This year, I’m participating in over 25 2013 Reading Challenges! To keep myself on track – to bring you the latest updates – and to see how other participants are doing – I will be providing periodic updates throughout the year!
Challenges I’ve Completed
First, some good news – I completed my first 2013 Reading Challenge of the year!
New Year’s Resolution Challenge
The New Year’s Resolution Challenge, hosted by librarian Joy Weese Moll, required us to read 1 to 4 books that stimulated action on our New Year’s Resolutions. I completed my goal of reading four books for this challenge:
I thought this challenge was inspiring and look forward to participating in it again next year!
Throughout the year, as I complete challenges, I’ll be on the look-out for new challenges that catch my eye! Here are my new picks (and joins) for February:
2013 Good Reads Challenge – 75 Books
I had intended to join the 2013 Good Reads Challenge last month – but had trouble picking the number of books I wanted to commit to this year. The number that kept coming to mind, however, was 75 – so I have officially signed up for the challenge, and am well on my way towards meeting my goal!
Crafty Book Challenge
Anastacia at Anastacia Knits is hosting a year-long Crafty Book Challenge that includes crafty-related fiction as well as non-fiction craft books in any format. While her craft of choice is knitting (and therefore, most of her book recommendations focus in that area), my interests include art journaling, scrapbooking, card-making, paper crafting of all types, mixed media art, and stamping, and I hope to read/share at least 5 books with you this year!
Review Copy Clean-Up 3.0
The third Review Copy Cleanup Challenge is being hosted during Feburary 2013 by Vicky of Books, Biscuits and Tea (who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Wicked Valentine Read-A-Thon) and Celine at Nyx Book Reviews! The purpose of this challenge is to read as many of your review books as you possibly can this month, and to track each other’s progress through weekly updates! The sign-ups close on February 15, so if you want to join, sign up soon!
Take Control – March 2013 TBR Pile
I was sharing today that the hardest challenges for me are the TBR ones because of all of the books I review! It seems I’m not the only one in this quandary – there are already 100 book bloggers signed up for the Take Control – March 2013 TBR Pile Challenge!
The purpose of this challenge is to spend March catching up on some of the personal books on your own shelves. It’s a great challenge to follow the Review Copy Clean Up challenge – and to pair with some of the specialty challenges on your lists!
Kid Lit Read & Review Challenge
I love Kid Lit and wanted to sign up for the Kid Lit Read & Review Challenge last month but misread the requirements. Now that I know you do not have to read to a child in order to participate, I am going to join at the Papoose Level (5 to 10 books!)
The purpose of this challenge is to read children’s books – anywhere from an infant’s board book to tween books like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory or Judy Blume or the Ramona Quimby books. YA does not count for this challenge! The determining factor in series are that the characters should be 12 and under.
This month I’ll be working on updating all of my 2013 Reading Challenges to see where things stand and if I need to make any adjustments to my list. For some of the Specialty Challenges I’ve already begun to select the books I want to read for them – now it’s just a matter of scheduling the time.
At the Mini-Bloggiesta I recently attended, we discussed Read-A-Thons as a great way to help accomplish our reading goals! I’m currently in the midst of the Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon and I’m having a blast! One of the things I’ve discovered from both of these events is that they truly do help you focus on reading if that is one of your goals. I’ll be looking for more events like these to share with you – and I encourage you, if you know of any great events or challenges, to please share them so that we can check them out!
Have a fabulous month and good luck in achieving your reading goals!