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2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge – It’s a Wrap + Giveaways

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The 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge is coming to a close, as is 2013. And I hope that you were able to meet your challenge goals for the year. I was only semi-successful with mine.

While I read the 21-30 books on my TBR Pile I’d set out to read, I didn’t quite get the chance to review all 25 of those books. I was only able to review 13 of them. And for that I am more than a little bit ashamed.

If you’d like to see what books I cleared from my TBR Pile in 2013, my list is HERE.

And while I won’t be co-hosting the 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge – Bookish will be hosting the entire event next year – I am thinking of joining up. But as I have a challenge of my own to tackle, I haven’t quite decided on that yet.

Even though this year’s event is coming to a close, there is still time to link up your reviews. Also, Evie at Bookish is hosting an AWESOME giveaway, which you can enter in the Rafflecopter below.

But if you’d prefer to enter at Bookish, you can do so by…

The Linky List is open until January 20th, so there’s plenty of time to get those final 2013 books read and reviewed and linked up.

I hope you had fun reading those long overdue books on your TBR pile and stopping by each host’s blog on the 20th of each month to share your review links and enter the giveaways.

And as a thank you for participating in the challenge, I’d also like to offer up a giveaway prize.

My Giveaway

What’s Up for Grabs…

A Book of Your Choice not to exceed $25 USD from Amazon or The Book Depository to TWO Winners.

What to do…

Leave a comment with your favorite 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge read and state that you want to enter my giveaway.

I will choose the two winners on January 21st, announce them in this post and contact them by email. You can leave your email within the comment form, but NOT the public comment section.

All my normal giveaway rules apply.

{UPDATE}

WINNERS: NatashaMay and Haraiah

{END OF UPDATE}

Bookish’s Giveaway

To enter Bookish’s 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge Wrap-up Giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Link Up

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2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge

Welcome to 2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge!!!

6 BLOGGERS, 12 MINI-CHALLENGES, 24 BOOKS TO WIN!!!

We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they’re gifted to us. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we’ll finally decide to pick them up.

Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you’ve been telling yourself you’ll read next time you’ll get a chance. This is your chance! And we’ve got PRIZES!!!

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I am SO EXCITED to be participating in this year-long reading challenge. I have so many books from 2012 and earlier that are just begging to be read. And I can’t WAIT to get started. This challenge was the perfect excuse for me to do so!

Though I am going to try and be as realistic as possible and choose a “level” that won’t make me an instant failure. I’ve included the start of my list at the end of this post.

I HOPE you’ll decide to join in on the fun, because I’d love to see what books you’ve been dying to read but haven’t.

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Challenge Guidelines…

 

***This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013***

+ Anyone can enter! You don’t have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you’ve read! (On your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or Shelfari!)

+ Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2012 or earlier! NO  2013 ARCs or 2013 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!

+ You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood suits you.

+ When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge.

+ You can move up levels, but no moving down.

+ Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2013, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

+ On the 20th of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will be a unique theme, and include a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from that monthFor each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of your choice from The Book Depository. It’s open to INTERNATIONALS. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e., the entire year).

+ If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice – we will be checking.

+ December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you’ll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway for a box of books.

You don’t have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in the giveaways!

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Levels…

 

1-10 – A Firm Handshake

11-20 – A Friendly Hug

21-30 – A Sweet Kiss

31-40 – Love At First Sight

41-50 – Married With Children

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Wrap-up Post Schedule…

 

Jan. 20th: Evie @Bookish (www.evie-bookish.blogspot.com)

Feb. 20th: Rachel @Fiktshun (www.fiktshun.com)

Mar. 20th: Justin @Justin’s Book Blog (www.justinsbookblog.com)

Apr. 20th: Tiffany @Escaping…One Book At A Time (escapingonebookatatime.blogspot.com)

May 20th: Bonnie @Words At Home (www.wordsathome.ca)

Jun. 20th: Justin @Justin’s Book Blog (www.justinsbookblog.com)

Jul. 20th: Emily @Doodle’s Book Blog (doodlesbookblog.blogspot.com)

Aug. 20th: Tiffany @Escaping…One Book At A Time (escapingonebookatatime.blogspot.com)

Sept. 20th: Rachel @Fiktshun (www.fiktshun.com)

Oct. 20th: Emily @Doodle’s Book Blog (doodlesbookblog.blogspot.com)

Nov. 20th: Bonnie @Words At Home (www.wordsathome.ca)

Dec. 20th: This one will be posted on all the blogs. There will also be a huge BOX OF BOOKS giveaway and this time you can link up ALL YOUR TBR Pile REVIEWS you wrote for the entire month!

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My 2013 TBR PILE…

I am going to be ambitious, but not too ambitious and choose to start off at the “A Sweet Kiss” level. That’s right, I’m going to add 21-30 books from 2012 or earlier to my TBR PILE for this challenge.

While I haven’t decided on all the books I’ll be reading, here are just a few, in no particular order.

