This challenge is being hosted by Jamie at Bumps in the Road. Between free Kindle books, under $5 Kindle books, and gifted books I have a ton of unread books!  My goal this year is to make a dent in my Kindle collection.  With my other challenges I shouldn’t have trouble getting up to  The Mega Size E-Book Reading Challenge – Read 25+ E-Books. :)

From January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012

Here are the rules:

1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.  Create a post about the challenge and link your challenge post up in the linky below.

–Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post.

2. There are four levels:

–The Mini E-Book Challenge – Read 5 E-Books.

–The “Fun Size” E-Book Challenge – Read 10 E-Books.

–The Jumbo Size E-Book Challenge – Read 20 E-Books.

–The Mega Size E-Book Reading Challenge – Read 25+ E-Books.

3. No Audio or Print books.

4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

5. The Challenge starts on January 1, 2012 and goes until December 31, 2012.

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Q1 2012:

Falling Fast by Lucy Kevin
Fourteen Days Later by Sibel Hodge
Matchmakers 2.0 by Debora Geary

 

 

I love earning Amazon gift cards from taking surveys online or earning my SwagBucks.  I tend to use these small gift cards to see how many Kindle books I can get.  If you like trying out new authors like I do, you can buy 5 $0.99 books with a $5 gift card.  Most of these books are self-published by indie writers and have some grammar/typos but it is fairly easy to overlook those things when the book is good (and cheap). So for that reason I’m joining in with the indie challenge.  My husband bought me quite a few indie books for my stocking that are waiting to be read.  I’m going with the Having a Go level – 15 books.

This challenge is brought to you by Bookish Ardour.

What It’s All About

Do you love Indie/Self-Pub publishers and authors? Are you considering trying out Indie written novels, but need that motivation to get going? Then this challenge might just be what you’re looking for!

The Deets

  • The Main Rule: Read novels by self-published authors and Indie publishers.
  • Running Dates: 1st of January – 31st of December 2012
  • When Can I Sign Up: All the way up to the last two weeks of December 2012!
  • Crossover Genres: Anything! As long as it’s Indie it doesn’t matter.
  • Mr Linky: To use the Mr Linky you’ll need to click on the graphic then enter your link. These will be updated and posted into this page every couple of weeks or so.
  • Further Details: Crossover challenges are fine, you can change levels at any time, this is eBook, short story, and graphic novel friendly, and you don’t need a blog to join in (read further for details).

The How To

  1. Choose Your Level: These are listed further down and you can change levels at any time.
  2. Grab The Badge: Place it somewhere on your blog, profile, or in a signature where possible and link back (main page or this page, it’s up to you).
  3. Sign Up Post: Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (only if allowed) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of books is optional).
  4. Link Up: Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Mr Linky graphic and enter your link!
  5. Blogless? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube, Twitter, GoodReads, Shelfari included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment!

Afterwards

  1. Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional, but greatly appreciated when it comes to indie novels! If you do review we’d love for you to share them, by submitting them on the Review Page (including social networks).
  2. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the Completion Post page!

Challenge Levels

  1. Tentative– Choose 5 books to read
  2. Having a Go – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Getting Into It – Choose 30 books to read
  4. Anti-Stigma – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Won Over – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Indie Lover – Choose between 76-135 books to read
  7. Professionally What? – Choose between 136-200 books to read

Extra Challenges

If you feel like that extra kick to your reading challenges here’s a couple you can choose from.

  • World: Choose a country as your theme, reading only books from that country or where it’s the setting. For how high you go you can choose more than one country;
    • Level Tentative and Having a Go: Choose one country
    • Level Getting Into It and Anti-Stigma: Choose two countries
    • Level Won Over to end of Indie Lover: Choose three countries
    • Level Professionally What?: Choose four countries.
  • Gender Battle: Read books only by female or male authors. Another alternative is to read equal amounts of both.
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Have you read a book by an author that you really enjoyed and felt moved  to read another of the author’s works? Or are you thinking to give an  author another try even if you didn’t like your first taste of their  work? If yes, then this challenge is for you! You’re going to go back  for seconds of an author that you’ve only read once. The great thing  about this challenge is that it’s not just for your  second in a series  books, but the second time you’ve read an author as well. (This challenge has previously been hosted at J. Kaye’s Book Blog, Royal Reviews, and A Few More Pages) Interested in joining the fun? Here are the guidelines: 1.  Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to  participate. If you’re not  a blogger, you can post your reviews at a  review site like Goodreads,  LibraryThing,  or Shelfari and  link them up here. 2. There are four levels to choose from in  this challenge: Just  a spoonful - Read 3 books that are 2nd in a series or the second  time you’ve read the author.  A few more bites - Read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or  the second time you’ve read the author. A full plate - Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the  second time you’ve read the author. All you can eat - Read 20 books (or more) that are 2nd in a  series or the second time you’ve read the author. 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. Any  genre counts. Any book format counts. 3. The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2012. 4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2012. 5. A post will be created here where you can link-up your  reviews and visit the reviews of other participants. 6. If you’re a blogger, write up a sign-up post that includes  the URL to  this post so that others can join in. Feel free to  use the button! You can grab the code you need from the box in the  right sidebar. If you write up a sign-up post, enter the direct link to that  post when you sign up here so we can find it easily. Otherwise, link  away!
Q1 2012:
Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas (Hathaways series #2)
My Perfect Wedding by Sibel Hodge
Hex Appeal by Linda Wisdom
Katy’s (A Few More Reading Challenges) other reading challenge goes hand in hand with the 1st in a series challenge.  In the 2nds challenge you can either read the 2nd book in a series or find an author where you have read one of their books and now you are reading a second book.  Since I’m aiming to read 6 1st in a series books I’ll do the same here.

