Tuesday 1 January 2013

3 Reading Challenges for 2013

Happy New Year! :-)

My new year's resolution is to get off my iPhone and get back into my reading. :-) Before the internet and smartphones I would always have my head stuck in a book. I miss that! Of course I still read a lot of books but in 2013 I'm making it a top priority!

There's no better way to do that than signing up for some reading challenges. And there is no point doing this halfheartedly. So I'm going to sign up to not one but three challenges. :-)

They are -

2013 Australian Women Writers Challenge 

In 2012 I only found out about the AWW Challenge halfway through the year. In six months I managed to read six books written by Australian women and I really enjoyed them! So this year I'm signing up in January to get a whole year's worth of reading in! :-)

I love this challenge as it allows me to support my fellow Australian women writers.

This time I have set my own challenge level. Which is -  to read and review 12 books in 2013. I will be reading a mix of genres. Books to be chosen as I go along.

2013 Eclectic Reader Challenge

This challenge is hosted by the wonderful Shelleyrae at Book'd Out. She's asking readers to go outside their comfort zone and read 12 books from 12 different categories. I like this one as it will get me to read genres I wouldn't normally.

The categories are -

1. Translated Fiction
2. Historical Mystery
3. Romantic Suspense
4. Made into a Movie
5. New Adult
6. Urban Fantasy
7. Dystopian
8. Memoir
10. Action Adventure
11. Humour
12. Published in 2013

Books for the Eclectic Reader challenge can be read in any order. I'll choose the books as I go along.

2013 Book to Movie Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey. This is a great challenge for me as it allows me to combine my love of reading with my love of watching movies! Yay! :-)

For this challenge I'll sign up for the Movie Devotee level, which is to read 6 books and watch their movies. As I've already watched a lot of movies that were once books, I decided to choose six books/films for this challenge that are all totally new to me. I have neither read the book nor seen the movie before.  

Here are the six books/films I'll be reading, watching and reviewing for this challenge (in no particular order) -

Never Let Me Go
The Prestige
Winter's Bone
Sophie's Choice
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I will be posting my reviews for this challenge over on my movie blog Back to the Film.

So there you have it. 3 reading challenges for 2013. I'm excited! :-)

If a specific book fits into more than one of my reading challenges, I will be combining them.

I'll be posting my reviews as I write them. Stay tuned...


  1. With both a book and movie blog, this sounds like your sort of challenge! Thanks for joining in :)

  2. Hi!
    I just wanted to stop by and welcome you to the Eclectic Reader Challenge and wish you good luck!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Hi Erin, I just wanted to let you know that I've added a new inlinks for linking up reviews, included in this post. Thanks again for participating!