 

HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

TIMEPIECE by Myra McEntire

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin

THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi

AFTERLIFE by Claudia Gray

DARKEST MERCY by Melissa Marr

THE GOLDEN LILY by Richelle Mead

SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick

FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick

THE SAVAGE GRACE by Bree Despain

ENDURE by Carrie Jones

PURE by Jennifer L. Armentrout

DEITY by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Anyway… I should stop right now before I end up going totally off challenge pile during the challenge to read other releases from 2012 and earlier.

So, all that’s left to do is…

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SIGN UP…



Authors Are Rockstars Tour Sign-up

Well, it’s finally here. It’s SIGN-UP day for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour! We are so super excited that there are so many of you who have already expressed interest in being a part of our tour. Both author and blogger response has been absolutely amazing and we can’t thank you all enough!

We hope to make this event great and really let those authors we love shine throughout the month of August.

And while we’d love to have every single awesome author and every single blogger be a part of the tour, we are only three bloggers with two blogs and we only have one month for the event.

We are beginning the sign-ups today, although we are still awaiting response from some of the authors we’ve reached out to. And we will update this post each day during the sign-up process with any new authors that are on board.

If you see your favorites on the list already, you should sign up now! If you want to hold out to see who else might be on board you can wait. Signing up early does not give you preferential treatment. But sign-ups will close at Midnight, Eastern, on Sunday, July 15th.

Be sure to look at the list of authors participating carefully before you make your choice. While many of the author post types and dates are still to be announced, please note the authors who have already committed to a date and post type or those who have pre-prepared interviews.

The Authors

Here are the authors (in alphabetical order by first name) currently on tour

** We are still accepting authors for the tour**

Alexander Gordon Smith – Interview Post (Either an interview or character interview)

Alyxandra Harvey – Guest Post (Top Ten Favorite Books)

Amber Kizer

Amy Kathleen Ryan – Interview Post

Anna Carey – Top Ten Post

Ann Redisch Stampler – *Will include an author donated swag giveaway*

Becca Fitzpatrick – Pre-prepared Interview

Bethany Griffin

Brodi Ashton

Cara Lynn Shultz – *Will include a publisher donated book giveaway-North America*

Carrie Harris – Guest Post *Will include an author donated book giveaway*

Cayla Kluver  – *Will include a publisher donated book giveaway-North America*

C.C. Hunter – *Will include an author donated T-shirt giveaway-US* Author Interviews Della

Chloe Jacobs – *Will include an author donated giveaway*

Chloe Neil – August 15th – Top Ten List

CJ Redwine – August 11th

Claire LaZebnik – *Will include a publisher donated book giveaway – US*

Colleen Houck

Courtney Allison Moulton – “Will include an author donated book giveaway-US*

Courtney Summers – Pre-prepared Interview

Cynthia Hand

Dan Krokos – Author Interview

Danny Marks – August 31st – *Will include an author donated giveaway* – YouTube Q&A

Dan Wells

Elizabeth Miles

Elizabeth Norris

Emmy Laybourne – Guest Post

Fiona Paul – Guest Post

Gabrielle Zevin

Gena Showalter – *Will include a publisher donated book giveaway-North America*

Gina Damico – Top Ten List *Will include an author donated giveaway*

Gretchen McNeil

Heather Anastasiu

Inara Scott

Ingrid Paulson

Jackie Morse Kessler

JA Souders – August 20th. Day in the life of a character or character interviews author

Jennifer Bosworth – *Will include a tour host donated book giveaway*

Jennifer Castle – Character Interview

Jennifer L. Armentrout – Author or Character Interview *Will include a publisher (Entangled books only) donated eBook giveaway*

Jeri Smith-Ready

Jessica Spotswood – *Will include an author donated signed book giveaway*

Jodi Meadows

Jody Gehrman

Jordan Dane – August 8th *Will include an author donated giveaway* and/or *Will include a publisher donated book giveaway-North America*

Julia Karr

Julie Kagawa – Character Interview *Will include a publisher donated book giveaway-North America*

Jus Accardo – *Will include a publisher donated eBook giveaway*

Karsten Knight

Kate Avelynn – *Will include a publisher donated eBook giveaway*

Katherine Longshore

Kelly Keaton

Kimberly Derting

Kim Harrington – Pre-prepared Interview

Lauren Oliver – Pre-prepared Interview

Leah Clifford – Interview or Character Interview

Lesley Livingston

Lisa Burstein – *Will include a publisher donated eBook giveaway*

Lisa Desrochers

Lisa and Laura Roecker – *Will include an author donated giveaway*

Lisa Stasse

Lissa Price – August 2nd

Maria V. Snyder – *Willinclude a publisher donated book giveaway-North America*

Marianna Baer

Marissa Meyer – Author will provide post

Mary Lindsey

Melissa de la Cruz – Pre-prepared Interview

Melissa West

Michelle Gagnon

Michelle Hodkin

Michelle Rowen/Morgan Rhodes – *Will include a publisher (Harlequin Teen Books) donated book giveaway-North America*

