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2013 Reading Challenges

A plethora of 2013 reading challenges are popping up all over the internet. It certainly has grabbed my attention, and I've decided to commit myself to a few. I'm joining up in these challenges not exactly to enlarge the number of books I intend to read this next year, but because I know I'll be reading these books anyways, so why not cement the idea and link up with other people doing it too?

You may happen to be interested in at least one of these challenges, since they're quite simple and you are generally allowed to pick out how many books you intend to be reading for each challenge.

Summer reading challenge hosted at By the way... I'm already planning to host the 2013 version of the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge! At least, I'm throwing out the line for anyone interested. It seemed like a great success this past summer, and I would love to delve into more of Miss Alcott's works, so... why not? Keep in mind this challenge will start in May. {If you want to get an email alert about this, just let me know on the "contact me" page in my sidebar.}

Reading to Know hosts the annual L.M. Montmogery challenge in January... I'd like to join this time! The challenge is only 1 month long. So, my January reads include both The Story Girl and its sequel, The Golden Road. I'm excited about these, since I've never read them before. {Full details here & small excerpt about 2013 here.} On this same blog, you'll find the Reading to Know Book Club, where every month a book is chosen to read together. You should check out the booklist!

After happening across an ebook challenge, I couldn't resist. Almost half the books I have read in 2012 were ebooks, and there's no mistaking that ebooks are a big part of my life now... so I'm participating in this challenge with my goal at 25 ebooks for 2013, or the DVD level (as it is so called in the challenge details).

This challenge intrigued me because I love watching old black & white movies, and every once in a while, when the title sequence is playing and these words flash across the screen: "Based on the book...." --- Then I rush to jot down the title on my list of books to read. Comparing books to their movies is always interesting, that's for sure. For 2013, I'd like to at least make sure to read 3 books for this challenge. According to the details, the challenge level is Movie Fan.

Lastly, I couldn't resist an historical fiction challenge. Quite statistically, about half of the books that I read are hisorical fiction. Thus, I'm joining this challenge at the Ancient History level, in hopes of reaching the 25+ books goal.

Any of this sound like fun to you? What are your reading goals for the new year?


  1. I like the sound of these challenges!

    My personal goal is to read 70 books in 2013 - including some big, old classics that are sometimes harder for me to get into.

  2. Thanks for joining in! I always try to read the book before I see the movie, but I don't always know the movie was based on a book until after watching it, so I've definitely done both directions :)