2012 Sci-Fi Challenge


Want to challenge yourself to read outside your comfort zone in 2012?
Like science fiction but tend to put off reading it?
Are you a total geek but never really take the time to read?


If you answered yes to any of the above, sign up for my 2012 reading challenge now! The idea is to read one sci-fi book each month however we all have different reading speeds so set yourself a number that you feel comfortable with.


What books count as sci-fi?

There's more to science fiction than aliens and spaceships. The dictionary definition is: fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component. So that includes dystopias, zombie viruses, genetic engineering gone awry, time travel, steampunk, extreme weather, space exploration and, of course, aliens.

Not a book blogger?

That's OK. As long as you are willing to write some words about the book on a publicly accessible site (eg. Goodreads, personal blog) you can join in. If you're not sure where you'll be posting you can sign up with a social network account.

Monthly giveaways!

Yes, each book you read will get you an entry into some great giveaways throughout the year.

Don't know where to start?

I'll be choosing a featured book each month as an optional readalong. If you'd like to treat it as a book group, we can arrange discussions too.

Add yourself to the Mr Linky list to sign up. New link-ups will be posted at the end of each month for you to share the books you've read.

Thanks to Mike for the Stormtrooper photo, you can add this to your blog with the code below (feel free to change the size to fit, maximum width = 400). This is not mandatory but I would appreciate it if you publicise your participation in some way!

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LINK UP POSTS
January (giveaway closed)
February (giveaway closed)
March

41 comments:

  1. I am already a science fiction reader but there is much I haven't read. I'd love to join the group!

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  2. Fantastic! I've added you to the list, first book will be announced in December and I'll try and update on RiSi too.

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  3. Sounds great, I'm looking forward to it!

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge!

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  5. I looking forward to the challenge. Thanks for posting it.

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  6. Hmm. Should have previewed it. It should of course say Thanks for hosting the challenge.

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  7. I would read lots of science fiction anyway, but I'm joining up because I think your button is terrific and I want a reason to post it on my blog. ;-)

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  8. I'm not a sci-fi fan, but I saw this in my Google Reader and thought the picture was absolutely adorable with the little storm trooper! Very cute. :)

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  9. Absolutely participating! :D Many thanks!

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  10. I think I'll do this one concurrently with the Sci-Fi Reading Challenge I'm hosting. Is that cheating? It's going to be fun!

    Leslie
    Working for the Mandroid

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  11. Not cheating at all, a lot of people double up on challenges. Thanks to everyoen that's signed up so far, I'll be checking out your blogs at the weekend.

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  12. I don't usually do challenges but SciFi is my love so maybe this will encourage me to read some books I have skipped.

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  13. This is going to be a great challenge! Sci-fi is my favorite :)

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  14. Looking forward to the challenge!

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  15. Yay! Really looking forward to this :)

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  16. Any format restrictions? Audiobooks, E-books, Graphic Novels? I mostly listen to audio, but I also collect classic scifi PB's.

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  17. Not at all. The only thing I would say that if you want to read short stories, then a collection would count as one book for the purpose of the challenge and giveaway entries. There is no difference in reading an ebook to a paper book, the story is exactly the same!

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  18. I'm a big Sci-Fi fan but need nudging out of the space-and-aliens-only stories. This should be fun!

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  19. I love the idea of this challenge, as I've been wanting to get back into scifi. Can't wait to start!

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  20. Ellie - are you going to have a thread where we can link our reviews to?

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  21. I like a bit of sci-fi, I'm in :-)

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  22. I just finished a class at the University of Chicago focused on Science Fiction and this is a perfect opportunity to keep reading SF regularly in the new year. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  23. It makes much more sense to add the link-up at the beginning of the month, duh! I will sort this out at the weekend.

    Are people able to subscribe to the comments on this page so I can do updates here? I will try and make the links and announcements obvious on my blog.

    First group read is ZOO CITY if you're interested.

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  24. I posted this link to a fellow blogger & they signed up, so it's only right that I also take part.

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  25. I've had Zoo City on my Mount TBR read for a while now so add me to the sci-fi challenge please. It'll tie in nicely with another one I'm doing as well :)

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  26. Had a little linky hiccup there. Have added you to the list and everyone should be able to see the links again!

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  27. I used to read quite a lot of sci-fi, but have been more into murder mysteries for a few years.

    Looking forward to giving this a go.

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  28. Hope it's not too late to join?

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  29. Sounds great - this will be my first year doing a challenge, but this is a great one to start with.

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  30. Definitely giving this one a go. I read quite a bit of dystopia last year, so I am going to use this challenge as an excuse to read some other sci-fi themes!

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  31. This looks like a fun challenge. I enjoy reading dystopia and sci-fi too, but don't make much time for it. Hope to remedy that.

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  32. Thanks to Parish Lantern I found this challenge -
    Cheers!

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  33. Always looking for an excuse to read more scifi!

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  34. I'm ready for a good challenge! I want to catch up on the sci-fi classics.

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  35. I love your little lego rebel!! Hilarious.

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  36. I am keeping the linkies open for each month but they won't count towards the giveaway if you miss the deadline.

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  37. Oh, bugger. I. Can't. Resist. Sign me up.

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  38. Please sign me up as well! When does this start?

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