Last week (here) I told you about my resolve to be very deliberately in my reading next year. You might think I’m waffling on my resolve when you take a look at the challenges I’m adding below. But actually, I’m being very careful.
I know I can read at least 100 books next year and so, when I look at a new and exciting challenge, I make myself add up the number of books needed for that challenge. It must fit within my 100 books and still leave me some room for new books I have yet to discover.
Being deliberate in my reading doesn’t mean I can’t have fun. Reading is still one of the most enjoyable things I do. Therefore I picked a few challenges that fit into the fun category.
First is the fun and zany, Take Another Chance Challenge, sponsored by the fun and zany Jenners of Find Your Next Book Here fame. This challenge consists of twelve different activities ranging from read a book whose author’s name is the same as mine to reading a prize winning book to reading an anthology. The whole list of activities is very creative and I want to do them all. But – I’m committing to the Moderate Gambler level which means participating at least six times. For more info, go here.
Next is the What’s In A Name Challenge sponsored by Beth Fish Reads. In this challenge I will read six books whose titles have a word from the six categories shown below. I haven’t decided on all of my books yet but, as you can see, this is another very creative challenge. Visit here for complete information about joining.
1. A book with a food in the title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
2. A book with a body of water in the title: Lake Wobegon Days
3. A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: American Wife
4. A book with a plant in the title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
5. A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Bleeding Kansas
6. A book with a music term in the title: ??
My third challenge is Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge. I love movies and books and so this as a good fit for me. I’m committing to the Saturday Matinee level which means I’ll read the book and watch the corresponding movie four times next year. This one should be loads of fun. For more information, visit here.
Awesome Authors in a challenge sponsored by Alyce of At Home With Books. I have a huge list of authors that many of you have highly recommended. Some are new authors and some are classics I’ve never read before. Since I’m promising myself that I will read deliberately, it’s time to tackle that list. I have no idea how many I can do but I’m sure I can do at least one a month, maybe more. We’ll see. I hope you’ll join me. See the details here.
The last challenge is really more of a promise to myself and my readers. It’s the Read and Review Challenge. It means that whatever book I read this next year, I’ll tell you about it. I participated in 2009 and I felt it was a good discipline for me. Writing about a book just read is a great mental exercise. Sponsored by MizB, you can find details here.
In addition to my outside challenges, I have a few personal challenges.
- I’m going to read six Westerns this next year, primarily those that have won awards from the Western Writers of America organization. Care to join me?
- I want to read at least three more of Laurie Colwin’s books. I loved Home Cooking so much that I want to read more.
- I’m going to give away at least 50 books from my current library to others who will enjoy them at least as much as I have. That will help lighten the load in our little home.
Well now, there you have it. I feel like I have 2010’s reading all lined up. I’m ready to start reading but first I have a few things to finish in 2009. Then I’ll be able to say, Let the new reading year begin.