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Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 2014 - Sign-up & Link Reviews

around the world 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, book bloggers and readers across the internet are busy signing up for new challenges. A new year, a fresh start, lots of enthusiasm – can’t go wrong, right? We start strong and then peter out. Lose momentum. Lose interest. Start feeling overwhelmed. Yep, been there, done that plenty of times! After a while you just sign up for the challenges that you know you can do, that aren’t a big stretch, because it becomes all about that feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment at having finished a challenge, right?

Last year very few people managed to complete this challenge. It was just too big, too daunting perhaps, too overwhelming even. And, sometimes, too hard to find anything good to read – or find anything to read, period. Not surprising then that the reviews came fewer and fewer.

Some of you have given me some great feedback and ideas for improving this challenge and making it more manageable, and so I’ve had a think and this is what I’ve come up with. I hope it helps and new and old participants alike have their enthusiasm rekindled. Feedback is always appreciated!

So, here are the 2014 challenge details and rules:

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Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 2014

Step 1. Choose your level

Happy Camper 2014

Level 1: The Happy Camper

– The Happy Camper likes to keep things simple and enjoys exploring her/his own backyard
– Read a minimum of 2 books over the course of the year
– Books can be set in your own neighbourhood, your home country or somewhere else entirely
– No re-reads
– Any genre is okay (including non-fiction) BUT books MUST be set in a specific country or region with a noticeable attention to the location or environment; some genre books won’t be much use for this challenge

Wayfarer 2014

Level 2: The Wayfarer

– The Wayfarer doesn’t like to plan; he/she likes to journey as the need takes them, deciding where to go on a whim or inspiration or simply how they’re feeling
– Read a minimum of 4 books over the course of the year
– Books can be set in any country, but they must all be different countries
– You do not need to decide on your choice of books ahead of time. You can select books as you go
– No re-reads
– Any genre is okay (including non-fiction) BUT books MUST be set in a specific country or region with a noticeable attention to the location or environment; some genre books won’t be much use for this challenge

Casual Tourist 2014

Level 3: The Casual Tourist

– The Casual Tourist likes to plan ahead but isn’t too ambitious. They’ve saved up their money and plan carefully, and intend to really explore the places they visit
– Read a minimum of 6 books over the course of the year
– Books can be set in any country but you should aim to read 1 title from each of the following areas: South America, Africa, Asia, Europe
– You can list your title selections in your challenge intro post but last-minute changes are allowed
– No re-reads
– Any genre is okay (including non-fiction) BUT books MUST be set in a specific country or region with a noticeable attention to the location or environment; some genre books won’t be much use for this challenge

Seasoned Traveller 2014

Level 4: The Seasoned Traveller

– The Seasoned Traveller doesn’t do anything by half-measures: they go the whole hog and the more obscure the better!
– Read 12 books over the course of the year, each set in a DIFFERENT country
– Books selected should include ones set in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia+New Zealand, North America and South America. The Middle East is a bonus
– You do not need to plan ahead but it might help you keep on track
– No re-reads
– Any genre is okay (including non-fiction) BUT books MUST be set in a specific country or region with a noticeable attention to the location or environment; some genre books won’t be much use for this challenge

Step 2. Read the challenge rules/details, below. Don’t worry, they’re very basic!

Step 3. Leave a comment on this post to sign up for the challenge

Step 4. Publish an intro post on your blog, if you have one, and link back to this post

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CHALLENGE RULES

1. Leave a comment on this post to sign up for the challenge and which level you will be attempting

2. Unlike previous years, we are no longer reading a book every month. You can read your selected titles whenever you like throughout the year (hell, you can read them all in January and be done if you like!) and you can take as long as you like to finish them

3. Unlike previous years, the countries to visit are no longer decided upon ahead of time. We will all be visiting different countries, at different times. The choice is all yours! (You can “visit” countries we’ve covered before in the challenge, too)

4. SIGN-UP using the Mr Linky form, below. If you have a blog, please post a challenge intro post and include details of which level you picked, what countries you intend to visit, what books you hope to read (Wayfarers can either share details but not commit to them, or give a vague idea of your travel plans)

5. Leave links to your REVIEWS on THIS post using the FORM, below. Reviews on Goodreads (or other public-access online site, not including Amazon) are perfectly fine for this challenge

6. At the beginning of each month starting in February, I will post a round-up of the reviews and what people have read from the previous month, as a way of sharing the highs and lows of our travels and linking back to you

7. At the END of 2014, all participants who completed their level will automatically go in the draw to WIN AUD$20 to spend at The Book Depository (or similar online store that includes free shipping to your country). Note: Participants who complete the Seasoned Traveller level will automatically get two entries

8. Reviews should include your chosen level badge and link back to this post (if you would like a high-resolution badge for your blog, send me an email and I’ll send you the bigger version)

9. Spread the word! This isn’t actually a rule, just an encouragement. 😉 Tweet using the hashtag #AroundtheWorldBooks and link to me using my handle, @GiraffeDays. This is an effective way of letting me know you’ve left a review link

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Questions? Concerns? Leave a comment!

If you’re looking for ideas of books to read set in different countries, try my Review Index: Books by Country (Setting) page. Other bloggers might have similar lists (share a link!).

Aaaaaand, starting 1st January 2014, leave links to your reviews (using the format outlined above), here with this form (I’ve borrowed this idea from the Australian Women Writers Challenge – another wonderful challenge you should check out!):

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Signing up for the challenge? Leave your link here:




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