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Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge

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If you’ve visited my blog before – or talked with me on Twitter, heard me ramble on The Annex, chatted with me on Facebook – you already know that I dread reading series-ending books. Not because I think the author will end the series in a way I don’t like – as that rarely happens – but because I will be forced to face the cold hard fact that I’ll have to say goodbye to characters I’ve met, loved, hated, cried or feared for, angsted, swooned or have become brokenhearted over.

I hate real-life goodbyes, I hate fictional ones nearly as much. So I often choose to delay the inevitable. Just because the author was ready to say goodbye to her characters and move on to something new, just because the characters were ready to say goodbye to their voyeuristic readers, doesn’t mean that I am ready to say goodbye to them.

But that’s all going to change in 2013…. Well, not the wanting to not say goodbye. That won’t change. But the willingness will.

So this year I’m challenging myself – and if you’d like to join in I’d love it! – to finish some of those series that have been lingering. And I’m only giving myself five months to do so. From Valentine’s Day to Bastille Day (February 14-July 14, 2013) I will be picking up and saying goodbye to at least six series that I’ve refused to say goodbye to.

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The rules are fairly simple… at least I hope they are.

ONE… Read the FINAL book only in a series that you’ve been putting off, or dread reading.

This can be ANY series-ending book – YA or non-YA from ANY year – but only the LAST book in the series will count for this challenge. So if you have a few books to read to end the series that you’ve been putting off, only the series-ending book will count toward the challenge.

TWO… Write a review or post your thoughts about the book.

It can be on a traditional blog or website, on Tumblr, Goodreads or Facebook. Just somewhere that you can leave a link to, in order to share your thoughts.

THREE… Between February 14 and July 14 stop back and leave a link to your posts.

Each month on the 14th I’ll be creating a post with a linky list so that you can link up each of your reviews or thoughts posts. On July 14th there will be a wrap-up post with a final giveaway for “successful” challenge participants – those who read at least ONE series-ending book and shared their thoughts.

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The details….

+ It is open to EVERYONE with a place to post their thoughts online.

+ It is for books from ANY genre, though if your title is not young adult, please make that note in your Linky entry each month.

+ It is for books from ANY year, including 2013.

+ It is ONLY for the final book in the series. (Full-length books only, no after-the-fact novellas.)

+ There is NO minimum or maximum commitment. There is NO requirement to read each month.

+ You can join in at any time by signing up in THIS post and leaving your thoughts/review links in the current month’s post.

+ Books you read for other challenges CAN count toward this one. It just has to be the LAST book in the series. And they have to be read during the months of this challenge.

Every month there will be a GIVEAWAY and one winner will be chosen from that month’s participants for ONE series-ending Book of Their Choice.

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What to do….

1. SIGN UP by leaving a link to your blog, Facebook Page, Goodreads Profile or other. You can sign up anytime between now and July 14.

2. CREATE A SIGN UP POST. If you decide to create a sign-up post instead of just deciding to sign up, your link will count as FIVE extra entries into the sign-up giveaway.

3. GRAB A BUTTON. If you don’t have a blog it’s not necessary. There are no extra entries for doing so. But if you’d like to show your support it would be awesome. (The button is in the sidebar on the right.)

4. WAIT FOR THE CHALLENGE. The challenge doesn’t start until February 14th, so books read before then won’t count. So please wait until February 14th before you start reading.

5. STOP BACK EACH MONTH. On the 14th of every month there will be a new post for you to leave your links. Each link will count as an entry into that month’s giveaway.

6. READ. Don’t let sadness, fear or dread stop you from letting your favorite series end. Say goodbye to those characters so you’ll have room on your bookshelves and in your hearts for new ones.

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Well, that’s pretty much it! Except for the GIVEAWAY details for this sign-up giveaway, which are below.

I’ll be doing this challenge whether on my own or along with you but if this is something you struggle with, I’d love it if you joined in! It has been almost a year since I posted my “Random Thoughts: Don’t Let It End” post – it will be just over a year by the time of this challenge – and I’m still struggling with the idea of saying goodbye.

