July 7, 2013

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The 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge

Challenge Summary: 

1. What is the Canadian Book Challenge? The Canadian Book Challenge is an online reading challenge in which participants from Canada and around the world aim to read and review 13 or more Canadian books in a one year span: Canada Day to Canada Day. Reviews must be posted online and participants are asked to share links to their reviews with other participants. More on reviews below.

 2. How do I join? Send John an email (jmutford (at) hotmail [dot] com) with the subject line "Sign Me Up!" and He'll add you to the list. Consider yourself a participant even if you don't get a response from me right away. Come July 1st you can get started right away. As soon as John gets your first link (see below), He'll add your name to the participant list on the sidebar of this blog. 

Follow the link below to the challenge page for more details. 

Hosted by/Link: The Book Mine Set. 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

My Progress:  53/13

My List:

This year my goal is to read one to two books from each province and territory. I found a great resource to help me do this, so I'm interested to see what I'll find. I only need to read one from each to actually finish the challenge, but I want to see what I can find!

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfound Land & Labrador

Northwest Territories


Nova Scotia


Nunavut




Ontario


Quebec


Prince Edward Island

Saskatchewan

Yukon  

Uncategorised

January 5, 2013

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Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge 2013

Challenge Summary: I (Opinions of a Wolf) started the Mental Illness Advocacy (MIA) Reading Challenge in December 2010 in an effort to raise awareness, knowledge, and acceptance of mental illness.  Reading, both fiction and nonfiction, is an excellent way to broaden one’s horizons and expose one to new ideas and ways of thinking and being.  Many reading challenges already exist in the book blogging community to address racism, sexism, and homophobia, but I could not find any to address the stigma faced by those suffering from mental illness.  In spite of mental illnesses being recognized by the scientific community as diseases just like physical ones, many still think those suffering from one are at fault for their own suffering.  I hope reading and reviewing books featuring characters struggling to deal with mental illness, whether their own or another person’s, will help remove the stigma faced on a daily basis by those with a mental illness.  They already have to struggle with an illness; they shouldn't have to face a stigma too.

Challenge Levels:

Acquainted–4 books
Aware–8 books
Advocate–12 books

Hosted by/Link: Opinions of a Wolf. Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge 2013

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 9/12

My List:

1) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
2) The Age of Hope - David Bergen
3) The Earth Hums in B Flat - Mari Strachan 
4) The Girl Who Fell From the Sky - Heidi Durrow
5) Away From Everywhere - Chad Pelley
6) The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
7) Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
8) Bone and Bread - Saleema Nawaz
9) The Empty Room - Lauren B. Davis
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2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge

Challenge Summary: Are you a book addict?  Well, are you?  Are you that person who is always seen with your nose buried between the pages and never without a book or two nearby?  Perhaps, your looking for the ultimate reading challenge?


 Well then, the 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge is just for you!  
This is the place where I challenge you to read... -a- latte!
Here are the challenge details: 

 1. This challenge will begin on January 1st, 2013 and end December 31, 2013
 2. Books for this challenge can be from any genre and may include print books as well as e-books and audio books.

Choose a Level:
Latte                         75      books
Cappuccino               100      books
Double-Espresso       150+    books

 3. This challenge can cross-over to your other reading challenges.

 4. You do not need a blog to participate! If you are not a blogger, you can post your reviews at Goodreads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing and link them up here.

 5. I will create a new post each month with a linky for your reviews.  Also, I'll be offering quarterly reader gifts to the top three participants. I'll announce the winners on the last day of every three months. And at the end of the challenge I'll have a special bonus for the top three overall participants.

 6. Create a sign-up post and link back to this post. Sign up with Mister Linky below! Be sure to use the direct url to your sign-up post and not the url to your blog.

 7. Grab the challenge button and post it in your sidebar. Paste this HTML code into an HTML gadget for your sidebar

Hosted by/Link: Kimberly's Book Shelf. /  2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 15/75 (because I love Lattes!)

