Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 Challenges: Series Challenges

Are you an avid series reader? Do you want to give a few new series a try? Then this is the reading challenge for you. Participants in the 1st In The Series Challenge decide to start a certain number of series in 2012 then share their reviews with the community. 
There are 4 levels for this challenge:
  • Series Novice: Read 3 books that are first in a series
  • Series Lover: Read 6 books that are first in a series
  • Series Expert: Read 12 books that are first in a series
  • Series Fanatic: Read 20 books that are first in a series
For that challenge I will go with Series Lover, which means I will start 6 new series.

Have you read a book by an author that you really enjoyed and felt moved  to read another of the author’s works? Or are you thinking to give an  author another try even if you didn’t like your first taste of their  work? If yes, then this challenge is for you! You’re going to go back  for seconds of an author that you’ve only read once. The great thing  about this challenge is that it’s not just for your  second in a series  books, but the second time you’ve read an author as well.
(This challenge has previously been hosted at J. Kaye’s Book Blog, Royal Reviews, and A Few More Pages)
Interested in joining the fun? Here are the guidelines:
1.  Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to  participate. If you’re not  a blogger, you can post your reviews at a  review site like Goodreads,  LibraryThing,  or Shelfari and  link them up here.
2. There are four levels to choose from in  this challenge:
Just  a spoonful - Read 3 books that are 2nd in a series or the second  time you’ve read the author. 
A few more bites - Read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or  the second time you’ve read the author.
A full plate - Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the  second time you’ve read the author.
All you can eat - Read 20 books (or more) that are 2nd in a  series or the second time you’ve read the author.
You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up  post.  If you list them, feel free to change them as  the mood takes  you. Any  genre counts. Any book format counts.
3. The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2012. 4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2012.
5. A post will be created here where you can link-up your  reviews and visit the reviews of other participants.
6. If you’re a blogger, write up a sign-up post that includes  the URL to  this post so that others can join in. Feel free to  use the button! You can grab the code you need from the box in the  right sidebar.
If you write up a sign-up post, enter the direct link to that  post when you sign up here so we can find it easily. Otherwise, link  away!
A Few More (Reading) Challenges  is also hosting a challenge for reading the second in a series books. You can also count the second time you’ve read an author as well. The levels are:

  • Just a spoonful - Read 3 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author. 
  • A few more bites - Read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
  • A full plate - Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
  • All you can eat - Read 20 books (or more) that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
For that challenge, I am going for the lowest level, Just a Spoonful. I have plenty of series that I have read the first book but not the second... and am eager to read the 2nd one. But, I don't know if I want to commit myself to more than three.

To sign up for either of these challenges, head over to A Few More (Reading) Challenges for all the details. At 1st in a Series Challenge 2012 or 2nds Challenge 2012.

There is another series challenge that I plan to join. I haven't yet worked out what level I would aspire to, so holding off for a few days. It is Finishing a Series Challenge 2012.

MY BOOKS AND REVIEWS

For the First in a Series Challenge
  1. Heads You Lose by Christianna Brand
  2. Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
  3. A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
  4. The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep by Lawrence Block
  5. Cop Hater by Ed McBain
  6. In the Woods by Tana French
  7. The Guards by Ken Bruen
  8. Whiskey Sour by J. A. Konrath 
  9. The Suspect by L. R. Wright
  10. Bullet for a Star by Stuart Kaminsky
 For the Seconds Challenge:
  1. Dying Light by Stuart MacBride
  2. An Empty Death by Laura Wilson
  3. The Sleeping Car Murders by Sebastien Japrisot

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