Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2013 52 Books in 52 Weeks

2013 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Are you ready for another round of Reading 52 books in 52 Weeks? Whether you are just joining in or continuing on for another round, the rules are very simple. The goal is to read one book (at least) a week for 52 weeks. Make the year easy and casual or kick it up by exploring new to you authors and genres. Challenge yourself to read at least some classics or delve into that chunkster (more than 500 pages) you always wanted to tackle. The goal is to read 52 books. How you get there is up to you. 

Since this is our 5th year, I challenge you to a 5/5/5 challenge. Read 5 books in 5 Categories and/or 5 Genres. I have several mini challenges to make it fun:
A to Z challenge: Read books alphabetically by title and/or author.

Canadian Mini Challenge - read non fiction or fiction authors

C.S. Lewis: Read the works of C.S. Lewis

Chunky Mini Challenge -books more than 500 pages

Dusty Mini challenge: Limit buying new books for 1 - 4 months and read 4 to 12 or more books gathering dust on your shelves prior to 2013.

Inspiration Reading Project - Faith based or the Classics.

Mind Voyages: Explore the Hugo and Nebula winners, take side trips through the different decades reading the nominees.

Well Educated Mind: Explore the classics in five categories: Fiction, Autobiography, History/Politics, Drama and Poetry.
The mini challenges and weekly challenges are optional, Mix it up anyway you like. 

  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. 
  2. Our book weeks begin on Sunday. 
  3. Participants may join at any time. 
  4. All books are acceptable except children books. 
  5. All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc. 
  6. Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2013. 
  7. Books may overlap other challenges. 
  8. Create an entry post linking to this blog. 
  9. Sign up with Mr. Linky in the "I'm participating post" below this post. 
  10. You don't need a blog to participate. Post your weekly book in the comments section of each weekly post. 
  11. Mr. Linky will be added to the bottom of the weekly post to link to reviews of your most current reads.

25 comments:

  1. Posts all ready to go, just waiting for the 1st.

    12 dusty books, 4 chunky books but only 1 month for the Book Buying Ban, Mind Voyages and A to Z with titles.

    Looking forward to another year

    :-)

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  2. Hi, there! I'm new to this challenge, and I just had a question about the 5/5/5 part: I get that I am supposed to choose five mini-challenges. For the A to Z Challenge by title, do you read only 5 books for that challenge or do you have to do all 26? Sorry, I am just confused about the 5/5/5 part!

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    1. Sorry, another question: The challenge says no children's books. Are you referring to picture books, or all juvenile fiction? For example, I read a lot of Newbery books aloud to my kids. Would those count, or no?

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    2. The 5/5/5 is totally optional and just a way to mix up different genres. You choose the categories and books. A-Z doesn't make much sense for the 5/5/5 since it entails reading 26 books at least alphabetically by title or author. Hope that makes sense.

      As far as children's books go, here's what I've said before: If it is a child whose reading it and involved in the challenge, then that's okay. If an adult is doing read aloud with kids, the book should be geared for the 9 - 12 age group and over 100 pages. If adult reading for own enjoyment, then a good rule of thumb to go by "is there some complexity to the story or is it too simple?" If it's too simple, then doesn't count.

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  3. Chunky Mini Challenge along side the 52 book challenge.

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  4. I want to join and add dusty mini and inspiration challenge to it

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    1. Great - Welcome to the challenge and enjoy!

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  5. I'm participating in the 52 books and the A to Z

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  6. I can't wait!

    Excelsior! Academy

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  7. Looking forward to another fun year of reading!

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  8. I am new to this challenge how does it work and do we have to sign up for it

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    1. If you have a blog and review books, link your reviews to mr linky each week. Sign up in the I'm Participating Thread which is linked the side bar. Then start reading.

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  10. I like the 5/5/5 challenge. I don't usually read non-fiction but I might give it a go. Also the Well Educated Mind challenge is intriguing as well since I love classics. The Chunky Mini Challenge is the one I'll avoid. I'm a slow reader and big books take a long time to finish e.g. Les Mis and The Stand.

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  11. I read 40+ last year so maybe... this year could do this. DO the books I read to the kids count?? (I am talking little house on prairie or chapter type books??)

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    1. I have a note about it on the home page: **in reference to children books. If it is a child whose reading it and involved in the challenge, then that's okay. If an adult is doing read aloud with kids, the book should be geared for the 9 - 12 age group and above and over 100 pages. If adult reading for own enjoyment, then a good rule of thumb to go by "is there some complexity to the story or is it too simple?" If it's too simple, then doesn't count.

      Totally up to you to decide what you are going to count toward your 52. :)

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  12. I like this idea. I've been wanting to get back to reading more! I just finished a book last night so I definitely want to join!

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  13. Week 1 is up...but I'm not sure where to post it. I'm so curious to see what everyone else read! http://straderspiel.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/52-books-in-52-weeks-week-1-broken-for-you/

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    1. Go to the main page of the blog by clicking on the header. Then scroll down past the sticky post to the current thread. Doesn't matter which week it is, add your link to mr linky.

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