New challenge!

This is a challenge that has been passed around a bit. In 2012, BaffledBooks 2.0 will be taking over hosting the Speculative Fiction Challenge which was created by Carolyn at Book Chick City and then passed on to Amanda at Floor to Ceiling Books. It’s found it 2012 home here with us and I’m so, so excited!

I (Lisa, by the way) am doing my thesis on Science Fiction as a thought experiment, focusing on artifical intelligence (robots basically). This means that my reading pile has had a lot of speculative fiction added to it lately and what better way to make the most of my limited reading time than to host a speculative fiction challenge!

Sign Up

Anyone can join, blog or not, you just need somewhere to post your reviews to share with the world. If you have a blog, a post about the challenge would be nice! Just add your details to the linky below to sign up.

I’ve made a couple of buttons and have modified the traditional challenge button for this year. Feel free to put them in your sidebar and use them in your review posts! Just save the image of your choice to your computer first please!

Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 – 31 Dec 2012. You can sign up from now right up until 31 Nov 2012.

Rules: The levels are back this year! Just pick your level and declare it in your post or in the comments below:

  • Nosey: 3 novels
  • Excited: 6 novels
  • Content: 12 novels
  • In Nirvana: 24 novels
  • Obsessed: 48 novels

There is no need to list your books now (unless you are like me and love making lists), just pick as you go along and have fun! Books can most definitely be counted towards other challenges.

I will post a monthly link up for you to share your reviews. There are no prizes other that a sense of satisfaction at reaching your goal (*interpretation* We are broke college students with no sneakily awesome publishing contacts).

Any book format (ebook, print, audio) counts!

And because it can sometimes get a bit confusing (from Carolyns original post), Genres:

  • Science Fiction: hard/soft SF, cyberpunk, time travel, alternative history, space opera
  • Fantasy Fiction: dark fantasy, urban fantasy, magic realism, quest, mythical fantasy, steampunk
  • Horror Fiction: paranormal, gothic literature, splatterpunk
  • Supernatural Fiction
  • Superhero Fiction
  • Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
  • Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Since next year I’ll adventure a bit more on the dystopian genre, for this challenge I’ll read mostly dystopian books, and gonna start slow with Nosey and maybe get to the next levels, who knows, right? But since Urban Fantasy is accepted I’ll probably finish this one in a blink.