Monday, December 11, 2017

#COYER Winter Switch

It has been awhile since I last participated in the COYER (Clean Out Your E-Reads) Challenge. I know I said no challenges in 2017, but this one starts this month and goes into March of next year. I figured it was late enough in the year that it counts more as a 2018 reading challenge. The ladies who host COYER switch it up every winter and summer to keep us participants on our toes. I especially like this winter's twist. Participants can participate in the traditional COYER option (the Strict) or take on COYER Switch.

COYER Winter Switch has 3 components: The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist. Participants in COYER Switch will do each component at different times. There will be three phases:
  • December 16 – January 12 
  • January 13 – February 9 
  • February 10 – March 9 
The components can be done in any order and are as follows:

THE STRICT (the good ol' strict COYER)
  • Every book you read must be an eBook or audiobook.
  • Every book must be either free or less than $5.
  • No library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited.
  • Make a list of up to 30 books you want to read. Every book on the list must be in your possession BEFORE you put them on the list.
  • You can add 5 new books for every 5 books you read.
  • Books on the list can be any format, any price, obtained any LEGAL way… so that means library books, KU, borrowed, etc.
  • You can read ANY book. ANY price. Obtained any LEGAL way. 
  • The Twist is, you have to stick with one format. If you choose audiobooks, then only the audiobooks you read during this phase will count. If you choose eBooks, then only eBooks you read during this phase will count. ETC….

My Plan:

December 16 – January 12 ~ I definitely need to devote more time to my e-galleys and so The Strict seems like the best place to start.

January 13 – February 9 ~ For the second round, I am going with The List. I can mix it up with physical, audio and e-books allowing me some flexibility. Another good thing about the List is that I can list up to 30 books. The chances of my reading more than five of those in the amount of time given is very slim, but at least it is leaving the door open for a nice variety of books--a kindness to my many reading moods.

February 10 – March 9 ~ That leaves me with The One With a Twist to close things off. Following the lead of Terri of Second Run Reviews, I will not be deciding on the format of the book I will stick to on the final round just yet. I want to see where I am on my list--and how I am feeling when the time comes. It will be between e-books and physical books though, as I do not listen to that many audio books.

My COYER Winter Switch Reading List (for The List Component):


One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Vanished by Karen E. Olson
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Betrayed by Karen E. Olson
The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
China Dolls by Lisa See
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss
After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor

Physical Books:

Sunday Sugar by Q. Gibson
Lie  Still by Julia Heaberlin
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre edited by Tracy Chevalier
A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor
The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Hunger by Roxanne Gay
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I will not be setting a numeric goal. I will just try to stick to the categories. I will likely be breaking the rules in one regard, which I want to state up front. And I make no apologies for it. I am part of a mail book group and already have a prior commitment to read whichever book comes my way next.

COYER Winter Switch really will be a challenge, but I also plan to have a lot of fun with it.  Will you be joining in?

Thanks to Michelle, Berls and Stormi for hosting the challenge again!

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  1. Have a blast! I'm sure you'll do great and can't wait to hear about the books you read.

    1. Thanks, Iliana! I have high expectations--hopefully I live up to them. LOL

  2. Ooooh, sounds like a really fun challenge! Looking forward to your posts about your progress(:

    1. I think this one will be good for me. :-) Thanks, Eustacia!

  3. Sounds like you have a great plan in place. And reading whatever book comes your way won't be breaking the rules - it just won't count toward your COYER total. You can totally read outside COYER :) Good luck!

    1. Thank you, Berls! I have to keep reminding myself of that. I try to focus just on COYER books during COYER, if I am able, but I know that it doesn't always work out that way. It makes me feel a little better too about continuing with my current book even if I'm not done with it by the end of the challenge.

  4. Usually reading challenges don’t interest me, but this one falls exactly in line with my recent idea to clean out my kindle. Perfect timing. I’m excited to get started. Hopefully, this will keep me reading a good book instead of wasting time online! Thanks, Wendy!

    1. Nicole - I like that this one is only three months long. LOL I do need to focus on cleaning out my Kindle too. I don't know if I'll make much progress, but I will sure try!

  5. Good Luck with the challenge. You have a good selection of books in place. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I think the strict is going to be really hard for me in the new year because I usually have so many books that I'm excited to read that aren't on my kindle. We will see how that part of the challenges goes. Good luck to you. I think you will do great.

    1. Rachael - Thank you! I know what you mean. I always tempted to go off course when it comes to challenges like this. And yet I try! Good luck to you as well!


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