December 2014 Reading Challenge

As posted originally over on Cherry Blossoms & Maple Syrup we would like to invite you all to join us for the December 2014 Reading Challenge!

We have 20 challenges to tick off – depending on how many people jump in, I may just throw a prize in there. I’ve also jokingly offered to give a prize to anyone who manages to find a book that ticks off every single challenge – or writes a novel in December that ticks them all off, either one! NaNo continues!

1) Read a book that exceeds 450-500 pages.
2) Read a book with winter in the title, as a theme, or as a main setting.
3) Read a book that has been signed by an author. (if you don’t have any, read a book by an author you’d love to meet in person)
4) Read a book that has been gifted to you by a friend.
5) Read a book that you’ve had on your shelf for over two years.
6) Read a book-to-film adaptation (no you do not need to watch the film for this to count, just needs to be a book that has been turned into a film).
7) Read a book that has animals in it, either as a protagonist, side kick, or as a huge focal point (examples: Black Beauty, Rain Reign).
8) Read a middle grade novel.
9) Read a book that has travelling.
10) Read a novel with a green cover or has green in the cover.
11) Read a book featuring cultural diversity (see We Need Diverse Books campaign for more information).
12) Read a graphic novel or a book with pictures.
13) Read a book a friend has always nagged you to read.
14) Read an award winner (any award winner, can be Goodreads Choice Award, Giller Prize, Printz, Mann Booker Prize, anything, but state the award the book is from!)
15) Read a self-published book or a book from an independent publisher.
16) Read a book inspired by fandom OR read a book of non-fiction.
17) Read a retelling of some kind (ex. Cruel Beauty is a retelling of Beauty & the Beast, Great is a retelling of the Great Gatsby).
18) Start a new series!
19) Read a middle book in a trilogy.
20) Read the ending of a series/latest instalment of a series.

Obviously, twenty challenges is a lot, but remember it’s a casual event, you can do as many or as little of the challenges as you want. Also note, you can have some overlap on these challenges. For example: I have to read ‘Blood of Innocents‘ by Mitchell Hogan for Aurealis judging – it exceeds 450-500 pages, it’s self-published AND it’s a middle book in a trilogy! Ding ding ding! This book if completed would knock out three challenges – and I have to read it for judging anyway. You can have as much overlap as you like for the challenges, because twenty is a lot and even though the goal is to read as much as you can, I want people to feel like they are succeeding at the challenges, even if they don’t get to read as much as they like.

To keep up with your progress, feel free to share it on your blog or by using the hashtag on twitter #HolidayReadingMadness. The goal is to read, read, read, whether it’s ebooks, audiobooks, physical books, library books, just enjoy reading and have fun. If you want to participate, head on over to Cherry Blossoms & Maple Syrup to let us know on the master post as we’d love to be able to see or read people’s progress!

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