Saturday, January 5, 2013

2013 Reading Challenges Part 1

I attempted one reading challenge last year and completed exactly zero.  This year I've gotten a great start reading (due to school's being out) and I'm hoping to do much better challenge-wise!

The Dystopia Reading Challenge 2013 
hosted by Blog of Erised (sign-up post here)

This challenge has a monthly review link-up and a December giveaway for participants-- yay!
Dystopia is one of my favorite genres, so it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to challenge myself to read 7 to 12 dystopian YA or adult books in 2013.  I'm going for Level 2: Rebel.  I already have a ton of dystopias on my TBR, so here are some of the books I hope to read.

--Starters by Lissa Price
--The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker #2)
--Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
--Partials by Dan Wells
--Blood Red Road by Moira Young
--Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2)
--Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
--Light by Michael Grant (Gone series #6!!!)
--Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The 2013 Historical Fiction Challenge
Hosted by Historical Tapestry (sign-up post here)

Finally, a challenge devoted to another of my favorite genres!  I participated in the YA Historical Fiction Challenge in 2011, but have somehow missed this one until now.  Historical Tapestry will post a monthly review link-up, and there are no specific reading categories-- a good thing for me, since I tend to pick up historical books on a whim more than other genres.  

I will shoot for the fifth and highest level: Ancient History, and will attempt to read 25 or more historical novels in 2013.  Judging from the unread historical fic on my bookshelves, I can probably make it.  This collage includes some of the many, many historical fiction books which I want to read.  Bring Up The Bodies and Sense and Sensibility, which I finished today and a few days ago, are two I can already add to my book count.  Reviews up in a few days-- I hope!

--The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
--Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
--Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent
--Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
--The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
--Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
--Before Versailles by Karleen Koen
--Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
--The Last Romanov by Dory Levy Mossanen
--Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
--Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
--Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (I meant to have Mansfield here, but doubled Northanger instead)
--Bring Up The Bodies (Wolf Hall #2) by Hilary Mantel
--Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The 2013 British Books Challenge
Hosted by Feeling Fictional (sign-up post here)

This challenge, nicknamed the BBC, has a monthly review link-up and monthly prize packs featuring books from British authors.  The aim is to read at least 12 books a year, or roughly one a month.  I'm not going to pick out particular books right now, mostly because so many of the books on my tbr are written by British authors (even more than I'm actually aware of, I'm sure), but I'll link them up as I go.

I'm sure Part 2 will be coming soon, since I already have my eye on a couple more challenges that I want to join.  In the meantime, I'm already getting a good start on several of these.


Ula (Blog of Erised) said...

Thanks for joining us! Enjoy :D

Rinn said...

Ooh good luck with these, some nice challenges! =D

(BBC - totally an excuse to read Harry Potter again!) ;)

Kat said...

@Rinn-- You're right!! And I love re-reading them, especially all out of order. :)

Thanks for visiting!

Jen Greyson said...

Great list. I start the reading challenges, but always forget to keep track somewhere in the middle -- maybe because I bail out on books when they get lame.

Good luck!

Maria Behar said...

Hey, Kat!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! You know, I've participated is a couple of challenges, with varying success. The 2012 Christmas Reading Challenge is easier for me to attempt, since it's for a very limited time. It's not easy to participate in challenges that last for an entire year, because other things might come up! Lol. That's what happened with The 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge which lasted the whole year. I wasn't able to put up a post for it every single month. Why? Because I started doing blog tours last year.

As for your genres, I love dystopia myself, but get so caught in paranormal YA, I haven't read much of it...And I commend you for wanting to read more classics. I want to do so, as well. Again, the paranormal stuff (as well as romance( claims my attention much too often....

The other two challenges you've mentioned look great, as well. I need AT LEAST 48 hours in one

Let's see what happens this year!! :)

Katie (Call Me Crazy) said...

I seriously can't wait for your reviews from the Dystopia challenges, all of those books I've been wanting to read (especially Blood Red Road!) I did read Fahrenheit 451 a few times and LOVE it, I hope you do too! :)
Good luck on all your awesome challenges!

Sarah said...

Welcome to the British Books Challenge! I hope you enjoy taking part and find some fabulous new authors :o)

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