2013 TBR Pile Challenge Hosted by Roof Beam Reader

I epically failed with several of my 2012 reading challenges. I haven't really looked at the details of all of them yet, but I know the TBR Pile Challenge was a disaster on my end, which means I have to try again. Adam at Roof Beam Reader is hosting his TBR Pile Challenge again this year, so I'm going to make a more valiant attempt at picking TBR books off my own bookshelves and make a concerted effort to read them.

And here are the details for this challenge:

The Challenge: To read 12 books from your "to be read" pile during 2013

The Rules:

 - Each of the 12 books must have been on your "to be read" list for AT LEAST one full year, so no books published after Jan. 1, 2012 counts towards this challenge.

- You have to post a list of your 12 book choices (along with two alternates, if you'd like) on your blog and post it to Adam's Mr. Linky here.  This gives you a homebase for the challenge, where you keep track of your progress.

- Every listed book must be read and reviewed by December 31, 2013.  Review can be posted on blogs, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.

- Leave comments on the main challenge post updating everyone on your progress and, if you finish the challenge, you'll be entered in a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card or the equivalent at The Book Depository

- Crossovers with other challenges are acceptable (thank god) as long as they are brand new to you.

 

Several of the books are repeats from my list last year that I didn't get to. Maybe 2013 is the year to finally tackle them.

My TBR List for 2013

1. A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin - finished March 24

2. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

3. Atonement - Ian McEwan

4. Boneshaker - Cherie Priest

5. Perdido Street Station - China Mieville

6. To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis

7. The Portrait of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

8. Across the Universe - Beth Revis

9. The Passage - Justin Cronin

10. Behemoth - Scott Westerfeld

11. The Forever War - Joe Haldeman

12. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare

 

Alternates: 

1. The Pearl Wars - Nick James

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor

 

Let's see if I can make it a bit further this year!  If you want to join up, you can read more about the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge on Roof Beam Reader.  If you're into science fiction, his challenge could easily tie into the 2013 Sci-Fi Readers Challenge that we're hosting.

2013 Science Fiction Reader Challenge - Sign Up Post

So as with most things involving Working for the Mandroid over the last few months, this post is late. But that doesn’t matter! It’s never too late to challenge oneself to read more about aliens, alternate universes and robots!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it has been requested that we once again host a Science Fiction challenge and this time we’re going to make it a bit tougher, ask you to go a little further into the world of scifi and all its wonders. Are you prepared for the…

Look! It's got a little robot this year!

The Rules

We’re keeping the basic rules though the challenge itself has changed a little. So we’re cheating a little and just copying last year’s rules with a few small changes:

1. The challenge begins January 1, 2013 and runs through December 31, 2013. Books started before January 1 don't count towards the challenge. Re-reads do count, but a new review must be written. Any format of book counts - hard copy, audiobook, e-book - we're not picky.

2. A review has to be written and posted for each book in the challenge. If you don't have a blog, they can be posted on Goodreads, LibraryThing, Amazon, Shelfari, Facebook, anywhere else book reviews are accepted and can be linked to.

3. Any books read for another challenge that fit into a category here can count towards this one. One book, however, cannot fill multiple categories in this challenge.  For example, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game technically fits into at least four of the categories.  It can only count for one though.

4. A post will be set up on Working for the Mandroid beginning January 1 for participants to add their review links.  I personally will put up a post at the end of each month to track my own progress.  That's where you can comment, brag and/or complain about how impossible it is to get through The Time Machine.* Hopefully I will have my act together enough to get the posts up on the first of each month. Feel free to shame me if I don’t.

5. At the end of the year, I will put all the people who sign up for the challenge and finish all of the categories into a yet-to-be-determined contest. Additional contests throughout the year might also become available depending on participation of readers and availability of prizes. Note: The more participants, the more likely I can get some science fiction friendly sponsors, the more contests.

* I have actually read The Time Machine and while it is... odd, it's not that hard to get through. Give it one more try!


There are sixteen categories to this challenge this year. Yes, that means more than one book a month this time. But it’s called a challenge for a reason, right? Some of these will be easier to fill for certain readers, while others might be more difficult. Here is what we're working with in 2013:

  1. YA/MG Science Fiction Title
  2. Adult Science Fiction Title
  3. Hugo Winner
  4. Science Fiction Classic – Pre-50s
  5. Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992
  6. Steampunk
  7. Robots/Cyborgs/Androids
  8. Spaceships
  9. Aliens
  10. Time Travel
  11. Alternate History/Parallel Worlds
  12. Post-Apocalypse/End of World
  13. Dystopia/Utopia
  14. Cyberpunk
  15. Mad Scientist
  16. Military Scifi

 

For an explanation of what each category is composed of or for suggestions of books to fit any of the above categories, read on after the sign-up sheet.

 

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2012 Science Fiction Reader Challenge: November Link Up

Oh my god, I am THE WORST challenge host ever! I just had a moment of panic and realized that I never put the November link up post! Here it is, please forgive me.

And now here is the linky for November.  Tell me what you’ve been reading or plan to be reading soon.  I look forward to chatting about even more science fiction as we explore the genre together!  When you link up your review, please put it in the format of Name (book title) category, so when I review Fever, I’d submit it as “Leslie @ WFTM (Fever) Dystopian”.  That worked out pretty handy with my tracking.

 

2012 Science Fiction Reader Challenge: October Link Up

How is it October already? That's insane! We're just three months away from the end of the year, so thanks to everyone who has been sticking around to work on this challenge with me. I think I say this every month, but you guys are awesome!

September saw 14 reviews being linked up and a lot of you guys were in the mood for dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction again with four of the 14 books fitting into that category. Seven of the categories were represented last month and some of you read some of my recent favorites like Ashes by Ilsa J Bick, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I hope you've all enjoyed your reads!

 

The reviews break down as such:

- 2 YA/MG Science Fiction

- 2 Adult Science Fiction

- 2 Hugo Winners

- 1 Steampunk

- 2 Spaceships/Aliens

- 1 Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe

- 4 Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Utopia

Last month I had a bit of a ambitious plan to read five different books for this challenge. At least five books is ambitious for me with my schedule. I did get a couple of them finished and enjoyed them, such as Origin by Jessica Khoury, I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, and Perception by Lee Strauss. I also got to Altered by Jennifer Rush as part of a blog tour (review up soon). Everything else I got to this month was definitely solidly in the fantasy genre. I'm also knee deep into Dearly, Beloved (finally!) and am tempted to zip through it while also wanting to make it last.

 

So what will I attempt in October? Well, finishing up Dearly, Beloved is first on the list. Shadows by Ilsa J Bick is definitely on the docket. I'd like to get to The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore and maybe even Breathe by Sarah Crossan. Random other things are bound to get thrown into the mix and there's all sorts of things on my Kindle I can't think of right now I should probably get to.

 

Whatever you have planned for October, I hope you enjoy it. I'm looking forward to making time out to check out everyone's reviews. If for some reason you posted up a review in August that didn't make it onto the link up post, feel free to link it this month. I'll be doing the same.

For a reminder, the challenge is to read at least one science fiction book for each of the following 12 categories:

YA/MG Science Fiction

Adult Science Fiction

Hugo Winner

Science Fiction Classic – Pre-1950s

Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992

Steampunk

Robots/Cyborgs/Androids

Spaceships/Aliens

Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe

Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Utopia

Cyberpunk

Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

If you need ideas for any of the categories, just ask or check out the sign up page for additional ideas.

And now here is the linky for July.  Tell me what you’ve been reading or plan to be reading soon.  I look forward to chatting about even more science fiction as we explore the genre together!  When you link up your review, please put it in the format of Name (book title) category, so when I review Fever, I’d submit it as “Leslie @ WFTM (Fever) Dystopian”.  That worked out pretty handy with my tracking.

August Review Copy Cleanup Challenge

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Look at me, joining challenges again! This one isn't really a challenge and the rules are pretty simple: read all those review copies that are staring at me from the coffee table, the bed side table, the desk, the library... you get the point. Nxy Book Reviews and Books, Biscuits & Tea are hosting this event and you can read all about it here.

Perhaps with the encouragement of my fellow participants, I can make a tiny dent in the piles sitting around here. I'm aiming to read seven of my review books, aiming for these in particular:

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Blood Zero Sky by J Gabriel Gates

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Blackwatch by Jenna Burtenshaw

The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin

2012 Science Fiction Reader Challenge: August Link Up

You guys are awesome. Here I am having difficulty linking up my own reviews and you guys keep posting like clockwork. A million thank yous to those of you actively participating in this challenge. You guys are pushing me to get more organized and prepare more for the second incarnation of this challenge (Yep, already planning for 2013 and it's August).

Anyway, in July there were 17 reviews linked up by everyone with someone reading Robopocalypse, a book I read earlier this year and loved despite it giving me nightmares, and another reading Amped also by the brilliant Daniel H Wilson. Everything linked up covered 10 out of the 12 catagories, and a lot of you read books that I've loved so I hope you guys have been enjoying your reads.

The reviews break down as such:

- 1 YA/MG Science Fiction

- 1 Adult Science Fiction

- 1 Hugo Winners

- 2 Robots/Cyborgs/Androids

- 1 Steampunk

- 1 Spaceships/Aliens

- 4 Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe

- 2 Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Utopia

- 1 Cyberpunk

- 3 Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

My plan was once again completely obliterated by circumstances only partially within my control. I read The Time Machine to cover the classic catagory (though forgot to link up, bad Leslie!). With Comic Con, I read far less than I wanted to and now have yet another giant pile of books to read. I didn't get to any of the other books on my list (Slaughterhouse Five, Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde or Dearly, Beloved). Instead I made a tiny dent in my review stack by reading The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry and Glitch by Heather Anastasiu, though I haven't written reviews for either of them yet.

By this point I've figured out it's pretty much pointless to pick books that I plan to read this month, but I'll do it anyway. The Olympics have put a huge dent in my reading time, but hopefully my desire to watch sports will lessen soon. This month's book club title is Feed by Mira Grant, so that's on the docket as is some other review books I have, including Origin by Jessica Khoury and maybe even Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear. We'll see what actually comes to pass.

Whatever you have planned for August, I hope you enjoy it. I'm looking forward to making time out to check out everyone's reviews. If for some reason you posted up a review in July that didn't make it onto the link up post, feel free to link it this month. I'll be doing the same.

For a reminder, the challenge is to read at least one science fiction book for each of the following 12 categories:

YA/MG Science Fiction

Adult Science Fiction

Hugo Winner

Science Fiction Classic – Pre-1950s

Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992

Steampunk

Robots/Cyborgs/Androids

Spaceships/Aliens

Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe

Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Utopia

Cyberpunk

Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

If you need ideas for any of the categories, just ask or check out the sign up page for additional ideas.

And now here is the linky for July.  Tell me what you’ve been reading or plan to be reading soon.  I look forward to chatting about even more science fiction as we explore the genre together!  When you link up your review, please put it in the format of Name (book title) category, so when I review Fever, I’d submit it as “Leslie @ WFTM (Fever) Dystopian”.  That worked out pretty handy with my tracking.

2012 Science Fiction Reader Challenge: July Link Up

The year is officially half way over. How did that even happen? Jeez... needless to say, I've gotten very far behind in a couple of my own reader challenges so I should really start working on that.

You know what else July means? COMIC CON! This blog is going to be a bit obsessive about Comic Con for most of the month and I can't wait to see what books and other crazy sci-fi things are presented at what my brother calls the "annual geek pilgrimage". So. Excited.

In June we had 13 new link ups, including two people who read the book that got me into sci-fi in the first place - Ender's Game. Someone else read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which has a surprising sci-fi twist that I wasn't expecting from it. You guys are awesome at linking up, unlike me who apparently forgot to link up all the sci-fi books I read this month. Oops...

Anyway, your reviews broke down to:

- 2 YA/MG Science Fiction

- 1 Adult Science Fiction

- 1 Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992

- 2 Hugo Winners

- 2 Spaceships/Aliens

- 1 Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe

- 2 Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Utopia

- 2 Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

My plan last month was to read Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel, Kingdom by Anderson O'Connell and The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder. I got to 2 of those 3 and surprisingly the one I haven't gotten to is Dearly, Beloved. I want to have a nice empty weekend to devour that book and one didn't arise in June. I also read Insurgent by Veronica Roth (which I will review tomorrow), Fever by Lauren Destefano, and I started Erasing Time by CJ Hill, which I actually just finished.

I have a scary pile of books on my living room table, but most of them are fantasy. I do need to read HG Wells' The Time Machine for book club. I have the Hugo, Pre-50s Classic and Modern Classic categories left to fill, so I'm going to push my self to also read Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut and Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde to fit in some of those holes. If I can fit Dearly, Beloved in there, well, that would be super crazy magic fantastic, so we'll see.

Whatever you have planned for July, I hope you enjoy it. I'm looking forward to making time out to check out everyone's reviews. If for some reason you posted up a review in June that didn't make it onto the link up post, feel free to link it this month.

 

For a reminder, the challenge is to read at least one science fiction book for each of the following 12 categories:

YA/MG Science Fiction

Adult Science Fiction

Hugo Winner

Science Fiction Classic – Pre-1950s

Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992

Steampunk

Robots/Cyborgs/Androids

Spaceships/Aliens

Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe

Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Utopia

Cyberpunk

Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

If you need ideas for any of the categories, just ask or check out the sign up page for additional ideas.

And now here is the linky for July.  Tell me what you’ve been reading or plan to be reading soon.  If you're headed to San Diego in 10 days for Comic Con, let me know!  I look forward to chatting about even more science fiction as we explore the genre together!  When you link up your review, please put it in the format of Name (book title) category, so when I review Fever, I’d submit it as “Leslie @ WFTM (Fever) Dystopian”.  That worked out pretty handy with my tracking.