2015 Reading Assignment Challenge Sign-Ups

December 1, 2014 Reading Assignment Challenge 36

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2015 we’re going back to school but this time your in charge of the assigned reading list! Join Me and Michelle @ Because Reading for the 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge!

The Rules

  • The 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge runs from January 1st – December 31st 2015. You may sign up anytime between now and July 1st
  • You may only participate for the months AFTER you sign up (so if you sign up in February, January doesn’t count)
  • Commit to reading 1, 2, 3, or 4 books a month and MAKE A LIST of the SPECIFIC books you will read in 2015. This is the point of the challenge: You’re committing to reading a set list of books and a certain number of them each month. It’s your chance to finally hold yourself accountable for those books you keep promising yourself you’ll read!
  • You may read any genre or any format (i.e., eBook, Audiobook, Paperback, Hardcover). But they must be published before January 1, 2015 and they must be at least 100 pages.
  • Pick a level and make your list. REMEMBER: You’re committing to not just those books, but that number of books a month. You CANNOT read them all in one month. You get a certain amount of Extra Credit and Passes, depending on your level (as listed & explained below)
  • At the end of each month, cross off the book(s) you read. We will have a link-up each month (hosted alternatively between me and Michelle- January will be Michelle, February Me, March Michelle, etc.) for you to link your reviews. This can be simply a link to a quick update on Goodreads or a blog review. The link-up will be open 1st to the 7th of each month and we’ll randomly select a monthly winner of a $5 gift card to Amazon. Giveway will be open Internationally.
  • Tweet your progress to #2015HW and keep an eye out for random tweets from us.
  • There will be a grand prize drawing in January 2016. To be entered in the grand prize raffle, you must have completed your Reading Assignment as you indicated in your sign up post. The monthly giveaways will be based on that month alone, so even if you can’t complete the challenge for the year, you will have plenty of opportunities to win!

The Levels

Reading Level 1:
6 books
No Extra Credit, No Passes

Reading Level 2:
12 books (1 book/month)
1 Extra Credit, 1 Pass

Reading Level 3:
24 books (2 books/month)
2 Extra Credits, 1 Pass

Reading Level 4:
36 books (3 books/month)
3 Extra Credits, 1 Pass

Reading Level 5:
48 books (4 books/month)
4 Extra Credits, 1 Pass

Extra Credit:
Each level gets a set amount of extra credit that they may claim throughout the challenge. So if you’re having a good month and want to get ahead (and haven’t used up your extra credit) go ahead and read an extra book from your Assignment List. Once you’ve used up your Extra Credit, you have to stick to your scheduled number of books per month.

Passes:
Level 2 and up gets 1 Pass. This means you can skip a month without dropping out of the challenge. You’ll have to use your extra credit to make it up, but you still have a chance.

CLARIFICATION (edited 12/02/14): Extra Credit can ONLY be used for books on your list from January 1st – November 30th. Extra credit is helping you recover from a month you passed. However, if you do your assigned reading according to schedule, you will start December with unused extra credit. You may add a book for each remaining extra credit to your assignment list, to be announced in your November post (which links up 12/1 – 12/7). If you choose to add books to your list, YOU MUST read them to complete the challenge. IF YOU FAIL TO READ THEM, YOU ARE NOT ELLIGIBLE FOR THE GRAND PRIZE. IF YOU DO READ THEM, YOU’LL GET AN EXTRA ENTRY FOR EACH EXTRA CREDIT YOU CASH IN. So its up to you play it safe or gamble for more chances to win and rise to the top of the class!

And that’s it! This is a bit stricter than a lot of year long challenges, but that’s because we want it to be a little harder and hopefully more satisfying when you rock it!

Are you ready to make your Reading Assignment list?

Make the list of the books you WILL read for the challenge, picking your level. Remember your list can’t change! We will allow you to amend your list in the event that you put several sequential books from a series and then decide you don’t like the series, but that is the ONLY change that can be made to this list. Also remember, you must read the number of books you say you will each month, except if you use a pass or extra credit. If you have any questions now or at any point during the challenge, email me (berls@fantasyismorefun.com) or Michelle (limabean74@aol.com).

Grab the logo for your sign-up post:

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Once you’ve made your list, link up here:

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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!

36 Responses to “2015 Reading Assignment Challenge Sign-Ups”

  1. Gouraw

    Challenging is quite awesome and interesting. You have outlined everything well and wonderful. But this content has gotten me in a very late time. Do it still continue? And if so can I join and i know i will surely have great time challenging and exploiting my full potentials regarding to this challenge. I do love challenging whether I will win or loss but i consider the lessons learnt from it and help to challenge the life that I am living and with full potentials.

    • Berls
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      LOL It’s not for everyone for sure. We made it a bit more challenging than most challenges, but the main goal of it is that you commit to reading those books you keep planning to get to but let get pushed away by review books or the new and shiny. This way you feel a committment to the books you’ve been wanting to read for a while.
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  2. Maggie @ The Novel Orange

    Hi! I love this idea! I’ll be starting the challenge in April and I’m having so much fun creating my reading list for the year! This challenge really helps a ton in helping me choose what to read and when! 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yay, so glad to have you on board! I hope it turns out to a really fun first challenge 🙂 Good luck!

  3. Holli

    I’m one of the few lacking a blog, for several reasons. Can I make a reading assignment list via a GoodReads shelf?

