Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
2014 WIMPY BOOK CHALLENGE
(or Things I Mighta Done Even Without A Challenge)
To participate in the challenge: Each month, post or reblog that month's challenge.
Tag all challenge related posts as "2014 Wimpy Book Challenge." At a minimum, note what you will be reading. Preferably, note what you'll be reading, keep us all updated on your status throughout the month, and actually review the things.
If you forget to start in January or miss a month, just go ahead and post those months whenever. Whenever, whatever, adjust to suit -- an intentionally wimpy challenge not as "demanding" as some 30-day ones.
Details on each month's posts:
January - Post Holiday Cabin Fever Slump
Read a holiday gift, use a holiday bonus or gift card to buy a new read, or use this challenge as an excuse to get out from under your reading light and actually go out to a brick and mortar store to find your next read (photos of bookstore shelves are fun but not required). If not possible because your weather really is so bad in January that you cannot get out and might even lose internet, then find the most cheerful or warm-weather setting book from your TBR pile and use for this month's challenge.
February - Revive A Stalled Series
If for some reason (other than it started to get awful or awfully hard to read as had dragged on well past any originality) you stopped reading in a series, start reading the next book in series (re-reading the last one because it's been so long your forgot is acceptable; duology and trilogy books also count as series reads). Not a series reader? Find a new to you book by an author in a genre you used to read a lot but have not in a while.
March - New Release
Read any book published January 2013 to March 2014. No particular country or format for that publish date; if anything anywhere gives a date in that range, it qualifies.
April - Out of Zone
Read something you might not normally except that a post or review on booklikes (or elsewhere in the blogosphere) tickled your fancy.
May - Favorite Author
Read something from a favorite author. Preferably new to you (does not have to be a new release) but re-reads acceptable if that's what you are in the mood for.
June - New To You Author, Series or Genre
Read a book from new to you author, a new to you series or a genre/sub-genre new to you (or a genre you very seldom read).
July - Whittle TBR Mounds
Read something you already own from To Be Read piles, mounds, mountains, shelves, bookcases, closets, boxes, ereaders, etc.
August - Buddy Read or Read-along
Post some choices out to your booklikes friends and see if anyone will do a buddy read or a read-along with you. If no takers or in conjunction with: check out some booklikes discussion rooms for group/buddy reads. Or, group/buddy reads on another site. I'm hoping by August some of the booklikes new features will have improved group/buddy read options.
September - What He/She Said
Post three to eight books you are thinking of reading and let your booklikes friends comment on why they'd pick one or another. If booklikes has poll options by then, you can also use that. If not enough friends or not enough commenting to help you choose, choose among those books by reading reviews on book's booklike page (if booklikes still has not consolidated editions yet, you may need to view more than one edition's page to find good reviews).
October - Group Read
Participate in a group read with book discussion (book of the month, group read, book club, whatever). Can be here on booklikes, a real life book club, goodreads, The Reading Room, BookRabbit or wherever. Just be sure to link to the group read if not a real life book club.
November - Review Pick
Read a book that caught your interest from recent review or status update posts by friends on booklikes (from dashboard, down righthand column underneath your currently reading there is a choice to see all posts or just reviews; clicking "just reviews" might be helpful). Not enough friends posting or not enough friends sharing your reading tastes? Check out booklikes reviews for books on your TBR list or in your genres and pick based on those reviews.
December - 2014
Read any book with a 2014 publication date (any country, any edition/format release with a 2014 published date). (Hey, I said it was a wimpy challenge).
Have fun with it! If the top graphic doesn't fit in with your blog style or you want a smaller one to use with each month's posts, here are some more you are welcome to use:
And an alternative to the graphic listing all months that was at top of this post: