Saturday, March 17, 2007
Spring Reading Thing 2007
MizB from Literary Cache asked the question that I most wanted to ask regarding Katrina's Spring Reading Thing 2007. I was curious about whether or not crossover books from one challenge to another were allowed. I can only read so many books after all. And do I really need to participate in another challenge? Probably not. Will that stop me? No, but I am going to get a little creative to make this work for me.
Like MizB, I am participating in MizB's 2007 TBR Challenge. There's also Bookfool's Chunkster Challenge for which I hope to start on my final book early next month. And then there is the New York Times (NYT) Notable Book Challenge, which fortunately has such loose rules and requirements that I could read one or two books and meet that goal. I have signed up for Joy's Nonfiction Five Challenge which begins in May and am very much looking forward to that.
I saw mention of a fantasy challenge on Carl V.'s blog, Stainless Steel Droppings, which peaked my interest (I'll have to wait and see what the criteria are before making a decision about that one).
Nessie and M over at Biblio Files are hosting a challenge of their own, M & N's Summer 7 Challenge, which involves reading a complete series (of 7 books) from start to finish (visit her blog to see the choices available--and don't be afraid to ask if what you want to read is something not yet mentioned as Nessie is open to suggestions!). This is one I will be forgoing because I do not think reading seven books in the Banned and the Banished Fantasy series (James Rollins), Inspector Monk mystery (Anne Perry), Jack Reacher (ex-military policeman) series (Lee Child), or Rosato & Associates series (Lisa Scottoline) for example quite meet the requirements. All of these being among of the gazillion series I want to get to. Someday.
These reading challenges will be my downfall yet, I tell you.
The Spring Reading Thing 2007 sounds like the perfect excuse to do a little spring cleaning, setting myself a plan to not only continue on with the task of clearing off someof that TBR shelf space, but also getting to a couple of the books in the NYT Challenge that I have been considering reading but have not yet committed to. If you are curious about the Spring Reading Thing Challenge, hop on over to Callapidder Days for details. The challenge will begin March 21st and go through until June 21st with the start of summer. There is no set number of books you are required to read during the designated time frame (always a plus!).
What I have come up with so far:
1. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (NYT Notable Book Challenge) [read]
2. The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason [read]
3. The Inhabited World by David Long (NYT Notable Book Challenge) [read]
4. The Angel of Forgetfulness by Steve Stern [read]
Most likely I will be reading the following during the course of the Spring Reading Thing Challenge also. I am listing these separetly because I have committed to reading them for other challenges.
5. April Witch by Majgull Axelsson (TBR Challenge) [read]
6. The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer (Nonfiction Challenge) [read]
7. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (Chunkster Challenge) [read]
8. Atonement Ian McEwan (TBR Challenge) [read]
I guess I won't have to wonder what I am going to read next for a long while!