reading challenges 2013

I’ll sign up for another familiar reading challenge: the 2013 Graphic Novel reading challenge. Hosted by Nicola.

I’m going to sign up for Basic Level 1 (12 graphic novels).

I was tempted to try the advanced but I’m not sure I could get all of required graphic novels. For example, as far as I know, classic adaptations aren’t done here.

Most likely, I’ll continue with similar stuff, meaning mostly superheroes.

It’s almost time for the 2013 challenge to start and so we’ll start taking names of participants now. There will be two ways to play and two levels this year! Please write a sign-up post on your blog and then sign-up below with a link to your specific sign-up post. Here is how the Challenge will play this year:

runs from Jan.1 – Dec. 31, 2013

Level 1: read and review 12 books during the year (you could spread them out and read one a month or have a blast and read all 12 in a row!)

Level 2: read and review 24 books during the year (same as above only you would read two a month for the slow rate)

Game Play

Basic: no change from last year. just read any book generally considered a graphic novel, manga, or collection of comics, write a review and link to your post.

Advanced: For advanced play we are going to play categories. Players will pick 1 book from each of the 12 categories below. If you are playing at Level 2 you could double up, choosing two from each category, or use the remainder as free picks. You only have to read one book from each of the 12 categories.

1. manga
2. superhero
3. classic adaptation (a classic work adapted into the graphic format)
4. memoir
5. fantasy
6. translated from a foreign language
7. a single-issue comic book
8. science-fiction
9. crime or mystery
10. fairytale or mythology (true to the original or fractured, such as Fables series)
11. children’s book (specifically written for children)
12. anthology (a collection of short stories by different authors/artists)

Any questions just ask in the comments.

1, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ring of Fire
2, Uncanny X-Men: The Birth of Generation Hope
3, Planetary: All Over the World and other stories
4, Uncanny X-Men: Quarantine
5, Uncanny X-Men: Breaking Point
6, Uncanny X-Men: Fear itself
7, X-Men: Age of X
8, Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five
9, Planetary: Crossing worlds
10, JLA: The Obsidian Age books 1 and 2
11, Fantastic Four: Unthinkable
12, Fantastic Four: Authoritative Action
13, Essential X-Men vol. 6
14, Batman & Robin vol. 1: Batman Reborn
15, X-Men: First to Last
16, Battlestar Galactica: Origins Omnibus
17, Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero Omnibus


My next reading challenge for 2013:

About: The Get Steampunk’d Reading Challenge is all about Steampunk! Read anything as long as it has that Steampunk theme, with steam-powered gadgets, dirigibles, and punked up Victorian dress.

Steampunk Examples: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, The Difference Engine by William Gibson.
The Finer Deets

Running dates for all 2013 challenges: 1st of January – 31st of December 2013
Sign-Ups are accepted until the 16th of December 2013.
Formats: All BA Challenges are eBook, audio, short story, and graphic novel friendly.
Crossovers: You’re welcome to crossover with BA’s challenges. Include as many books across all the challenges as you can, I always say.

How To Sign-Up and Join In

1, Choose Your Level: Choose a challenge level listed below.
2, Sign Up Post: Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (where possible) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of books is optional).
3, Grab The Badge: Download or grab the badge and place it in your sign up post. Then link back to BA’s Get Steampunk’d Challenge. Grab me!Bookish Ardour.
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.
6, Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional! But if you do review it would be great for you to share them by submitting them on the review page.
7, Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the completion/wrap-up page.

Challenge Levels
Geared – Choose 5 books to read
Cogged – Choose 15 books to read
Goggle Mad – Choose 30 books to read
Victorian Lord/Lady – Choose 50 books to read
Inventor – Choose 75 books to read
Zephyr Pilot – Choose 76-135 books to read
Steampunk’d – Choose 136-200 books to read

I’m going easy on myself and choose Geared: 5 books.

1, Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio: Agatha H. and the Airship City
2, Steven Harper: The Doomsday Vault
3, Michael Moorcock: The Warlord of the Air
4, Michael Moorcock: The Land Leviathan
5, P. C. Martin: Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus
6, Karina Cooper: Gilded

I read one more book than my goal but surprisingly, I read only one book from my TBR. This means, of course, that I have to read some more steampunk in 2014.

Reading pool:
M. K. Hobson: Native Star
Steven Harper: Doomsday Vault
Mammoth Book of Steampunk, edited by Sean Wallace
James P. Blaylock: Lord Kelvin’s Machine
Kenneth Oppel: Airborn
Clay and Sussan Griffith: The Greyfriar
The next Cherie Priest book

I’m going to sign up for one more reading challenge:
2013 Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s block. Review headquarters link.

