2013 Standalone Reading Challenge

We’re baaaack! If you don’t already know, “we” is Britta from I Like These Books and myself, and we’re ready to host the better than ever Standalone Reading Challenge – 2013 edition!

Welcome back to all of last year’s participants, whether you failed or succeeded (congratulations!) it doesn’t matter to us – we’re glad that you’re ready to try again. For those of you who didn’t participate last year, well there’s a brand new year coming up and it wants YOU to participate. Find out more about the challenge and sign up below.

The Challenge

To read 15 Young Adult and Middle Grade standalone novels in 2013 that are released in the United States between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

Eligible Books

-YA/MG standalone novels. This means that the book can not have an announced (sometimes sequels happen unexpectedly) sequel, prequel, follow up, etc.

-This year companion novels count towards the challenge as well. Companion novels take place in the same world as a novel but usually follows the life of a different character. It can be read independently from the book that came before it.

Released between January 1 – Decemeber 31, 2013 in the United States. If a book was previously released in another country but is being releasing in the US for the first time, it is eligible. At the same time, if you live in a country where it was previously released, but it is being released in the states for the first time – lucky you- it counts.

-Must be read in 2013 (If you own an ARC and decide to read it in 2012, it does not count)

-Can be read in any (legally) readable format: ARC, Paperback, Hardcover or e-book. Audio books do not count toward the challenge.

The List

Britta and I will be creating a list of eligible challenge titles to get you started towards your goal. It will be available soon.

Participation Perks

There will be a prize pack given away each month to a random participant. You gain entries into that month’s prize pack by linking up to your challenge-eligible reviews (Unfortunately, prize packs are US only). There will also be giveaways on the hosts’ blogs to go along with special posts with authors. And of course, there are random giveaways that we may throw in here and there! People who complete the challenge and fill out an easy form will be entered into another prize pack drawing.

Get Your VIP Pass

Just link to the place where you will be posting your english reviews.
This can be a blog, Goodreads profile (an SARC 2013 list would be better), Shelfari profile, Librarything profile, or Youtube channel.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up and grab a button HERE!

Please sign up with the corresponding name to the place you link to. This is important for random giveaways and entries into the prize pack. Your name here must be consistent each time you link up to a review.

And of course, thank you so much for participating! We look forward to being your hosts.

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November 1, 2012



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    Angie F

    November 1, 2012

    I failed this year, but I'm looking forward to trying again!

    I did read quite a few older standalones this year, but only 10 from 2012! Oh well.

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    rose petter

    November 2, 2012

    must read books for young adults

    Now a days several books contain dreadful challenges and stunts. Young adults try to read and perform these activities but in doing this they also risk their lives..

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    martha campos

    November 5, 2012

    Alright I'm in.

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    November 8, 2012

    Didn't do so well this year but that's okay! I'm trying again next year :D

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    Anna Hutchinson

    November 12, 2012

    I'm so excited to participate in this challenge! I constantly mean to read more standalones, only to end up reading more and more and more series. It can get exhausting, so I'm stoked to do something focused on standalone only. Thanks to you and Britta for organizing!

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    November 13, 2012

    This is my first time and saw it on another blog. I had to check it out. I can't wait to start. Though I'm hesitant to start as I'm not entirely sure how it goes. May need some help…lol

    Thank you organising it though. I've been meaning to get involved into book challenges and your my first. Thank s Britta. Also new Follower! :)

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    November 18, 2012

    That's too bad that audiobooks don't count! I often get audiobooks for review!

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    Kristerrn @ BetweenTheLines

    November 21, 2012

    This is my first time participating, although I have been following another bloggers 2012 challenge since September to see if she discovers any good stand alones.
    Do Arc's that we may have received this year but don't get chance to read till next year?

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    Bellas Bookshelf

    November 26, 2012

    I missed out last year & i am so excited to do it this year. Thank you for hosting!
    Bella's Bookshelf

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    Sarah @ YA Love

    November 29, 2012

    I missed this last year, so I'm glad I stumbled upon this now. What a great challenge idea! I'll get a post set up so I can sign up.

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    December 7, 2012

    This is my first challenge and I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for hosting.

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    December 10, 2012

    I managed to read 10 last year, hopefully this year I'll make the 15! Thanks for hosting!

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    Jessi (Geo)

    December 31, 2012

    Can't wait for this one, thanks for hosting!
    Here's the link to mine:
    I should have waited to put my name in >.>

    Jessi @ Auntie Spinelli Reads