Saturday, April 13, 2013

2013 Challenges I've Joined

My goal for the 2013 Goodreads Challenge  is to read 104 books, an average of two per week.  
My original goal for the 2012 Challenge was 52 books.  About mid-year I changed it to 100 books, and read 110, so I feel confident I will meet or surpass my goal.  
I became a member of Goodreads in 2011.  My participation in other challenges, and this blog even, are due to Goodreads.

Here are the rules guidelines.

1) All books that are part of a continuing series qualify (i.e. Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, James Patterson's Alex Cross, etc. etc.)

2) It doesn't matter if you have 1 or 10 books in a series to complete it, it qualifies (i.e. if you only need to read one more Sookie Stackhouse book to complete the goal, that's fine) The goal is to complete a series from wherever you are up to until the last published book.

3) The qualification period is January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Books must be read during this time frame to count.
4) Post about the challenge and your books in your blog. Use the Mr. Linky below to sign up and make sure you link it directly to your post about this challenge.
5) If you don't have a blog, that's fine. Just leave a comment to sign up and tell us what you are reading.

6) Any format of book counts - audio, ebook, etc.

7) You should choose the series you want to finish before the challenge begins, but it isn't necessary. It's fine to change series during the year - as long as you complete whichever series it is.

8) Choose a level....

Level 1 - Complete 1 series.
Level 2 - Complete 2 series.
Level 3 - Complete 3 or more series.

I will do Level 3 - Complete 3 or more series, which are :

1. Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
  • Second Grave on the Left
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
2. Gray Whale Inn series by Karen MacInerney
  • Murder Most Maine
  • Berried to the Hilt
3. Reigning Cats and Dogs series by Cynthia Baxter 
  • Monkey See, Monkey Die 
  • Murder Had a Little Lamb 
  • Crossing the Lion 

 The rules are really simple...

1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

      a. there is an animal in the title of the book

      b. there is an animal on the cover of the book

      c. an animal plays a major role in the book

      d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like).

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, get the idea...

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. That’s a full year to read at least 6 books (you can read more if you’d like). 

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

For this challenge, I will read at least six Cozy Mysteries in 2013 that have an animal in the title. 

Here are the rules...
1. Choose the level you wish to participate:

      Level 1 - Snoop - Read at least 6 books

      Level 2 - Investigator - Read 7-12 books

      Level 3 - Super Sleuth - Read 13 or more books

2. The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 and ends December 31, 2013.

3. You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

4. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, all counts!

5. You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.

NOTE: If you don't have a blog and want to participate, that's fine. You don't have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that's fine too. Just leave us the link.

I am participating as a Double Super Sleuth. I will read at least two sets of 13 cozy mysteries in 2013.

Here's How It Works
Between January 1 and December 31, 2013, read one book in each of the following categories:

  1. A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt
  2. A book with something you'd find in your kitchen in the title: Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs
  3. 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
  4. A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire
  5. A book with an emotion in the title: Baltimore Blues, Say You're Sorry, Dreams of Joy
  6. A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.
Other Things to Know

  1. Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
  2. Books may overlap other challenges.
  3. Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
  4. Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed but encouraged.
  5. You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
  6. You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.
I am participating in the What's in a Name challenge this year.

As I post the books I read, I will include any challenges they qualify for.