2014 Sequel & Prequel Challenge


Welcome to the 2014 Sequel & Prequel Challenge, hosted by Novel Heartbeat and Writer Grrl Reads! This year's challenge is an expansion on the 2013 Sequel challenge. We've compared our unbelievably long series TBR lists and come to the conclusion that we need a bit of extra help knocking those sequels of our TBRs and we're sure that a few of you have the same problem!

The goal: To read as many prequels and sequels as you can. You set your goal at whatever number works for you.


  1. The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st.
  2. Any books started before Jan. 1 will not count.
  3. All books in a series count for points (see below)
  4. Novellas count, either prequels or sequels (i.e. #0.5, #1.5, #2.5, etc).
  5. Books can be of any publication date. They don’t have to be released in 2014.
  6. In order to get 10 points for a completed series, there must be at least 3 full-length books in the series.
  7. You can still get sequel points for a duology, you just can't get the 10 bonus points for finishing it.
  8. Sign-ups will be open until December 1st, 2014.
  9. To join, add the URL of your challenge post to the linky widget. (If you’d like to wait, it’s ok to use your blog URL and send us your link when you get the post up)
  10. At the end of each month we will post a linky for you to add your sequel reviews to. The linky will rotate between our blogs on alternate months, so you can link up at Novel Heartbeat at the end of January, March, May, July, September and November, and over at Writer Grrl Reads at the end of February, April, June, August, October and December.
  11. We will try to do some giveaways throughout the year for participants (as long as we can afford it), as well as some mini-challenges and read-alongs ... so stay tuned for further details!
  12. There will be a giveaway at the end of the year for all participants who completed the challenge!

The Point System

For each prequel and sequel read this year, points will be awarded as follows:
  • 1 point for each prequel or sequel novella read and reviewed
  • 2 points for each full-length sequel read and reviewed
  • 10 points for completing and reviewing a full series
  • **You do not get points for the first book in a series
  • **The 10 bonus points is for finishing a full series.  That means that all books must be published (unless you got an advance reader copy early).  I.e. If you are completely caught up on a series, and the next book is not releasing until 2015 (and you do not have an advance reader copy), that does not count toward the 10 bonus points.
  • **If you started the series before 2014, you can still get the bonus points for finishing it if you reviewed the other books in the series at some point.  For example: You read The Hunger Games in 2013, but read Catching Fire and Mockingjay in 2014 - you would get 2 points for both sequels (4 points total) and 10 points for finishing the series.  You don't have to start the series in 2013 to get the bonus points.
To get points, you must review the book/novella somewhere. If you want to earn points, please link up your reviews at the end of each month, and enter the number of points earned (we will give examples in the linky). Each point earned is an entry into the giveaway at the end of the year for all participants who completed the challenge. So, the more sequels you read, the better your chances of winning the giveaway! Plus, we are also considering one prize for the "overacheiver award" -- the person who gets the most points!

10-25 points: Newbie
25-50 points: Amateur
51-75 points: Advanced
76-100 points: Professional
101+ points: Veteran

So let this year be the year that we stop whining about how many sequels are sitting on our TBRs or cluttering up our shelves! Take control of your reading destinies and sign up to read with us!

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  1. Just to clarify the third book in a series would still count for this challenge?

  2. Squee!! It's here! I'll do a proper sign-up post later on in the week & link it here, but I cannot wait to start this challenge! I am so ready to tackle all these series I've started, haha.

    1. Awesome! I'm totally looking forward to a year of clearing unfinished series OFF my TBR pile!

  3. I love the idea of a points system to "reward" our progress -- I kept finding series challenges where nothing counted unless you finished the whole series and I know those weren't the ones for me -- especially since I have quite a few series with a LOT of books to read in them. This is a nice way to stay on track & stay motivated. Thanks for hosting!

  4. I posed this clarification at your partner site but it took half an hour to somewhat load on dial-up! I'd better stick with a fellow Canuck's blog. :) It doesn’t matter how few novels finish a series in 2014? Say I merely had Lyn Hamilton’s last novel to finish. It equals 10 points. Right? Carolyn. http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/riedel-reading-themes/

    1. Yay Canucks ;-P Yes, it doesn't matter how many novels you have left in the series, you still get 10 points for finishing the series! Personally, I have quite a few series left where I only have the last book left, so I'm looking forward to cleaning house on my TBR!

  5. I'm in Melissa! As much as I'm a finisher, what I like about your incarnation is that there's no failure. Adding volumes from a huge series like Nancy Atherton, Kate Kingsbury, Marion C. Beaton, Elizabeth Peters brings points ~ reflects progress. I wouldn't venture those series on traditional 'finish' sites.

    I invite you to my brand new themes! :) Carolyn. http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/riedel-reading-themes/

  6. I've mentioned I'm on dial-up, so it's always appreciated if review links are displayed in one easy-to-find spot. Would you mind replying to my blog with the February URL? (Then I don't have to hunt for replies either - LOL)!


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