My List:

1) Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy
2) Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
3) The Beginning of Spring - Penelope Fitzgerald
4) The Sometimes Lake - Sandy Bonny
5) Away - Jane Urquhart
6) February - Lisa Moore
7) The Purchase - Linda Spalding
8) Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese
9) The City and the city - China Mieville
10) On Chesil Beach - China Mieville
11) Between the Acts - Virginia Woolf
12) Out for Blood - Alyxandra Harvey
13) Two Solitudes - Hugh MacLennan
14) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 
15) The Age of Hope - David Bergen

January 2, 2013

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777 Challenge 2013

Challenge Summary: Also known as the 7 Continents, 7 Billion People, 7 Books - Reading Challenge 2013>

This challenge was inspired by a global reading challenge in 2012, and the side effect it had: looking at books from a different, geographical angle. And: mapping our world in continents and books, which turned into the most popular blog post in my book blog so far, and lead to this surprise realization: "If you wanted to read around the world in 7 books, you actually would have to go and look for 4 books from Asia and 1 book from Africa - and then for 2 anthologies that cover the rest of the world in their pages." (here's the whole post: The World in 7 Books, or: mapping our world by continents. )

The idea for 2013 is to continue with the global reading and exploring from 7 new, interesting angles, including some trends of our modern civilization. Why 7? To keep it simple and playful, and leave space for extra reads that might be inspired by the lists. Also, with 7 continents, and the world population reaching 7 billions, the 7 seems to be the best number for this kind of challenge.

7 Angles and Books to explore the world

The challenge: to select and read seven books, each belonging to one of the following categories:

    - the 7 countries with the most population
    - the 7 highest countries in the world
    - the 7 oldest countries of the world
    - one of the 7 megacities of the world
    - the 7 countries with the most immigrants
    - the 7 richest (or poorest) countries
    - the 7 most rainy (or dry) countries

    Below are some more details to the country categories, with links to country lists.

    Challenge Guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013.
  2. Books can be any format (novel, non-fiction, poetry or story collection, anthology, as well as any physical format: print, ebook, audio)
  3. You are welcome to count these books towards any other challenges as well
  4. The sorting of the 7 lists is just a suggestion. 
  5. When picking a country, the idea is to also pick an author from that country. If that turns out to be difficult, try to find an expat author who lived in the country for a while.
  6. In the next weeks, I will add some additional resources: links to book and author lists at Goodreads and Wikipedia, etc. 
  7. I also plan to put together an info / introduction blog post to each of the 7 lists, and also update it with the books read during the challenge, and suggested reads and links etc..

  8. Resources, lists, links: 
    Here are the 7 country categories, with links to the global lists, and with the top 7 countries listed already. For each category, pick a country from the top 7 list, and then pick a book from that country. As reference, i mostly linked to the wiki-lists, as those often offer additional search options.

    1) The starting point:
    A book from one of the 7 countries with the most population
  9. Link: List of countries by population
  10. Top 7: China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria

  11. 2) From most populated to the mountains:
    A book from one of the 7 highest countries in the world
  12. Link: List of countries by highest point
  13. Top 7: Nepal, China, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan

  14. 3) From high to old:
    A book from one of the 7 oldest countries of the world
  15. It's an own challenge to create a definite ranking of the oldest countries of the world, which makes this question interesting in its own way. Some references:About/Geography and here: Wiki-answers.
  16. Some of the oldest countries: Japan, China, San Marino, Egypt

  17. 4) From old to new:
    A book from one of the megacities of the world
  18. Link: Megacity + list of megacities
  19. Top 7: Tokyo, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Seoul, Shanghai, Mexico City, Delhi

  20. 5) From megacity to migration:
    A book from one of the 7 countries with the most immigrants
  21. Link: List of countries by foreign-born population
  22. Top 7: USA, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, France, Saudi Arabia, Canada

  23. 6) From people to money:
    A book from one of the 7 richest - or poorest - countries 
  24. Link: List of countries by gross domestic product
  25. Rank 1-7: Luxembourg, Qatar, Macau, Norway, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong
  26. Rank 173-180: Congo, Liberia, Eritrea, Burundi, Niger, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone

