2014 Challenges – Part 2


challengesYou can view Part 1 of my 2013 Challenges here.

I am hosting the 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge and the
Just For Fun Reading Challenge 2014

animal4This is another challenge hosted by Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews.

The rules are really simple…

1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

a. there is an animal in the title of the book
b. there is an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal plays a major role in the book
d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like).

***** AMENDED:

Level 1 – Read up to 6 books

Level 2 – Read 7-12

Level 3 – Read 13 or more

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)–dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark…dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, werewolf…you get the idea…

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. That’s a full year to read at least 6 books (you can read more if you’d like).

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don’t have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don’t have a blog, just post in the comment section that you’d like to join. You can post your books in there. Or you can sign up by joining my group on Goodreads for this challenge by clicking here.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

10. Click here to go to Yvonne’s blog to sign up.

I am signing up at Level 2 – Read 7-12


FTSRCThis one is also hosted by Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews.

This is a challenge for all those series books you started at some point and haven’t finished. I know I’ll start a series and read the first book, then get distracted with other books and never get back to the series. Before I know it, the series has 10 books – I get overwhelmed and don’t go back to it. Now, I want to finish a couple.

Here are the rules guidelines.

1) All books that are part of a continuing series qualify (i.e. Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, James Patterson’s Alex Cross, etc. etc.)

2) It doesn’t matter if you have 1 or 10 books in a series to complete it, it qualifies (i.e. if you only need to read one more Sookie Stackhouse book to complete the goal, that’s fine) The goal is to complete a series from wherever you are up to until the last published book.

3) The qualification period is January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Books must be read during this time frame to count.

4) Take the button above and post about it. Use the Mr. Linky below to sign up and make sure you link it directly to your post about this challenge.

5) If you don’t have a blog, that’s fine. Just leave a comment to sign up and tell us what you are reading. Or you can join my Goodreads group for this challenge by clicking here.


6) Any format of book counts – audio, ebook, etc.

7) You should choose the series you want to finish before the challenge begins, but it isn’t necessary. It’s fine to change series during the year – as long as you complete whichever series it is.

8) Choose a level….

Level 1 – Complete 1 series.
Level 2 – Complete 2 series.
Level 3 – Complete 3 or more series.

To sign up and more details click here.

I am signing up at Level 2.

I have several series I want to complete so I am not choosing quite yet.


2014 WHERE ARE YOU READINGThis Challenge is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

In 2012 I completed this challenge.

In 2013 my reading took me to 38 states and 10 places abroad.

I have created my 2014 map here.

Challenge begins January 1, 2014 and ends December 31, 2014

How do you decide what state a book is categorized under?

1.  In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in.  (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)

2.  Non fiction reads categorize  in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.

3.  If the book goes from one state to another… go with the state that most of the time is spent.

How to get started

Set up a map under Google Maps (optional).  It is easy to do!  Every time you read a book in 2014, upload a cover picture to Picasa Web Albums (there may be other sites to use, feel free to use what works best for you).

Grab the challenge button (above) here for your posts and sidebar.

For more details and to sign up just click here.


challenge_2014whatsinaname2This is the 7th Annual What’s In A Name Challenge and it has a new host,
Charlie at The Worm Hole.

The basics:

The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets):

A reference to time:  (Eleven Minutes, Before Ever After)
A position of royalty: (The People’s Queen, The Last Empress, The Curse Of The Pharaoh)
A number written in letters: (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, A Tale Of Two Cities)
A forename or names: (Rebecca, Eleanor & Park, The Unfinished Work Of Elizabeth D.)
A type or element of weather: (Gone With The Wind, Red Earth Pouring Rain)

Remember the titles given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to – some are classics after all – but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

Extra information
  • Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
  • It’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges, but not a requirement at all.
  • Books cannot overlap categories (for instance my first example, Eleven Minutes, could be used for category 1 or 3 but not both).
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You don’t have to make your list of books beforehand, you can choose them as you go.
  • You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.

For More Details and to Sign Up Click Here.


I will again Challenge myself to read books
set in Wisconsin or written by Wisconsin authors.

literary road trip 2014This is a personal challenge.

Challenge yourself by doing the same for your state.


I am still debating about a general mystery/suspense/thriller challenge.
I do read a lot of that genre. I have found one (My Kind Of Mystery Challenge), but that runs February 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015 and that just messes me up 🙂

That is it for me right now. I will continue to watch for challenges that interest me.
A NOVEL CHALLENGE is a great resource for all types of reading challenges.

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1 thought on “2014 Challenges – Part 2

  1. Thanks so much for the “Novel Challenge” link. I’ve got it bookmarked (reading pun intended – *HAHA*) because I’m in a lot of challenges already , and am trying to resist signing up for any more before the New Year actually starts and I get some reading done!

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