20 December, 2012

2013 Reading Challenge: First-Reads!



Welcome to a 2013 Reading Challenge: First-Reads!

Do you remember the feeling when you read the first book by your favourite author? Yes well, its for that feeling that I have come up with this challenge. Also, there was a time when I would only stick to the books written by authors I had previously read and enjoyed. But soon I realised that I was missing out on a lot other books. So, readers & bloggers, come together to this challenge that will make you pick up books by authors that you haven't read before! You never know, you just might find another author to love and follow.

Points to Know:
1. Read as many books as possible, by authors that YOU haven't read before. 
2. You do not have to be a blogger to participate.
3. Books read may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
4. The books can overlap with other reading challenges.  
5. Post your links to your reviews each month to share with other participants.
6. The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013. Its never too late to Join In!

How To Sign-Up and Join In:

1. Choose a challenge level listed below.
2. Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (where possible) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of Authors/Books is optional).
3. Grab the badge and place it in your sign up post. Then link back to b00k r3vi3ws.
4. Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Linky List and enter your link.
5. Don't have a Blog? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube, Twitter, GoodReads included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment.
6. Reviewing is optional! But if you do review it would be great for you to share them by submitting them on the Review List.
7. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the completion/wrap-up List.

Challenge Level:
Amateur : Choose to read 1 - 10 New Authors
Lover     : Choose to read 11 - 20 New Authors
Expert    : Choose to read 20 - 25 New Authors
Fanatic   : Choose to read 25 or above New Authors

When talking about this challenge on Twitter, please use the hastag (#FirstReads). It makes it much easier to keep track of the conversations, answer questions and/or tweet back!

You can find the Linky to Post your reviews Here . Alternately you can click on the 'First Review' badge on the right hand bar.

I will promote your reviews through facebook and twitter once you submit them in the Review List.

I commit to Expert level - and choose to read 20 - 25 New Authors in 2013!

So what are you guys waiting for? Sign up now & Happy Reading!


41 comments:

  1. I would go for the "Lover" mode! No problem if I achieve more!

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    1. All the best Anupama... Will be looking forward to your 'New Authors' & review if you put them up! :)

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  2. This sounds like a lot of fun! :) I would love to participate & go for the lover level. Yay :) It's been months since I enjoyed a good new book and I'm excited to go outside my usual circle of authors :P. Thanks for creating the challenge!

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    1. I know what exactly what you mean. I have been through that phase myself where I would only read my already favourite author.

      Don't forget to add Sign-up and add your link!

      Happy Discovering!!

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  3. This is so excting and I love it! Wow! Great post!


    Syl Stein

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    1. Hi Sylvia,

      Thank You for joining in... Hope you enjoy discovering new Authors!

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  4. would like to join at the amateur level. But then will I be able to upgrade?

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    1. Any time you want... But you cannot downgrade!

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  5. This sounds like so much fun! I would like to sign up at Expert level but I may upgrade. I do have a question though. I read and review new books through the ARR program on Goodreads. Would these books count also?

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    1. Yes Ali... Books can overlap from your ARR program & other Reading challenges as long as the book is by an author you are reading for the first time!

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  6. I would also go for lover level. I've been doing a fair amount of indie writers' reading and hope to carry on the trend...
    Hope I might get more reading done!
    Thanks Ali.

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    1. Hi Olga,

      If you like taking challenges and Indie Authors, I think you'll be interested in my post on Monday 24th December. Be sure to check back then :)

      Good Luck with this one too.

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  7. Thank you for hosting. My announcement post is here: http://cmashlovestoread.com/2012/12/21/2013-challenges-3/. Am looking forward to this challenge.

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    1. Hi Cheryl,

      I think you can do better than Lover Level. So I'll be following your challenge closely to see when you upgrade! :) Its only a matter of time I think :)

      Wish you a very Happy Reading!

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  8. I would like to join the challenge at Expert but hope to do better :-)

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    1. Welcome to the challenge! Happy Discovering!

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  9. EEK! My first year long challenge. I'm aiming high at expert as I love reading new and indie authors. Looking forward to a lot of great books.

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    1. Welcome to the challenge! First one of everything is super exciting :)

      Happy Discovering!

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  11. Great challenge...I'm joining at Lover level. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Welcome to the challenge! Happy Discovering!

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  12. I've chosen the Expert level. Hoping it'll happen :) Cheers.

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  13. Can't wait to find some new authors! Thank you for hosting!

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  14. finished 2, reading 2 more. I may upgrade to 'lover' :D

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  15. Hi!! This looks exciting!!
    I think I will join as 'Lover' and hope to upgrade by mid-year!
    Lemme go create a post on my blog and link, right away :-D

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  16. This is my first challenge & I am still learning the art of blogging...missed my twitter handle..:/
    Its @PooJaD4...can't wait to experiment some new authors!!!

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  17. Finished 5 books already, I have a good feel that I may move up one level. (touch wood)

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  18. Hi ..Is it open now also?i would like to take part in it...would like to take lover level

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    1. Hi Supriya... yes its still open for you to join... :)

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  19. already completed 12 - so am jumping to the next level - 'lover'

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  20. Finding lots of motivation here :) Starting off with Amateur level. Do drop in http://beinggaya3.blogspot.in/p/first-reads.html

    Hoping to get in touch with fellow book lovers...

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    1. Hey Gayathri... Enjoy exploring new authors

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  21. Wow, I have recently joined book blogging scene and its so amazing to see its such a thriving close knit community here. Would love to be part of the first read challenge. Just one clarification : Are we looking for Indian writer only or they have to be first reads only--Sangita

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    1. Any Nationality & Any language.... as long as its an author You are reading for the first time!

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  22. I am going to go for Fanatic!!!! I'll keep a track on my blog!!! Cheers Deb! And thanks for an Invite on your lovely Blog!!!

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