Monday, 23 January 2012

2012 Challenges

For the better part of the last three months of 2011, things were pretty quiet around the blog. Bad, I know. But as you may have already read in my New Year post, I got into a bit of a reviewing rut, so I ended up just ignoring the reviews piling up around me. This year I have decided to start afresh and, to keep myself motivated, I have decided to participate in a few challenges.

For a while, I contemplated doing an 100+ Reading Challenge, but I decided not to in the end, as I know I will have a rather full year ahead of me with university stuff. So, I am not going to pressurise myself in any way to read a specific number of books in total. Instead, I have decided to take part in some other smaller challenges (smaller referring to the number of books I have to read so as to complete them) and all of them different to the smaller ones I did last year.

So, without any further ado, behold the challenges list!

First, we have the Tea & Books Reading Challenge, hosted by Birgit from The Book Garden.

For this challenge, the aim is to read books that are 700 pages long or more. There are 4 levels to this challenge and I am going to aim for the 2nd level, the Berry Tea Devotee, which requires 4 books to be read. That means one every three months, which should be feasible. Right now, I have only found three books that I own that also fit the description and they are:
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
- The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

Secondly, we have the Sci-Fi: Not Just for Stormtroopers Challenge, hosted by Ellie from Curiosity Killed The Bookworm.

I decided to participate in this challenge so that I could get to read some other sci-fi books. I got to read quite a lot of dystopia last year and I would like to read some of the other themes that can be found in the sci-fi genre (such as "zombie viruses, genetic engineering gone awry, time travel, steampunk, extreme weather, space exploration and, of course, aliens", as Ellie says).

I am going to aim to read 6 books (as in 1 every two months), which I think should be ok! I'm really looking forward to reading books for this challenge!

Next, we have the 2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge, hosted by Penelope at The Reading Fever.

The aim is - rather obviously - to read all the Harry Potter books! It's been ages since I last read the 7th HP book, so I am looking forward to re-reading them this year!! Oh, Ron, how I've missed you!

And last but not least, we have the 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, hosted by a lot of people!

Just to keep myself on track and not be blindsided by all the new books I will get in 2012, I am going to aim for the "A Sweet Kiss" level and read 21-30 books that have been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. Though I hope to go up a level or two!

Here is all the info for this one:

Challenge Guidelines:
  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  • As we would like to see quality reviews linked up to our monthly wrap-ups, only bloggers can enter. Sorry about that!
  • Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  • 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.
  • When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge (You need to include the info + host list + challenge button. You can also grab the button code and add it to your sidebar!)
  • You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  • Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  • At the end of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this month. For each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. For participating in the mini-challenge you'll get +1 entry in the giveaway.
  • If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
  • December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway - 12 books, 12 winners, INTERNATIONAL.
  • You don't have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!  
1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss (This one is the one I'm going for - for starters!)
31-40 - Love At First Sight 
41-50 - Married With Children

Evie from Bookish - @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Read @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Home @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion for Life - @BookPforLife
Caitlin from Watch YA Reading - @Caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read @Missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea - @alouetteuette
Christa from Hooked on Books - @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans of Fiction - @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision - @mermaidvisions
January - Donna (Theme: Let It Snow + Book Cover Challenge)
February - Nicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge)
March - Rie (Theme: Green or Pinched + Green Cover Challenge)
April - Bonnie (Theme: Easter + Mini Challenge)
May - Christa (Theme: MayDay - Disaster Books! + Cover Disaster Challenge)
June - Jenna (Theme: Camping + Sentence Challenge)
July - Rie (Theme: International Day + Cover Comparison Challenge)
August - Angel (Theme: Summer Memories + Send Your Fav Character On Vacation Challenge)
September - Nicole (Theme: Life Changing Books + Mini Challenge)
October - Caitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving Theme + Share-A-Book Challenge)
November - Vicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween + Book Puzzle Challenge)
December - Evie (Theme: Xmas Bliss + Book Bachelor Challenge)

And I do believe that sums it all up! New challenges this year! Hope they all end up being fun to complete! I will be keeping track of my progress in the form of a page this time around, as it will be much easier to update than this post (plus, it will always be easy to find!). You can find the page here!

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