2012 Topical Reading Challenges

With all of the great reading genres available, it’s easy to skip over some of them. Check out these great topical reading challenges for 2012. Perhaps you’ll join me for some.
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

When Melissa at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf didn’t see any witchy reading challenges for 2012, she decided to make her own.  The 2012 Witches and Witchcraft Reading challenge is for all books witchy, whether fiction or non-fiction. Anyone can read just one book, and all particpants will be entered to win a $10 gift certificate to The Book Depository! I’m starting with one and will see if I don’t bump up a level.


Do you like mystery and suspense? Join in Book City Chick’s 2012 Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge. There are so many sub-genres in the larger mystery category that I don’t think I will have any difficulty reading 12 novels for this challenge.

Feeling romantic? Check oy the Harlequin Silhouette 2012 Reading Challenge hosted Islandgirl Reads Romance. This challenge requires that you read one Harlequin book in each of 6 categories. This will probably be my most difficult challenge.

With books you can travel through time. Join Library of Clean Reads with the 2012 Time Travel Reading Challenge. I’m keeping it simple with a Surprise Trip (minimum of 1-3 books) and will see what else I read from there.

Do you have any earth based leanings or just want to learn more about earth-centered celebrations or history? Check out the 2012 Pagan Reading Challenge hosted by The Domestic Pagan. Just by celebrating the scientifically-based changes in our world during the year, our family reads several pagan books every year. You don’t have to be pagan to read pagan books or appreciate a large part of our history.

Looking toward the future, you could join The Dystopia 2012 Challenge at Bookish Ardour. Admittedly, this hasn’t been my favorite genre, but I was pleasantly surpirsed by some of the dystopian novels I read last year, stretching myself just a bit.

Finally, for those of you who love cogs and clocks, head over to Oh, The Places You’ll Go! for the Cogs, Clocks, and Mechanisms Reading Challenge 2012. Haven’t tried steampunk? Challenge yourself!

The Witches Lottery

Krystal Mclaughlin’s new book The Witches Lottery provides readers of Young Adult fiction with a strong leading female and a story which revolves around the prophecy of a great female witch rather than the typical male. I enjoyed her take on the differing directions of those touched with supernatural abilties and the concept of a dormant gene. I have long waited for such a book and am thrilled that my children, especially my daughters, will have such books to read when they are older.

The Witches Lottery (Enchanted Island Series)

Sub-plots supplemented the main story, leaving room for expansion in future books of the series, while giving the book some twists. The book is a short and the story could be more developed. I will admit that I wasn’t thrilled with the writing at the beginning of the book, although I found the issue to be less noticeable the further I read, both a product of the improved writing and the developing story. I look forward to future writing from this debut author and expect her to only get better with time.

Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of the book was provided by the author.

my little witch…

My little witch found the perfect hat last month – it was black and purple satin with black lace and sparkly ribbon and it was on sale. Her eyes lit up with delight, and we finally knew which direction her witch costume would go. A little black and purple satin had me desiging the perfect dress and lined jacket with flared arms. The last debate was what she would wear on her legs; we found these cute little tights at Target. They even have silver sparkles in them. She wants to wear it everywhere.