    • Berls
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      Yes! So sorry, I didn’t see your comment. Yes, just make a list and link to that shelf. When it’s time to update monthly, just link to status updates that you finished the book(s) you committed to 🙂

  4. neer

    Hi

    This is an interesting challenge and I so want to participate but I had a question: Do we need to have the books on our shelves or any book that has been part of our TBR for long but which we do not own be read for this challenge?

    Waiting eagerly for your reply.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      You don’t have to have the books on your shelves at all 🙂 they just have to be published before January 1, 2015. You can own them, borrow them from a friend, or from the library – however you like. Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂 Hope you’ll join us!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yay! I’m glad you’re joining us 🙂 committing to reading certain books is what appealed to me, I back out of books too often! Good luck!

  5. Yuko86

    This challenge is very intriguing but I have a question:
    -Let’s say I choose level 3->2books per month. But this means I have to read 2 books from the list for the challenge and then I can read how many books I want not in the challenge list, right? Or I have to read only two books per month?!

    • Berls
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      Oh yeah! Read as many books as you want a month, just stick to the number you signed up for of the challenge books. So I’ll probably read 15 books a month, but only 2 of those 15 will come from the list each month.

      Sorry it took me so long to reply – I didn’t see your comment! Hope you’ll join in 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yay! I’m so glad you’ll join us 🙂 I like it because I can’t change my mind and skip books I’ve been planning on!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      We’re trying to resist new ideas right now, but who knows how long that will last! Thanks to all of y’all for joining us on our crazy schemes:) looking forward to seeing your list!

  6. Stormi
    Twitter:

    Wow, sticking to reading what I pick..that is scary since I am not so good at that. Questions..what we read if it fits with COYER will it count for both or for any other challenge in 2015 for that matter..lol. Covering my bases. 🙂 What if we end up not liking one and want to DNF it? Can we or do you have to finish it? I know you said something about we could change things around if we have a series on here and we end up not liking it but what about stand alones? 🙂 I am just wanting to know so I can set up my list wisely. 🙂
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    • Berls
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      DNFs are definitely allowed – it counts as your book for the month. The thing about series would be, say you put #1, #2, and #3 for a series on your list and then hate the first one (or dislike it enough that you don’t want to continue this year at least) then you can take book #2 and book #3 off the list and replace them with new books. But you can’t change the new books, unless the same thing happens with them. And sure, you can make your books count for any challenge you want. I know I’ll double up for sure!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL we’re kinda dangerous huh? After this got cooked up we vowed no more ideas until January at least!

  7. Lexxie
    Twitter:

    OH, plan in advance what to read? For a whole year? And read a certain number of those chosen books each month? uh oh… I’m SO bad at deciding in advance what to read… Because often I end up not wanting to read those books I added anyway, but I really want to participate!
    I guess this means I’ll go through my TBR list and try to get through some of those books that have been on my shelves or on my kindle for a very long time!
    Great idea once more, Berls and Michelle!
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    • Berls
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      Haha Lexxie you have the same response I had at first. This is going to be a CHALLENGE! But I put books on my list that I keep planning to read and then take skip – even though I really want to read them. I’m hoping this challenge will force me to stop skipping them. Or I’ll totally fail LOL!

  8. Angie F.

    This is certainly a different kind of challenge! I always try to plan my reads ahead, but I’ve never tried to stick with a set list for the whole year! I’ll have to make my picks very carefully. *ponders*

    I do have a question about the Extra Credit though. If we use all of them for whichever level before December, does that mean we don’t have to read anything in December since we’d have finished the entire list by then? Or would we have to add however many new books, since it says we have to stick to that number for the rest of the year? For example, if I go for the 4 books per month, and then use all 4 extra credits by August, would I still need to read 4 books for September-November and none in December since I would be 4 books ahead already?

    Sorry if that’s a weird, convoluted question.
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    • Berls
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      Yeah, that’s exactly why I bargained with Michelle for the extra credits and passes – I needed some chances for a do-over. LOL!

      Your question makes perfect sense – if you do take an extra credit in say August and you haven’t used a pass yet, then you take a pass in a future month. You could have the challenge complete by the end of November. If that were to happen, you can add 4 (or however many you committed to) for the month of December to be eligible for December’s drawing. I’m not sure, but we may add a bonus for early finishers.

      • Angie F.

        Oh, okay. That makes perfect sense. I wasn’t even thinking about the pass, since it would have been the end of the challenge rather than actual passing.

        And another extra credit question (this was totally me in college, obsessing over E.C. details! No joke.). Let’s say we don’t use them before finishing our entire list, can we add however many bonus books to our list? Or would that not work since we’re suppose to have all of the books listed before we start?
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        • Berls
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          I had to go to the boss lady to figure that one out! We’ll be updating our posts to make this clear but to answer your question – no. LOL

          Basically extra credit is there so that if you need to skip a month you can still finish the challenge. So from January 1 – November 30 you have to be reading books on your list. If you do your hw according to schedule w/o taking any passes, that will mean that come December you’ll have however many books/month you planned on to read, plus your extra credit left over. AT THAT POINT you can add books to your list. However, once you add them you must read them to earn the extra credit. People who do it this way and finish the added books will get an extra point for each extra credit they use to add a book (versus extra credit used to make up for a passed month). Does that make sense?

        • Berls
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          Oh and now that we worked this out, I should amend my previous response to you. If you use up your extra credit before December it’s gone. Part of the challenge is to read books EACH MONTH. So if you use up all your extra credit and take no passes by the end of November, then you’ve completed the challenge and are, by default, taking a pass for December. So strategically, you won’t get ahead but stay right on target and then knock it out of the park in December. Sorry for the confusion O_o

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