The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge Has Begun

UPDATE: The lovely Ms. Diantha Jones designed this button for me, which you can all paste on your blogs as part of the challenge if you like.  Just please link the picture to my first challenge post here.

The Mad Review Reading Challenge

Well it’s January 1, 2013 and so my reading challenge has now started.  In case you missed it, I figured out how I’m going to do the draw.

1.  Mad Reviewer: 104 books in one year (4 entries)

2.  Crazy Reviewer: 52 books in one year (3 entries)

3.  Slightly Sane Reviewer: 26 books in one year (2 entries)

4.  Sane Reviewer: 12 books in one year (1 entry)

I am still figuring out the exact prize, which will likely be larger than I first thought because Mark Lee of The Masquerade Crew is once again helping me out by pooling our resources.  That’s really all I can say right now, but just know that the prize is likely more than just one free book.

I forgot to mention that if you’re new here and want to join the challenge, be my guest!  Anyone can join between now and the deadline (11:59pm Central Time December 31, 2013).  Anyone who reaches their first goal can upgrade and head on to the next level or if they don’t reach their high goal, will have the number rounded off to the next lowest level.

Here is a list of the people currently participating in the challenge.  If your name is on there but you want to drop out, let me know in the comments.  If your name isn’t on there but you want to join, let me know in the comments.  And if you want to upgrade right now, let me know in the comments.  Basically: if there’s any changes, let me know.

1.  Me (of course); Mad Reviewer.

2.  Margaret of Steam Trains and Ghosts; Sane Reviewer.

3.  Thomas of the quiet voice; Crazy Reviewer.

4.  Devina of Hot chocolate and books; Crazy Reviewer.

5.  Manno of Dilettante Artiste; Crazy Reviewer.

6.  Raya of midnight coffee monster; Slightly Sane Reviewer

7.  James of jameskennedybeijing; Mad Reviewer

8.  Caleb of 20four12; Mad Reviewer

9.  Chris of Thoughts From A Locked Bathroom; Mad Reviewer

10.  A Little Coffee of A Little Coffee with my Cream and Sugar;  Sane Reviewer

11.  Cecilia of Lowly’s Book Blog; Mad Reviewer

12.  Alyson of SnifferWalk Books; Mad Reviewer

13.  Mark Lee of The Masquerade Crew; Sane Reviewer

14.  Stacy of Deception; Mad Reviewer

15.  Shirley of fordsthoughts; Sane Reviewer

16.  Diantha of DJ’s Book Corner; Crazy Reviewer

17.  Rebecca of Apocalypse Reads; Slightly Sane Reviewer

18.  Sharon of sharonstevenson; Mad Reviewer

19.  Tammy of Writing Nook; Mad Reviewer

20.  Ashutosh of Ashutosh’s Blog; Slightly Sane Reviewer

21.  Megan of Thoughts of a Future Author; Sane Reviewer

22. Kim of Read Your Writes Book Reviews; Crazy Reviewer

23.  Stella of Stella Atrium’s Official Website; Sane Reviewer

24.  Scatty of The Big Nerd; Crazy Reviewer

Well, that’s 22 people who have joined (not counting myself).  Hopefully as the challenge goes on, some others may join, but for now I’m actually quite pleased with how many people have signed up.  I’m also quite impressed at how many people are going for the higher levels of Mad and Crazy Reviewer.  So far 13/24 are on the upper levels, not counting myself.

So the challenge has begun.  Good luck reading and reviewing and please notify me as soon as you reach your goal (or want to upgrade) so I can verify your reviews and start entering names in my draw.

(I am resisting the strong urge to say ‘May the odds be ever in your favour.’  Oops, too late!)


  1. Thomas

    This is rather exciting – I’m impressed by the amount of people who have signed up under the upper levels as well! I just finished my first book, so you’re right, may the odds be ever in our favor…

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      • shirleyford929

        I am a bit late in life coming to all this blogging technology etc. so you will have to bear with me if I don’t always do what I should do. I am gradually getting the hang of everything. I am a small UK fish in a very big US pond!

        • Carrie Slager

          There’s nothing wrong with that! Everyone here was a beginner once and I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it and learn as you go along. The beauty of book reviews is that you can have your own style, there’s no right or wrong way to do things. I look forward to reading your reviews! Will you be posting them on your main blog, fordsthoughts?

          • shirleyford929

            Yes, reviews will go on my blog. I write reviews on Amazon as well, but will change reviews so they are not the same. I will be reviewing my first book for the challenge hopefully tomorrow

  3. Megan.S

    Hello! I would like to join as a sane viewer. Just to be clear, we post the reviews on our own blogs. Is there a book list or is it just any books we happen to read?

    • Carrie Slager

      Yes, you post the reviews on your own blog, but you can count guest posting for other blogs as a review. And no, you can read any book you want! I hate restricting challenges that give you a list, so this one is pretty wide open. Thanks for joining! 🙂

        • Carrie Slager

          Posting your review on another blog. Some book reviewing blogs have guest posting policies where you can see if they’re looking for guest posters. Basically, you send them your review (or upload it on their blog yourself if they give you author permissions) and they publish it on their blog, linking back to yours. That way their audience gets something new while you can expand yours.

          You have to be careful to limit your guest posts, though. Too many make your blog boring and although it gives you exposure, it can be stressful.

    • Carrie Slager

      Goal: 104 books read and reviewed
      Current: 4


      Try this one. In the width area put your percentage and put the same percentage in the b tags for it to appear. Sorry for all the hassle!

  4. James Kennedy

    I played with progress bars for a while and settled on this simple, minimalist one:

    Just change the percentages to reflect the number of books you’ve read. Make sure they add up to 100%.

    • Carrie Slager

      Your bar looks great James! It’d be nicer if you added a way for people to look at the bar and know exactly what percentage you’re at, but I can understand your reasoning. Keep on reading! 🙂

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