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2013 Genre Variety Reading Challenge

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Genre Variety

This is the first year that I will be hosting the Genre Variety Reading Challenge. If there is already a challenge similar to this, please can you let me know as I don’t want to encroach on anyone’s ideas. This is just something that came to me that I hope will be fun and that others will enjoy.

But what is it?

The challenge is to read books from different genres throughout the year. I have found that blogging has opened my eyes to so many genres that I would never have tried before, simply from recommendations, and the idea of this challenge is to keep that going. The challenge is to read a large variety of genres within one year.

Other Important Info;

  • Runs from January 1st 2013 until December 31st 2013. Sign ups will be open until December 1st 2013.
  • There are five levels to challenge yourself too. You may move up a level but not go down a level. These are all outlined below. Please mention in your sign up post which level you will aim for.
  • The genres you choose to read are up to you. As long as every book is different, whichever genre you wish to read you can.
  • Every month there will be a post on this blog to link up to your update post / review(s)
  • There will be a giveaway at the end of the challenge, and maybe a few within the year but these are TBD.
  • To sign up, you will need to write a post saying which level you are challenging yourself too and then use the linky list. Non-Bloggers may post in the comments of this post.
  • Any book formats are accepted.
  • Novellas and Novels are all accepted for this challenge.
  • YA, NA and Adult books all count towards this challenge.
  • New sub-genres are accepted. (for example, paranormal-romance, or historical-romance)


  • Careful; 6 different genres, 6 books
  • Cautious; 12 different genres, 12 books
  • Branching; 18 different genres, 18 books
  • Avid Reader; 24 different genres, 24 books
  • Champion; 30 different genres, 30 books

This is just a list of the vast variety of genres you have to choose from. I have probably missed a lot, so feel free to branch off from this. These are just suggestions.

Women’s Fiction
Epic Fantasy
Fairy Tales
Short Stories
Travel Guides

Link to your sign-up post below, links to your homepage, or other posts will be deleted.

69 thoughts on “2013 Genre Variety Reading Challenge

  1. Great idea, think I’ll sign up! Question: do the books have to be the first in a series, because I’ve got two sequels coming out next year?

  2. Hi, I think I’m going to start off at the Cautious Level. I’ll probably move up though. Currently I’m on the last book of the Nora Roberts Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy. I have a quick question. Do we just post when we finish a book and which genre it is from or do we have to write a post about the book itself?

      1. Faye, is it a must that I add a review? I’m not very good at verbalising my thoughts. I sometimes do a review if I feel like I want to get it out. Though it doesn’t analyse the merits and flaws of a book in the way some reviewers do very admirably.

  3. I don’t have a blog. Can you count me in? Where do I post the books I have completed? Sorry, I’m new to this kind of book challenge.

    Oh, I’ll start with the ‘careful’ level and move up, hopefully.

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