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2014 Reading Challenges

So this is going to be a list of all the 2014 Reading Challenges I am signing up for this year.


  • Back to the Classics
  • Library Books Reading Challenge
  • State by State Reading Challenge
  • Monthly Motif Challenge
  • Reading Outside the Box Challenge
  • Book to Movie 2 Challenge
  • Monthly Keyword Challenge
  • 100 Books in a Year Challenge
  • 2014 Audiobook Challenge
  • Men in Uniform Challenge
  • Full House Reading Challenge
  • Fairy Tales Retold Challenge
  • Dystopia Reading Challenge
  • Quick Fix Challenge
  • Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge
  • Series Challenge
  • Chunkster Challenge
  • Rewind Challenge
  • Vampire Challenge
  • Shifter Challenge




Here are the rest of the guidelines:
  • All books must be read in 2014.  Books started prior to January 1, 2014 are not eligible.  Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2014.
  • E-books and audiobooks are eligible!  Books can count for other challenges you may be working on.  However, books may NOT crossover categories within this challenge.  You may NOT count the same book twice for different categories in this challenge.  
  • If you do not have a blog, you may link your review from Goodreads or other publicly accessible online format.  
  • Please sign up for the challenge using the linky below BEFORE MARCH 1, 2014.  Please link to your sign-up announcement post (if possible/applicable).
  • You do not have to list your books prior to starting the challenge, but it is more fun that way :).  You can always change your list at any time.  You can read the books in any order (including mixing in the optional categories at any time).
  • You can decide to attempt the optional categories at any point (you can also bow out of the optional categories at any point as well).
  • Please identify the categories you've read in your wrap-up post so that I can easily add up your entries for the prize drawing! Adding links within the post would also be greatly appreciated. 
And finally. . . . The 2014 categories: 

Required:



  1. A 20th Century Classic
  2. A 19th Century Classic
  3. A Classic by a Woman Author
  4. A Classic in Translation  If English is not your primary language, then books originally published in English are acceptable.  You could also read the book in its original language if you are willing and able to do so.
  5. A Classic About War  2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.  Any book relating to a war is fine -- WWI, WWII, the French Revolution, the War of the Worlds -- your choice.
  6. A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You This can be any author whose works you have not read before.  It doesn't necessarily have to be an author you've never heard of.  
Optional Categories:
  1. An American Classic
  2. A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller 
  3. A Historical Fiction Classic.  This is any classic set at least 50 years before the time when it was written.  For example, Margaret Mitchell publishedGone with the Wind 70 years after the end of the Civil War; therefore, it is considered a historical novel.  A Tale of Two Cities and The Scarlet Letter are also historical novels.  However, older classics set during the period in which they were written are not considered historical; for example, the novels of Jane Austen.
  4. A Classic That's Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series.  Any period, any genre!  This is practically a free choice category.  However, it's a separate category than the required categories.
  5. Extra Fun Category:  Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4.  This should be some kind of posting reviewing the book read for the previous optional category above.  It can be any adaptation -- does not have to be adapted before 1964.  For example, if you chose Pride and Prejudice as your the optional classic above, you could review any adaptation -- 1940, 1980, 1995, 2005, etc. These two optional categories go together, but this must be a separate blog posting -- no fair just mentioning it in the book review!
And to clarify, you have to read different books for each category -- you can repeat authors or genres, but no fair using the same book multiple times within this challenge! The only book that you can repeat is in the movie/TV adaptation review.  







Requirements:
  • choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down.
  • check books out of the library
  • books may overlap with other challenges
  • any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
  • reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. (post with review linky is coming)
  • a blog is not necessary, just comment that you want to join in.

Levels:


  • board book - 3
  • picture book - 6
  • early reader - 9
  • chapter book - 12
  • middle grades - 18
  • Young adult - 24 - GOAL is 24 but I am going to go for 50
  • adult - 36
  • just insert IV - 50 


1 Book per each of the 51 Sates





MONTHLY MOTIFS: 

JanAround the World
Choose a book to read that takes place in a country different than the one you live in or choose a book written by an author that is from a country different than your own. 

FebAward Winner
Read a book that has won recognition or a literary award.  Here's a list of literary awards to help you get started on your search: Literary Awards.

Mar-  Fairy tales or Fairy Creatures
Read a fairy tale retelling or a book with fey/fairies in it.

AprShort & Sweet
Read a collection of short stories or anthologies.

MayMystery, Murder, & Mayhem
Read a murder/mystery book, a book in which someone dies of mysterious causes, or a book in which a mystery must be solved. 

June A Long Journey
Read a book in which the character(s) take a trip, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something, etc.

JulyAssassins, Warriors, & Rebels
Read a book in which the main character is one of these things or fights against one of these things.  

AugAlternate Reality
Read a book that's set in the future, on another planet, in another dimension, or in an unknown world. A Dystopian book will count this month as well. 