Challenge Levels (I’ve adjusted the levels just slightly this year):

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you’re on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2013.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2013. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. [To clarify–based on a question raised last year–the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, “just because,” etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish in 2013. I will trust you all on that.

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

My level: Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s

I tried to read 50 books from my TBR this year. I’ve so far read 43 and I still have rest of the December to reach my goal. But I want less pressure for next year, so I’m taking a smaller goal.

1, Yvonne Navarro: Wicked Willow I – the Darkening
2, Yvonne Navarro: Wicked Willow II – Shattered Twilight
3, Yvonne Navarro: Wicked Willow III – Broken Sunrise
4, John Vornholt: Babylon Voices
5, Jill Archer: Dark Light of Day
6, Elizabeth Bear: Hammered
7, Kage Baker: The Graveyard Game
8. Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio: Agatha H. and the Airship City
9, Steven Harper: The Doomsday Vault
10, K.A. Stewart: A Shot in the Dark
11, Yvonne Carroll: Leprechaun Tales
12, Patrick Weeks: The Palace Job
13, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Five Female Sleuths: a collection
14, Lisa Shearin: Con & Conjure
15, Lisa Shearin: All Spell Breaks Loose
16, Issui Ogawa: The Lord of the Sands of Time
17, Peter Ackroyd: London Under
18, Jocelynn Drake: Burn the Night
19, Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge: Shades of Gray
20, Aliette de Bodard: Servant of the Underworld
21, N. K. Jemisin: The Killing Moon
22, J. Gregory Keyes: Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps
23, Terry Pratchett: Jingo
24, J. Gregory Keyes: Final Reckoning: The Fate of Bester
25, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Alien Influences
26, Christopher Golden: Spike & Dru: Pretty Maids all in a row
27, Patricia Barnes-Svarney: Loyalties
28, Kage Baker: The Life of the World to Come
29, Kage Baker: The Children of the Company
30, Kage Baker: The Machine’s Child
31, Kage Baker: The Sons of Heaven

My second reading challenge for 2013 is the New Authors challenge. It’s hosted by Literary Escapism.

Here are the guidelines:

1, The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
2, Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.
3, I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be. If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop. Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky. We all want to know about your new experience.
4, After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky. Make sure you include your name and the author, but adding the title is completely up to you.
5, Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like.

I’m going to choose 25 authors.
1, Yvonne Navarro: Wicked Willow I – the Darkening
2, Jill Archer: Dark Light of Day
3, Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio: Agatha H. and the Airship City
4, Steven Harper: The Doomsday Vault
5, Sean Ferrell: Man in the Empty Suit
6, Paul Byers: Act of God
7, Yvonne Carroll: Leprechaun Tales
8, Patrick Weeks: The Palace Job
9, Issui Ogawa: The Lord of the Sands of Time
10, Peter Ackroyd: London Under
11, Jim C. Hines: The Stepsister Scheme
12, Aliette de Bodard: Servant of the Underworld
13, Rosa Montero: Tears in Rain
14, Adam Christopher: Empire State
15, Robert J. Sawyer: Flashforward
16, Martha Miller: The Retirement Plan
17, Jefferey Deaver: The Bone Collector
18, Donna Leon: Death at La Fenice
19, P. C. Martin: Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus
20, Patricia Barnes-Svarney: Loyalties
21, Elizabeth Kostova: The Historian
22, Michael J. Martinez: The Deadalus Incident
23, Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling ed.: Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells
24, Karina Cooper: Gilded
25, A. Lee Martinez: Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain
26, J. G. Ballard: The Drowned World

I’ve now signed up for my first reading challenge for 2013:

As bloggers we are all on timetables to read books, get reviews posted, host giveaways, etc.
But we also travel around to other blogs and see books we would just like to read because of their recommendation or the cover or title catches our interest. The Meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” adds more books to my Wish List and To-Be-Read pile every week.

As followers you get our recommendations, win books from us, pick up books at the library or buy them at a store.
But our lives are so busy these books sometimes sit in our To-Be-Read piles for months or even years.
This is the third year I am hosting this challenge to
encourage you to read some of those books.
12 books in 12 months JUST FOR FUN!!!!!!!!!!

The challenge page is in GoodReads:

1, John Vornholt: Babylon 5: Voices
2, Kerry Greenwood: Death Before Wicket
3, Kerry Greenwood: Away with the Fairies
4, Kerry Greenwood: Murder in Montparnasse
5, Kerry Greenwood: Castlemaine Murders
6, Kerry Greenwood: Death by Water
7, Kerry Greenwood: Murder on a Midsummer Night
8, Jim C. Hines: Mermaid’s Madness
9, Kerry Greenwood: Earthly Delights
10, Kerry Greenwood: Heavenly Pleasures
11, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Skirmishes
12, Kerry Greenwood: Devil’s Food

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