The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015


1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Book’d Out

see here more info to sign up


In it’s fourth year, the aim of The Eclectic Reader Challenge is to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.

*  Select, read and review a book from each category listed below during the year for a total of 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

*  You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish.

*  Where a book is identified by more than one genre eg historical romance, it may only count for either the historical fiction or romantic fiction genres – not both.

*  You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st 2015 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

If you need some ideas for what to read in the above categories I suggest you search Library Booklists or  Listopia at Goodreads

  • Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement  and /or the challenge image badge to the post. If you tweet use the tag #eclecticreader or @bookdout
  • Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky.

All participants that complete the challenge by December 31st 2015 will be eligible to win a book of their choice to the value of $15AUD from or a $10US Amazon gift card or paypal funds of  US$10 to be drawn via Jan  2016.

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2015 Monthly Motif & Keyword Challenges

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Kim of Bookmark to Blog

see here more info to sign up for Motifs & for Keywords

Because these two challenges were created in such a way that they can be combined, I am posting my own version of the rules which anyone else can join in and do with me, or check the links above for the original individual rules and guidelines on the hosting blog.


For this new combined challenge, each month is assigned a certain motif or theme AND a set of 6 keywords associated with each month. Your task is to read one book per month that fits in with the motif for that particular month AND whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.

* The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word ‘snowing’ or ‘snowflake’ even though the key word is ‘snow.’

* Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read “Cinder” or “Ashes” for the key word ‘Fire’ and that would be just fine. If the key word is ‘family’ then your title could include the word ‘sister’ or ‘mother.’If the key word is ‘food’ then your title could include the word ‘cake.’

* Link up below to participate and add additional links any time you post about the challenge or post about a book you read for the challenge.

* Different this Year! There is only one linky for all the reviews rather than posting a new one each month. When you post your review post the name of the book and the month. Linky can be found here.

This challenge is just for fun so please don’t worry if you have to skip a month or if you have to read your books out of order! If you don’t have anywhere to link your reviews- don’t worry about it. Just come back and comment telling us what you read and if you liked it! Continue reading

The 2015 Re-Read Challenge

Re-Read Challenge

1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With

see here more info to sign up


The Re-Read Challenge Details
  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. The sign-up linky will remain open until the end of January, but join at any time by adding your intro post to any monthly re-read recap linky.
  2. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it’s a re-read.
  3. We will have two giveaways – one at the six-month point and one at the end of the year. Giveaway details posted closer to the halfway point!
  4. You don’t have to follow our blogs to participate or be entered in the giveaways.
How You Participate
  1. Re-read some books!
  2. In the first week of each month, we will post a re-read recap on Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With that includes a linky that will be open all month. Write a post detailing what you re-read the last month, and add the direct link to our linky to be entered in our giveaways.
  3. If you write any re-read reviews (it’s totally optional!), add those to the monthly linky for additional entries (one per post) in our giveways.
  4. If you miss a monthly post, just link up your reviews and/or recap in the linky during the next month.

Here are some of the books I think I’ll re-read this year:

I consider this list to consist of 12 books (which is my goal one way or another), even though there’s obviously more than that here. XD

  1. The Merro Tree by Katie Waitman
  2. The Splintered series by A.G. Howard
    1. Splintered
    2. The Moth in the Mirror
    3. Unhinged
    4. Ensnared
  3. The Scarlet and the White Wolf series by Kirby Crow
    1. The Pedlar and the Bandit King
    2. Mariner’s Luck
    3. The Land of Night
  4. The first 6 books in the No.6 series
  5. The ENTIRE Let Dai series (Books 1-15)
  6. The Child Thief by Brom
  7. The Elf and the Shoemaker by M.L. Rhodes
  8. The Mermen of Ea series
    1. Stealing The Wind
    2. Into The Wind
  9. Of Last Resort by Megan Derr
  10. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  11. Always Masked by Megan Derr
  12. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

I have the curious suspicion that I’ll probably be reading more than these as the year goes on (or none of these and something else that catches my fancy besides), but hopefully I won’t deviate too far from this list. Guess we’ll find out at the mid-year and end-of-the-year check-points! 🙂

2015 Play On Reading Challenge



hosted by Half-Filled Attic

see here more info to sign up


  • The challenge will run for four months, beginning from January 2015.
  • Each month, there will be a monthly theme.
  • A master post will be published shortly before the challenge begins.
  • Participants are expected to read and post a review each month, and post it in the upcoming Master Post.