SepBook to Movie
Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie as well. 

OctThe Witching Hour
There's been a lot of zombies lately, but this year include a 'witchy' book in your scary reads- a book about a witch or a book that has witches in it.

NovAn Oldie but a Goodie
Pick a book published before 2000 that you've always wanted to read, but just never got to. Or pick a book set in the past (before 2000). 

DecThat's a Wrap
Finish a series you've been meaning to finish or read the next book in a series you started but never finished. 



  1. You have all of 2014 to read a book for each square.
  2. A book can only count for 1 square. There will be 25 books for this challenge.
  3. The books read for this project can come from other projects you’re participating in: school, review books, other challenge or events, books for fun.
  4. If you blog, keep a post/page for the challenge. Update the post/page when you read a book for the challenge with a link to your thoughts/review of the book. Make sure to state which square the book counts for!
  5. If you feel like it, write check in posts every few months. Update us on how you feel about the ‘new’ books you’re reading.
  6. I’ll keep a page here for people to add review links to. It would be nice to see how others are feeling about the challenge. Add links to your reviews here.



Movie Fan - read 3 books and watch their movies
Movie Devotee - read 6 books and watch their movies
Movie Lover - read 9 books and watch their movies
Movie Aficionado - read 12 books and watch their movies - GOAL OF 1 book to movie a month but I may make it to two a month.
Movie Auteur - read 24 books and watch their movies





MONTHLY KEY WORDS:

JAN- Angel, Secret, Clock, Black, Day, Wild

FEB- Her, Life, Night, Red, Dark, Island

MAR- Forever, Inside, Storm, Sky, Flower, Stay 

APR- Star, Light, Never, Princess, Break, Clear

MAY- Dawn, Death, End, Lost, Beautiful, And

JUN- Color, Beyond, Found, Place, Grave, Road

JUL- Crash, Ship, Prince, Whisper, Sun, Of

AUG- Forgotten, Down, True, Run, Danger, Me

SEP- Number, Take, Shadow, Ice, Who, After

OCT- Ocean, Blood, Still, Out, The, Fate

NOV- Into, Sound, Blue, House, My, Last

DEC- Kiss, Fire, Ruin, White, Promise, Infinity


Challenge Info
  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014
  • Rules: Read 100 books in 2014 (any genre)
  • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join at anytime. All books read in 2014 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.
  • Audiobooks are accepted.
  • Only fiction, no non-fiction.
  • This challenge can crossover with other challenges.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to join in – for those without a blog but who use Goodreads, Amazon, LibraryThing etc, you can add the URL to where you track your books. If you don’t have a URL at all then choose a name you would like to use and then copy and paste the following link: http://wp.me/p2wdqf-6ZI
  • At the beginning of each month I will be posting an open thread so you can discuss the books you’ve read and/or link up your reviews.


Reading Challenge Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2014 than you did in 2013.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.

Levels:
  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5 
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15 - This is Goal since I plan to do 1 a month.
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+

2014 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 (books read prior to 1/1/2014 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2014. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to read as many novels that feature men in uniform as you’d like. It can be a policeman, firefighter, paramedic, doctor, veterinarian, mechanic, Army, Navy, Marine Corp., etc. – As long as the leading man wears some sort of uniform, it counts. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Books can be any genre (contemporary romance, m/m romance, fiction, non-fiction, etc.).
  • Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • To join the challenge, grab the 2014 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, Libib, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2014 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.
Levels:
     Sergeant – Read 1–5 men in uniform novels
     Lieutenant – Read 6–10 men in uniform novels
     Captain – Read 11–15 men in uniform novels
     Chief – Read 16+ men in uniform novels
 - Goal for this Challenge
Not sure where to begin? Check out Uniform Book Lists and Military Book Lists for some suggestions.




Challenge Guidelines:

  • Challenge will run from Jan 1st to December 31st 2014
  • Write and publish a post stating your intention to participate. In the post please include the Challenge graphic and a link back to this post. Then link your intention post at the bottom of this post.  Make sure it is the actual post and not just a generic link to your blog.
  • Entries will be accepted up until the end of November 2014.
  • Add your reviews here. At the end of every two months there will be a U.S. $10 prize with a book of your choice from the Book Depository or Amazon voucher, (International) for the entries. There will be a new list then for every two months until the end of November.





Here are the details:
  • The challenge starts on January 1st 2014, and ends December 31st 2014
  • The goal of the read-a-thon is to read as many fairy tale retellings as possible.
  • There will be six different levels to aim for in this challenge:
    • Poor Cobbler: 1-3 books
    • Devilish Wolf: 4-6 books
      • Lady in Waiting: 7-9 books - Goal This is my Goal for this Challenge since I do not want to get in way over my head here and I really do not know a lot of these books.
      • Mountain Troll: 10-12 books
      • Evil Enchantress: 13-15 books
      • Monstrous Dragon: 16+ books
    • This challenge is only for Young Adult and Middle Grade retellings. No adult or children’s books count towards this challenge.
    • Because of confusion in the past, this year only straight retellings of fairy tales will count. No fairy tale-ish books, and no mythological or classic retellings.
    • Single novellas do not count towards this challenge, however a compilation of novellas or short stories can count towards this challenge.
    • Have fun and spread the word!

