New Year’s Blog Hop & Contest

New Year’s tends to be a time of reflection on the past year. A time to make changes and set goals. I am not one to make resolutions. I am a pretty decisive person and once I decide on something, I make it happen.

Now when it comes to reading, I do things a little different. For the past two years, I have participated in the Goodreads reading challenge. In 2011, I set a goal to read 275 books, and I read 283 books. So for 2012, I upped my goal to 300 books. When the year got a little crazy and downright hectic, I had doubts I would make it, but much to my surprise, I not only read 300 books, but I snuck in two extra books :-). And out of those 302 books, I wrote reviews for 243 of them.

For the 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge, I am hoping to read 325 books. Hopefully I’ll be able to get caught up on a few series than I am behind in and I would also love to finally read some of those novels that have been languishing in my TBR pile forever.

How about you? Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2013? Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address along with your comment to be entered in the drawing for the Grand Prizes (see below). Complete contest rules are below.

It’s another year over! Can you believe it? Well we authors, readers, and bloggers sure can’t. And to celebrate the New Year with bang, we’re going crazy and sending out so many prizes, fun parties, experiences, and other goodies, that it’s a bit scary. Each author has a favorite New Year memory, book, idea, or way to party and we’re going to show you! Can’t wait to see you January 1st – 6th!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more (US entries ONLY)!
Book Reviews & More by Kathy prize is a $5.00 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (WINNER’S CHOICE).

Follow the rest of the Blog Hop HERE.

To enter just the Grand Prize contest, answer the question: Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2013? ****COMMENT MODERATION IS ON, SO DO NOT BE SURPRISED IF YOU DO NOT IMMEDIATELY SEE YOUR COMMENT.****

For your entry to also be eligible for my contest for a $5.00 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (WINNER’S CHOICE):

You must Do TWO of the Following:

1. Sign up for e-mail updates (upper left corner). One email daily with the day’s posts.


2. Be or become a fan of Book Reviews & More by Kathy Facebook page


3. Follow me on Twitter (@BookReviewsMore)


4. Friend Book Reviews & More by Kathy on Goodreads

Make sure you have filled out the contest entry form:

5. To be eligible to enter contests on Book Reviews and More by Kathy you MUST fill out the contest entry form (found HERE). This form only needs to be filled out ONCE. Your privacy is important to me, and I will not share your information.


The winner of my contest will be selected using and contacted Monday January 7th.


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69 Responses to New Year’s Blog Hop & Contest

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  2. Barbara

    Happy New Year!
    As for my resolution, well – I want to become more fit, graduate from Uni, learn German some more and read more books than in the previous year. I also want to be more active with my blogging. We’ll see how it’ll end in December :).
    Thank you for organizing this! 🙂
    Best wishes,

  3. Beckey

    Getting my Library room organized and obtain some sort of organizing with my goodreads books..


  4. Felicia M Ciaudelli

    My resolutions – FOCUS on my weight loss – get my life and house in order – talk about huge, huge tasks – SO that I can get my own library together on Goodreads!

  5. Tiss

    Happy New Year!
    I don’t make resolucitons. I can never keep them. That said, I am going to try to spend less money on books and get some of the 500 TBR books off my Kindle. LOL. Wish me luck!

  6. Trix

    I’m going to try to stop obsessing over small stuff (not working yet, but the year is young).


  7. I am already editing my very first ‘finished’ book and have several already started so my goal for 2013 is to have no less than 8 published books! It’s a promise I’ve made to myself and I’ll be working hard to accomplish it!

    Happy New Year!!!


  8. Jess1

    I want to speed up my long, slow process of going through storage boxes and de-cluttering my house.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  9. Mel Bourn

    For me 2013 is a time to begin anew and just improve myself. My top 3 goals are:
    1. Laugh more.
    2. Love more.
    3. Read more.
    Happy New Year.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  10. Eileen

    Yes I do. Actually I am downsizing my number of books to read this year because I want to sew more and do some projects I’ve been wanting to do. That means I have to share my free time of book reading with needles and yarn. As always i like to do better at calling my parents and staying in contact with my family.
    happy new year!

  11. Timitra

    Happy New Year Kathy!!! I’m taking up the Goodreads challenge for the time this year! I’m setting my goal at 200 books! My only resolution if you can call it that is to take better care of myself!

  12. Do more writing–mainly novels and another nonfiction ghost book–for 2013, plus submitting. Also reading more books and eBooks. Exorcise by more walking, and getting the husband to do it with me. Not to let things get me. And save more than spend.

  13. That’s a lot of books read and reviewed! I’m making a resolution. Not sure if I’m going to write 1000 words a day every day or 500 words a day. I gotta keep it realistic, you know? ^.^ I also want to do more reading this year, but I need to whip my writing into shape, mainly by actually writing something. I was in the worst slump this year, main because of real life issues.

    Happy New Year, Kathy ^.^

    eripike at gmail dot com

  14. elaing8

    I don’t make resolutions anymore.I never keep them.

    Happy New Year!!!!

  15. Kassandra

    thank you for the chance!
    No resolutions for me.


  16. Mimi Smith

    Be more confident!

    Happy New Year!

  17. Nancy S

    I find it is best to make resolutions that have a modicum of chance to be kept. So, I resolve to read and enjoy as many books as possible. I’m a follower.

  18. Michel King

    I am releasing my debut novel and moving to a new city this year!


  19. Maria D.

    The only resolution I have for 2013 is to be better organized and have less clutter.

    Thanks for being a part of the hop

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  20. Rita Wray

    No resolutions but my goal is to eat healthier.
    Happy New Year!