2013 Challenges

So, I figured, might as well jump on the bandwagon. Following are the 2013 reading challenges I’ll be attempting! Wish me luck! :)

The 2013 Standalone Reading Challenge – COMPLETED!

2013 Standalone Reading Challenge

By Icey Books & I Like These Books, The 2013 Standalone Reading Challenge is fairly simple; “To read 15 Young Adult and Middle Grade standalone novels in 2013 that are released in the United States between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.” I’m excited to participate in this one because, as you probably know by now, every once in a while it is a VERY welcome relief to read a standalone novel.

Books I have read for this challenge so far:

1. The Taming of the Shrew – By William Shakespeare

2. Twelfth Night – By William Shakespeare

3. Double Crossed – By Ally Carter

4. Space Cadet – By Robert A. Heinlein

5. Legend – By Annie Laurie Cechini

6. The Adventures of Robin Hood – By Roger Lancelyn Green

7. Leaving Fishers – By Margaret Peterson Haddix (Review to come soon!)

8. Liberty – By Annie Laurie Cechini

9. Much Ado About Nothing – By William Shakespeare

10. Talina in the Tower – By Michelle Lovric

11. Anthem – By Ayn Rand (review to come)

12. 52 Reasons to Hate my Father – By Jessica Brody

13. The Ifs – By J.D. Pooker

14. Gimme A Call – By Sarah Mlynowski

15. Also Known As – By Robin Benway

The 2013 Sophomore Reading Challenge – COMPLETED!

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Created last year by Chick Loves Lit, the 2013 Sophomore Reading Challenge is also fairly simple; “Your challenge is to read 10 sophomore (Second book published by a certain author) YA/MG novels in 2013. To officially participate, you need a Goodreads account or blog where you post reviews in English.” There is a Goodreads groupcreated for the challenge, where you can view a selection of books that could count towards this challenge. I’m really looking forward to this one!

Books I have read for this challenge so far:

1. Prodigy – By Marie Lu

2. Heist Society: Uncommon Criminals – By Ally Carter

3. The Runaway King – By Jennifer A. Nielsen

4. Like a Fire is Burning – By Gerald N. Lund

5. Speaker for the Dead – By Orson Scott Card

6. Point Blank – By Anthony Horowitz (review to come)

7. The Burning Bridge – By John Flanagan

8. The Magician’s Tower – By Shawn Thomas Odyssey

9. Etiquette & Espionage – By Gail Carriger (I THINK this is a sophmore… not sure)

10. Oedipus At Colunus – By Sophocles

The 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge! COMPLETED!

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I’m really excited for this one! For the Goodreads Challenge all you need is a Goodreads Account, and a goal of how many books you want to read this year. I’m going with 100 for now, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to complete that goal, because of the increased school-work-load expected this fall. BUT, you can keep an eye on my progress here.

The 2013 To Be Read Pile Challenge –– FAILED.

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This challenge is hosted over at Roof Beam Reader, and it’s goal is to read 13 books off of your To-Be-Read pile. Preferably, ones that have been there for a while. :)

Books I wish to read for this challenge:

1. Ender’s Game – By Orson Scott Card 

2. The Odyssey – By Homer

3. The Dreamer – By Jeyna Grace

4. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back! – By Sariah Wilson

5. Ever (Enchanted, #4) – Gail Carson Levine

6. Sword of Light – By Katherine Roberts

7. Princess of the Silver Woods – By Jessica Day George

8. Starwarden – By J.A. Dalley

9. Le Morte d’Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table – By Thomas Malory

10. The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1) – By Marion Zimmer Bradley

11. …

12. The Outlaws of Sherwood – By Robin McKinley

13. The Son of Sobek – By Rick Riordan

The 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge   Completed!

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This challenge is hosted by The Hiding Spot, and its goal is to read 10+  “Books that features, by your standards, a strong female character or supports feminist ideals!”

You can see a Goodreads List with possible candidates here and here.

Books I have read for this challenge so far:

1. Prodigy – By Marie Lu

2. Double Crossed – By Ally Carter

3. The Age of Amy: Bonehead Bootcamp – By Bruce Edwards

4. Talina in the Tower – By Michelle Lovric

5. Heist Society: Uncommon Criminals – By Ally Carter

6. I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies – By Pittacus Lore

7. The Legacies (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files, #1-3)

8. Above the Veil (Seventh Tower, #4)

9. The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, #1)

10. Mind Games – By Kiersten White

11. Cinder – By Marissa Meyer

12. The Chaos of Stars – Kiersten White

13. United We spy – By Ally Carter

14. Transparent – By Natalie Whipple

15. Dealing With Dragons – By Patricia C. Wrede

16. The Magician’s Tower – By Shawn Thomas Odyssey

17. Champion – By Marie Lu

18. Charlie – By Jack Weyland

19. Stephanie – By Jack Weyland

20. Brittany – By Jack Weyland

21. Charly’s Diary – By Jack Weyland

22. Nicole – By Jack Weyland

23. Wake up Missing – By Kate Messner

24. Christmas Jars – By Jason F. Wright

25. Enchanted – By Althea Kontis

26. The Fall of Five – By Pittacus Lore

27. The Royal Ranger – By John Flanagan

28. The Storybook of Legends – By Shannon Hale

29. All is Well – By Gerald N. Lund

30. Unremembered – By Jessica Brody

31. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father – By Jessica Brody

32. Poison – By Bridget Zinn

The End of Series Reading Challenge – Completed!

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This one is hosted by The Reader’s Antidote, and it’s goal is to “read seven (7) books that are the final ones in the series that come out any year that you have read in 2013. Check out a list of possible candidates here!

Books I have read for this challenge so far:

1. The Return of the King – By J.R.R. Tolkien (Review to come)

2. Princess of the Silver Woods – By Jessica Day George

3. Day of Doom –By David Baldacci

4. The Last Battle – By C.S. Lewis (review to come)

5. The Violet Keystone – By Garth Nix (Again… I’ll be writing the review soon.)

6. Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun – By Liz Kessler

7. Perfect Scoundrels – By Ally Carter (Review to come)

8. All is Well – By Gerald N. Lund

The Fairy Tales Retold Challenge

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 This one is hosted by Debz Bookshelf, and my goal is:  Lady in Waiting: 4-6 books.
 Both straight retellings and “original” fairy tales count. As long as you think it counts as an “original” fairy tale, then it counts! For a better idea, you can check out the Goodreads shelf of over 200 eligible books. 
 
Books I have read for this challenge so far:
1. Princess of the Silver Woods – By Jessica Day George
2. My Fair Godmother – By Janette Rallison
3. Cinder – By Marissa Meyer (Review to come)
4. Enchanted – By Alethea Kontis
5. Poison – By Bridget Zinn
6. The Storybook of Legends – By Shannon Hale
7. Dealing With Dragons – By Patricia C. Wrede
The 2013 Mythology Challenge – FAILED
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 This one’s hosted by For Those About To Read… The challenge is to read 10 YA or Middle grade novels that incorporate any type of Mythology in the story line (Greek, Egyptian, Norse, etc.).
 
Books I have read for this challenge so far:
1. The Mark of Athena – By Rick Riordan
2. The Lost Hero – By Rick Riordan
3. The Flame Of Olympus (Pegasus, #1) By Kate O’Hearn
4. The Son of Sobek – By Rick Riordan
5. Oedipus the King – By Sophocles
6. The House of Hades – By Rick Riordan
7. The Chaos of Stars – By Kiersten White
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Happy Reading!

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