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Reader Roundup: Looking Forward to Reading in 2014 – Amy Alessio

Amy AlessioYou made it through most of the holidays, but here comes 2014. Do you want to write more in 2014? How about reading? Join us here at Romance University for a Reading Challenge. Can you read fifty romance books in 2014? They need only have some romantic elements, and be over 150 pages. Just comment on here (and of the bi weekly Reader Roundups) when you are done and when you read one you love. We will have a hashtag # soon but I’ll be posting my progress and suggestions on here too.  If you have a blog and want to link to RU, mention you are doing the challenge or list your books feel free, but it isn’t required. This is just for inspiration and fun.

For this special New Year’s edition of the Reader Roundup, here are some other suggestions for read alongs and challenges for 2014:

Goodreads Challenges Directory: Find something in this group for all types of reading tastes.

Pinterest 2014 Reading Challenges: Many of the Goodreads ones are listed here too, but it’s a nice visual directory of lots of choices.

The Novel Challenges site offers information on all types of challenges. This link takes you to a page about YA Reading:

Do you read for lots of challenges? Join the Reading Challenge Addicts at their site:

The Book Vixen site features a Contemporary Romance challenge. If you are new to challenges and like contemporaries, this might be a great one to start with:

Contemporary Romance Challenge

There is a challenge for every reader, and the Herding Cats and Burning Soup site features an Erotic Romance Challenge:

as well as a Nalini Singh Read Along:

Who needs a challenge? Rather than a school assignment, challenges are more for fun to help you find new authors and series to love. Happy New Year’s Reading, Everyone!


Bio:Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground, was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at

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2 Responses to “Reader Roundup: Looking Forward to Reading in 2014 – Amy Alessio”

  1. Hey Amy!

    I need a good reading challenge….I think last year I read 3 books – and I used to read 1-3 a week! The local librarians have come looking for me….lol….wondering if I’ve gone digital. Instead, I just seem to run out of time. I NEED TO READ!! It’s my relaxation before bedtime.

    Challenge accepted!



    Posted by Carrie Spencer | December 28, 2013, 1:12 pm
  2. I’m excited about this challenge. This month, I attended a workshop where the wonderful speaker said that one of the best presents a writer can give him or herself is reading. I will now have an excuse to read all the romance novels on my shelf and on my Kindle. Next month, I will try to figure out how to post the books I’ve read on my blog.

    Posted by Tanya | December 31, 2013, 3:16 pm

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