Introducing…The Standalone Reading Challenge

It seems like every new release is part of a trilogy or series. But there are quite a few standalones releasing next year as well – they’re there if you look for them! So why not have a Standalone Reading Challenge?

Britta from I Like These Books and I are hosting the 2012 Standalone Reading Challenge (SARC)! We really wanted to start a challenge for 2012, and when we discussed it on Twitter, this is what sprang up.

Read on to find out what the challenge is, how you can participate – and why!

Why a Standalone Reading Challenge?
There’s a challenge for Debuts, there’s a challenge for Sophomores, why not a challenge for Standalones?

So what’s the challenge?
To read 15 standalone YA books in 2012!

What books count towards the 2012 Standalone Reading Challenge?
Any Young Adult standalone book that is released between December 27, 2011 ย and December 31, 2012. Any format (paperback, hardcover, e-book, ARC) counts, but they must be read during the year 2012.

Where can I find out which books can be read for the SARC?
We have started a list for you HERE.ย Please note, this list is public and won’t be 100% accurate. We will try to keep it updated as best as we can. If you know of any standalones we may have missed, please feel free to add to this list.

I’m an author with a standalone novel coming out in 2012!
If you’re an author with a standalone novel releasing in 2012, whether its a debut or not, you can participate too. It would be super spectacular if you would like to either donate a book/swag or sign up for an interview/promotional post! Please fill out the form HERE.

Who can participate?
Anyone with a blog or a Goodreads account where they are able to post reviews (in English) can participate.

Why should I sign up?
One, there will be a lot of fun. Two, there will be periodic prize packs (more info to come) given out to participators, as well as fun posts from and interviews with authors who have standalone YA novels releasing in 2012. And three, its a fun way to promote those novels that aren’t part of a series/trilogy!

Okay, so how do I sign up?
We’re so glad you want to take part in the Standalone Reading Challenge! Make a list on your blog or Goodreads account with at least 15 standalone YA novels you plan to read in 2012. Then come back here and post your link using the linky form below. Be sure that the account you chose will be where you post your (English) reviews as the year goes on.


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

November 22, 2011



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    November 22, 2011

    Working on my list now! Yay!

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    Burgandy Ice

    November 22, 2011

    Too fun. I suppose the list is changeable, right? for moody readers like me who could never possibly literally plan a year's worth of reading?

    Looks like fun, so I'm going to give it a whirl. Thx for entering my giveaway, btw. I'm a new GFC

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    November 22, 2011

    Thanks for signing up guys! (checking from over at I Like These Books). Yes, lists are TOTALLY changeable.

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    November 22, 2011

    Awesome Challenge! My list is over 15 because I just couldn't decide right now. lol

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    A Canadian Girl

    November 23, 2011

    I'll sign up as soon as I get some time. I definitely want more standalones.

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    November 23, 2011

    Cool. I like to read stand alones. Although I can't promise they will all be 2012 releases or all YA!!!

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    November 24, 2011

    Awesome. I'll add this challenge to my list and then make a post sometime down the line.

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    November 29, 2011

    I love this idea! I'm all signed up. I was beyond thrilled to see my book on the GoodReads list! :-D 2012 is going to be an epic year for challenges.

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    December 4, 2011

    I signed up and looking forward to this one, since most of the books that I read are from series.

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    December 5, 2011

    This sounds really fun! I've started too many series, so it'll be nice to get some standalones in there, too! I'm also a bit addicted to reading challenges! I have way too many for 2012, so what's one more, right? ;)

    Well, I'm off to go make my list!

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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    December 6, 2011

    working on my list now :D
    i love this idea!

    xo stephanie @littleredreads

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    December 8, 2011

    Still working on my list, but I've signed up. Hope to have it done over the holidays.

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    Jordan Butcher

    December 16, 2011

    We're in on this one! :)


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    Patricia's Particularity

    December 16, 2011

    Just signed up! I can't wait!!

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    January 2, 2012

    I am so excited about this challenge! I am totally signing up!
    Button is now on my blog and I will be posting my tentative list soon!

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    January 2, 2012

    I am in!! So excited.. I am new to the blogging world and love the challenges!

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    January 3, 2012

    Yay, I already got my first book done!

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    January 3, 2012

    Awesome challenge! I'm hoping I can complete it since it's all new books!

    My list is up on my blog! :)

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    January 24, 2012

    Deleted myself the rejoined using a better link to my reviews. Soooo many books, so little time, lol.

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    Oh My Bob

    February 1, 2012

    I don't even like series or trilogies. Too much waiting. So in.

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    The Book Babe

    April 2, 2012

    I f I just now joined the challenge this month can I link up reviews of Standalones I already reviewed, or only ones I reviewed while in this challenge?

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    Paper Dreams

    May 3, 2012

    This sounds fun! I already have two in mind :)