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BookLikes Reading Challenge: 2014 Wimpy Edition


Details on each month's posts:


January – Post Holiday Cabin Fever Slump

Read a holiday gift, use a holiday bonus or gift card to buy a new read, or use this challenge as an excuse to get out from under your reading light and actually go out to a brick and mortar store to find your next read (photos of bookstore shelves are fun but not required).

My review: Picking Over Royal Bones


No Man's Nightingale - Ruth Rendell


February – Revive A Stalled Series

If for some reason (other than it started to get awful or awfully hard to read as had dragged on well past any originality) you stopped reading in a series, start reading the next book in series (re-reading the last one because it's been so long your forgot is acceptable; duology and trilogy books also count as series reads).  

My review: Wexford's Retirement – or Is It?


Saints of the Shadow Bible

March – New Release

Read any book published January 2013 to March 2014.  No particular country or format for that publish date; if anything anywhere gives a date in that range, it qualifies.

Saints of the Shadow Bible first published: November 7, 2013.



April – Out of Zone

Read something you might not normally except that a post or review on booklikes (or elsewhere in the blogosphere) tickled your fancy.

A huge blockbuster that's been reviewed favorably by several of my friends as well, here and on Leafmarks.

I disagree.


Emma Thompson - The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries

May – Favorite Author

Read something from a favorite author.  Preferably new to you (does not have to be a new release) but re-reads acceptable if that's what you are in the mood for.

(This was in fact a reread.)

My review: "Is Love a Fancy or a Feeling?"



The Adventures of Sindbad - Gyula Krudy, George Szirtes (Translator)

June – New To You Author, Series or Genre

Read a book from new to you author, a new to you series or a genre/sub-genre new to you (or a genre you very seldom read).

New to me author (though already on my TBR list for quite a while).




Erinnerungen. SPIEGEL-Edition Band 15 - Willy Brandt

July – Whittle TBR Mounds

Read something you already own from To Be Read piles, mounds, mountains, shelves, bookcases, closets, boxes, ereaders, etc. 

My review: Visionär und Architekt / A Visionary and an Architect




August – Buddy Read or Read-along

Post some choices out to your booklikes friends and see if anyone will do a buddy read or a read-along with you.  If no takers or in conjunction with: check out some booklikes discussion rooms for group/buddy reads.  Or, group/buddy  reads on another site.  I'm hoping by August some of the booklikes new features will have improved group/buddy read options.


September – What He/She Said

Post three to eight books you are thinking of reading and let your booklikes friends comment on why they'd pick one or another.  If booklikes has poll options by then, you can also use that.  If not enough friends or not enough commenting to help you choose, choose among those books by reading reviews on book's booklike page (if booklikes still has not consolidated editions yet, you may need to view more than one edition's page to find good reviews).


  • Persuasion (Penguin Classics) - Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics) - Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) - Jane Austen

October – Group Read

Participate in a group read with book discussion (book of the month, group read, book club, whatever).  Can be here on booklikes, a real life book club, goodreads, The Reading Room, BookRabbit or wherever.  Just be sure to  link to the group read if not a real life book club.

"Reading Jane Austen" – Second Group Read: Persuasion

"Reading Jane Austen" – Third Group Read: Sense and Sensibility
"Classics" – March '14 Group Read: Mansfield Park
My review of Mansfield Park: "We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be."


The Harper's Quine (Gil Cunningham Murder Mystery) - Pat McIntosh

November – Review Pick

Read a book that caught your interest from recent review or status update posts by friends on booklikes (from dashboard, down righthand column underneath your currently reading there is a choice to see all posts or just reviews; clicking "just reviews" might be helpful).

Pick inspired by Witty Little Knitter's review of the sequel, The Nicholas Feast.


December – 2014

Read any book with a 2014 publication date (any country, any edition/format release with a 2014 published date).  (Hey, I said it was a wimpy challenge).


General Instructions:

To participate in the challenge: Each month, post or reblog that month's challenge.

Tag all challenge related posts as "2014 Wimpy Book Challenge."  At a minimum, note what you will be reading.  Preferably, note what you'll be reading, keep us all updated on your status throughout the month, and actually review the things.  

 If you forget to start in January or miss a month, just go ahead and post those months whenever.  Whenever, whatever, adjust to suit – an intentionally wimpy challenge not as "demanding" as some 30-day ones.