  27. 7) From society to environment:
    A book from one of the 7 most rainy or dry countries 
  28. Link: Precipitation by country
  29. The rainy top 7: Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Burma, Malaysia, Guyana
  30. The dry top 7: Peru, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Erimates, Kuwait, Syria, Djibouti

Hosted by/Link: Virtual Notes. 777 Challenge 2013

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 7/7 - Completed September 11, 2013

My List:

1) The starting point: A book from one of the 7 countries with the most population

2) From most populated to the mountains:A book from one of the 7 highest countries in the world

3) From high to old:A book from one of the 7 oldest countries of the world



4) From old to new:A book from one of the megacities of the world

5) From megacity to migration: A book from one of the 7 countries with the most immigrants

6) From people to money:A book from one of the 7 richest - or poorest - countries

7) A book from one of the 7 most rainy or dry countries

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Alphabet Challenge 2013

Challenge Summary: Welcome in the Alphabet Challenges group!

This group is for anyone that wants to participate in an alphabet challenge. 

You can create your alphabet from the first letters of the books titles or from the first letters of the authors names or from anything else. 

Two possible challenges are:
- The authors alphabet - books written by authors which last name start with every letter of the alphabet
- The books alphabet - books which titles start with every letter of the alphabet

The alphabets can be done in order or without order - up to everyone's preferences. 
Hosted by/Link: LibraryThing Group Challenge. My Challenge Topic Link

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 51/52

My List:

This year I'm going to try and do two authors for every letter of the alphabet, with their last name corresponding to each letter of the alphabet. Part one does NOT need to be completed in order for me to add authors to part two.

UPDATE: I decided for part two I'm going to try to do exclusively Canadian authors. There may be a few that are not Canadian (like X) but I'm going to try to do as many as I can.


PART ONE - Authors Last Name Starts With


PART TWO Authors Last Name Starts With - Canadian Authors

O - Ostenso, Martha - Wild Geese
X

January 1, 2013

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War Through The Generations - American Revolution

Challenge Summary: War Through the Generation’s 2013 reading challenge will be the American Revolution. The challenge will run from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

Rules:
This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the American Revolution as the primary or secondary theme.
Books can take place before, during, or after the war, so long as the conflicts that led to the war or the war itself are important to the story. Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

Dip: Read 1-3 books in any genre with the American Revolution as a primary or secondary theme.
Wade: Read 4-10 books in any genre with the American Revolution as a primary or secondary theme.
Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with the American Revolution as a primary or secondary theme.
Additionally, we’ve decided that since there are so many great movies out there about the American Revolution, you can substitute or add a movie or two to your list this year and have it count toward your totals.

**Note**
*Participants anywhere in the world are eligible for most prizes in the post-challenge drawing!**
*Prize drawings will be for participants finishing the minimum 1-3 books.
*Participants can always read more than their initial goals, and even if you sign up for 11+, but read just 1-3 books, and you’ve officially completed the challenge and are eligible for prizes.
You can decide which books you’d like to read right away, or you can choose them during the course of the challenge. Check out the Recommended Reading: American Revolution page for suggestions.

How to sign up:
Leave a comment on this page with your reading goal. Please spread the word about the challenge on your blogs. Feel free to do a sign up post and leave a link to your post here.
Everyone who signs up will be listed on the American Revolution Reading Challenge Participants page.
Sign-ups will be ongoing.
**Once you’ve signed up, please visit the Buttons page to snag some for your blog for use in your sign up post and book reviews! (New American Revolution Reading Challenge buttons)**

Share your reviews with fellow participants:

If you have a blog and have reviewed a book you’re counting toward the challenge, please e-mail the review links to warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com. We’d be happy to post the first paragraph (or the first few sentences, depending on paragraph length) and a link to your blog.

