January 2, 2016


2016 Annual New Author Challenge

Challenge Summary: 

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, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014, and 2015 Challenge pages. With over 1000 reviews posted, I’m sure there will be something there for everyone.

Here are the guidelines:
The challenge will run from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.
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 short stories/novellas or anthologies.
I want this to be an easy challenge, so you tell me how many new authors you want to discover. If it’s 1 or 100, go for it. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.
After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to the form.
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. Afterall, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?

Twitter: If you tweet your review, make sure to include the hashtag #NewAuthor2016!

Hosted by/Link: Literary Escapism. 2016 New Author Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

My Progress: 8/20

My List:

1) Marian Engel - Bear
2) Alan Dean Foster - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3) Kiera Cass - The Selection
4) Annie Proulx - The Shipping News
5) The Hero's Walk - Anita Rau Badami
6) Tracey Lindberg - Birdie
7) Kate Wilhelm - Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
8) George R. R. Martin - A Game of Thrones

2016 Mount TBR Challenge

Challenge Summary: 

Challenge Levels:

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. All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2016.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2016.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2016. No library books.

*Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you did not own the book when you read it long ago and far away [based on your age, you can decide what that might mean--definitely not within the last five years...my arbitrary pick for a limit] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2016 intending to reread it now that it's your very own. [To clarify--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 2015. I will trust you all on that.

*You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory--the stack is smaller!

*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.

*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings!

*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 below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment 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. At the beginning of the year, I will once again have a sidebar link for called Mount TBR Review Headquarters for 2016 reviews and progress updates.

Hosted by/Link: My Reader's Block. 2016 Mount TBR Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

My Progress: 16/24

My List:

1) Bear - Marian Engel
2) Fair Game - Patricia Briggs
3) One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson
4) The Rescue - Nicholas Sparks
5) Otherworld Nights - Kelley Armstrong
6) Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
7) The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
8) Ties of Power - Julie Czerneda
9) The Copper Beech - Maeve Binchy
10) Exit Strategy - Kelley Armstrong
11) Bodily Harm - Margaret Atwood
12) When Where There Be Good News? - Kate Atkinson 
13) Started Early, Took My Dog - Kate Atkinson
14) A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
15) A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
16) Dublin 4 - Maeve Binchy


2016 EBook Challenge

Challenge Summary: This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016.

Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).

Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.

You can plan your books in advance or as you read them.

When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.

Sign-ups will be open throughout 2016, so feel free to join at any time during the year.


1. Bits – 5 ebooks
2. Bytes – 10 ebooks
3. Megabytes – 25 ebooks
4. Gigabytes – 50 ebooks
5. Terabytes – 75 ebooks
6. Empty the Cloud – 100 ebooks

Hosted by/Link: Annette's Book Spot. 2016 Ebook Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

My Progress: 12/25

My List:

1) One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson
2) Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
3) The Lifted Veil - George Eliot
4) The Hero's Walk - Anita Rau Badami

2016 Category Challenge

Challenge Summary: The idea here is to read books from different categories, to chat about what you read, and to inflict bookbullets on your fellow challengers. You can have as many or few categories as you wish, they can cover any sort of topic, and you can read as many books as you want in each category.

2016 Goal - 16 Categories of 4 book in each
Hosted by/Link: LibraryThing 2016 Category Challenge. My Challenge Page

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2016 -  December 31, 2016

My Progress: 27/64

My List:

My Categories:
  1. Canadian Lit
  2. High/Epic etc. Fantasy
  3. Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
  4. Science Fiction
  5. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  6. Scottish/Irish Lit
  7. Short Stories and Poetry
  8. Classics
  9. Comfort Reads
  10. Books in a Series
  11. YA Lit
  12. Book Club/Group Reads
  13. Women Writers
  14. Award Winners
  15. Authors Last Names - A, E, I, O, U
  16. MTBR

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High/Epic etc. Fantasy
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Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Scottish/Irish Lit
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Short Stories and Poetry
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Comfort Reads
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Books in a Series
1 - Ties of Power - Julie Czerneda
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Book Club/Group Reads
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Women Writers
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Award Winners
1 - Bear - Marian Engel - 1976 Governor General Award
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Authors Last Names - A, E, I, O, U, Y
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