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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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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Another fun challenge brought to you by The Eclectic Bookshelf.  I’m not quite sure if I’ve ever read a Romantic Suspense book – maybe but not realize it?  So this should help me define the sub genre.  I’m going to aim for Level 2: 10 books!

Rules:

  • Anyone can join
  • You don’t need a blog to participate.  For non-bloggers, please leave a comment with a link (if you review somewhere else) to the review or leave a list of the books you read on the monthly link up post.
  • Audio, ebooks, and bound books are ok.
  • No re-reads
  • Create a sign up post and post the link in the linky below.
  • Challenge goes from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
  • Challenge Crossovers are ok.
Levels:
Level 1 – Read 4 Romantic Suspense novels
Level 2 – Read 10 Romantic Suspense novels
Level 3 – Read 14 Romantic Suspense novels
Level 4 – Read 15+ Romantic Suspense novels
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Q1 2012:

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom
Hex Appeal by Linda Wisdom
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

 

Tales from the Crypt is hosting a Paranormal Romance book challenge in 2012.   I started reading paranormal books in 2011 and really enjoyed them so I’m looking forward to exploring the genre further. I’m aiming for Level 2 this year.

Rules:

  • Starts January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012
  • Anyone can join
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate.
  • Non-Bloggers feel free to share your list of books in the comment section of the monthly link up post.
  • Reviews though not required are always nice.
  • Audio, E-books, Bound and re-reads all count
  • There is no need to come up with your list of books in advance.
  • Challenge crossovers ok
  • Create a sign up post and link up in the linky below.

Levels:

Level 1 – Read 1-5 Paranormal Romances
Level 2 – Read 6-10 Paranormal Romances
Level 3 – Read 11-20 Paranormal Romances
Level 4 – Read 21+ Paranormal Romances

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Reading Romances is hosting their annual romance challenge for 2012.  I know right?! How many romance challenges am I signing up for? Well I am signing up for a few for 2 reasons: 1) I like finding new blogs and books and 2) I refuse to allow too many overlaps between the challenges.  I have too many books to do too many overlaps. LOL  I like this challenge because I will be pushed to read new sub genres and find new authors and new book types to read. :)

 

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. The 2012 Reading Romances Challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012.
  2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to have a blog. Feel free to sign-up in the comments – you can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari etc).
  3. I’ll post a list of romance sub-genres and a few cool themes for you to choose from each month (you can read all of them or just a couple).
  4. You can list your books before reading them (by leaving a comment on the post with the topics for that month) or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, don’t feel obligated to read them, changes are welcomed!
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the Reading Romances Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please link it to the page where you post your reviews (Goodreads, Shelfari, Amazon etc).
  6. You don’t have to participate every month, but please try to!
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  • I will never tell you to read one specific author, but I might suggest a few titles and authors to give you some ideas.
  • You can read the same author more than once and the books can be old or new, but they must be read during the course of the challenge.
  • Books used in this challenge may be used in other challenges.
  • Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebook.
  • Post the button to post on your sidebar, this way others can find their way back to this post and join in the fun!

At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. If you forget, feel free to add your reviews in the following month. It can be something simple and short, please don’t worry about it!

There will also be random giveaways during the year for everyone who is actively participating on the challenge. There might be special giveaway by the end of the year for those who read all (or most of) the topics during each month .

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