Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reading Challenges for 2013

As we approach the end of the year, I have been looking around for some reading challenges for 2013.  Here are a few that I think many of you would enjoy.



First of all, many thanks to Kristen from Home is Where the Book Is, for volunteering to host the 2013 OUTLANDER Reading Challenge!

From the announcement:
  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013
  • Goal is to read all of the Outlander novels as well as the Lord John Grey novels.
  • All book formats are accepted: Bound, e-Book, Audio.
  • Anyone is welcome to participate, you do not need a blog to sign up.
Please help Kristen get the word out to other OUTLANDER fans about this challenge!  Thanks.



American Revolution Reading Challenge 2013, sponsored by War Through the Generations.

Challenge Description:
War Through the Generations' 2013 reading challenge will be the American Revolution. The challenge will run from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the American Revolution as the primary or secondary theme.

Books can take place before, during, or after the war, so long as the conflicts that led to the war or the war itself are important to the story.
This challenge should be pretty easy for OUTLANDER fans.  Certainly THE FIERY CROSS, A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, and AN ECHO IN THE BONE would qualify!  If you know of any other interesting books (fiction or non-fiction) about the American Revolution that might qualify for this challenge, I'd like to hear about them.



Seriously Series Reading Challenge 2013, sponsored by On a Book Bender and Reading the Paranormal.

This is a challenge about reading books in a series, so it's perfect for OUTLANDER fans, especially those of you who are trying to finish reading (or re-reading) the series in time for the expected release of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD in the fall of 2013.
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.

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.
Again, this one shouldn't be difficult for most of you.



Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2013, sponsored by Historical Tapestry.

Many of you are readers of historical fiction in general, not just Diana Gabaldon's books, so this sounds like a good opportunity to try historical novels by other authors.  From the challenge description:
During these following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:

20th century reader - 2 books
Victorian reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History -25+ books

You can tailor the challenge to suit you in whichever way you like!
These are only a few suggestions for reading challenges to keep you busy in 2013 while we wait for WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD (expected sometime in the fall of 2013, but we don't yet know the exact date). Have fun!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

One interesting book to go with the Revolutionary War challenge is a biography of Benedict Arnold who plays such an important role in An Echo in the Bone. The book is The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin. It's a very readable biography and has won several awards.

Jerry

Kristen said...

Hi Karen,

I haven't seen an Outlander challenge either so I decided to host one at my blog. I hope you will consider joining!
Thanks for keeping this Outlander fan always in the know with your blog!
http://homeiswherethebookis.blogspot.com/2012/12/outlander-challenge-2013.html

Kristen

Karen Henry said...

Kristen - thanks so much for volunteering to lead the 2013 OUTLANDER Reading Challenge! I'll do what I can to publicize it. :-) Best of luck with it! And thank you for letting us know.

Karen

Kristen said...

Thank you for signing up and helping spread the word Karen!

Happy Holidays,
Kristen

kerry said...

Karen... re fiction involving the American Revolution: Kenneth Roberts' Arundel and Rabble in Arms are excellent. Both feature Campaigns led by Benedict Arnold. Another favorite of mine is Jane Barry's The Carolinians, dealing with the war in the Carolinas and the split between Patriot and Loyalist neighbors.

Susanne Mayr said...

Dear Karen,
thanks a lot for your entertainment all over the year!
Have a wonderful time and all the best for 2013 :)
Greetings from Austria/Europe from
Susanne