But it’s time to say au revoir, adieu, sayonara, arrivederci, adios, auf wiedersehen and farewell. It’s been too long and The Dark Divine, The Immortals, Evernight, Wicked Lovely, Personal Demons, Hex Hall, et al are ready for me to move on.

And Soul Screamers, UnearthlyBlue Bloods and Unbound are just awaiting their tearful goodbyes, too. I shall not make them wait… too long.

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giveaway

For the SIGN-UP Giveaway, just leave a link to wherever you plan on posting each month’s challenge posts. If you plan on creating a Challenge Sign-up Post, leave that link INSTEAD as it will earn you FIVE entries into this giveaway versus just the one.

I will be awarding THREE Series-ending Books of Your Choice to THREE Winners which I will announce on February 14th, the day the challenge begins. All my standard giveaway rules apply.

You do not have to actually read the series-ending book you win for the challenge, so winners can feel free to pick a book they still aren’t ready to say goodbye to.

So….

Just leave a link and I’ll choose the three winners and announce them on February 14th in the CHALLENGE BEGINS post.

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A note….

After I posted my thoughts about starting this reading challenge on Facebook, I learned that another blogger, Nicole of The Reader’s Antidote had started a similar reading challenge called the “2013 End of the Series Reading Challenge.” I had no idea when I came up with the idea that there was this other challenge!

And I would have loved to have participated in hers and given up on hosting my own, except hers is ONLY for books ending in 2013… and my goal is to read those books I’ve been putting off since before 2013, like DARKEST MERCY, AFTERLIFE, SPELL BOUND, LAST RITE, FINALE, and on.

I also didn’t want to commit to a year. I kind of liked the five-month limitation and the fact that it just so happens that it can start on Valentine’s Day and end on Bastille Day.

For those of you who would like to participate in her challenge, just click on her button below for more details.

End of the Series Reading Challenge

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There’s no reason you can’t participate in BOTH our challenges! I’m not trying to create a competing challenge, this is my own personal Mt. Everest and this is the year I’ve committed to doing it.

So while I could probably have put this challenge off until next year so that there wouldn’t be any type of conflict, I really wanted to make 2013 the year of moving forward and not putting things off.

And it’s highly likely that the EPIC READS “The End is Here” event that I’m participating in, is what gave me that final push to do so. Thanks HarperCollins!

Anyway….

I’ve gone on… too long… as usual. If you have ANY questions, leave a comment and ask.

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Otherwise, just sign up below….



21 Responses to “Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge”

  1. Jen @ BE says:

    I love this challenge! It’s almost as awesome as the SSRC last year, but who am I kidding- nothing can beat Tod! 😉 Like you, I’m gonna be having a hard time saying goodbye to my favorite series- especially WAMS. But in a way, I’m so so excited to read it! I didn’t read Unbound yet though- I’ll wait until Oath Bound is almost out. 🙂 I’m also so excited to read Foretold by Jana Oliver to see what Beck’s hiding, and The Silence of the Shadows (Or was it Shadows of the Silence? I can never get it right! XD) And Sever too! Thank you for hosting this challenge and motivating me! 🙂

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Oh thanks! It’s really going to be hugely challenging for me! And nothing will ever come close to being as awesome as Tod! 🙂

      I have been struggling with this for years but it’s time I say goodbye. And Foretold is definitely on my list. I can’t believe that series is over. Totally heartbreaking!

      I still haven’t read Fever but I heard Sever was amazing!

      And I’m so glad this will motivate you. Yay! I don’t anticipate this will be a big challenge but if I didn’t create it as a challenge I’d never read those books! LOL.

  2. Haraiah says:

    I just got my link up. I hope I did it right, it’s my first time entering challenges and I’ve read the instructions a lot of times just to make sure I don’t mess up. Anyway, I think this is an awesome challenge that’s why I decided to enter even if my parting words before 2012 ended is that I won’t join another one for this year but I just can’t resist. Thanks for hosting! 🙂

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Thanks so much for signing up!

