06 January 2012

Reading challenges to tempt you, part II: Genre challenges

I had originally written a considerably longer intro and worked on the list for a good half hour, but despite the periodic autosaving Blogger still managed to eat the original post. So here it is, with a much shorter intro, and as for you, Blogger: If this happens one more time I am taking all my blogs and migrating them somewhere else.

I own books on many diverse subjects, both fiction and non-fiction, and like to read in many genres. Apropos of this, here are some genre challenges being offered by and for book bloggers in 2012:

Clicking on the link or the badge will take you to the sign-up pages for the respective challenges.

Yvonne of Socrates' Book Review Blog is hosting the Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge.

 The challenge runs all year long, and no sign-up deadline is given. The challenge is to read cosy mysteries and there are three levels.

Books need not be chosen in advance, crossovers with other challenges are allowed and you don't need to have a blog, but must leave comments so others can see your progress. Reviews are encouraged.

There are 60 participants already.

It wouldn't take much ingenuity to combine the above challenge with this one:

Bev Hankins of My Reader's Block is sponsoring the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge.

This is a year-long challenge and the sign-up deadline is November 30.

The challenge is to read 8 mysteries (thrillers, espionage novels, crime fiction, detective novels) in one of 10 categories posted on the hosting blog. More than one category may be finished.

Overlaps with other challenges are allowed. Blogs ownership is not necessary and reviewing is not mandatory, but is encouraged.

There are prizes to be won, and 36 people have signed up already.


The team at Historical Tapestry are hosting a Historical Fiction Challenge.

It's a year-long challenge and no sign-up deadline is given.

The challenge is to read any kind of historical fiction.

Reviewing is expected, and non-bloggers can post their progress information on the blog.

There are five difficulty levels, and 79 people have already signed up.


Reading Romances is hosting the Reading Romances challenge.

The challenge runs all year and the sign-up deadline is December 15.

This challenge is not about number, but variety. Each month the host blogger will post a list of romance sub-genres and themes to choose from. Reviews are expected, but can be posted on review sites, bookseller sites or blogs.

There are 20 participants so far.



Margot of Joyfully Retired is hosting the second Foodies Read challenge.

The challenge is a year-long one, and I didn't see a deadline for signing up. There are 5 levels and you must read food books. To quote Margot:
"A food book is a book which is centered around food and/or drinks. That could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir, a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant. Also allowed is a fictional story in which food plays a major role."

Reviews are expected, but you need not be a blogger to participate. 19 have signed up so far.


Melissa of The Betty and Boo Chronicles is hosting a Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge.

This is her definition of what goes for this challenge: "for this challenge, we're going to define memoir as a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation. Published letters, diaries, journals, autobiographies, nonfiction books on the craft of writing memoirs ... in my book, they all count as Memorable Memoirs for this challenge. (Generally, biographies don't, but I could always be convinced.)"

It's a year-long challenge and you can sign up at any time. Re-reads and overlaps with other challenges are allowed, and blog ownership is not required. There are 3 levels, and 19 people have signed up already.

If you detest memoirs or just don't want to participate in the above challenge, maybe this one is better suited to your tastes:

Julie of My Book Retreat is hosting a Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Reading Challenge.

The challenge runs through 2012 and the sign-up deadline is November 30.

You can choose from 4 levels. You don't need a blog and reviews are not required, but you do need to post about your progress.

The books must be non-fiction. Not allowed are memoirs, journals or autobiographies. Also not allowed are children's books, books that are not meant to be read from cover to cover, essays and articles, and re-reads. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed. At least one giveaway will be held for the participants.  30 participants have signed up so far.

 If you know of a genre reading challenge you would like me to cover in the follow-up post to this series, just leave a link in a comment to this post and I will take a look at it.

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