The Mad Reviewer Reading and Reviewing Challenge 2014 Sign Up

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge ButtonThe 2013 Mad Reviewing Reading & Reviewing Challenge is still in progress of course but I’m liking it so much that I figured I may as well start people on the sign up sheet.  The challenge is the same as last year:

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge is to read and review (either on Goodreads, Amazon or your own blog) 104 books in one year starting January 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2014.

I’m fully aware that not everyone has time to read 104 books which is why I’ve created different levels of the challenge that you can aspire to:

1.  Mad Reviewer: 104 books in one year. (2 books a week all year.)

2.  Crazy Reviewer: 52 books in one year. (1 book a week all year.)

3.  Slightly Sane Reviewer: 26 books in one year. (1 book every fortnight all year.)

4.  Sane Reviewer: 12 books in one year.  (1 book every month all year.)


1.  Self-published, independently published and traditionally published books are all completely acceptable.  Whether you read print copies or ebook copies makes no difference at all.

2.  No audiobooks.  I’d prefer people to read the books themselves, not have someone reading to them.  Audiobooks can absolutely be a valuable tool for busy readers but they’re not really in the spirit of this challenge.

3.  I don’t have a sign up form but if you intend to do this challenge you must post a comment below.  That way I can contact you at the end of 2014 if you haven’t submitted your reviews to me for verification.

4.  You can review your books on any site.  Your own blog, Goodreads, someone else’s blog, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.  The point is just to review the books you read!

5.  The draw for the 2014 prizes will take place on January 3, 2015.  This will give everyone time to tell me they’ve finished their chosen level and I’ll have time to actually verify the reviews.  If you’ve completed your level and haven’t informed me by the evening of January 2 that’s just too bad.  The draw will happen regardless.

If you have a blog it would be great if you could use the button at the top of the post designed by the lovely Diantha Jones for me.  (She also designed the 2013 version and my banner.)  If you would like to keep track of your progress using a side bar, I find that this one worked well for me in 2013:

Goal:  104 books read and reviewed<br>
Current:  0<br>
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<div style=”background:#3366FF;color:white;width:0;”><b>0</b>

A huge thanks goes to Stacking Pennies for the initial format of the progress bar.  Of course you can use your own but I thought I’d provide a nice tool for those of you that, like me, aren’t very HTML-savvy.


Anyone who completes the level they stated as their goal will be entered into a draw.  How many entries you get will be determined by what level you’ve achieved:

Mad Reviewer (104 books): 4 entries

Crazy Reviewer (52 books): 3 entries

Slightly Sane Reviewer (26 books): 2 entries

Sane Reviewer (12 books): 1 entry

I know life gets in the way of reading and reviewing frequently, so what I offer to people who don’t complete their goal is a second chance of a sort.  Say you aimed for Crazy Reviewer and only reviewed 30 books.  Since you reviewed a minimum of 26 books you can still enter the draw as a Slightly Sane Reviewer.  That way you’ve at least achieved a level of the challenge as well as had your name entered in the grand prize draw where I’ll be choosing a winner and three runners up.  (This second chance applies to any level.)


Just post your name, the link to where you’ll be reviewing your books and the level at which you want to participate in the comments below!  I’ll be posting a separate list of all the challenge participants (and their goals) as the comments flow in. If you could also publicize the challenge using Twitter, Facebook, your own blogs, etc. that would be great.  The more the merrier!

[UPDATE 03/01/14: PLEASE POST A LINK TO WHERE YOU’RE POSTING YOUR REVIEWS.  THIS MAKES IT EASIER FOR ME TO VERIFY EVERYTHING AT THE END OF THE YEAR!  If you don’t post a link for me, I ask for one and you don’t get back to me you’re not officially signed up.]


  1. Jemima Pett

    I’ll go for Slightly Sane Reviewer too! I did read 52 last year, but didnt review them all – and I’m aiming to go for 60 on the Goodreads Challenge, but that doesnt require reviews. Oh heck… Take up the challenge – I’ll go for the Crazy Reviewer after all!
    Jemima at

  2. Scatty

    Sign me up for Crazy Reviewer 🙂 My reviews will be up on Goodreads. I’ll share the link when its up and working. Here’s to another great reading year!

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks so much for signing up and at such a high level! Just so you know there’ll be events for challenge participants throughout the year including check-ins where we can post our progress and encourage each other. I’ll be checking up on everyone on July 1 (the half-way point) but it’d be great to see you around on a more regular basis.

