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The Mad Reviewer Reading and Reviewing Challenge 2016 Sign Up

2016MRRCWell, last year’s reading challenge is over (although you can still confirm your reviews until January 15th if you head over here) so now it’s time for the 2016 Mad Reviewer Reading & Reviewing Challenge.  A huge thank you goes to the amazing Diantha Jones for designing the lovely challenge button you see above for the fourth year in a row.  If you’re participating in the challenge, you can grab the button above. Here is the HTML for it:

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Once again, 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, 2016 and ending December 31, 2016.

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.)

RULES

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 so that you’re officially signed up.

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 last day you can sign up is July 31st of 2016.  I’m not taking any more entries after that, sorry.

6.  The draw for the 2016 prizes will take place in the first few days of January 2017.  This will give everyone time to tell me they’ve finished their chosen level and I’ll have time to actually verify the reviews.  I’m not chasing people around like I did in 2014; especially not now that my challenge includes 50+ people.  So at the end of the year, in December, head on back to my blog and tell me through the Contact Page or my submissions post I’ll have up on December 30th.

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 2015 version and my banner.)

PRIZE SELECTION

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.)

HOW TO SIGN UP

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!

Have you finished The Mad Reviewer Reading & Reviewing Challenge for 2015? Let me know!

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge 2015

I’m getting at this a little later than I usually do because of unforeseen family circumstances, but that certainly doesn’t mean I’m not going to keep up with my 2015 reading challenge.  If you have finished the challenge, let me know either here on this post in the comments, via my contact page or even on Twitter.  When I’ve confirmed your entry, I’ll add you to a list of people who completed the challenge.  I am not chasing anyone down this year so it’s all your job to contact me with your links to confirm the challenge.

Because I’m getting at this late this year, everyone has until 11:59 pm CST on January 15, 2016 to submit their links.  The winners of the draw will be announced on that Sunday at 11:59 pm.  There will be one winner and three runners up.  I haven’t decided exactly what the prizes will be this year but I’ve got a pretty good idea and I’ll be announcing it next week.

As a reminder, here are the levels:

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.)


 

Here are the people that have already confirmed their entries (including myself):

  1. Chelsea of To Each Their Own Reviews: Mad Reviewer
  2. Sadie of See Sadie Read: Mad Reviewer
  3. Carrie of The Mad Reviewer: Crazy Reviewer
  4. Elena of Elena Square Eyes: Crazy Reviewer
  5.  Lorn of pakwanstripes: Slightly Sane Reviewer
  6. Diantha of DJ’s Book Corner: Slightly Sane Reviewer
  7. Kristelle of Amiabooklover: Slightly Sane Reviewer
  8. The Daily Opine: Sane Reviewer

Announcing the 2014 Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge Winners

Well, I officially created the draw for the 2014 Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge winners.  I won’t keep you guys in suspense, so here are the names of the winners as well as the challenge levels they completed:

Grand Prize: Camille of Girl Meets Books; Mad Reviewer

1st Runner Up: Naila of Reading Authors; Crazy Reviewer

2nd Runner Up: Jemima Pett; Crazy Reviewer

The only person who won for the second year running is Jemima Pett, so congratulations to her!  And a huge congratulations goes to our winner, Camille, for both completing the Mad Reviewer level and for winning the draw.  Those extra entries you get for the higher levels certainly do count.  As well, congratulations are in order for Naila, who completed the Crazy Reviewer level of 52 books.

You guys all worked so hard and even if you didn’t win, you can look back on the fact that the challenge gave you extra motivation to write more reviews for your blogs.

Congratulations again to the winners!  For your prizes, contact me via email (if you have my address) or through my Contact page.  Then we can organize prize distribution.

Have You Finished The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge 2014? Tell Me Here!

Yes, it’s the end of 2014 already and so the end of my reading challenge is also nigh.  That means it’s also time to announce how I’ll be verifying the challenge entries as well as what the winners of the draw will receive.  I’ll start with the latter.

Here are the prizes for this year since last year’s prize distribution was really an unmitigated disaster (and I really do apologize to the winners last year for all of that):

  1. Grand prize winner: a $35 book shopping spree on The Book Depository.
  2. First Runner Up: a $15 book shopping spree on The Book Depository
  3. Second Runner Up: a couple of free ebooks donated by some close author friends.

If you have finished The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge 2014, comment below with a link to your reviews or email me through my Contact page.  Even if you didn’t reach your goal, as long as you reached at least 12 books (the lowest level) you can still get entered.  The rules are here if you want to look.  And unlike last year, I am not chasing people around to see if they finished the challenge.  If you finished the challenge, please take the time to comment or contact me in some way or you won’t be entered into the draw for 12:00am MT on SUNDAY, JANUARY 4.

If you need a refresher, here are the different levels and the number of entries they get you:

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.)

And yes, as I said at the beginning of the challenge, they all have to be reviewed! Continue reading

The 2014 Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge Has Begun!

(The draw for the 2013 prizes will be held on January 4 so if you’ve finished the 2013 challenge please let me know.)

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge ButtonYes folks, The Mad Reviewer Reading & Reviewing Challenge has begun for 2014!  All your reviews from now until December 31 count toward your goal.  If you need a reminder of the rules click here.  Just remember that if you signed up but didn’t provide a link in either your profile or your comment you aren’t officially signed up.  Please contact me with a link as soon as possible!

And if you haven’t signed up for the challenge but would like to please read the rules in the link above and comment on either that post or this one!  You can join anytime in 2014 and can count any reviews you’ve already done for the year toward your goal.

Below are some of the awesome book bloggers that have decided to join the challenge this year.  Anyone who is a returning participant is indicated with (R) beside their name.

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I Finished The Mad Reviewer Reading & Reviewing Challenge

I started my own challenge way back in 2013 so it’d be a darn shame not to finish it.  I actually read and reviewed 191 books in 2013 but I counted the longer novels toward my challenge.  Anyone who doubts whether I actually reviewed these books can go verify them on the ‘My Reviews‘ page.  Right now I’m just going to talk about my statistics from the reading challenge (in which I read 104 books).

Total pages read: 43,985

Average pages per book: 422.9

Time spent reading (assuming an average of 100 pages/hour): 436.85 hours

Time spent reviewing (assuming 45 minutes/review): 78 hours

Um, wow?  I had no idea I spent that much time reading, but I guess I really do spend a lot of my time with my nose in a book.  More than most people, I’m thinking.  Even with blogging, I had no idea I spent that much time actually writing reviews!  But by the time I find cover pictures, blurbs and actually write the darn things an average of 45 minutes has gone by.  That means that since I reviewed 191 books this year I spent 143 hours and 15 minutes writing reviews.  I earned my blog name, that’s for sure.

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.) Continue reading