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Saturday, December 3, 2011

2012 Challenges

Yes, I know I haven't finished the challenges for this year. But different blogs are now starting to put up sign-up pages for their challenges.

A new one this year is the Australian Women's Writers Challenge.

"This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that has continued throughout 2011 by actively promoting the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women's writing." 

I personally tend to read a lot of books by women authors, especially Australian authors that are part of the romance community, but I want to extend that to the crime, and spec fiction markets, and even mainstream books. 

I'm going for the Devoted Eclectic challenge to help me broaden my reading, as well as for Franklin-fantastic number of 10 books with 4 having to be reviewed. It's the reviewing part that I've been finding hard to keep up with, so this is a good thing to help me keep me on track.

I haven't done that great at this challenge this year. So far, I've read 11 books out of 24, so not even half. I'm going for the same amount next year, and will be aiming to broaden to more horror as well.

 Mystery& Suspense is another challenge where I haven't done that well in. I've read 4 out of 12 books, so a third of the way through.  Again I'll aim for 12 next year.

One I should be able to do is the new Speculative Romance challenge. There are four levels to choose from.  I'll aim for the Three Sexy Vampires one, which is 18 books.

So another busy year lined up. I'll probably continue to add all books to the 100+ challenge I will set myself (the site hosting this year will no longer be doing reviews or challenges). And as for the romances - I may make that a Writing Buddy Challenge - to read as many books as I can by my writing buddies. I'd love to read about 24, so I'll put that down as my initial aim. I'll come up with a logo by the time it starts...I hope. 

I'm thinking of also continuing the Stephen King Challenge as I have only read one this year. 

As always, these may be goals and I will work towards them, but I will not stress about reading. Reading for me is about enjoyment, so if I'm not going to rush through them just for the sake of finishing these challenges.

What challenges are you planning for next year?



pocketfullofbooks said...

Good luck with all of those!

I'm doing the mystery one too :)

Eleni Konstantine said...

Thanks pocketfullofbooks! I wish you luck too.

E :)