I will, however, be making a couple of changes. A lot of the challenges that I have kept are not really all that challenging. For example, I love participating in the Historical Fiction challenge, not only because I am one of the hosts over at Historical Tapestry, but because I love historical fiction and I read a lot of it. So far this year, I have read 60 books qualified for the challenge, so not so challenging. Time to make some changes. Who knows, this time next year I might be lamenting the fact that I made it too hard for myself!
Here are the challenges that I am committed to so far for 2013:
What's in a Name Challenge (hosted by Beth Fish Reads)
Despite the fact that this is the only challenge I don't think I am going to complete this year (darn that creepy crawly category) I am back for another year. Here are the categories for 2013 along with some example titles from the challenge signup post
A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt
A book with something you'd find in your kitchen in the title: Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs
A book with a party or celebration in the title: A Feast for Crows, A Wedding in Haiti, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness (The Wedding Party)
A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire (The Firebird)
A book with an emotion in the title: Baltimore Blues, Say You're Sorry, Dreams of Joy (Les Miserables)
A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches
To see all the details, head to the sign up post at Bethfishreads.com
Australian Women Writers Challenge (hosted at the challenge website)
I have been participating in reading challenges for years now, but I have to say that I don't think that one reading challenge has ever affected my reading in the same way as this challenge has. Nearly every year I have made it one of my reading goals to read more Australian authors, and I generally said I would be happy with reading 10 or so books by Aussie authors. Thanks to this challenge, I have read more than 50 books by Australian Women Writers this year, and a large number of those authors were new to me! As a result, it was never a question of whether I would sign up for this challenge again, and I am very excited to be involved in the challenge again in 2013.
I am signing up for the Franklin level (10 books read, at least 6 reviewed) but will probably read more.
Aussie Author Challenge - Hosted by Jo at Booklover Book Reviews
In a way the Australian Women Writers Challenge and this one were interchangeable to me this year, which meant that if I completed one then I completed the other. That's fine, but in 2013 I want to use this challenge to help encourage me to read books by Australian men! AWWC was created to address gender imbalance in reviewing but personally I have not great difficulty reading books by women, but I do read a lot more books by women than men. At the moment, I think only 13% of the books I have read this year have been by men.
I am therefore signing up for the Fair Dinkum level of the challenge. This means that I will be able to count four female authors to meet the criteria, but the remaining books need to be by men.
Have to say I love the button for this year's challenge too.
Challenge sign up page
Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - hosted at Historical Tapestry.As I mentioned above this is a challenge that I finish pretty easily, so I will trying to think of how to make it make me work. In the end, I have decided that I will only be counting historical fiction novels by Australian authors for the challenge this year. I will still continue to read all the other authors, but they won't count for the challenge.
Because I am adding in this personal restriction, I am only signing up for the Medieval level this time around (15 books) which means that I should average just over a book a month for the challenge.
Alex did another fabulous job with the button this year too!
Challenge sign up post
Other than these challenges, I will most likely participate in Carl's challenges (Sci Fi Experience, RIP and Once Upon a Time challenges) and am waiting to hear what is happening with the War Through the Generations challenge. Who knows, I might decide to sign up for more, but I think this will be it.
What challenges have you signed up for next year?
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, The Cook by Wayne Macauley, Home for the Summer by Mariah Stewart
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (on audiobook - only 14 discs to go!)
The Twelve by Justin Cronin, Voice of the Falconer by David Blixt