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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Seriously Series Reading Challenge



With 2012 out the door, I am reading to kick of 2013 with a bang..Reading style! One of my 2013 goals is to read some books that are in my personal TBR pile. My review pile gets so big that the books that I purchase get put to the side. A lot of these books are series'. I came across this challenge and thought "What a better way to kick off the New Year than with a good ol' fashioned reading challenge?!"


General Overview

How serious about series are you? We'll find out in 2013.

In the summer of 2012, Amanda and I hosted an informal challenge that focused on completing books in series that we owned. It was enough of a success that we decided we wanted to turn it into a year-long challenge--with a few minor changes. To start with, we have expanded on our original challenge by including both ongoing series and adding new-to-us series, as well as an option for series rereads for those that are VERY serious about their series (or for those that just like to go back and reread old favorites).

Definitions

For this challenge, we define a series as a collection of two or more books that belong together and where the second book is published before the end of 2013. This is a pretty broad definition of series, and it includes traditional series like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, less traditional series like Stephanie Perkins's YA contemps (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door), and shorter series, like Kendare Blake's Anna series (Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares).

A series is considered complete in one of two ways: either as finishing all the books that you own in the series or as obtaining and reading all the books that have been published in the series to date. Because we don't want this challenge to become a financial burden, how you choose to define completion is left to your discretion.

How It Works

To allow for the greatest level of flexibility, we've separated series into three categories: series started before 2013, series started in 2013, and series rereads. Series started before 2013 are defined as series that you have started reading before Jan. 2013 and that you still have unread books to get current in (or finish) the series. Series started in 2013 are defined as any series that you start reading between Jan. and Dec. 2013, and the second book in the series must be published before December 2013. A series reread is defined as books that are part of a series that were read before Jan. 2013 and that are reread between Jan. 2013 and Dec. 2013. A series reread does NOT have to include the full series.

For each category, there are different levels of seriousness about series that you can choose. Semi-serious is reading 1 to 6 series, seriously serious is reading 7 to 12 series, super seriously serious is reading 13 to 18 series, and seriously spectacular series star is reading more than 18 series. What this ends up looking like is this:
series started before 2013series started in 2013series rereads
Semi-Serious1-6 series1-61-6
Seriously Serious7-127-127-12
Super Seriously Serious13-1813-1813-18
Seriously Spectacular Series Star18+18+18+
You choose which categories you want to attempt and which level to shoot for. Reading novellas and short stories from a series does count here.


I am going to attempt the Seriously-Serious challenge. I know, I know, it's not very ambitious, but it's a start!

My Series List

Themis Academy by Daisy Whitney

The Mockingbirds
The Rivals

Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning
The Awakening
The Reckoning

The Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade
Wolfsbane
Bloodrose

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium
Pandemonium

The Summer Series by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty
It's Not Summer Without You
We'll Always Have Summer

Matched Series by Ally Condie

Matched
Crossed
Reached

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
**I have already completed book one. I plan to complete the series this month**

Catching Fire
Mockingjay

Do you want to join me, and many other fabulous bloggers in this challenge? Then head on over to Reading the Paranormal and sign up!


7 comments:

  1. Glad you're joining us, Cathy! Good luck completing your series! You've got some good ones. :)

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  2. I wonder how the Pretty Little Liars series is. I love the show. Gonna have to look out for your reviews. Good Luck!
    -Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

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