    Rules
    > The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Each month will have its own link form so you will be able to share your book reviews. You do not have to review the books you read to participate, but only those who read/reviewed at least one dystopian book will be able to participate in the giveaway (you can track your reading without the reviews with Goodreads, Shelfari etc.).
    > Books that count in this challenge must include any form of post-apocalyptic theme (book sites like Goodreads are good sources of genre information). The books must be full-length.
    > All formats allowed.
    Rereads allowed (but not the same book five times in a year!).
    It does not matter whether it's a series or a stand-alone book.
    If you are participating, grab the challenge button from below and post it on you blog. You can also make a post with the header (the code is also below). Please include the link back to this post so others will be able to participate as well.
    If you will participate, put the sign-up link to your blog post (about the challenge) or blog (for the button) directly into the linky below. Sign-ups will be open until December 15, 2014.
    You do not have to list your books in advance, go and do as you please. Read as many as you want and whenever you want, as long as you have fun!
    Info about the giveaway will be available in December 2014.
    > Do not cheat with books of other themes/genres/topics because I do check!

    Levels
    Level 1Recruit (1 to 6 books)
    Level 2Rebel (7 to 12 books)
    Level 3Revolutionist (13 to 18 books)
    Level 4Leader (19+ books)




    January- Young Adult
    February- Contemporary
    March- Urban Fantasy
    April- Middle Grade
    May- Dystopian
    June- High Fantasy
    July- Adult
    August- Paranormal
    September- Romance
    October- Sci-Fi
    November- Historical Fiction
    December- New Adult

    • You have to FINISH the series
    • If the series isn’t complete yet, or will not be completed before December 1st, 2014 read up to the most recent book in said series.
    • Novellas count, but are optional.
    • HAVE fun
    • If you decide to break up with a series after book one, it does not count!
    • You do not have to START the series in 2014, you just have to FINISH it in 2014
    • Series that you started prior to 2014 are fine as long as you FINISH the series in 2014
    • The series has to have at least 2 books out prior to December 1st, 2014
    • Proof that you finished the book is required. It could be a full review, a mini review, or a rating with a few lines.
    • DNF’s do not count. PERIOD.



    I am going to Aim for 4 on this challenge since there is no requirements on levels.


    • Audio books and e-books are now allowed. You want to listen to a chunkster on audio? Be my guest. 
    • Essay, short story, and poetry collections are allowed but they have to be read in their entirety to count.
    • Books may crossover with other challenges.
    • Anyone can join.
    • You don’t have to list your book ahead of time.
    • Graphic novels don’t count. Sorry guys but reading a chunkster graphic novel isn’t the same as reading a non-graphic chunkster.

    The Rules

    There aren’t many rules for this challenge…but to clarify things, here they are:
    • Books read for the challenge need to have been published before January 1, 2014, but read and reviewed between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
    • ARC’s and galleys received in 2013 for books that will be published in 2014 DO NOT count.
    • Books can be any format, any genre, and written for any age group – no restrictions!
    • Reviews can be posted wherever you feel comfortable – your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, etc. To enter your review into the monthly prize draw, you must link to your review.
    • Reviews do not have to be a certain length to be eligible.
    • You choose your own goals for this challenge! Please be sure to have your number somewhere on your goals post/page.
    My Goal for this Challenge is going to be 50 but I have this AMAZING feeling I will make it past that one.
    • 2014 Vampire Challenge hosted by Parajunkee.com
      THE RULES:
      1. The Vampire Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
      2. The challenge is to read 10 books that have a VAMPIRE as a main, or supporting character
      3. Books can be in any format and should be at least 100 pages. Short stories do not count. You can also post about rereads.
      4. Post about this challenge on your blog stating that you are participating or create a shelf via Goodreads, Booklikes etc. That post or shelf is the link that you will include in the link-up below. The link should be the post link not just your direct blog link. Please be courteous and include a link back to this post.
      5. Post your reviews on the Review Post: Click here to log your reviews!

    2014 Shifter Challenge hosted by Parajunkee.com

    THE RULES:
    1. The Shifter Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
    2. The challenge is to read 10 books that have a SHIFTER as a main, or supporting character
    3. Books can be in any format and should be at least 100 pages. Short stories do not count. You can also post about rereads.
    4. Post about this challenge on your blog stating that you are participating or create a shelf via Goodreads, Booklikes etc. That post or shelf is the link that you will include in the link-up below. The link should be the post link not just your direct blog link. Please be courteous and include a link back to this post.
    5. Post your reviews on the Review Post: Click here to log your reviews!