Challenge Updates

Wow! Is it April already? Let’s do some challenge updates. I am doing better on some than on others, ho hum. I’m only involved in three challenges! I wanted to start my first full calendar year as a blogger a bit conservatively. And, I only wanted to undertake challenges I was both a) confident I could succeed in, and b) actually excited about.

Where Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books. The idea is to read one book from each of the 50 states within the 2011 year. (Bonus points are awarded for foreign locations.) This doesn’t strike me as terrifyingly ambitious, although we shall see how far along I am in November and December! You may see me scrambling for some specifically-set books. πŸ™‚ The good news is, fiction, nonfiction, audio, etc. – any book works. Take a look at my map to see where I’ve been. So far, I’ve read in 12 states: New York, Illinois, South Dakota, Texas, Maine, Nebraska, Michigan, California, Missouri, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Washington; and 6 foreign locations: London, Stockholm, Dublin, Paris, Toronto, and the fictional Caribbean island-country of St. Mark’s. This has been so fun! And as I’m 12 into 50 states in 3 months, I’m feeling perfectly fine about this challenge. Thanks so much to Sheila for a really fun adventure.

The Classics Challenge is hosted by Courtney at Stiletto Storytime (a blog name I love, in case I haven’t said that. how cute). I signed up for the bachelor’s degree level, meaning 10 classics in 2011. I haven’t made near the progress I would have thought by this time. Apparently my reading of classics is not as automatic as I thought it might be, and I wish it were – which just makes this challenge more valuable to me, if it’s going to push me into reading more! When I contemplate classics I find myself often thinking about rereading some of my favorites, which would be lovely but I don’t think that’s exactly the point. (I don’t have Courtney’s take on this, but I’m going to behave as though rereads don’t count.) So far I have very much enjoyed Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Although I’m behind, being 20% through the challenge and 25% through the calendar, I’m not concerned. I can find PILES of delectable challenges. You just wait.

What’s In a Name? is hosted by Beth Fish Reads. It’s a cute idea: we’re looking for titles with certain elements to them.

  • A book with a number in the title: 61 Hours by Lee Child
  • A book with jewelry or a gem in the title
  • A book with a size in the title
  • A book with travel or movement in the title: Running Blind by Lee Child
  • A book with evil in the title
  • A book with a life stage in the title

One third of my way through this challenge feels okay to me. Like the Where Are You Reading? one, I’m not making any special efforts to date. We’ll see if I have to play catch up later this year.

So! While I’m disappointed to see myself lagging behind in classics, I think I’m doing okay for the year. What fun to have goals in our reading. πŸ™‚ Do you have any challenges going on, or any reading goals in particular for this month, or year, or ??

2 Responses

  1. My only real “challenges” are to read 100 books off my “must read” list I’ve been compiling since high school (and…2/100 and the challenge ends in September. Not happenin’, ha!) and something called The Rory Gilmore Challenge I found on Goodreads. Basically, someone went through and cataloged every book Rory read throughout the entire Gilmore Girls series and made a list. Kind of fun πŸ™‚

  2. That is kind of fun. The must-read list challenge is a doozy. I can sympathize! I’d like to make some dent in my list (and bookshelves), too, but the fact is there are SO many good books in this world we’ll just never get through them all. Sigh. Is this a good thing?

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