Another year, another bout of challenges… and I loooove challenges. This year I’ve chosen a bunch of new-to-me challenges, and I am super excited about them all.

Year-long Challenges

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Completed!
New Authors Challenge at Literary Escapism (sign up page)

The aim of this challenge is to read books by new-to-us authors. I’ve taken part in Literary Escapism’s mini-challenges for this New Authors Challenge before, and found loads of great books from it. This year, I’m going all the way and will read 15 books  hopefully most from my TBR pile.

  1. Sarah Dessen (Last Chance)
  2. Ally Carter (Heist Society)
  3. Saci Lloyd (Quantum Drop)
  4. Jackson Pearce (Sweetly)
  5. John Green (The Fault in Our Stars)
  6. Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere)
  7. Ruta Sepetys (Out of the Easy)
  8. Elizabeth George (The Edge of Nowhere)
  9. Amanda Sun (Ink)
  10. Katie McGarry (Dare You To)
  11. Susan Ee (Angelfall)
  12. Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl)
  13. Eve Silver (Rush)
  14. Alice Hoffman (Survival Lessons)
  15. Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave)
Completed!

The Feminist Reads Challenge at The Hiding Spot (sign up page)

This challenge encourages you to read books that can be considered “feminist” reads. How we define feminism is up to us, but Sara at The Hiding Spot gives us this great quote for inspiration:

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”– Rebecca West

I’m going for just 5 books, but I honestly think most of the books I read are feminist books so I will get more than that done.
  1. Heist Society by Ally Carter – Girl decides to save her father by pulling off the greatest art heist ever. Can’t get any more equal-opportunities than that!
  2. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead – Some might not agree with me, but I have always thought Rose was the ultimate female character.
  3. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Scarlet was the perfect YA feminist character. She doesn’t let any social barriers stand in her way!
  4. Angelfall by Susan Ee – Angelfall’s heroine easily meets my definition of a feminist role model. The fact that she was female was only secondary to her situation and she sorted out anyone who disagreed.
  5. The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks – This is the ultimate Feminist comic! Absolute must for… everyone.
  6. Outpost by Ann Aguirre – Deuce doesn’t let an entire horde of puritans tell her what she can and can’t do as a woman. She’s having none of it.

Book to Movie Challenge at Doing Dewey (sign up here)
This is a double challenge: to review books and their movies. Since I’ve got quite a few I’d like to read before their films come out, this is the perfect challenge for me! I’m going for 3 books, “Movie Fan” level, and plan to tackle:
  1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  3. The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien – I’m half way through this and keep meaning to finish it. I plan to pair it up with a rewatch of the movie!

Mini Challenges and Dares!

COMPLETE: 1 January to 1 April

The TBR Double Dog Dare at Ready When You Are, CB (sign up here)

This challenge is super brilliant, and may just be my favourite of the year. It’s not a challenge, it’s a dare: to read books only from our TBR piles until the beginning of April. Seeing as how I really, really need to deal with my mounting TBR pile, this dare is exactly what I need!

  1. Last Chance by Sarah Dessen
  2. Heist Society by Ally Carter 
  3. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce 
  4. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

ETA: OK, so I cracked and read a few new-to-my-shelves books. I’d apologize but… they were all really good!

Kay

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Kay's been blogging about urban fantasy, young adult and werewolves since 2009. She's a firm believer in the many uses of the towel, the science of deduction and other fandom in-jokes. To support her book-buying habit, Kay keeps up a day-job as a science journalist (so feel free to ask her about Physics).

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