2024 Challenge Sign Up Post

Posted January 2, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in challenge / 10 Comments

I think it’s just easier to do a separate post each year for these, not to mention how long my end of the year wrap-up post already is without adding new stuff like this.

I have set my Goodreads and StoryGraph goals a little lower this year, at only 150. I have to stop thinking that I have to have a goal that lasts all year, 150 is a little over 10 a month, so I am pretty sure I can do that! There’s also a Pages challenge on StoryGraph just for logging pages every day, so that is an easy one to do!

So, I didn’t participate much other than completing the books for the Tackle Your TBR Challenge. And it looks as if the blog that hosted it didn’t really do much last year either. So I went back to Feed Your Fiction’s collection of blog challenges back in 2021 to try to see if there were any others that were still active, and I found this one, which is awesome because it has a challenge posted on The Story Graph which I’ve been using so much this past year! I’ve linked the banner above to the site to check it out. While I don’t normally do other lists within my challenges, since I really want my main goal this year to be getting books off my shelf done, I am going to try to do the 24 Prompt list with this one, making me hopefully get at least 2 books a month completed. I technically got 26 books done for my 2023 TBR challenge, so surely I can do it this year too!

  1. The book must have been published in 2023 or earlier.
  2. You have to start and finish the book in 2024.
  3. And that’s it!

I’ll start sorting through my books and adding to the list on The Story Graph for the challenge. But I may always change them if something else pops up that fits on my TBR shelf as I dig down!

So, last year I actually made my goal for this one. So I’m going to participate again this year and set a goal of 6 posts for the year, that’s one every two months, although if I can do more I will. This is hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

Here’s All You Have to Do:
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up HERE. There’s no need to say what your discussion posts will be about–just tell us you’re joining and let us know your goal. (Can be in an update post or a post with other challenges–you’re not required to make a completely separate sign-up post.)
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts. Feel free to also link back in your actual discussions (we appreciate it, so more people can find us!), but that’s not required.
  • The challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2024. Sign-ups will remain open through December 28th, 2024. So, you can basically sign up all year long. Come join us!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • On the 1st of every month, a link-up will go up on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll leave your links for that month’s discussions. Every month, I’ll update the Discussion Challenge widget in the sidebar with the new post–so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • There will also be a big yearly giveaway–multiple winners for multiple things!–so do keep entering and checking back!
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2024 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!

What Kinds of Discussions Can You Link Up?

Discussions can be about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to books or book blogging! We’re pretty lax about what can be called a “discussion,” but here are some guidelines:

  • We reserve the right to remove posts from the link-up at our discretion. Posts that we feel promote hate or denigrate others will be removed.
  • Please don’t link up discussions about things that are completely off-topic, like travel or fashion, etc.
  • Please don’t link up month-end wrap-ups (We have the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up for that, and we’d love to have you join in!)—unless you have a very specific book-related discussion topic that you include in your wrap-up!
  • Please don’t link up book reviews unless it’s more of a general discussion about a topic and you’re using a specific book as an example.
  • Please don’t link up giveaways unless the post is mostly a discussion that just happens to have a giveaway attached (like if you were talking about the reasons you love audiobooks and you decide to do a giveaway of an audiobook at the end).
  • Linking up Top Ten Tuesday posts or other meme posts are fine as long as there’s some actual discussion involved (not just a list of books). Same with tags—they’re fine, but we’d prefer if there’s some discussion involved of why you chose the books, not just a list of books that go with the tag topic.
  • A post can be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post. (We love getting to know our fellow bloggers!)

Hopefully this doesn’t make us seem like the Discussion Police—we just want to try to keep the link-ups discussion-focused since there are already a lot of places to link up those other types of posts. (And remember that we always err on the side of being flexible.)  🙂

The Levels:

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler. This is the one I’m going for this year again!
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab

And I’m doing an edit of this post as I decided to attempt COYER again this year. I did some reading of e-books at my desk before Christmas break, and then I decided this first week back to attempt it again. I scrolled through my list of free ebooks I’ve been “buying” over the past 5 or 6 years according to a list on Goodreads, starting with the ones bought the longest ago. And then I read a tiny bit at work on the second day back.

Chapter 1: Winter Rules from January – March

Chapter 1 will run January –March and will be a return to our strict rules for Winter:

  1. Every book you read MUST be in an electronic format – meaning eBook or Audiobook. It’s okay to start a book before January 1st, you must be less than half way for it to count then review it during COYER.
  2. The books must be FREE or NEARLY FREE! This includes review books, tour books, NetGalley, Edelweiss, etc. What’s nearly free? No more than $5 for eBooks and no more than $7.50 for Audiobooks (or the equivalent in your currency). Library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited, Amazon Prime books, and Audible Plus Catalog books do not qualify.
  3. Announce your participation! This can be a blog post (or if you don’t have a blog – Facebook, Twitter, Mastodon, Hive, Instagram, TikTok, Goodreads, etc.) If you want to list books you would like to read, that’s great, but not necessary. The point is to let everyone know you’re committed to COYER Winter, maybe share some goals, and help spread the word. Not sure how to do your post? Check out this example from a previous COYER.
  4. Link up! Link that post (not just your blog homepage) to the linky below.
  5. Review & Link Reviews! Your review may be on your blog, Goodreads, etc. Link the review to the Review Linky (the same linky all year). When you post your review to the linky use the following format: Your Name @ Blog (if applicable): Book Title (e.g., “Michelle @ Because Reading: Twilight”).
  6. Follow & share reviews on Social Media. Use #COYER on your posts and look for others posting with the hashtag.
  7. Visit Each Other, Chat & Have Fun

Michelle will post the Chapter 1 winner March 20, 2024. Be sure to have your reviews on the linky by 12pm (noon) EST March 19th for them to be included in the Chapter 1 drawing. Any reviews entered after 12 noon March 19th will go to the Chapter 2 drawing. Keep following Chapter 1 rules through the end of March. Chapter 2 Rules will begin April 1.

My goal is to read one a month, so for this first chapter it will be 3.

Final Thoughts

This is all I’m doing for yearly challenges. What challenges are you participating in this year? Any of the same ones I am?

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10 responses to “2024 Challenge Sign Up Post

    • Lisa Mandina

      Good luck with your TBR challenge. Of course I may end up picking different books as the year goes on, and then I won’t meet the prompts, but I’ll be okay with that as long as I reach my goal.

  1. Ha! I totally get what you mean about making this a separate post from our end of year wrap-ups, lol. We’d all be reading forever.

    I haven’t joined StoryGraph yet. I’ve been meaning too but I keep getting sidetracked, lol. I like the idea of a challenge for logging pages every day. That would definitely help with meeting our reading goals.

    Beat the backlist sounds like a good one. I should join that one next year if my Trim challenge doesn’t work out, lol. I also like the idea of a discussion post challenge. It’s a nice push to post quality content.

    I really hope you enjoy these challenges and you’re able to meet all your goals! Good luck!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      StoryGraph is such a great site. If I thought I could get rid of Goodreads, I might completely move to them, but I have so much on Goodreads and there is still a lot to do there that I just can’t quite give it up yet. Your Trim challenge seems like a really good one!

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