reading challenges 2015


This was an excellent year: I completed all the challenges I took part in:

Pick & Mix: I read the required 10 books
R.I.P. X: I took part in the first challenge with 4 books: I read 8 books

Once Upon a Time IX: I joined again the first challenge with 5 books: I read 14 books and comics
Women of Genre: I read the required 10 new-to-me female SFF authors

New Authors challenge: I decided to read 15 new-to-me authors and ended up reading 24 in addition to the 10 above
Clocks, Cogs, and Mechanisms challenge: I took on the Flight Goggles level with minimum of 4 books and I read 9 steampunk books this year

Women reading challenge: I read 43 books authored by women
TBR challenge required 12 books and I read twice that: 24

Graphic novel and Manga challenge: I took on the Modern Age with 12 comics and completed the challeng with Bronze Age with 35 reviews
Just for Fun required 1 book each month and I completed that with 12 books.

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I’ve completed almost all of my reading challenges so I decided to add another: Worlds Without End is hosting Pick and Mix reading challenge:

Do you find that your eclectic reading list doesnt match the criteria for most challenges? Then the Pick and Mix is perfect for you since any book on WWEnd’s awards, book lists or series is suitable for addition.

The only requirement is that you post a review or even just a brief comment about your reads on the Pick and Mix forum page and make an occasional comment on what other participants have added. Sharing our thoughts makes the whole reading experience more enjoyable. But you can add as few or as many proper reviews to WWEnd’s database as you desire.

Challenge Details
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Challenge Span: January 2015 – December 2015

Reading Levels
Select your reading level below. You can adjust your level up or down at any time during the challenge.

one scoop = 10 books + 0 reviews
a carton = 20 books + 0 reviews
luxury choc-box = 30 books + 0 reviews
the whole sweet shop = 40 books + 0 reviews

I picked the first level: one scoop. But I’m hoping that I’ll end up with a carton.

Books read:
1, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: Reindeer Moon
2, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: The Animal Wife
3, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Snipers
4, Seanan McGuire: A Rose-Red Chain
5, Vicki Pettersson: The Scent of Shadows
6, Jeff VanderMeer: Annihilation
7, Daniel Suarez: Influx
8, Philip K. Dick: Martian Time-Slip
9, Cherie Priest: Fiddlehead
10, Linda Nagata: Memory

It’s the first of September and time to enjoy R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge. This time, it’s hosted by Ani and Heather at the Estella Society.

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.

Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.

As time has wound on, we’ve discovered that simple rules are best:

1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.

As Carl does each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have too many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.

R.I.P. X officially runs from September 1st through October 31st.

I’ll participate in

Peril the First: Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.

TBR:
Some Sherlock Holmes. It’s been far too long since I’ve read the originals.
Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives. I’ve really enjoyed the previous short story collections in this series and detectives in fantasy setting should be perfect for this challenge.
Peter O’Donnell’s Modesty Blaise books.
I have a lot of fantasy books in my TBR and they often have mystery elements, too.

Read:
1, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Snipers (mystery)
2, Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger (mystery)
3, Kristine Kathryn Rush ed.: Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives (short story collection, crime, supernatural)
4, Seanan McGuire: A Rose-Red Chain (supernatural)
5, Kristine Kathryn Rusch ed.: Fiction River: Past Crimes (short story, crime)
6, Peter O’Donnell: Saber-Tooth (thriller)
7, Peter O’Donnell: I, Lucifer (thriller)
8, Tarquin Hall: The Case of the Man who Died Laughing (mystery)

Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting the Annual Once Upon a Time challenge:

Saturday, March 21st marks the official start date of the ninth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge. This is a reading and viewing and gaming event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum. The challenge continues through June 21st and allows for very minor (1 book only) participation as well as more immersion depending on your reading/viewing/gaming whims.

The Once Upon a Time IX Challenge has a few rules:

Rule #1: Have fun.
Rule #2: HAVE FUN.
Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!
Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.

I’m going to take part in


Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time categories. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

The new gaming category sounds great, too. I’m an avid roleplayer but of the pen and paper kind, not so much computer games these days, and I also play a lot of board games. But I haven’t written about them much and I don’t know if I will. However, if anyone else is writing about them, I’m quite curious to read. 🙂

TBR:
I’m planning to read Elizabeth Bear’s One-Eyed Jack and also at least one version of Robin Hood tales, namely Henry Gilbert’s and most likely something from Gutenberg. And Fables comics.

Read:
1, Helene Wecker: The Golem and the Jinni
2, Kalayna Price: Grave Witch
3, MeiLin Miranda: The Machine God
4, Ekaterin Sedia: The Secret History of Moscow
5, Howard Pyle: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
6, Kalayna Price: Grave Dance
7, Jennifer Roberson: Lady of the Forest
8, Edgar Rice Burroughs: Pirates of Venus
9, Catherynne M. Valente: The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden
10, Elfquest: Fire and
Flight

11, Elizabeth Bear: One-Eyed Jack
12, Elfquest: 2: The Forbidden Grove
13, Elfquest: vol. 3: Captives of Blue Mountain
14, Terry Pratchett: Witches Abroad

I’m joining one more challenge: Worlds Without End is hosting Women of Genre reading challenge.

