Happy New Year | 2014 Year Long Challenges

January 1, 2014 Challenges & Readathons 21

Happy 2014 everyone!! I hope everyone had a good – and safe – conclusion to their New Year. I stayed home with my BF, brother, and dog – Buffy – with a few drinks, pizza, chicken wings and red velvet cake. We also had some really horrible champagne – that’s what you get for buying the cheapest bottle….

Anyway 2014 will be my first full year on the blog and I’ve seen several reading challenges that I would like to participate in. I’ve seen so many that I decided the best approach would be to just list them all together in one post. Hopefully you’ll join me in a couple of them (it’s not too late to sign up for any of them!):

2015 Audiobook Challenge

2015 Audiobook Challenge

Host: The Book Nympho & Hot Listens
My Summary Post
Progress: 48/75 (64%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

2015 Challenges

2015 Fur and Fangs Challenge

2015 Fur and Fangs Challenge

Host: Phantasmic Reads & Novel Heartbeat
My Summary Post
Progress: 22/24 (92%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

2015 Prequel and Sequel Challenge

2015 Prequel and Sequel Challenge

Host: Novel Heartbeat & Writer Grrl Reads
My Summary Post
Progress: 46/50 (92%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

2015 Reading Assignment Challenge

2015 Reading Assignment Challenge

Host: Fantasy is More Fun & Because Reading
My Summary Post
Progress: 9/24 (38%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

2016 Reading Assignment

Host: Fantasy is More Fun & Because Reading
My Summary Post
Progress: 6/12 (50%)
1/1/2016 — 12/31/2016
In Progress

Finishing The Series 2016

Host: Bea's Book Nook
My Summary Post
Progress: 2/5 (40%)
1/1/2016 — 12/31/2016
In Progress

LGBT Challenge 2015

LGBT Challenge 2015

Host: Niji Feels
My Summary Post
Progress: 2/4 (50%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

Shelf Love 2015

Shelf Love 2015

Host: Second Run Reviews and Chapter Break
My Summary Post
Progress: 61/75 (81%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

Snagged at the Library

Snagged at the Library

Host: Geeky Blogger's Book Blog & The Book Nympho
My Summary Post
Progress: 14/24 (58%)
1 January, 2015 — 31 December, 2015
Failed

2014-Audio-Challenge

I actually participated in the 2013 Audiobook Challenge and loved it, so I figured I’d better jump in again this year. The 2014 Audiobook Challenge is hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens again. I have a feeling that my audio reads will actually be a bit lower than they were last year. though. I listen to audiobooks when I’m on the bus and walking around campus – but this year I’ll be doing most my work from home, meaning that my only real audio time will be when I’m working out. I still hope that I’ll be able to listen to more than I did last year – my goal is to read a total of 24 audiobooks this year meaning I’ll be aiming for the Binge Listener level. I’ll be keeping track of my progress here.

Review Pile Reading challenge

The moment I saw the Review Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Phantasmic Reads and Fiktshun I knew I would be participating in it. I have done horrible keeping up with my review requests books – which I feel absolutely horrible about. I started off being super responsible and then I don’t know… there was like a book explosion, plus life happened and here I am today with way too many books to read. My first priority will be the books that authors reached out and asked me to read and then I dropped the ball. Then I’ll get to those Netgalley reads that are haunting me right now. My goal is to get to the end of of 2014 with no outstanding review request books and an 80% review percentage on Netgalley. To do that, I’ll need to read at least 2 books a month, making my initial goal 24 books, or Master Level.Β I’ll be keeping track of my progress for this challenge here.

2014 rewind Challenge

The 2014 Rewind Challenge hosted by Coffee Bean Bookshelf is in perfect alignment with my goals for 2014. I’m not going to be taking in a lot of new review books this year or participating in blog tours for one reason – I have so many books that I want to read and haven’t had time for. Most of these books are several years old too. And many of the books in my previous two challenges will actually work with this one too. This challenge doesn’t have levels, but my goal is to read at least 50 rewind books. I’ll be keeping track of my progress for this challenge here.