      It’s pretty simple, though I use a LOT of words. And this post is linked under the Challenges tab at the top of the blog so you can always easily find it. 🙂

      It really is a challenge for me, so I thought it would be easier to have other bloggers struggling through the same thing I am. 🙂 So glad I don’t have to do this alone.

      And it’s a no pressure challenge. Even if you read just one series-ending book between February 14 and July 14 that’s a great thing!

      Thank you so much for signing up! I’ll head over to check out your post now!

  3. Lolita says:

    This is the first year I am going to participate in reading challenges, it sounds really fun. There are quite some number of last books in series I am reading being releashed this year. I am going to put the button of this challenge on my blog now!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Oh yay! Good luck with all the challenges you’ve signed up for this year. And I hope you enjoy finishing off a few series and that it’s not too hard to say goodbye! Thanks so much for joining the challenge!

  4. Nicole M says:

    Thanks for putting my challenge up there too Rachel! I’m thinking next year of hosting my challenge again, but I feel like I’ve limited people. I might have to do a year-long one again, but instead it includes all YA series-enders not just in that year… I guess we’ll see!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      You’re so welcome Nicole! I definitely think you should include that next year!

      If I’m still around next year, which isn’t likely at this point, I wouldn’t run this one again. But I might join yours if you included past years.

      • Nicole M says:

        Are you going to stop blogging?? ;(

        • Fiktshun009 says:

          I’m still on the fence. But I have commitments through April – well September if you count the 2013 TBR challenge. So I will be blogging here for sure for awhile. Just not going to be Rambling for awhile.

  5. I’m joining!! BUT I’ll wait until I make my sign-up post to add my link here 😀
    I shall NOT be afraid…
    Funny… how that really isn’t the truth… not at all….
    #1stalker

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Yay! There’s plenty of time to sign up… You can sign up on July 13 and still be a part of the event as long as you read FAST!

      I’m totally afraid Alba, I almost want to take the challenge away. I DON’T want it to end!

  6. Great challenge! Thanks for hosting!!

  7. Tizzy Potts says:

    This is such a great idea for a reading challenge. I like the way it’s flexible in that it doesn’t have to be a series ending this year, there’s no minimum or maximum or a monthly reading quota or anything. This will fit in well with the other challenges I’m doing and not be too difficult.

    Here’s my sign-up post: http://tizzypotts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/dont-let-it-end-reading-challenge.html

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  8. Aleksandra says:

    Great challenge, Rachel! I just signed up, and I already can’t wait for it to start, so I can read some of those last books 🙂 I will be finally picking up Foretold, too 🙂 Can’t wait to see how it will end 🙂

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Thank you so much Aleksandra! This is the only way I’ll be able to make myself say goodbye to some of those series. Demon Trappers especially. I’m terrified to read FORETOLD! I want to see how it ends… but I don’t want it to end! 🙂

  9. Jannetta says:

    I was lost on the “create a sign-up post”. How is that any different from just linking your blog or goodreads profile?
    Also, did this event end in February or begin in February?

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      A sign-up post is a post created announcing that you are participating in the event and leaving a link to this post so that others might opt to participate. But it isn’t necessary as it was an option for those who signed up early to get extra entries into the sign-up giveaway, which has ended.

      There is a monthly participation giveaway, but the announcement post was only necessary for those who signed up early.

      And the event just started in February. The first month of the challenge has ended. It ran from February 14 through March 13th. The second month of the challenge is still going on (March 14th-April 13th). There will be three more months of the challenge. It will end on July 14th.

      Just let me know if you have any more questions!

  10. For the longest while I’ve been debating whether or not I should sign up for this challenge. Like you, I dread finishing series so I’ve got a few on my shelf that I need to complete. Now that I’ve signed up, hopefully I’ll be a little more motivated and less scared to read out those trilogies!

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