Saturday, December 6, 2014

{Reading Challenge} The 2015 Amazing Book Race

What is The 2015 Amazing Book Race Reading Challenge?

We are excited to welcome you to our first ever reading challenge!

So often throughout the year there are books we are dying to read but can't due to review obligations. This challenge is to get you (and us) to read some of those books you were dying to read the year before, based on the Goodreads Best Books of 2014 list (compiled by your votes during the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2014).

The Race

Below are the reading levels for this race. You can always move up a level, but never down so be sure to choose a level where you'll reach the finish line. Your start up post will need to include your goal as well as link back to us, the host of the challenge.

1 to 6: So You Think You Can Read?
7 to 12: Reading Rainbow
13 to 18: Dances with Books
19 to 24: Survivor
25+: The Librarian

Challenge Details:
Make sure to read all the way through!

1.) This challenge will run from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015. Sign-ups will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Eastern on January 31, 2015.

2.) Please make sure you sign up in the Linky List below with the link that goes directly to your master challenge list. This is the list you'll keep updated as you review the books for the challenge. You do not have to post your review on a blog; posting your review on Goodreads is fine. Be sure to update your master list with the link to your review of each book as you finish them.

Side Note: Books can be read in any order, so feel free to bounce around!

3.) Each of your chosen books must come from Goodreads' Best Books of 2014 list (found here). We will be confirming your selections so please include the category for each book on your list (i.e. Horror: Prince LeStat by Anne Rice). There are 20 categories so you should have plenty of options. You are allowed 2 to 3 alternatives in case you have novels on your master list you just can't get through.

4.) You can absolutely crossover books from other challenges into this one ... as long as the book is on Goodreads' Best Books of 2014 list.

Monthly Check-Ins:

On the 20th of each month, we will have a check-in post to see how you're progressing. Feel free to leave any links in the comments section to the challenge books you've reviewed the previous month (no duplicates, please).

What's a Race without Prizes?

Every race has 1st (gold), 2nd (silver), and 3rd (bronze) place winners. So, in the spirit of that, we're offering three (3) prizes for this challenge. Entries for the challenge giveaway are earned based upon the number of books you read and provide a direct link to your review. For example:

6 books read and reviewed: 1 entry
12 books read and reviewed: 2 entries
18 books read and reviewed: 3 entries
24 books read and reviewed: 4 entries
25 or more books read and reviewed: 5 entries

So, let's say you chose the Reading Rainbow level but you only finished reading and reviewing (with direct link provided) 8 out of 12 of your books. Well, then you've earned one (1) entry into the challenge giveaway. If you chose The Librarian level and only finished reading and reviewing (with direct link provided) 22 books, then you've earned three (3) entries into the challenge giveaway. Prizes are below.

Gold Medal:
One (1) physical copy of a novel of your choice off of Goodreads' Best Books of 2015 list
List to be announced December 2015 on Goodreads
Maximum value up to $25
Open internationally - Please confirm the Book Depository ships to your location

Silver Medal:
One (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card

Bronze Medal:
One (1) Ebook of your choice (valued up to $6)
Ebook can be chosen from Amazon or Barnes&Nobles

How Do We Determine the Winners?

Participants will be entered into a spreadsheet as they earn entries. On January 1, 2016, three winners will be randomly selected using Rafflecopter. First winner chosen wins the Gold Medal, second winner chosen wins the Silver Medal, and third winner chosen wins the Bronze Medal.

Winners will be announced in our wrap-up post on January 1, 2016 at noon Eastern time. Winners will also be contacted via email, which is the reason why we ask for your name and email address when you sign up via the Linky List. Winners will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen in their place.

Each winner has the right to forfeit their prize, should they be so willing. If this happens, we will chose a runner up winner for that specific medal.

Socially Acceptable:

Feel free to like our Facebook page and chat with us there. We're also on Twitter. Please use #2015TABR when tweeting with us about this challenge.


If you have ANY questions concerning this reading challenge, please feel free to email us at

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The 2015 Amazing Book Race

Linky List Sign Up:
Will close January 31, 2015

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