Back for the third year in a row it’s the Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge! The rules are mostly the same: read 12 books by 12 new-to-you women authors in 12 months. One of your author choices should be totally random.

I had six of these books in my TBR already and the rest will be audiobooks or from the library, if the Finnish library system has any of them. A bit frustratingly, I have more new-to-me female authors on my TBR but they’re not in this database.

Currently, I’m planning to read these new to me women authors:
Ekaterin Sedia, Janny Wurts, Carol Berg, Jennifer Fallon, Kalayna Price, and Pat Cadigan.

Read
1, Carol Berg: Song of the Beast
2, Helene Wecker: The Golem and the Jinni
3, Pat Cadigan: The Mindplayers
4, Kalayna Price: Grave Witch
5, Ekaterin Sedia: The Secret History of Moscow
6, Catherynne M. Valente: The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden
7, V. E. Schwab: Vicious
8, M. K. Hobson: The Native Star
9, Judith Tarr: Lord of the Two Lands
10, Kara Dalkey: Euryale
11, Jennifer Fallon: The Immortal Prince
12, Anne Lyle: The Alchemist of Souls

I’ve participated in the New Author challenge a couple of times but not last year, when I wanted to read more of my favorite authors. However, last year I read quite a lot of short story collections which had new authors, so this year I’m joining New Author Challenge 2015.

Here are the guidelines:

The challenge will run from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
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 short stories/novellas or anthologies.
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.
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.
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.

Once you reach your goal, you don’t have to stop. Any new author you try, go ahead and head back here and add it to the list. Introduce us all to whoever you find. Afterall, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?

My goal will be to read 15 new to me authors.

Books read:
1, Scott E. Tabert: A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk
2, Joss Llewlyn: The Razor’s Edge
3, John Yeoman: Dream of Darkness
4, Jacqueline Garlick: Lumiere
5, Nancy Jane Moore: Conscientious inconsistencies
6, Carol Berg: Song of the Beast
7, M. John Harrison: The Pastel City
8, Charlotte E. English: Black Mercury
9, Helene Wecker: The Golem and the Jinni
10, Pat Cadigan: The Mindplayers
11, Kalayna Price: Grave Witch
12, MeiLin Miranda: The Machine God
13, Ekaterin Sedia: The Secret History of Moscow
14, Howard Pyle: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
15, Andrew Dymond: Dark Side of the Sun
16, Catherynne M. Valente: The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden
17, V. E. Schwab: Vicious
18, Hannu Rajaniemi: The Quantum Thief
19, S. M. Blooding: Fall of Sky City
20, M. K. Hobson: The Native Star
21, Judith Tarr: Lord of the Two Lands
22, Kara Dalkey: Euryale
23, Jennifer Fallon: The Immortal Prince
24, Anne Lyle: The Alchemist of Souls
25, David Weber: On Basilisk Station
26, Laurie R. King: the Beekeeper’s Apprentice
27, Daniel Suarez: Influx
28, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: Reindeer Moon
29, Tarquin Hall: The Case of the Man who Died Laughing
30, Vicki Pettersson: The Scent of Shadows
31, Linda Nagata: Memory
32, Emmi Itäranta: Memory of Water
33, Susan Kaye Quinn: The Third Daughter
34, David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas

I’m joining steampunk reading challenge Clocks, Cogs and Mechanisms Reading Challenge 2015.

This challenge runs from January 1st – December 31st. Sign up ends September 30th, 2015.

What do I let count as steampunk?
You can count books like “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells and other books that are considered precursors to steampunk, I have no problem with you counting graphic novels like Full Metal Alchemist.

They do not have to be on a paper to count, your ebooks count as well.
You can also count these books towards other challenges.

Brass Gears: Read 1-3 steampunk books
Flight goggles: 4-6 books
Button-up boots: 7-12 books
Clockwork Corset: 13+ books

I’m going for Flight goggles level with 4 books.
Last year, I bough the Humble Bundle’s Steampunk bundle which is 7 books and I’ve got a couple of steampunk print books on my shelves. Most of these are new-to-me authors, too, so I really like to sample their work. I’m also shamefully behing in reading Girl Genius.

Books read:
1, Scott E. Tabert: A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk
2, Jacqueline Garlick: Lumiere
3, Charlotte E. English: Black Mercury
4, MeiLin Miranda: The Machine God
5, Clay and Susan Griffith: The Rift Walker
6, Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith: The Kingmaker
7, S. M. Blooding: Fall of Sky City
8, Cherie Priest: Fiddlehead
9, Susan Kaye Quinn: The Third Daughter

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