2014 PrequelSequel Challenge

Another challenge that’s a no brainer for be to join is the 2014 Prequel & Sequel Challenge hosted by Novel Heartbeat and Writer Grrl Reads. 90% of the books I pick up are part of a series, so I have no doubt that I will devour this challenge πŸ™‚ However, the system is a little more complex than the others, including a point system based on books read, series finished, etc. Since I’m not great at math, I decided to not even try and predict where I’ll end up point wise by the end of 2014… instead I’m just going to shoot for the middle range: 51-75 points, or Advanced. I’ll be keeping track of my progress and points here.

Series-Challenge-Button

So maybe you think you’re having deja-vu right now. Didn’t I already list a series challenge? Yes, I did. But the 2014 Series Challenge, hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat is slightly different than the one I listed above. This challenge will be a bit easier to keep track – no points – but a bit harder to accomplish, because you have to complete a series (or the published books in a series) by the end of the year. But that’s exactly why I want to do it – I have so many series just sitting there, half read. But I’m not great at completing things, so I’m not shooting for the stars here. I’ll be shooting for aΒ Bronze BadgeΒ or finishing 3 series. I’ll be keeping track of my progress here.

2014 Erotic Romance Challenge

The 2014 Erotic Romance reading challenge, hosted by herding cats & burning soup, is for pure fun. I don’t read tons of erotic romance, but I like a sprinkling of it to keep things fun. So I won’t be doing any mega reading goals here, but I hope to read about 12 erotic romances this year, landing me solidly in level 1. There’s a little overlap in with the other challenges here and who knows, there may be more. Β I’m keeping track of my progress here.

*Added 1/28/14: I already have too many challenges on my plate and yet, I saw this one and couldn’t resist.

furfangsbuttonΒ The 2014 Fur & Fangs Reading Challenge is hosted by two of my favorite ladies – Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads and Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat – so I really couldn’t resist. Add the name and the fact that this is pretty much EXACTLY what I read, and I had to add it to my list. The goal is to read as many vampire and werewolf (shifters in general count actually) books as you can. I really really want to finish reading both the Kitty Norville and Night Huntress series this year, so my goal is the number of those books I have left: 13 (Night Huntress world) + 11 (Kitty Norville) = 24. Yes this is a lot. But it also contributes to my audiobook challenge (Kitty), rewind challenge, and both series challenges. I’ll be keeping track of my progress here.

AND THAT’S IT FOR ME FOLKS!Β I’m not going to lie, there were several more challenges out there that I wanted to participate in, but I narrowed it down to these 6 because anymore and I think I’d just lose track and not keep up! Good luck to all of you with your 2014 reading goals!

Berls

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

21 Responses to “Happy New Year | 2014 Year Long Challenges”

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’m looking forward to COYER too πŸ™‚ You should totally jump in on some of these – you probably are doing the reading and reviewing for a couple of them already anyway.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Congrats! I know it’s a ton and would you believe I still have several that I wanted to sign up for but knew there was no way I could. Good luck with your challenges too – the erotic romance challenge will be fun πŸ™‚

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Happy New Year, Berls! Wow, you’ve set the bar high, my dear. πŸ™‚ I’m thinking I may do that review pile challenge. I’ve been equally as bad at letting those review requests slide. And the erotica challenge is interesting, too. The only challenges I KNOW I’m doing are the GR self challenge, the Jumble your Genres challenge, and, of course, your COYER challenge when it’s time. I don’t want to commit to too many because, as you know, I SUCK at challenges! LOL Good luck, girl!
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    • Berls
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      Happy New Year Brandee! LOL you know me – I like to jump all in and then we just will see what happens. I’m better at signing up for challenges than I am at completing them. But I did decide to do the ones that I felt I had the best chance of actually doing this time πŸ™‚

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Hi *waves* thanks for stopping by – I’m looking forward to using the #bookblogwalkers challenge to get back on track with my workouts. And don’t feel too bad – I was pretty bad for the last couple months with everything blog related :/ Oh well, it’s a new year, right?! I hope you’ll join the audio challenge – it’s pure fun πŸ™‚

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      You bet – I had a blast with it last year and have really fallen in love with audio books! Good luck with your challenges – there were so many good ones this year I was tempted to join more.

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