If you don’t have a blog but would like to share your thoughts on a book you’ve read for the challenge, please write up a review and e-mail it to warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com. Please include the name you wish to be displayed as author of the review.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com. We hope you will join us for a year filled with great books

Hosted by/Link: Anna and Serena. War Through the Generations Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 3/3 - COMPLETED - July 14, 2013

My List:

1) The Fort - Bernard Cornwell
2) The Turncoat - Donna Thorland
3) April Morning - Howard Fast

Final Thoughts

I have to say I struggled this one. I'm glad I finished it, as I had a hard time finding books for this one - or at least books that caught my interest and were available to me. April Morning was my favourite of the challenge. The Turncoat was my least favourite. This was definitely a challenge for me to complete. But, I did it in the end.
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2013 Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge

Challenge Summary: 2013 Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge

Here are the challenge details:

1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Books must be read during this time-frame to count.

2. You can join the challenge at any time! All books read in 2013 count for the challenge, regardless of when you sign up.

3. This challenge can cross-over to your other reading challenges
.
4. You do not need a blog to participate! If you are not a blogger, you can post your reviews at Goodreads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing and link them up here.

5. All formats of books are acceptable: Bound copies, e-books, and audiobooks (as long as they are unabridged).

6. There are four levels for the challenge:
     a. Level 1 "Just A Drop":Read 1-4 books in the series.
     b. Level 2 "A Small Bite":Read 5-8 books in the series.
     c. Level 3 "So Thirsty": Read 9-12 books in the series.
     d. Level 4 "Hungry For More": Read all 13 books in the series!

7. When you write your sign-up post, you must choose your level. You can go up but you cannot go down!

8. There will be a separate linky for your reviews, which will be posted on THIS page.
9. There will be a linky for your wrap-up post at the end of the year.

10. Create a sign-up post and link back to this post. Sign up with Mister Linky below! Be sure to use the direct url to your sign-up post and not the url to your blog.

11. Grab the challenge button and post it in your sidebar. Copy and paste [the] HTML code into an HTML gadget for your sidebar. 

  1. Dead Until Dark (Book #1)
  2. Living Dead in Dallas (Book #2)
  3. Club Dead (Book #3)
  4. Dead to the World (Book #4)
  5. Dead as a Doornail (Book #5)
  6. Definitely Dead (Book #6)
  7. All Together Dead (Book #7)
  8. From Dead to Worse (Book #8)
  9. Dead and Gone (Book #9)
  10. Dead in the Family (Book #10)
  11. Dead Reckoning (Book #11)
  12. Deadlocked (Book #12)
  13. Dead Ever After (Book #13) - expected publication in 2013

Hosted by/Link: Darlene's Book Nook. 2013 Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 5/5 - COMPLETED December 8, 2013

My List: 

1) Club Dead (Book #3)
2) Dead to the World (Book #4)
3) Dead as a Doornail (Book #5)
4) Definitely Dead (Book #6)
5) All Together Dead (Book #7)

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed this challenge a lot and hope it's on again in 2014 so I can finish off the series. I think next year I will try to space the book out enough so I don't get bored with the story, but also close enough so I don't forget important facts. But it has been a fun challenge!
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New Authors Challenge

Challenge Summary: Welcome back to the New Authors reading challenge! I’m hoping everyone is still enjoying this reading challenge as we head into our fifth year. The past couple of years I’ve tried doing little mini-challenges, but haven’t been real successful with them. For 2013, since it will be the fifth anniversary/birthday of the challenge, I want to do something, but that’s still in the works.


For those new to the New Author Challenge, the whole idea started when I first started reviewing and I didn’t know that many authors in my favored genre. So I went looking. I gave myself a goal of finding 50 new authors and ended up reading 56 that first year. I loved finding these new characters, worlds and cultures, so I want to help others find new ones as well. Since 2006, I’ve tried over 150 different authors I may not have tried otherwise and I have found some really great authors.

The idea behind this is to find new authors that you’ve never tried before, not necessarily ones that are debuting. They can be in your genre of choice or be brave and try something new. You never know what you’re going to like until you try it. If you’re looking for some suggestions, you can check out the Author page here at Literary Escapism or the 2009,20102011 and 2012 Challenge pages. With over 1000 reviews posted, I’m sure there will be something there for everyone.
Here are the guidelines:

  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
  2. Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.
  3. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.  If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop. Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky. We all want to know about your new experience.
  4. After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky. Make sure you include your name and the author, but adding the title is completely up to you.
  5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like.