      Good luck! 🙂

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  4. Bella

    Sign me up for The Mad Reviewer. I’ll post indie book reviews at and those plus traditionally published book reviews at goodreads under my Mia Darien account:


  5. Kyle Anne Uniss

    I will go for Mad Reviewer. Last year I read 150 books, but I allowed audiobooks after I realized I wasn’t going to make it! This year I’m reading the US, from Maine to Alaska and then back again! I’m at

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  7. mariannesciucco

    Count me in as a Slightly Sane Reviewer. I’ll be posting on my blog, Amazon, and goodreads. My first one is ready up!

  8. Teresa Coffey

    Ooooo! I’m in! I review for Masq but that’s not all I read and review. Is there any guidelines about page counts or is a book considered as one regardless of length? I’ve got an 280K Indie novel I agreed to read and review but then I also agreed to read and review a 25-30K Indie novella and another Indie novel that’s somewhere in the middle. I just put up a new review about a couple of hours ago. Will it count?
    Regardless of all the assorted places I might post for someone, all the reviews I do are posted on my blog:
    Woo Hoo!!

      • Carrie Slager

        If you declare Crazy Reviewer but hit Mad Reviewer you’ll be entered in the draw as Mad Reviewer. I’m certainly not going to penalize people for going over their goal!

        And yes, novellas count but I’d prefer that short stories don’t. Yes, the review you just put up a few hours ago counts because it was posted in 2014.

        Which level will you declare? 🙂

  9. Kriss Morton

    I don’t put all my reviews on my blog, only problem. I read and review on both Amazon and Goodreads because I do the GOodreads challenge. I don’t put every review from my blog on Goodreads. I can at least do that for this challenge. But.. ARGH… LOL Ummm (I also will do updates with links at least that will keep it all there. So if I do not review it I will put the review link on a monthly challenge update). 104 and Goodreads is Kriss Morton

  10. Caroline

    Ohh this sounds F.U.N. sigh me up for Mad Reviewer please. Bahahahahahaha ( been practicing my made reviewer laugh). Am an avid reader but terrible at giving back to all the lovely book writey people with reviews so this is the challenge for me! Will post reviews at

  11. Georgie C

    Hey there! This is such an awesome idea and I’m really glad I found it. I’d like to sign up for “Crazy Reviewer” and I’ll be posting reviews on my blog, (: Just to check, is there anything else I need to do in order to be totally signed up? Thank you! (:

  12. Lady Fancifull

    Hi Carrie – this sounds like good fun for a woman who always has a book in her handbag the way some make sure they have a hanky, their keys, mobile etc. BOOK is the most crucial!

    I assume that NON fiction is also included? Anyway, as I only review books I really enjoy on my blog, I think I’d better take my profile as the posting place – the first book this year was lucky to get 2 stars and certainly doesn’t get house room on the blog! And the other reason for not using my blog is that I’m still periodically posting reviews I made on Amazon from years back, slightly revamped, onto the blog. so my blog stats are deceptive

    My Amazon Reviewer Profile is the same name as the blog LadyFancifull

    I hope that link works for you

    And………..I would like to be totally MAD

    Happy reading one and all!

    • Carrie Slager

      Yes, nonfiction is most definitely included. There’s no reason to exclude it. You’re all signed up for the Mad Reviewer level now. Good luck and happy reading! 🙂

      • Lady Fancifull

        Hurrah! Thanks Carrie ( i hope one doesn’t get disqualified if you only read one book one week as long as the total reaches the 2 a week – I just think of The Goldfinch which I began to devour on the day it came out but it took over a week at nearly 800 pages, and moreover 800 that I wanted to think about and not gallop through!

        • Carrie Slager

          The 2 per week, 1 per month thing is just showing people how easy the challenge really is if you read a lot. It’s a suggestion of the average number of books to review a week to achieve your goal, not a requirement. 🙂

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    • Carrie Slager

      Thank you! That was originally my intention with the challenge because there are so many challenges where you have to read this type of book or that author. I just wanted to do a fun challenge to encourage book bloggers to review all the books they read. There’s no pressure and awesome prizes at the end of the year thanks to the many authors that have donated ebooks for my challenge. The grand prize winner also gets some physical books from me.

      Would you like to sign up? 🙂

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    • Carrie Slager

      Thank you, you’re all signed up! 🙂 And actually you don’t have to add any money. I spend very little of my money on the grand prize and the rest are books donated to me by authors.

      Thank you for offering. 🙂

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  17. KidLitReviews

    If it is not too late, sign me up for the Mad Reviewer. I plan to read 250 to 275 books this year (children’s reviewer at Kid Lit Reviews, meaning the books are faster to read–but all are reviewed with at least a 400 word count). Thanks

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  25. Author Unpublished

    Man, wish I’d seen this at the beginning of the year (to be fair, I don’t think I knew about your blog then). LOL ah well. I did make it through 112 books this year though and reviewed every one. I’ll keep an eye out for new challenges in the upcoming year!

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