Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 Free Reads Challenge

15/15 books + 6

Challenge Basics:  

Name: 2012 Free Reads Challenge
Hosts : Bookish Ardour  
Starts: January 1, 2012
Ends: December 31, 2012
Eligible Books: Read books you’ve received without purchasing: gifts, ARCs, prizes that you haven’t read yet. Library books do NOT count.  
Levels: Seven; I am going to try for the second level: Read 15 books  
Prizes? Not that I see
Link Your Reviews: Yes, HERE
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Why I'm Interested:  

I have a LOT of books on my shelves. It's like once I acquire a book it goes into a black hole where I neglect them terribly in favor of library books. NO MORE!

Plus, it looks like ARCs sent for review will count toward this challenge, which should make this an easier challenge to finish (while, um, still probably neglecting my other free books, but shhh).

Some books I'm considering: 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

A TON more.

Books Completed:

26. The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
25. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
24. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
23. Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut
22. Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
21. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
20. The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats
19. Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
18. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
17. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
16. Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm
15. Ladies in Waiting by Laura L. Sullivan
14. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
13. Fetching by Kiera Stewart
12. A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont
11. Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis
10. Bourne by Lisa T. Bergren
9. Artemis the Loyal by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
8. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
7. Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
6. Aphrodite the Diva by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
5. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
3. The Fourth Stall Part II by Chris Rylander
2. Athena the Wise by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


  1. I like this challenge, and I don't like this... on one hand, I completely agree. I tend to neglect my beautiful ARCs when I have a pile of library books to read. There's something about having that due date - gives you a deadline that you've got to beat. So I read my library books first. And neglect my ARCs for later. And then, before you know it, another group of library holds has come in for me. Oops.

    On the OTHER hand... this challenge seems skewed against newbie bloggers who maybe AREN'T getting embarrassing riches of ARCs coming their way, and I hate making newbies feel bad. Before I was a librarian, I worked in an independent bookstore, and as a reviewer for various small newspapers. I've been blessed with more ARCs than I know what to do with for well over a decade... shhhhhh! I don't like to brag - it seems like bad manners!

  2. Yup, there's something about those library due dates that makes those books so appealing. I also hate returning a book to the library unread. It feels like failure. :(

    The few ARCs I get (which sadly do not yet amount to an embarrassing amount of riches :( ) will make the challenge easier because I'll be reading those for their deadlines anyway, but what I really hope to read for the challenge are all of the books I've won in prizes, been gifted, or picked up for free somehow. Those are the ones that have been sitting on my shelves for...a long time. :P

  3. This does seem like a good challenge but I don't have enough prizes to read a whopping 15!! Looking forward to see which books you read :)

    La Toya (La Toya, literally.)

  4. More power to freebies!!!
    I actually read stuff from the library first because I know I have to return it. :P LOL

    Though sometimes I do get excited with the new and the shinny and push it back.

  5. La Toya, I have a lot of books I got for free from my job at the library. I was lucky enough to get a few great prizes too though. I'm reading one of them now! Guess what? THE HUNGER GAMES! :D

    Alex, Me too. I also get most of my library books through great effort like through inter library loan or through driving further so they feel like a prize I struggled for and then want to devour ASAP. :P


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