January: Ancient Plays, including Greek and Roman plays
February: Renaissance Plays, including Shakespeare and his contemporaries
March: Post-Renaissance Plays, anything post Renaissance is allowed. Wilde and Shaw are very welcome
April: Freebie Plays, if you find any particular playwright interesting during the 3 months, feel free to read another of his/her plays. Or if you want to experiment with other genre or other playwright, you are in.

Here is my list for this challenge:

  1. Ancient PlayPrometheus Bound by Aeschylus
  2. Renaissance Play: Endymion, the Man in the Moon by John Lyly
  3. Post-Renaissance Play: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  4. Freebie Play: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer & Joseph Papp

New To You 2015 Reading Challenge

new to you challenge

1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup

see here more info to sign up


This one is super flexible.
Basically…read something “new” to you in 2015 and review it.
This can be a debut author.
A brand new to you author.
An old favorites “debut” book.
A new series.
A first time reading a new genre (ex if you read your first New Adult book)
or any other new that crosses your path
Everyone is welcome to join–blogger, author, reader
Any genre/heat level is fine.
Level 1–   6 “new to you”s
Level 2– 12 “new to you”s
Level 3– 24 “new to you”s
Level 4– 36 “new to you”s
Level 5– 48 “new to you”s
Level 6– 72 “new to you”s
Level 7–100+ “new to you”s

Here is my list for this challenge:

Level 3 is actually going to be harder than I think. o__O;; 24 new books… uhh… I’ll have to start thinking about this seriously or else I’ll fall behind on this one. XD Continue reading

2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge


1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Falling For YA

see here more info to sign up


  • The challenge will run from Jan 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2015.
  • Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up.
  • Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley.
  • At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews.
  • If you forget to link up one month it’s not a problem just add your reviews next month.
  • If you would like to move up or down levels that is completely fine and at your discretion.
  • If you have any questions tweet me @FallingForYA or e-mail!
  • Choose a level:
    • Bronze – 10 Books
    • Silver – 25 Books
    • Gold – 50 Books
    • Platinum – 75 Books
    • Diamond –  100 Books

My Goal:

Shooting for Gold!

I’ll keep track of them here:

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The 2015 LGBT Challenge!


1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Niji Feels

see here more info to sign up & send in your reviews for January!


  • The challenge runs from 1 January through 31 December 2015
  • Like last year, each month there will be a mini challenge/theme/list/thingy
  • This year, there is no form/genre restriction (you can read whatever you want – young adult, new adult, adult, erotica, nonfiction, manga – as long as its LGBT)
  • And the LGBT in the challenge’s name does not mean just LGBT, you can read any book that falls under the L(esbian) G(ay) B(isexual) T(ransexual) T(ransgender) Q(ueer) Q(uestioning) I(ntersex) A(sexual)+ spectrum
  • There will be link ups throughout the year (but the setup is going to be a little different from last year)
  • All formats (print books, ebooks, audiobooks, comics) are eligible
  • Books can overlap with other challenges
  • First time reads and rereads both count
  • (At… certain times) there will be surprise giveaways, as well as one big giveaway at the end of the year 😉
    1. Pick a level:
    • YA ALLEGIANT: read 3-10 YA LGBT books
    • GENRE HOPPER: read 3-10 LGBT books from any genre
    • YA DEVOURER: 10+ YA LGBT books
    • OMNIVOROUS BOOKGLUTTON: 10+ LGBT books from any genre
  • Since this year all genres are fair game, please indicate the genre of your read like this:
    young adult LGBT: (YA), new adult LGBT: (NA), adult malexmale fiction: (MM), adult femalexfemale fiction: (FF), nonfiction: (NON), comic/webcomic: (C), shounen/shoujo ai manga: (SA), yaoi: (YAOI), yuri: (YURI), graphic novel: (GN), something else with LGBT+ content (OTHER)

Here are my credentials for this challenge:

Yeaaahhh. So I’m gonna go with the obvious choice here, and pick Omnivorous Bookglutton as my level. I’m even going to go a little farther and set my goal for 57 books. (Don’t ask why I chose that number. I haven’t a clue.) Continue reading

2015 Graphic Novels & Manga Reading Challenge

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge

see here more info to sign up


Please write a sign-up post on your blog and then sign-up with a link to your specific sign-up post (NOT to your home page).

What counts:  graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.  My criteria is if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts.  I’m not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, ask me in the comments any given month.

