2012 Reading Challenges

Since I started blogging in April 2011, I didn’t enter any reading challenges my first year. I didn’t know what they were. I was too busy trying to get into a routine and figure out what I was doing.

On the other hand, as has been commented, I read a lot. I’ve told people that the thing I remember best about moving out of my parent’s house was that I was finally able to read at the dinner table. That was a long time ago, but the impression is indelible. And yes, my husband does too. It was a requirement. And vice very definitely versa.

Right now, I’m wavering between 350 and 400 books for 2012 for the Goodreads challenge. And to make it a challenge, it’s going to have to be 400.

But about those other challenges. I’m going to read the books anyway, the issue is more about tracking the darn things. But that’s part of what the blog is for, in a backwards kind of way. I review what I read, so I should be able to figure out what challenge things fit into, even after the fact. Possibly well after. We’ll see.

Paranormal Romance Challenge hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance. I read a lot of paranormal romance, so reading 20 books in a year is not exactly a stretch. The interesting thing about this challenge is that they have to all be paranormal and not urban fantasy. The dividing line between those two genres is exceedingly blurry, sometimes to the point of YMMV. Also, this is strictly novel-length and not novella-length, and strictly adult level as opposed to YA. Steaminess is optional, but teen angst is out. I think it’s the paranormal vs. urban fantasy thing that could give me the most trouble. I love both, but figuring out which witch is which can occasionally be a nightmare.

Book Chick City hosts several popular challenges. One of them, well, if I’m going to read 350 or 400 books in the Goodreads challenge, then signing up for the 100+ Books in a Year Challenge for 2012 at Book Chick City seems easy as pie. The only requirement is that they have to be fiction. Not a problem. I’m in!

Mount TBR Reader’s Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block. This one seems frightening but useful. We have 200+ books that we moved with us from Florida, and are moving again, that I own but have never read. I keep buying ebooks that I really, really want to read, but just don’t have time, even at the rate I consume them. Maybe this challenge will help me make a dent in some of the shelves. It’s worth a try. I am signing up at the Pike’s Peak (12 book) level. I can always go higher if the spirit moves me.

Just for Fun Reading Challenge hosted on Goodreads by Escape with Dollycas. I love this one. Read one book per month just because I want to read it. Not because I have to review it. Not because I promised someone I would take a look at it for them. Just because I want to. Yes, Yes, Yes! The organizer was kind and said we can include the book in other challenges and we can review the book on our blogs, we just can’t have received the book for review.




Also, some challenges require a link to a post declaring one’s allegiance to the challenge. This page will serve as my grand panjandrum of challenge declarations. It may get scary.