I don’t think I’ve ever planned my reading ahead of time — I just read whatever comes along or whatever I’m reviewing, and roll with that. Which is why my TBR never goes down, and some of the books I REALLY REALLY want to read never get read!
So next year, I’m doing a bunch of challenges to see if I can do that. They’re all sort of interrelated, so it’s not TOO much pressure on top of writing responsibilities.
1. Books, Bones, & Buffy Catch Up Reading Challenge:
“1. Select the books you’d like to “catch up” on during the year. I’ve decided not to put a minimum or even a limit on this number. It’s really up to you. My list has (8) books on it.
2. Grab the challenge button and post it on your sidebar.
3. Do a Catch Up Challenge blog post listing the books you’d love to finally get to read in 2013. Include the button in your post and link back here, if you don’t mind:)
4. Every time you read one of your catch up books, write a review and let me know about it in the comment section of this post. I’d love to see what you’re reading! You can easily find this post again by clicking the Catch Up Challenge button on my sidebar. It will take you right back here.
5. PRIZES!! For every ten bloggers or reviewers that sign up, I will have a giveaway. And for each of your challenge book reviews, you’ll get an entry into the giveaway. Giveaways will be spread out during the year to give you time to read and review your books.
6. You don’t have to have a blog to participate! You can post reviews on Goodreads too, just let me know in the comments where to find your review.”
The Books/Series I plan to read/review:
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1. Bloodsucking Fiends Trilogy by Christopher Moore: I read the first book years ago, but for some reason, never caught up on the others. I hear there’s a fourth one now, so I might try for these. One of the earlier vampire love stories, but this is more comedy/horror than dramatic romance.
2. The Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine: One of the earlier and still the best YA vampire series, written by a colleague of mind from way back in the Buffy fic days. I absolutely worship her Weather Wardens series. Even her very early work is among my favorites (I point you to the sadly out of print THE UNDEAD written under her Roxanne Longstreet nom de plume.)
3. The Mercedes Thompson Series by Kelly Briggs: This is a class UF series I’ve had on my TBR for years, and yet somehow have never managed to read it. It’s getting it’s shot this year!
4. Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong: See above. I have no idea why I haven’t read this. They just got pushed back a bunch of times, as TBR’s are wont to do.
5. The Vampire Huntress Series by L.A. Banks: I’ve gotten partway through the fourth book, but I need to start it again so I can finish the last nine books. I adored the beginning of the series, and I have no idea why I let it languish the way I did.
6. TURN COAT by Jim Butcher: I am RELIGIOUS about reading Harry Dresden books the minute they come out. I’m not sure what happened, but when I was reading GHOST STORY, I realized… I had forgotten an entire book somehow. *GASP* Have to fix that immediately, although I suspect I’ll read COLD DAYS anyway before I get to it.
7. The Spellmans Series by Lisa Lutz: These are sort of soft mysteries, a genre I don’t read much, but someone turned me on to the Spellmans, and they are so weird and hilarious that I can’t stop reading them. I’m behind, though. Vampires tend to drag me away.
8. THE TWELVE by Justin Cronin: I really enjoyed THE PASSAGE. This is a HEAVY series that requires a lot of investment: emotional, time-wise, etc. It’s really good though, and a great way to break out of my regular reading zone while still staying in a related genre. I don’t read nearly enough horror anymore.
9. SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness: I’m really upset I’ve let this one get buried — I loved the first book, and I’m DYING to find out what happens next. Don’t ask me. It just got pushed down by other stuff.
10. Chet & Bernie Mysteries by Spencer Quinn: I read the first one, DOG ON IT, and I ADORED it. How can you beat a mystery told from a dog’s point of view? I desperately want to read the rest of the books, and this is a great time to do it.
So those are my goals for the BB&B 2013 Catch Up Challenge — Some of these will count toward the 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge, as well!
2. Take Control~ March 2013 TBR Pile Challenge – Sponsored by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!
“Glance over your shoulder at your own TBR pile…*yep it’s that big!* Ya know you want at them and to encourage you for every book you read you’ll get one entry into a Rafflecopter drawling to win a new 2013 release of your choice!
- Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Facebook or Goodreads account.
- Beginning March 1st, 2013 and ending March 31, 2013 at midnight read books from your TBR pile ALL books must have been published before March 2013.
- Post a review to Goodreads, your blog or Facebook then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry.
- Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2013 at midnight and a winner will be chosen. Open internationally as long as Book Depository or Barnes and Noble ship to you. Prize: New 2013 release. I will do pre-orders as well.
You can use hastag #TakeControl on twitter and share your progress. Share the Take Control Button or this post on your blog, Facebook or twitter to earn an extra entry for each place you share. (Rafflecopter will post March 1st, so be sure and enter them)
*note this challenge can be done in conjunction with any other TBR challenge as long as the book is read between March 1st and 31st.”