Sunday, March 10, 2013

Birth Year Reading Challenge - 2013

I'm sorry, this challenge has been canceled. If you are still looking to add to your 2013 reading goals, many good challenges can be found at A Novel Challenge.  Happy reading!   

Announcing the fourth year of the Birth Year Reading Challenge! 

This year's challenge focuses on an important year in your life, one that introduced you to dynamic and meaningful possibilities. Maybe that was the actual year of your birth, or maybe it was the year of another kind of "birth":  when you were "born" to a new life in the spiritual, emotional, educational, social, geographical, or some other sense.

Birth Year Reading Challenge 2013 - Rebirth

What books were published the year you were born, or the year that you experienced another kind of "birth"?

This challenge encourages you to find out, and then read some of them. You might even draw a few conclusions about social and literary trends that year. If nothing else, you'll have an incentive to explore books you might otherwise not have considered.

Wikipedia has lists of books by year published. You can check literary prize lists for high-quality choices. Using Google to locate “best books of _____” provides some interesting choices. There is also a cool feature at BibliOZ where you can check the New York Times bestseller list for the week you are interested in. 

If you already participated in this challenge, or if you discover you were born in a year of unattractive books, the Rebirth option gives you the chance to sample another year instead. So read on!

Ready to join? Leave a comment and a link to your post, and I'll sign you right up.

Check the sidebar for a link to the sign-up and progress list.


1. Join anytime between now and November 30, 2013. The challenge ends at midnight EST on January 31, 2014.

2. a. Choose books from your birth year.


2. b. Choose a year that you experienced another kind of "birth," then choose books from that year. Your sign-up post should include a few details about the year you've chosen and the kind of "birth" you are commemorating.

3. Books may come from your TBR pile or list, but they don’t have to.

4. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed and encouraged.

5. Change your list at any time.

6. Reviews and reactions are encouraged, but not required. You don’t need to have a blog to participate. But you do need to let me know of your progress, so I can bestow your virtual candles. (Here's the progress and reviews page from BYRC 2012, so you can see how it works.)

7. All genres and formats are eligible. If it’s a book, you can count it.

8. One candle is awarded for each qualifying book you read. There is no limit on how few or how many candles you can earn.


When you meet your reading goal, you can select a book from my library – most likely a gently used trade paperback – and I'll mail it to you. But keep reading because . . .


The person who reads the most books for the challenge will receive a fun little surprise package with a bookish theme. And . . .


On February 1, 2014, the three readers who’ve earned the most candles will be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 gift card from Barnes & Noble. Nothing like a little no-cost book shopping to start a new year off right!


  1. Hmmmm, now that's worth considering....

    1. Sure it is! Hope you decide to take it on this year.

  2. What an interesting twist. Thanks for hosting the challenge once again. My sign-up post coming soon.

    1. Wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide to read this time.


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