Monday, December 17, 2012

2013 New Adult Challenge Sign-Ups!!!!

Hey, all! I'm so very excited because today sign ups start for the 2013 New Adult Challenge! I participated in the challenge last year so when the founder of the challenge, Danya from A Tapestry of Words blog, offered to co-host with myself, Tara from Tater's Tall Tails, and Barbara from Bastia's Bookshelf I was ecstatic to join her and help spread the word for new adult fiction!

Check out these ladies blogs who are my co-hosts because they are stellar, and do awesome work for NA in the book blogging community!

So with the challenge all you have to do is sign up on the linky below then pick what goal of New Adult reads you plan on devouring in 2013!

The response was so great last year that the goals have been raised! 

Here are the new goals for the 2013 challenge:
  • Just Graduated: read a minimum of 5 New Adult books
  • Moving Out: read a minimum of 10 New Adult books
  • Living On Your Own: read a minimum of 20 New Adult books
  • Fully Independent: read a minimum of 30 New Adult books

Wondering about the rules for the challenge? Well here you go!

Rules for the challenge:

Purpose of the challenge: Read as many new adult books as you can for the year 2013!

Pick a challenge goal: Refer to above!

Sign up for the challenge on the Linky below!

What is new adult and what books count for the challenge?

Kristan Hoffman, winner of the St. Martin's Press New Adult contest, was once quoted by Cally Jackson as saying:

“The Transition from child to adult doesn’t happen overnight--just ask as anyone who is or has been (or is a parent to) a teenager. But the transition from teen to adult doesn’t happen overnight either. There’s a period of time where adulthood feels like a new pair of shoes. The expectations of independence and self-sufficiency are still new, still being broken in. New Adults are the people who have just begun to walk in those shoes; New Adult fiction is about their blisters and aches.”

Cally Jackson’s post about “The Missing Genre” and Kristan Hoffman’s post for Writer's Digest "New Adult: What Is It" sum up nicely why we’re here--why we are writing New Adult fiction, and why we’re blogging about it. Because the genre is breaking in its new pair of shoes, too, and this blog is about those blisters, those aches, and ultimately, the successes that come with finding independence and self-sufficiency.

What age brackets to reach for: Books with protagonists in their late teens or early twenties (18-30 years of age) who are usually post-grads of high school and are living out in the adult world taking care of themselves. Generally, these are things to look for. Use the ages of 18 - 30 as a guideline. Everything else, just use your judgment!

What genres count: Any genre that falls into the age bracket and consists of new adult themes (ie college, first jobs, etc.) count. That means fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, contemporary, etc.

When does the challenge start and end? January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Final Thoughts!

Sign up on the linky below and join the Goodreads New Adult Challenge page to log in your books! That's right. Goodreads will log the books for your challenge for you. All you have to do is join the challenge page here:

New Adult Challenge Goodreads Group (Currently set up for 2012, but will change soon ;D)

To get you started on next year here are some great Goodreads lists and links* that have many amazing New Adult books listed. Feel free to add to these lists so other readers can share in the new adult goodness you devoured!

*Thanks Tara for the comprehensive list of NA Goodreads links!

And of course check out my group blog, NA Alley, for all things NA!

Good luck readers and yeah for 2013 and New Adult Fiction!

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Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'm definitely in. I was introduced to NA earlier this year and I love it. I'm going for fully independent. Oh yeah, I'm going for the MAX.

Johanna Garth said...

Cool! I feel like NA is my favorite emerging genre.

ELAdams said...

As I'm writing a NA urban fantasy series myself, I definitely want to take part in this!

Faith McKay said...

Awesome! I think I'll make a conservative guess and stick with the Moving Out level--I'm sure I'll at least read 10 :)

Laurie Carlson said...

Hi Victoria!
I'm SO late in coming into this Challenge! I found it by participating in Cora Carmack's Street Tea for #TeamGarrick! I LOVE NA!!!
Back when NA was being tossed around and other author who wrote adult books were putting NA DOWN, yes, they WERE! I was standing up for it! That was last summer when I ran into a LOT of posts by authors who had grouped up together. I did NOT like that! I stood up for NA on their blogs! I committed to 10 books! I already read 5, so I'll do 10!
My blog: and click on the 2013 Challenges Tab!

Pattimoose said...

Count me in!! I'm currently writing a NA book myself and want to read as much as possible!!

Anonymous said...

I love books of this genre and can't wait to read more throughout the year. I will set my goal at 30 books!


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