Thursday, August 13, 2015

4th Annual September is for Sequels Challenge Sign Ups


Am I the only blogger/reader who falls in love with the first book in a series, and then as I get more and more books to review, more firsts in new series, the sequels tend to sit on my shelf?  I mean I have to buy the sequels right away, usually once they come out, but then they sit on my shelves as I work my way through review books and other new series.  Well, a few years ago I had an idea for a challenge, (well to give credit to who I got the idea from, it was Ems Reviews Books).    Seeing all the challenges that other blogs did, I thought I would set aside the month of September to try to get through as many of those sequels, whatever point of the series I was at, anywhere from #2 to #5, or beyond.  I think the first year I had about 10 people participate, only 6 the 2nd year, but back up to 13 last year.  I'm hoping by getting this posted earlier in the month, maybe I can get some more people this year.  This fits right in with many other challenges, such as the TBR Pile Challenge, End of Series Challenge, etc.  I'm also going to host a Giveaway Hop to go with this, and will link back to that as soon as I get it posted as well.


Objective:
To read and review a minimum of 4 sequels between the dates of September 1st and 30th, 2015. 
My goal is to read 8 books, that's only 2 a week, which is the less than I set my goal for last year. But, I know that I still have lots of e-galleys to try to get through for the next few months, because I wasn't good about not requesting everything until just recently.  I also will be in New Orleans the last weekend in September, and while I intend to have books, and my Nook with me, (they always go when I travel), I'm not sure how much time I'll get to spend reading.  Plus, one of my books is a pretty big, thick one, so it will take longer than the others will.  But here is my plan, even though it may change as the month goes by:

  1.  Arianna's Destiny by Michelle Sodaro
  2.  Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu
  3. Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton
  4. Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
  5.  The Storm (The Rain #2) by Virginia Bergin
  6. Infinite (New Souls #3) by Jodi Meadows
  7. End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee
  8. The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing
Rules:
  • It would be good if you had a blog to post reviews, or you can be a Goodreads Member and post your reviews on the site.  I'll open it up to people who want to post reviews on Amazon or Barnes and Noble as well.
  • The book must be a sequel - it can be any # in the series, just not the first book.  Prequels can count if they were published AFTER the first one in the series.  You can do e-books, even ARCs or e-galleys, as well as good old fashioned books.  And, I'll even let you count the little 1.5 novellas that are often published as e-books only.  
  • The deadline to sign up and participate is September 15th.  
  • You must post on your blog an entry that has a list of the sequels you're planning to read, but it doesn't have to be complete, or you could even just post your goal, do you plan to read 8, or more?  You can always go back as the month proceeds and enter the books as you read and review them.  If you don't have a blog, then you can just post a comment on this post listing your goals.
  • Make sure you grab the button and put it in your entry post, or on the sidebar of your blog.
 In the sign up form below, you need to give me your name and blog name, Ex:  Lisa (Lisa Loves Lit) or just your blog name is okay, and then a link to your original post that set your goal or listed the books you were reading.  If you are not a blogger, and can't do that post, if you only review on Goodreads, then leave me a link to your profile page on Goodreads so that I can follow you to see your reviews.  If you only review on Amazon or Barnes and  Noble, you can leave me a link to one of your reviews on that site.  Everyone who signs up to participate will be entered once into an end of the month giveaway of a $20 Gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon if you prefer, and I may increase the amount of the gift card if I get very many people signed up to participate!  If the winner is International and can't use either of those gift cards, I will let them choose up to $20 worth of books from The Book Depository.  There will also be a way to post a link to each of your reviews in order to earn extra points into the giveaway, that will be with the Rafflecopter below the Sign Up form. 



a Rafflecopter giveaway

8 comments:

  1. This sounds like fun! I think I'll try it since I am itching to get my TBR shelves dusted off. I have read so many #1 books in series and got busy reading other books. It will be nice to finish a series for a change :D

    Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

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    1. You definitely should sign up! I'd love to have you participate. The reason I started it is for the exact things you said! :-)

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  2. Hi, Lisa - I have too many commitments for my blog to be able to participate this year, but it does sound like a great idea. I used to only read series books in order, but now if I'm given an opportunity to review I will read them out of order if the story is complete within the book. So I actually have a lot of catching up to do both ways within several series. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Well, you could join in and whenever you read any sequel, you could count it for the challenge! But I understand. I don't do so well with challenges. That's part of why I bumped my goal down this year. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Do graphic novels count as well if they are part of a series? If so, I hpe to do a mix of those and novels. Thanks for the challenge! This will be fun.

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    1. Definitely! Count any kind of series you know you need to get to work on reading. :-) Glad to have you joining in!

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  4. This is SUCH a great idea! How have I not heard of this before? :( I've got six books on my list that I think are do-able!

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    1. Well I hope you join in! I'd love to have you participate.

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