Monday, January 26, 2009

Reading Challenge

I decided to do a reading challenge this year, one that my friend posted on her blog. I know, you're gee-whiz, don't you have enough to do? (At least that's what I keep thinking to myself), but the truth is, I love to read, and if I can do something I love AND feel like I'm accomplishing something and checking off a to-do-list...Well, SIGN ME UP!
Here's the list, and how I'm doing so far, with approximately 1/12 of the year over:

1. Read a collection of short stories.
2. Read a play.
3. Read a nonfiction book. I read an awesome book: In The World But Not of It, by Brett Grainger, in December. I guess that doesn't count for this year, though...
4. Read 2 essays from the same collection. I think maybe reading 'Newsweek' and 'Time' counts, since the contributing writers are basically essays.
5. Go to a book event. Hmm...this is the LEAST likely to get done!
6.Borrow a library book. Done! Many times over!
7. Read a book by a new to you author. Got one on hold at the library now!
8. Make a donation.
9. Promote literacy. This I do every day, when I read to my kids!
10. Participate in a buddy read or Group discussion.
11. Read a book outside your comfort level or from a genre you don’t normally read.
12. Read a classic (defined as anything published before 1970). I'm reading To Kill A Mockingbird. I forgot what a great book it is!!

I can't wait to enjoy my challenge!!!


  1. Glad to see you joined this challenge too. And guess what? since we were born after 1970 I guess we are not classics yet!

  2. HA!! I'm a classic!!! That just means I get better and more valuable with age. ;-)

  3. I need to go through that list again, and see if I can "check off" anything. Thanks for the reminder!
    I have never read "To kill a Mockingbird" - once again, that is one I have seen the movie, and loved, but never bothered to read... you might have to smack me next time you see me!

  4. Tonya--I agree completely. I love classic everything: books, cars, movies.....and Tonyas!!
    Bethany--You must read it, it is a great book. I'm going to get the movie, too, so my illiterate husband will get a little literature into him SOMEHOW.