31 December, 2012

2013 Reading Challenges

The Indian literary scene is under bombardment and Indian Quills Reading Challenge is inspired from that beautiful word-a-lious attack. Indian books, Indian writers, Indian stories…..there are so many out there that each one of us end up missing a few, sometimes even the good ones and that is terrifying to this desi reader. IQR Challenge is an attempt to bring the reviews of books by Indian authors scattered all over under one database at The Tales Pensieve. Going forward with this site’s underlying partiality with Indian authors, it is to also serve as a collective effort to promote the literature and authors of Indian origin.
a. Anyone who reads Indian literature can join the challenge, do you blog or not is not a criteria.
b. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphical, all forms of Indian writing are welcome.
c. Books written in any language (Regional, National or International) are eligible for the challenge, the only criteria is that it should be authored or co-authored by a writer of Indian origin.
d. The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
e. The books to be part of the challenge could have been released any time since evolution of printing (no ceiling on that) and you can also link reviews of books read any time, any number of years back. The intention is to build a near perfect and complete database of books by Indian writers.
f. If you have any confusion whether the book you have opted for, qualifies for the challenge or not just ask me.
g. If you are a blogger but do not write about books on your blog, you are welcome to use the non-bloggers signup for the challenge.

Well, I am committing to read & review 12 Books under this challenge in 2013.

My Progress:

What's in a Name Challenge 2013

Between January 1 and December 31, 2013, read one book in each of the following categories:

  • A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt
  • A book with something you'd find in your kitchen in the title: Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs
  • A book with a party or celebration in the title: A Feast for Crows, A Wedding in Haiti, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness
  • A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire
  • A book with an emotion in the title: Baltimore Blues, Say You're Sorry, Dreams of Joy
  • A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches
Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book), books may overlap other challenges, books may not overlap categories. Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed but encouraged. You do not have to make a list of books before hand and you do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.
To learn more about the challenge or sign up please go here.

My Progress:

The Colorful Reading Challenge 2013

The Colorful Reading Challenge is simple:
  1. Just choose 9 books with colors in the titles.
  2. The books can overlap with other reading challenges (because let's face it, we need them to.)
  3. Post your links to your reviews each month to share with other participants.
  4. The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013.
  5. Read to your heart's content!
To learn more about the challenge or sign up please go here.
My Progress:


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