It’s that time of year…and I had planned to talk about it in this week’s Sunday Salon, but I didn’t get a chance to write one. However, when Weekly Geeks posted it as this week’s topic, I decided I’d make my response a special belated Salon post as well. Becky asked:
Do you plan on participating in any reading challenges in 2011? Are you planning on hosting any reading challenges? 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’ve had a mixed record with reading challenges, so I try not to sign on for too many. I’m not officially on board with any 2011 challenges yet, but I have been thinking about them as I see new announcements posted every day. I plan to sign up again for Melissa’s Memorable Memoirs Challenge once she opens it up – memoirs are my preferred nonfiction genre, so I’m pretty motivated for this one. (UPDATED: Signups for this challenge are now open!)
“Read books related to Mad Men.
And when I say “related,” the relationship can be tangential… You get to choose.
– books read by characters on the show
– books published in the late 1950s and early/mid-1960s
– books about the early/mid-1960s: JFK, LBJ, feminism, race relations, space race, Cold War, Vietnam War
– books about advertising
Anything that you can tie in to Mad Men qualifies.”
I’m mad about Mad Men, so I’m not even trying to resist this year-long challenge! But I’m keeping it relatively low-key, and committing to the HALF-PAGE AD level, which requires me to read just 3 books—at least 1 fiction and 1 nonfiction.
In other encore challenges, I’m waiting to find out whether MizB will be hosting the Read Your Own Books Challenge again. This challenge has helped me fight the temptation to get buried in review books and kept me on track to read at least 20 of my own books in 2009 and 2010; I almost feel a need to participate in it!
In other reading plans, I’ll be starting 2011 heavy on the nonfiction as part of the judging panel for that category of the inaugural Indie Lit Awards. I’m also excited about participating in the 2011 edition of the Faith and Fiction Roundtable (and yes, our host Amy is well aware of my questioning tendencies and non-churchgoing status, so I particularly appreciate her accepting me into the group), and I’m open to more read-alongs. At this point, I intend to scale back back even further on general review-book commitments, but I’ve said that before, so we’ll see how well I manage to adhere to it…
What items have made it on to your 2011 reading agenda so far?
Inspired by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness (and others), I’m taking a look back at my half-year in reading. (Since I’m still typing one-handed, it will be a relatively brief look.) I’m pretty satisfied with my 2010 reading so far, both in quality and numbers. Currently, my LibraryThing reviews are more up-to-date than my reviews on the blog; I’ve changed my routine to post them there as soon as they’re written, while the reviews here post […]
Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life Quinn Cummings (Twitter) Hyperion (2009), Paperback (ISBN 1401322867 / 9781401322861) Memoir/Humor, 272 pages Source: Personal/purchased Reason for reading: Blogging Authors Reading Project Opening Lines: “This wasn’t in my plans for the day. “Alice and I attended a parent-and-child art class. While Alice mused over a composition that would be entitled in future catalogs of her work as Meditations on Pink Tissue, Elmer’s Glue, and […]
Dangerous Neighbors Beth Kephart EgmontUSA (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 1606840800 / 9781606840801) Fiction (YA, historical), 192 pages Source: ARC from publisher, via Winsome Media Communications – pub date August 2010 Reason for reading: review, a favorite author Opening Lines: “From up here, everything seems to spill from itself. Everything is shadowed. The cool at the base of the trees. The swollen lip of river. The dark beneath the cliff stones at Rockland, where Katherine had gone […]
Disclosure: I bought this book for my personal library. *Purchasing links in this review are connected to my Amazon Associates account, and will generate a small referral fee to me if clicked. The Heart is Not a Size Beth Kephart HarperTeen (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 0061470481 / 9780061470486) Fiction (YA), 256 pages Opening Lines: “What I remember now is the bunch of them running: from the tins, which were their houses. Up the white streets, which […]
Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher, via TLC Book Tours, for the purposes of this review. The book is now available for purchase. *Purchasing links in this review are through my Amazon Affiliate account and will generate a small referral fee for me, if used. Get Lucky Katherine Center Ballantine Books (2010), Paperback original (ISBN 0345507916 / 9780345507914) Fiction, 288 pages Opening Lines: “First: I got fired. […]
Disclosure: I purchased this book for my personal library. Purchasing links included in this post generate referrals through my Amazon Affiliates account. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask Jancee Dunn Villard (2009), Paperback original (ISBN 0345501926 / 9780345501929) Essay/memoir, 224 pages Opening Lines: “Last Thanksgiving, right about the time that our family had finished scraping up the last of our triple fleet of pies […]
Disclosure: I purchased both of these books for my own personal reading. *Purchasing links in this review are connected to my Amazon Affiliates account and will generate a small referral fee for me if they’re used. Undercover Beth Kephart HarperCollins, 2009, paperback (ISBN 9780061238956 / 0061238953) Fiction (young adult), 304 pages Opening lines: “One day I saw a vixen and a dog fox dancing. It was on the other side of the cul-de-sac, past the […]
Reading Progress and Plans I’m trying to finish reading Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart this weekend, and I think I’ll accomplish that. I’ll be reviewing it in tandem with Beth’s earlier YA novel, Undercover – I may not post it till next week, though, so as not to divert attention from my review of The Sparrow (see the Read-Along note below). Both of those books count for my Blogging Authors Reading Project, as does […]
The current Weekly Geeks topic is one dear to the hearts of most bloggers, and one that I obsess over to a ridiculous degree – COMMENTS! Well, to be fair, I obsess a lot more about getting them than giving them – I don’t think I do so badly in the latter department, if I say so myself. It’s also rather timely, since as you may have seen, I recently installed a new commenting system […]
BREAKING NEWS: GUESS WHO’S BEEN PUBLISHED – IN AN ACTUAL BOOK?! I haven’t previously shared the details of this with anyone except my husband because I didn’t entirely believe it would happen, but a post of mine from September 2007 has been published in an essay anthology. (I’m trying to sound matter-of-fact about it, but trust me, I’m totally SQUEE-ing on the inside!) Early last year, I received an e-mail “…to inquire about an essay […]