Michelle Zink

Mike Mullin

Miranda Kenneally – Character Interview or Top Ten List *Will include an author donated signed ARC giveaway*

Rachel Cohn

Rachel Harris – *Will include an author donated giveaway*

Rachel Vincent – *Will include a publisher donated book giveaway-North America*

Rae Carson – August 21st –  *Will include an author donated giveaway of a paperback of The Girl of Fire and Thorns*

Robin LaFevers – *Will include an author donated giveaway*

Sarah Beth Durst – Pre-Prepared Interview

Sarah Crossan

Sarah J. Maas

Sara Zarr

Sarwat Chadda

Saundra Mitchell – Author Guest Post

Scott Tracey – *Will include an author donated ARC giveaway*

Simone Elkeles – Pre-prepared Author Interview

Stephanie Thomas

Susan Dennard

Suzanne Lazear – *Will include an author donated giveaway*

Suzanne Young – Author Interview

Tahereh Mafi – Character Interview

Talia Vance

Tara Fuller

Tessa Gratton – Guest Post (must be unique) – *Will include an author donated giveaway of The Curiosities anthology and a finished copy of The Blood Keeper*

T.M. Goeglein

Tiffany Truitt – *Will include a publisher donated eBook giveaway*

Veronica Rossi

Victoria Schwab – Interview or Vlog Interview

Victoria Scott

Wendy Higgins – *Will include author donated signed swag and tour host donated book*

***UPDATE***

Authors – If you’ve received an email and would like to participate we would love to have you on board, there are still a few stops available after August 15th!

Bloggers – You will be allowed only ONE chance to change your original picks. If you want to make a change to your original picks, email us at the address above.

The Tour

The tour will run from August 1st through August 31st. Each day of the month will have one, two or three tour stops.

The tour will start at both Fiktshun and Two Chicks On Books and end on both our blogs. We will have a kick-off post + giveaway with all the stops and we will also each have posts dedicated to authors that are our rockstars. And on the final day of the tour, we will have a wrap-up post along with posts for the final two authors we will be spotlighting.

All the rest of the days will be for you to show your love and appreciation for those authors you call rockstars.

The Rules, Requirements and other details

Rules

You must complete the sign-up form in order to be considered.

Signing up in no way guarantees you will be chosen for a tour stop. (We’re so sorry that we won’t be able to include everyone!)

Being accepted as a tour stop does not guarantee you will get your first choice of author.

If you are chosen you must respond with your acceptance and with your stop preferences and/or interview questions or guest post topics within 24 hours after notification. If you do not respond we will be forced to choose someone else.

Requirements

To be considered to host any author you must have reviewed their books. (See review requirements immediately below.) And if you have rated their books, ratings cannot be less than four stars, unless you provide a compelling reason why you should still be considered. Remember, you’re picking authors you think are rockstars!

To host an author with three or more books published, you must have reviewed at least two of their books. (We will be checking your blogs and Goodreads.)

To host an author with one or two published books, you must have reviewed at least one of their books.

To host an author whose books have yet to be published, you must be anxiously awaiting the book’s release and have either posted about that book on your blog or provide a compelling reason in the form below.

Other details

Selections will be made based on a number of criteria including the best match-up between author and blogger, blogger’s overall reviews, and blogger’s reputation and trustworthiness.

Blog following, page views or Twitter following will not be a deciding factor in the selection process.

Blog longevity, number of reviews, types of reviews – (bash-free is a must) – will be considered when making our selections.

Blogger “friends” will not be given preference. It’s about making the best matches between authors and bloggers on the tour.

Writing in an author does not guarantee that author will be included on the tour. They may have already been contacted and either are unavailable or have yet to respond, or all tour stops may already have been filled.

Blogger participation announcements will be made both by email and in a post on both Fiktshun and Two Chicks On Books on Wednesday, July 18th.

Giveaways: For tour stops that will be hosting an author or publisher donated giveaway prize, there can be no mandatory tasks aside from leaving a blog comment. And there can be up to two extra entry opportunities. As a thank you to the authors you are hosting you may want to make those extra entries about the authors but it is not mandatory.

There will be no requirements/restrictions for tour stops that choose to host their own giveaways.

Dates to know

Tour dates: August 1st – 31st

Sign-up ends: July 15th

Blogger announcements: July 18th

Acceptance and post requirements needed by: July 19th

Once again, thank you so much for wanting to join us on this tour to share your love for those amazing authors that wow you and for helping to make this event rock!

While we won’t be able to include every one of you, we love that you want to be a part of the event and support it. Each and every one of you rocks, too!

We can’t wait to read your responses to the questions in the sign-up forms and see just why each and every one of those authors are rockstars to you!

Please fill out the form, below

Blogger sign-ups are now closed. We’ll be choosing the blogger participants this week. Stay tuned!

There may still be a few spots available for authors who wish to participate. Please send an email to FiktshunAndTwoChicks[at]Gmail[dot]com to inquire.


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