 3 books that are part of a series)
  15. Allegiant (Read 3 books that are part of a series)
  16. Mr. Popper's Penguins (Read 3 books everyone but you has read)
  17. The Silver-Linings Playbook (Read 3 books everyone but you has read)
  18. Kindred (Read 3 books everyone but you has read)
Of course, a challenge isn’t really a challenge unless there are some rules and guidelines:
  1. Be awesome. If you’re not, this isn’t going to work.
  2. The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013.
  3. If you want to participate, you can join in any time of the year! Feel free to write up a blog post with the rules linking back to my and Anne’s blog in your sign-up post.
  4. If you read one book for the “1 book” in any category, you can’t change it later on when you read another book to “2 books.” Once a square is crossed off, it’s crossed off for good! (Feel free to print off the scoreboard to keep track!)
  5. Books read for one square are for that square ONLY and cannot be counted towards another category. This is all about reading ALL THE BOOKS.
  6. The FREE SQUARE isn’t really a free square. In order to cross it off, you must read a book by either:
    1. Reading a book picked by another participant, or
    2. Reading a book in a genre picked by another participant.
  7. You can start your board over again, but ONLY if you receive the stamp of awesome by completing a blackout. The “winners” of the challenge will be the ones who achieve the most winning combinations by the end of 2013.
  8. You can feel free to post your reading list for each category, though it’s not a requirement.
  9. Having a blog or writing reviews for books read is not required. So long as you want to have fun, you can participate!
  10. This isn’t a race, but don’t be afraid to rub your reads in the other player’s face. This will be seen as encouragement. Feel free to use the hashtag #2013BookBingo on Twitter!
For more details or to join, click here.


I don't know if I'll be following the 6 blogs involved in this challenge, but the challenge sounds just awesome and I can't wait to get some off my list!

Welcome to 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge!!!


We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us.. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up..

Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you've been telling yourself you'll read next time you'll get a chance.. This is your chance! And we've got PRIZES!!! :D

Challenge Guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2013.
  2. Anyone can enter! You don't have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you've read! (On your blog, Amazon or Goodreads/Shelfari!)
  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 2012 and earlier! NO  2013 ARCs and 2013 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 2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge. (If you don't have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2013, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. On the 20th 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 monthFor 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. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e. the entire month)
  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 - a box of books
  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!
(how many books you're planning to read for this challenge in 2013)

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
**I'll be doing this one in the hopes of working up the list. We'll see. **
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

  1. Twice A Bride Mona Hodgson 
  2. Skeleton Creek Patrick Carman
  3. Neverwhere Neil Gaiman
  4. Warm Bodies Isaac Marion
  5. Image Grammar Harry R. Noden
  6. 13 Little Blue Envelopes
  7. The Last Little Blue Envelope
  8. Keys to College Success Minnette Lenier
  9. The Painted Veil W. Somerset Maugham
  10. Hard Sell Jaime Reidy
  11. A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study Jen Hatmaker
  12. Workshops that Work Kirsten Widmer
  13. So, What Do They Really Know Cris Tovani
  14. 1Q84 Haruki Murakami 
  15. Londoners Craig Taylor
  16. Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories Ian Fleming
  17. Allegiant Veronica Roth
  18. Dancing at the Harvest Moon KC McKinnon
  19. Nantucket Blue Leila Howland
  20. The Prophet Kahlil Gibran
  21. The Cay Theodore Taylor

And, the final challenge...

I'm reading all 14 award winners...I own a few (but, have never read them!) and the rest I'll get at the library or borrow from other English teachers!

2013 Winner: TBA

2012 Winner: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

2011 Winner: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi 

2010 Winner: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

2009 Winner: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

2008 Winner: The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

2007 Winner: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

2006 Winner: Looking for Alaska by John Green

2005 Winner: how i live now by Meg Rosoff

2004 Winner: The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

2003 Winner: Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers

2002 Winner: A Step From Heaven by An Na

2001 Winner: Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond

2000 Winner: Monster by Walter Dean Myers 


You can join the challenge on YA Reads...


  1. So many great challenges! Good luck with them all! :)

  2. So happy to have you link up to my challenge! You've found some others that look like a lot of fun as well. :)

  3. Wow! That's lots of challenges! For bingo, I'd say start small - there's all different levels of winning! I'm (mostly) only reading books I own or can borrow too, and I don't think it'll be a problem :)



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