Once you reach your goal, you don’t have to stop. Any new author you try, go ahead and head back here and add it to the list. Introduce us all to whoever you find. After all, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?

Hosted by/Link: Literary Escapism. New Authors Challenge 

Challenge Start and Ends Dates : January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 50/50 - Completed September 8, 2013

My List:

1) Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2) Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart
3) Sandy Bonny - The Sometimes Lake
4) Lisa Moore - February 
5) Linda Spalding - The Purchase
6) Richard Wagamese - Indian Horse
7) China Mieville - The City & the city
8) Hugh MacLennan - Two Solitudes
9) Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
10) David Bergen - The Age of Hope
11) Hannah Tunnicliffe - The Color of Tea
12) Veronica Roth - Divergent
13) Jack Finney - Time and Again
14) Richard Castle - Heat Wave
15) Susanna Kearsley - Sophia's Secret
16) Mari Strachan - The Earth Hums in B Flat
17) Bernard Cornwell - The Fort
18) Alison Moore - The Lighthouse
19) Taylor Stevens - The Informationist: A Thriller
20) Chris Gudgeon - Song of Kosovo
21) Lola Lemire Tostevin - The Other Sister
22) Diana Dru Botsford - Four Dragons (SG-1 16)
23) Rohinton Mistry - Tales From Firozsha Baag
24) Pascale Quiviger - The Perfect Circle
25) Ling Zhang - Gold Mountain Blues
26) Catherine Chung - Forgotten Country
27) Melanie Dobson - The Black Cloister
28) Heidi Durrow - The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
29) Joanne Fluke - Cream Puff Murder
30) Robin Sloan - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
31) Fran Fischer - Fishducky's Fables
32) Anaya Mathis - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
33) Cathy Marie Buchanan - The Painted Girls
34) Emily Schultz - The Blondes
35) The Turncoat - Donna Thorland
36) Tan Twan Eng - The Garden of Evening Mists
37) Amanda Sun - Ink
38) Lisa Appignanesi - The Memory Man
39) Whitney Otto - Eight Girls Taking Pictures
40) Vicki Delany - Gold Digger: A Klondike Mystery
41) Howard Fast - April Morning
42) Dave Duncan - Wildcatter
43) Martha Ostenso - Wild Geese
44) Chad Pelley - Away From Everywhere
45) Kate Morton - The Forgotten Garden
46) Justin Kerr-Smiley - Under the Sun 
47) George Elliott - The Kissing Man
48) Gaile Parkin - Baking Cakes in Kigali 
49) Alan Monaghan - The Soldier's Song
50) Stephen Chbosky - The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Mystery/Crime Challenge

Challenge Summary: I love a good mystery, my favorite authors include Agatha Christie, James Patterson, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; so I thought that having a reading challenge for 2013 that includes reading mystery/crime novels and short stories would be fun, even if I turn out to be the only one participating! So here are the rules should you want to join in the fun:

1.) The challenge starts January 1, 2013 and ends  December 31, 2013.
2.) You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is mystery/crime.
3.) 1 novel counts as 1 novel( 1 novel is anything over 100 pages) of course but you will have to read 5 short stories to count as 1 novel.
4.) There will be a monthly post for you to add a link or links to your post showing the progress that you have made so far. 
5.) Each month there will be a drawing for those that linked up their participation in the challenge for that month the prize is a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. These gift cards are delivered via email so you can only use it at Barnes and Noble.com not the store and of course Amazon is all online anyway.

If you don't have a blog you can also link up through GoodReads or Flickr (for Flickr just keep track by having a picture of the novel and then numbering them in the description so I know where you are at in the challenge).

