Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Reading Challenges

I'm choosing to participate in some challenges this year. Though I don't like to pre-plan my reading too much, I am excited about the challenges that I've chosen to participate in. So without further ado, here are my 2013 Challenges...

2013 Wish List Challenge

Here is the challenge:

Read 12 books (one for every month of the year) that you would like to read, but don’t already have on your shelves.


1. The challenge runs from January 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013.

2. You are to read 12 books from your current wishlist. If you don’t have a list anywhere, write down books that you are eager to read, that you don’t own yet, and choose 12 books off that list.

3. If you can’t find a book that’s on your wishlist (your library doesn’t have it, or you don’t want/can’t buy it) then you can use another book. But: you are not allowed to include any NEWLY added books for this challenge. So, whatever your list is now, that’s it. I.e. you can’t read amazing things about a book on someone else’s blog, decide you want to read it, then read it for the Wishlist Challenge. The opposite is true: you want to read something for the Wishlist Challenge, so you go to your wishlist, find a book that was on that wishlist before January 1st, 2013, and read it for the challenge.

4. You can overlap with other challenges, as long as you read books that were on your wishlist before January 1st, 2013.

5. Sign up [at the link above] by leaving a comment with a link to your announcement post for this challenge.

6. When you’ve read your 12 books, come back here and leave a comment with a link to your final post about the challenge. Make sure you’ve done this by January 15th, 2014.

My 12 Books:

1) The Fault in our Stars by John Green

2) Ten by Gretchen McNeil

3) Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

4) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

5) Cinder by Marisa Meyer

6) The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (not released yet, but has been on my Wish List since June 2012 when the title and cover were released)

7) Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (also not release yet, but has also been on my Wish List since before January 2013)

8) A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

9) Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire (same as The Indigo Spell & Clockwork Princess)

10) Dare You To by Katie McGarry (same as The Indigo Spell, Clockwork Princess, and Walking Disaster)

11) Fragments by Dan Wells (not released but has been on Wish List for months)

12) Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

And just in case I need to swap one out...Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.

2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Challenge Rules:

1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2013. (Note: You do not have to review the books to participate, but only those who link up reviews will be entered for the prize)

2. Grab the reading challenge button (code & button [at the link above]) and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate- you could track your progress and post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc..

3. Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction. However, they should not be reference books which are not read cover to cover-I will leave this to your discretion.

4. Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).

5. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

6. 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.

7. When you sign up in the linky put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge.

8. You can move up levels, but no moving down.

9. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2013, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

10, Have some Witchy Good Fun !!!

The Levels:

Initiate: Read 1 - 5 Witchy Books

Maiden: Read 6 - 10 Witchy Books

Mother: Read 11 - 15 Witchy Books

Crone: Read 16 - 20 Witchy Books

I'm going for the Initiate level, and I don't plan to list my books out in advance. The only ones I know for sure I plan to read right now are Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. These two are overlapping with my Wish List challenge above and my next challenge below.

Also, there is a list of ideas for books in this category at the link above for the original challenge sign up. Check it out if you're interested in participating, but need some ideas. I'll probably have to use it too.

And finally...

2013 Sequel Reading Challenge

The goal: To read as many sequels as you can. You set your goal at whatever number works for you.


1. The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st.

2. Any books started before Jan. 1 will not count.

3. Any book after the first book in a series counts. Books in the same series also count.

4. Novellas also count, as long as it is after book #1. (ex: #1.5, #2.5, etc.)

5. Sign ups will be open until December 1st, 2013.

6. Add the URL of your challenge post to the linky widget. (If you'd like to wait, it's ok to use your blog URL and send me your link when you get the post up)

7. At the end of each month I will post a linky for you to add your sequel reviews to.

8. [The challenge host] will try to do some giveaways throughout the year for participants.

9. There will be a giveaway at the end of the year for all participants who completed the challenge.

I read tons of series so this one shouldn't be a challange at all. It's really more of a "for fun" kind of thing. So that's it. Aside from my other 2013 Reading Goals which I've discussed here, these are the challenges I plan to participate in. Want to join me? You don't know have to review books to participate in some of these, and you can always participate unofficially as well.

Go here to find a list of different reading challenges. There are so many, I'm sure you'll find something that suits your tastes.

What challenges are you participating in for 2013? Let me know!


  1. I love the blank slate that is New Year's and I really love the anticipation of a good reading challenge! This year I'm taking the plunge and hosting a Banned Books Challenge and I'm also planning to join An Embarrassment of Riches, Back to the Classics, and possibly Foodies Read. Good luck with your challenges & Happy New Year!

  2. Welcome to the 2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf