Book Events & Reading Challenges – May 2013

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What a thrilling time it is to be a book lover! There are SO many exciting events to connect us – SO many creative challenges to stretch us – SO many fabulous books to enthrall us!

Here are some of the exciting  Book Events and Reading Challenges that Create With Joy is participating in this May! Which events are you looking forward to joining this month?

May 2013 Events

Sit Down And Write –May 1 thru 14, 2013

Sit Down And Write

Hosted by Michelle the True Book Addict

The Sit Down and Write 3 Write-A-Thon is for any writing you need to get done. Whether you’re working on a novel, a novella, or short stories of have a ton of reviews to write from your recent Read-a-thons…  whatever writing you need to get done, this is the time to buckle down!

There are no mini-challenges, but there will be check-in linkies posted every few days where you can link your reviews or progress posts. You can also stop in and chat on Twitter and share your progress at  Twitter hashtag #sitdownwrite.

Bout Of Books Read-A-Thon – May 13 thru 19, 2013

Bout Of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop – May 13 thru 19, 2013

Kid Lit Giveaway Blog Hop

Create With Joy will be celebrating Children’s Book Week by participating in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop – a special event co-hosted ! This special event is being co-hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews. Children’s book or teen literature bloggers, authors, publishers, or publicists looking to share copies of a fabulous book are welcome to link in a giveaway for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes. You’ll find the full details and sign-up information on the host sites. 

Armchair BEA – May 28 thru June 2, 2013

Armchair BEA

This event is the virtual convention for book bloggers who can’t attend the Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York! Sign-ups are open now, and the agenda for the event – which includes daily blogging themes, discussions, and giveaways – has been posted!

Reading Challenges

I’ll be updating my Current Reading Challenges in the weeks to come. In the meantime, here is my New Reading Challenge for May!

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge – May 1 thru 31, 2013

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2013

Hosted by Kimba the Caffinated Book Reviewer

This challenge includes all physical and digitals ARCs you read between May 1st and May 31st, 2013. Recaps must be posted by June 3. The challenge includes weekly Saturday challenges (with chances to win additional prizes) and a Rafflecopter entry form with entries for each book review linked and other items. The Challenge Schedule and Rafflecopter posts on April 30th at 4 pm EST and the Rafflecopter closes on June 3, 2013; two Grand Prizes will be awarded. See the sign-up post for full details.

For more Reading Challenges, visit:

In Closing

If you have any news you’d like to share – if you’re participating in any exciting events or challenges – if a book catches your eye– let me know!

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35 Responses to “Book Events & Reading Challenges – May 2013”

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  1. Melissa B says:

    Alot of great challenges! =)
    I havent joined any for May yet.

  2. Thanks so much for including these reading and writing events in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Good information for readers and writers! Cheryl – Hop Hostess

  3. These are awesome reading and writing challenges. Thanks for sharing with us. And thanks for linking up to the Whatever Wednesday Linky Party.

    Cherished Handmade Treasures

  4. Thanks for doing this – I was just looking around at events happening in May, so it’s nice to have this as a resource.

  5. Pamela says:

    I love, love books–even if they are downloaded on my kindle! I’ve been doing a series on gifting books on Thursdays. Enjoying the fun of getting it together, and then giving the book away. I figure I’m not the only one who loves books as gifts. So enjoyed reading all about these challenges. I wish there were more hours in a day!

  6. Thanks for sharing these events. I certainly need to sit and write and catch up on the readathons I was absent for last week!

  7. What a great post! I love to read more than anything so I’m excited to take on a couple of these challenges. I met Harlan Coben and got a book signed by him a few weeks ago and they got me even more passionate about reading. Thanks for the awesome ideas! 🙂


    • Thanks for stopping by – how cool you got to meet one of your favorite authors – just followed you on Twitter and look forward to seeing you at future events and challenges!

  8. Julie Grasso says:

    Fabulous list, ARM Chair BEA, that sounds super cool. Thanks for linking in to the Kidlitbloghop

  9. I’m glad you are joining us for the write-a-thon. I’m off to a slow start, but hope to do better before the two weeks are up.

    I can’t wait for Bout of Books and I also still need to sign up for the ARC challenge. And I signed up fro Armchair BEA which I may have to back out of now that I have this new client for work. We shall see!

    • Thanks Michelle – Since I’m doing this in conjunction with ARC, I am really trying to read/write reviews!
      So far so good – just missed yesterday due to massive dental pain!

  10. Looks like you have a busy month ahead of you!

  11. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says:

    So many great events, so little time!! I’ve always been nervous about participating in reading challenges because I don’t want to completely embarrass myself by only do 1/10th of what I intended!! lol

    Thanks so much for including the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop in your post and for linking the post in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 🙂

  12. Wow, that is a lot of challenges. Good luck on all of them.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever’s Sunday Post

  13. I’m thinking of joining the Bout of Books challenge, and am lucky to be attending BEA 2013.

    Here’s my weekly recap of books, many from two book events I attended this wee–AAP Book Buzz and Random House Open House:

    • Lucky you Catherine – can’t wait to hear about what BEA is like firsthand! 🙂
      This will be my first year participating in Armchair BEA and I’m looking forward to that!

  14. Anna says:

    Looking forward to BEA this year! Its such a great expo. Being able to meet new people, be surrounded by books, and collect autographs & freebies from your favorite authors make it a day to remember

  15. Just signed up for Bout of Books, thanks for letting me know!

  16. alyssaz says:

    Glad to see this list! Off to register for armchair bea!
    From cozy book hop

  17. new follower here via bloglovin. Love your site and look forward to your posts.

    Hope i can see you back at either of my blogs. Keep on Bloggin’

  18. Fahima says:

    Great blog! New follower via Bloglovin and Google+ 🙂

    I Read, Ergo I Write

  19. I haven’t seen you around for Armchair BEA this week. It’s been great but miss my event buddy. HOpe you are doing well, it’s been fabulous so far! I especially like today’s discussion about ethics/rules and day 2 about blogger development. very helpful info. Hope you are doing well!

    • Thank you so much for thinking of me!

      Due to health issues, I haven’t been able to participate as actively as I would have liked this week,
      but I’ve been reading and visiting as much as I can. The topics are fab!

      Hoping to join one of the Twitter parties if I’m able! 🙂


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