But these will be the last of them, I promise. (Well, the last of the year-long, 2013 challenges anyway. I can't be held responsible if I join a challenge without time limits or a more long term challenge like the Classics Club, which was another one of my goals anyway!) So without further ado:
Hosted by So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Since my #1 goal for the year was to deal with my backlog of ARCs, I honestly could not pass this one up. You may be wondering where I get all these books, and trust me, I am no big-time blogger and I definitely don't have any publisher contacts. I've actually gotten these from FirstReads, Shelf Awareness, and ARCycling. I also have a few that have been passed along to me from my aunt who got them from a friend who's a bookseller. (I'm also counting all of these books for the Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge since they were all in my possession prior to Jan 1 -- so yay for cross-overs!)
This is my first book completed for this challenge since I just read and reviewed it!
ARCs of books already published:
At least one of these is actually a finished copy, but since I got it from one of the above programs that encourages reviewing, I'm going to count it. This means I am entering at level Bronze (b) in which I aim to read and review 12 ARCs. If I get any new ARCs I'll have more to choose from, but will still be aiming for a total of 12.
Then we have:
I wasn't even considering this challenge until I realized how many of the books I want to read this year actually qualify by being 450 pages or more (adult books; no children's or YA). I decided to join in to discourage myself from changing my book selections in order to read shorter (translation = more) books this year. I'm going for the 'Plump Primer' level which requires reading 6 books that are 450 pages or more.
These are the books I've identified on my GoodReads shelves that qualify and cross-over with my other challenges. I will double check the actual books though to ensure they really are long enough!
And since I clearly have a bit of a problem:
This one challenges me to complete my challenges - ha! The two challenges in this post, combined with the ones I've already joined, makes for a total of
eight nine challenges this year which equates with level On the Roof (6-10 challenges entered & completed). I have a more detailed summary of all of them here where I keep track of my progress and link to my relevant posts/reviews and each challenge's host site, but here's the short version:
I may need to up my overall GoodReads challenge goal a bit to fit these all in, but I still think it's doable. If nothing else, this should help me stop buying too many new books once and for all!
And now that I'm all organized for the year, I clearly need to stop writing about it and start reading!!