Good morning! It’s a chilly Sunday morning here and of course, I have my cup of coffee in front of me while I type. The weather’s perfect since I made a huge pot of beef stew yesterday and I have a huge research project to work on today. If today ends up being sunny, I’ll probably try to take a walk instead of doing homework!
This weeks’ Weekly Geeks question is about reading challenges:
Do you plan on participating in any reading challenges in 2011? Are you planning on hosting any reading challenges? Perhaps you’d like to share an idea for a reading challenge–to see if there is any interest! Share with us which challenges look tempting to you! (You don’t have to “officially” join any of the challenges for this weekly geek. Just let us know which ones you’d be most interested in.) You might want to spend some time browsing A Novel Challenge. Are there any challenges you are looking forward to that haven’t been announced yet? Regardless of your challenge plans, are you starting to plan ahead for next year? Do you make lists or goals? Are you a person who enjoys reading more if it is structured? Or are you all about being free to read what you want, when you want?
I love reading challenges. It was reading challenges that pushed me to start blogging years ago. I swore that I wouldn’t join any challenges next year after failing most of the challenges I signed up for this year. I ended up changed my mind when I offered to host the Graphic Novels challenge next year!
I think one of the best things about reading challenges is making lists. There’s something so interesting about finding books to fit a particular challenge. I can easily spend hours finding books by old and new-to-me authors. Once I finish my list is often half-a-page long. I always have this optimism that I’m going to read every single book on the list and then some. By the time the end of the year comes around, I’m lucky if I read two books off the list.
I think it’s because I’m a pretty moody reader. I read what I want, when I want. The only exceptions are for school or reading obligations. I’ve been known to go on reading binges and just read one subject or genre for weeks at end. That won’t change next year but I would love to read more and outside my comfort zone.
Another great thing about reading challenges is finding new blogs to follow. Before the days of Twitter, that was often how I would find a new blogger.
There are so many new challenges next year and several of my favorite challenges are returning. Here’s a few that I’m signing up for:
- Amazon.com best of 2010 challenge – I’ve read very little of the books published this year. After reading a few “best of” lists, I think there’s a few books I really need to read.
- Jewish Literature Challenge. I sign up for this challenge almost every year and fail every year. It’s a shame since I have a ton of books by Jewish authors sitting on my shelves.
- One Two Theme. I’m prepared to bring out my inner geek!
- Quirky Brown Reading Challenge.
- South Asian Challenge
- A Year of Feminist Classics (A book a month.)
- Back to the Classics Challenge 2011
- Outdo Yourself (Read more books in 2011 than you did in 2010)
So that’s just a few of the challenges that I’m planning on joining . Are you planning on joining any challenges next year? If so, which challenges look interesting to you?