Have you read a book by an author that you really enjoyed and felt moved to read another of the author’s works? Or are you thinking to give an author another try even if you didn’t like your first taste of their work? If yes, then this challenge is for you! You’re going to go back for seconds of an author that you’ve only read once. The great thing about this challenge is that it’s not just for your second in a series books, but the second time you’ve read an author as well.

(This challenge has previously been hosted at J. Kaye’s Book Blog, Royal Reviews, and A Few More Pages)

Interested in joining the fun? Here are the guidelines:

1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. If you’re not a blogger, you can post your reviews at a review site like Goodreads, LibraryThing, or Shelfari and link them up here.

2. There are four levels to choose from in this challenge:

  • Just a spoonful - Read 3 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
  • A few more bites – Read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
  • A full plate – Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
  • All you can eat – Read 20 books (or more) that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.

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. Any genre counts. Any book format counts.

3. The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2012.

4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2012.

5. A post will be created here where you can link-up your reviews and visit the reviews of other participants.

6. If you’re a blogger, write up a sign-up post that includes the URL to this post so that others can join in. Feel free to use the button! You can grab the code you need from the box in the right sidebar.

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Are you an avid series reader? Do you want to give a few new series a try? Then this is the reading challenge for you! Participants in the 1st in a Series Challenge decide to start a certain number of series in 2012 and then share their reviews with the community!<br /><br />
(This challenge has previously been hosted at J. Kaye&#8217;s Book Blog, Royal Reviews, and A Few More Pages)<br /><br />
Interested in joining the fun? Here are the guidelines:<br /><br />
1.  Anyone can join. You don&#8217;t need a blog to participate. If you&#8217;re not  a blogger, you can post your reviews at a review site like Goodreads, LibraryThing, or Shelfari and link them up here. 2. There are four levels for this challenge:<br /><br />
Series Novice: Read 3 books that are the first in any  series.<br /><br />
Series Lover: Read 6 books that are the first in any series.<br /><br />
Series Expert: Read 12 books that are the first in any  series.<br /><br />
Series Fanatic: Read 20 books that are the first in any  series.<br /><br />
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.  Any genre counts. Any book format counts. 3. The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2012. 4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2012.<br /><br />
5. A post will be created here where you can link-up your reviews and visit the reviews of other participants.<br /><br />
6. If you&#8217;re a blogger, write up a sign-up post that includes the URL to  this post so that others can join in. Feel free to use the button! You can grab the code you need from the box in the right sidebar.<br /><br />
If you write up a sign-up post, enter the direct link to that post when you sign up here so we can find it easily. Otherwise, link away!
Q1 2012:
1.  Baby, I’m Yours (Baby, #1), Susan Andersen
2. Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1) by Lisa Kleypas
3. Simply Sinful (Simply Series, #1) by Carly Phillips
4. 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover (Jazz Tremaine, #1) by Linda Wisdom
Katy at A Few More Reading Challenges is hosting 2 challenges this year for readers who love a good book series.  The first challenge is the 1st of a series challenge – read the first book in a series.  I love series since I just like following characters from one book to another so this should be fun in that I can find new series!  I’m aiming for the Series Lover level.

Are you an avid series reader? Do you want to give a few new series a try? Then this is the reading challenge for you! Participants in the 1st in a Series Challenge decide to start a certain number of series in 2012 and then share their reviews with the community!

(This challenge has previously been hosted at J. Kaye’s Book Blog, Royal Reviews, and A Few More Pages)

Interested in joining the fun? Here are the guidelines:

1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. If you’re not a blogger, you can post your reviews at a review site like Goodreads, LibraryThing, or Shelfari and link them up here.

2. There are four levels for this challenge:

  • Series Novice: Read 3 books that are the first in any series.
  • Series Lover: Read 6 books that are the first in any series.
  • Series Expert: Read 12 books that are the first in any series.
  • Series Fanatic: Read 20 books that are the first in any series.

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. Any genre counts. Any book format counts.

3. The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2012.

4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2012.

5. A post will be created here where you can link-up your reviews and visit the reviews of other participants.

6. If you’re a blogger, write up a sign-up post that includes the URL to this post so that others can join in. Feel free to use the button! You can grab the code you need from the box in the right sidebar.

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Alex at Blethering About Books is hosting a challenge this year to show the BBC how wrong they are about the number of books on their “100 books” list that people should read.  I’ve read 16 of these books and want to get into the 20s so I’m adding 5 more books for this year.

The Challenge:

You may remember a few years ago that the BBC published a list of 100 books that they believed the majority of us have only read 6 off - personalty I think that the list is a little off as there are whole collections (e.g. The Complete Works of Shakespeare) listed and then individual works from the collection listed (obviously Hamlet isn’t part of the Complete Works of Shakespeare :/).

I for 1 hate being told what is expected of me (when it comes to this kind of thing) and slotted into a nice little box.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen  previously read
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte  previously read
4 Harry Potter series – Books 1-5 previously read
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee  previously read
6 The Bible  previously read
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte   previously read
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott  previously read
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy  previously read
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Mauriepreviously read
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger  previously read
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneggepreviously read
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell  previously read
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald  previously read
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen  previously read
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen  previously read
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis  previously read
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen  previously read
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck  previously read
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding   previously read
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray   previously read
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens   previously read
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare   previously read
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


So the purpose of this challenge will be read  more than 6 of the books that are on the list and if you have read some of them already, all the better! :)

You can set yourself a personal goal or just take each book at a time as it comes your way through the winds of chance. Whatever you prefer.

Every month staring January 1st I will put up a post so you can link to your reviews, comments or rants on the book you have tackled.

And remember that if you have already read books on the list you can still take part. How about picking 6 that you haven’t read yet?

And most of all guys have fun!

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