You must sign up for a level, but once you complete that level you may move up and try for the next one.

Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year
(that’s only 1 book a month)

Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year
(Can you handle 2 books a month.)

Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year
(Are you up to a book a week!)

Here’s my credentials for this challenge:

I’m going to be joining in at the Silver Age level, which means 52 books people! :O I know I’ll be able to read that much, but reviewing them might be another story entirely. ^_^; Let’s see how well I do, saari? Continue reading

105 Reading Challenge 2015


1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by ReadWriteLove28

see here more info to sign up


The 105 Challenge is a goal where I’m going to try and read 105 books during 2015. I got the number 105 by taking 12 (months in a year), adding two to make 14 (for absolutely no reason), then doing 14 + 13 + 12 +  11 + 10 + 9 + 8…+ 1.

Now here’s the fun part. I want YOU to join me in the challenge to read 105 books, and create a list just like mine where you pick 14 different categories and try to read 1 or 2 or 3…etc of each category.

One incentive for joining the challenge will be a rafflecopter where you can get points for completing each group of books! Rafflecopter will be picking a winner each month who will receive a special prize for completing part of the challenge.

The one requirement that I have for joining this challenge is that whenever you FINISH  reading an entire category, please make a GR shelf for it and send me the link through rafflecopter!

I’ve made separate GoodReads shelves for each category that will be updated as I complete/read a book in the category. Reviews will most likely be posted both here and there.

Here is my list for this challenge:

14. E-Galleys or ARCs [GR]
13. Manga, Comics, or Graphic Novels [GR]
12. Books with strong QUILTBAG/LGBTQUIA+ themes, characters, or worlds [GR]
11. Books I can finish in a day [GR]
10. 7 Books with covers the color of the rainbow (ROY G. BIV) + 1 Black, 1 Grey, and 1 White [GR]
9. Sequels [GR]
8. Reference Books (on any category) [GR]
7. Re-read books [GR]
6. With nonhuman characters (mythological, supernatural, aliens, or animals) [GR]
5. Books with at least one female or female-identified main character [GR]
4. More than 500 pages [GR]
3. A single trilogy [GR]
2. Books that are becoming movies or TV Shows [GR]
1. A book with bad reviews [GR]

What A List! The Book Challenges I Plan To Participate In This Year


Last year I was getting the hang of blogging again, so I tried not to make too many demands of myself in regards to my reading. I was just going to read as per usual.

This year, I’m changing things up a bit and setting some goals for myself for the fun of it. 🙂

I did some scouring around the internet the other day and found some really interesting ones. If I can swing it, I’ll be doing these:


  1. 0 of 52. 52 Books in 52 Weeks by Robin of My Two Blessings.
  2. 0 of 24. New To You 2015 Reading Challenge by Herding Cats & Burning Soup.
  3. 0 of 20. Ethereal 2015 Reading Challenge by Riedel Fascination.
  4. 0 of 52. 2015 Graphic Novels & Manga Reading Challenge by Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge.
  5. 7 of 115. 2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge by GoodReads.
  6. 0 of 57. LGBT Challenge 2015 by Niji Feels.
  7. 0 of 4. Play On Reading Challenge by Half-Filled Attic.
  8. 0 of 105. 105 Reading Challenge 2015 by Read Write Love 28.
  9. 0 of ∞. 2015 Around the World Reading Challenge by All About Books. ***EDIT!*** I thought about it and realized I would never do this. For 1, I rarely read books that take place on Earth lol. For 2, it just seems like too much work, and with this many other challenges to do, I just don’t have the time for this.)
  10. 0 of 12. 2015 The Re-Read Reading Challenge by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With.
  11. 0 of 50. 2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge by Falling For YA.
  12. 0 of 1M pgs. Read One Million Pages by Smiling Shelves.
  13. 0 of 10. 2015 Books N’ Tunes Reading Challenge by Delighted Reader.
  14. 7 of 115. You Read How Many Books? by Book Dragon’s Lair.
  15. 0 of 12. Monthly Motif by Kim of Bookmark to Blog.
  16. 0 of 12. Monthly Keyword by Kim of Bookmark to Blog.
  17. 0 of 12. The Eclectic Reader by Book’d Out.

Anyone thinking of entering any of these? If so, let me know! 🙂 Link me to your post or blog so I can keep up with your progress! You can check back here to follow mine. I’ll be setting up links in the header with each challenge and the books or posts that correspond with them.

Let’s make this a crazy good reading year!