(BEDJ is my attempt to blog each day of January to celebrate the release of The Iron Witch)
I missed yesterday’s post! I decided to just ‘fess up and move forward. 😉 I’ll try to do better next week. (Still, 7 days out of the first 8 isn’t bad. *tries to feel positive*)
I don’t normally participate in online reading challenges – at least, not ‘officially’ – but this year I’m going to unofficially take part in a few:
1) My second year of giving a shout out to the POC Reading Challenge. Such a great website and I hope even more people sign up in 2011 than before. I’m contributing to the ‘prizes’ this year, thanks to the lovely Ari giving me the heads up.
2) One of the new-to-me blogs that I’ve fallen in love with is Memory’s Stella Matutina, such a thoughtful review site with a brilliant variety of genres covered. I’m unofficially joining in the Tigana Read-Along. I’m a huge fan of Guy Gavriel Kay‘s Fionavar Tapestry trilogy (having read it three times over the years), but I’ve never read Tigana. This is the perfect opportunity for me to join in with some others, and perhaps post my thoughts about it at the end of April.
3) Again from Memory (as above), I want to try reducing my current TBR pile and buy fewer new books. This is going to be incredibly hard for me, I fully own the fact that I’m a book addict and – more accurately – a book buying addict. I cannot pass a bookshop without going in, and then I can’t leave the store without buying something. This has to change. I have so many books to read already, and it actually causes me anxiety when I think about it. Memory posted the TBR Rules Redux recently, with some helpful tips to get through your TBR pile and buy fewer books. Although this isn’t a ‘reading challenge’ as such (I don’t think it is, anyway), I am inspired to try to buy less and use my Amazon wishlist more. 🙂
For me, one of the biggest problems is the Impulse Buy (specifically, #2 on the second list). I’ll read about a book on a blog, and click the ‘buy’ button before I’ve given it too much thought. Why don’t I just click ‘add to wishlist’ instead? Then I can think about it and not make so many purchases without taking a deep breath and considering whether or not I really want the book. And if I do, well… I need to learn to wait until I can really afford it – and until I have fewer books already piled up.
(Confession: So far this year I’ve already bought one book, which is one book too many. We’re one week in and I already did an impulse-purchase in Waterstone’s. *sigh* I have to work on this.)
4) Friend and blogger Caroline, of the most awesome Portrait of a Woman, is running the Anne McCaffrey Reading Challenge. I am ashamed to admit that I have never read a book by Anne McCaffrey, which is crazy considering how much science fiction and fantasy I’ve read… *shakes head at self* I even own an old copy of Dragonflight, but have yet to read it. I’m going to read three books by Anne McCaffrey this year, and I’ll blog about them when I do – even if it’s just to say that I did it! 🙂
5) Here’s a little ‘challenge’ I set for myself. When my friend Ari from Reading in Color blogged about having the book Kendra by Coe Booth, I realised that I have that too! And of course… still haven’t read it. (Are you sensing a theme here?) So I suggested that when Ari reads it – which will probably be nearer the spring – I will make sure to read it too, so that it doesn’t just sit there with all my other poor, unloved books. 😉
6) Finally, another personal reading goal: I will read all the Charles de Lint books that I own. I have way too many sitting there unread, and that’s just… silly… considering how much I love what little of his I have read. (One of my favourite books is The Blue Girl – you should check it out.) So I suppose I’m doing my very own Charles de Lint ‘reading challenge’ – which should be fun! I’m starting with an old classic of his:
Moonheart will be followed by:
Waifs and Strays
The Mystery of Grace
I have more, but that should be enough to get me started… 😉
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What about you? Taking part in any reading challenges? Have you set yourself reading goals for 2011?