If you read a certain number of novels you receive a rank at the end I will award a secret prize to the person who reads the most books:

5 books= Detective 
10 books = Sergeant
15 books = Lieutenant 
20 books = Captain
25 books = Chief
30+ books = Sherlock Holmes

Hosted by/Link: The Crafty Book Nerd. Mystery/Crime Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates:January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 5/5 - COMPLETED JULY 6, 2013

My List: 

1) The City and the city - China Mieville
2) Heat Wave - Richard Castle
3) The Informationist: A Thriller - Taylor Stevens
4) Cream Puff Murder - Joanne Fluke
5) Gold Digger: A Klondike Mystery - Vicki Delany

Final Thoughts

This was a good challenge for me. I'm not the biggest mystery fan, but I wanted to challenge myself this year and try something new. Some books surprised me, others I didn't like, but all in all, it was a good challenge.
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Mount TBR Challenge

Challenge Summary: As I mentioned last year, I am a bookaholic.  I can't let a bookstore (used or new, it doesn't matter) go by without stopping in ("just to look") and walking out with at least something--if not an armload. I wait all year for the Red Cross Book Sale in October so I can cart them out by the bagful. And, well, that means that I wind up with gigantic piles of TBR books stacked up around my backroom. I don't have a TBR shelf. Oh, no. I have "Mount TBR"...actually a whole mountain range. And it doesn't matter that I've just spent the last year working on my mountain range with the Mount TBR Reading Challenge.  They just keep on sprouting up.
So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books this year. And you're invited to join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting in the wings for weeks....months...even years.

Challenge Levels (I've adjusted the levels just slightly this year):
Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:

*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2013.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2013. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. [To clarify--based on a question raised last year--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish in 2013.  I will trust you all on that.

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky [at the host’s site]. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment [at the host’s site] declaring your challenge level--OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will once again put together a group for the challenge there. Feel free to sign up HERE.  And, finally, I am contemplating a review tracker for this year.  I will post a link if that works out.

Hosted by/Link: My Readers Block. Mount TBR Challenge 2013

Challenge Start and Ends Dates:  January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 54/75

My List:

1) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2) Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy
3) Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
4) The Beginning of Spring - Penelope Fitzgerald
5) The Sometimes Lake - Sandy Bonny
6) Away - Jane Urquhart
7) On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
8) Between the Acts - Virginia Woolf
9) Out for Blood - Alyxandra Harvey
10) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
11) The Color of Tea - Hannah Tunnicliffe
12) Time and Again - Jack Finney
13) The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
14) Lady Oracle - Margaret Atwood
15) Heat Wave - Richard Castle
16) Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
17) Dance of the Happy Shades - Alice Munro
18) The South - Colm Tóibín
19) Four Dragons (SG-1 16) - Diana Dru Botsford
20) Tales From Firozsha Baag - Rohinton Mistry
21) Gold Mountain Blues - Ling Zhang
22) Quentins - Maeve Binchy
23) Forgotten Country - Catherine Chung
24) Secrets (SGA #20) - Jo Graham and Melissa Scott
25) The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery
26) The Blondes - Emily Schultz
27) The Kingdom of Gods - N.K. Jemisin
28) The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng
29) The Memory Man - Lisa Appignanesi
30) The Mysterious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
31) Skeleton Women - Mingmei Yip
32) Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show - Frank Delaney 
33) Emma - Jane Austen
34) Open Secrets - Alice Munro
35) The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
36) A Wind in the Door - Madeleine L'Engle
37) Baking Cakes in Kigali - Gaile Parkin
38) The Diviners - Margaret Laurence
39) A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
40) The Soldier's Song - Alan Monaghan 
41) The Perks of Being a Wallflowers - Stephen Chbosky
42) Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami 
43) Men of the Otherworld - Kelley Armstrong
44) The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - Esi Edugyan
45) Fair Exchange - Michèle Roberts
46) Choke Collar: Positron, Episode 2 - Margaret Atwood
47) Erase Me: Positron, Episode 3 - Margaret Atwood
48) The Female Quixote: or The Adventures of Arabella - Charlotte Lennox
49) Changing Heaven - Jane Urquhart
50) Mercy Among the Children - David Adams Richards
51) The Book of Secrets - M. G. Vassanji
52) End of Days - Max Turner
53) Always and Forever - Cathy Kelly
54) Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift