Have you ever finished a book and loved it so much you wanted to dive right back in? Maybe you keep thinking about reading a past favorite again, but you find it difficult to fit it in (possibly due to your ever-growing TBR pile). Perhaps there's a much anticipated sequel coming out and you'd like to re-read the first book again to refresh your memory a bit. TADA! In comes the Repeat Reading Challenge! I decided to host this challenge as a way to help me (and you too, of course) re-read some of those books that simply beg to be read again. If you've been wanting to do the same thing, then this challenge is for you!
So... I'm sure there are a lot of questions. Hopefully the following information will answer most of them!
What is the Repeat Reading Challenge?
The Repeat Reading Challenge is an opportunity to get back to those books you've been wanting to re-read! For this challenge, there are going to be three different goal levels:
Level 1: Re-read 5 books
Level 2: Re-read 10 books
Level 3: Re-read 15 or more books
So why three levels? Well, there's going to be a giveaway at the end of the year and each level gives you an entry! So in other words, complete level 1 and get one entry; complete level 2 and get two entries; complete level 3, get three entries.
Why should I join this Challenge?
Well, for one thing, there is going to be a giveaway at the end for all those who participated in/completed the challenge (more details to come). Sweet, huh? Also, depending on how many people participate, there may be additional giveaways throughout the year! Additionally, it's just a great way to show some love for those books you've read in the past and have been dying to read again. So tell a friend (or two... or twelve...).
When are the dates of the challenge?
The Challenge officially stars on January 1st and it goes to December 31st of 2012. However, you can sign up at any time throughout the year. I wanted to be sure that everybody wishing to participate could do so, regardless of when they found out about the challenge.
Which books count towards the challenge?
Any MG, YA or adult fiction novel in any format (hardcover, paperback, ARC, ebook, etc) counts, as long as you've read it at least once prior to joining the challenge.
How exactly do I participate?
After you finish one of your re-reads, write up a review if you don't already have one for that book. Since this challenge is a little different from others out there (in that it deals with books previously read), I realize that simply writing a review won't always be an option. For those of you who already have reviews for your chosen book, just share a little blurb about your experience re-reading it. You can mention such things as: What made you choose to re-read this book? What things did you catch the 2nd time around that you missed the 1st time? Did you enjoy it more? Less? What are you reading next? ... etc, etc.
Somewhere around the end of each month, I will share a post about my progress so far. At the end of that post, there will be a linky for you to share your review/blurb. You do not have to link up every month, but it is preferred so we (all the participants) can see what you've been reading! You have the option of either lumping all you've read to that point into one post and linking it up, or you can link each individual post on the linky list; this all depends on whether you want to write your reviews/blurbs in one large post or as you read them. When you submit your links, be sure to put your name &/or your blog name with the title of your re-read. For example: Name @ Blog Name (Book Title) or Name - Book Title by Author's Name or even Book Title by Author's Name (Name/Blog Name). Really, whatever you feel most comfortable doing as long as we know the Who (you/your blog) and the What (book title & maybe author) of the link.
Now as for which web medium you choose to share your review/blurb on, that's up to you. You can use Facebook notes (as long as it's a public profile), Tumblr, or Goodreads. You can even do a YouTube vlog or type something up on your blog. As long as there is a way to get your URL into the linky, I don't mind which (public) web source you use. I've created a group on Goodreads HERE to make commenting a little easier, if there is anyone interested in using that for submissions. I'm open to suggestions! If you need any help, don't hesitate to email me. EDIT: I've also decided to allow commenting on the monthly review/check-in posts. If you choose to use this method for sharing your progress, you'll still need to share a link on the linky... that way I know which participants checked in that month. As for what link to share, you can use the URL for the check-in posts. In other words, share the link for the monthly post in the linky, and I'll know you left a comment. I hope that makes sense!
How do I sign up?
To sign up for the reading challenge, simply write up some sort of post about joining. In your post, please share a little information about the Reading Challenge (or a link to this post) and which books you're hoping to re-read throughout the year. The list doesn't need to be complete, but it would be nice to see some of your picks. Also, be sure to include the challenge button/badge (found at the end of the post) if at all possible. It doesn't need to be a huge post, I promise. If you're participating in more than one reading challenge this year and wish to share all of them in one post, you can definitely share that link in your sign-up submission. Once finished, copy the URL and paste it into the linky with your email, name &/or blog name (if you have one), your goal level and that's it! You're all registered and ready to get reading!
EDIT: If you don't want to write up an intro post, that's perfectly fine. Just be sure to share your name &/or blog name and put which level you're shooting for. Don't forget to add your email and a link to your chosen web source in the linky.
As this is my first time hosting a reading challenge - or anything, for that matter - things will be forthcoming throughout the year (most likely at the Repeat Reading Challenge hub page). Should you have any questions, feel free to send me an email or leave a comment below. I will be sending out periodic emails to help keep everyone in the loop on what's happening with the reading challenge. I'm really excited about this, so get your list prepared and I'll see you in 2012!
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