2007 Reading Challenge
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I'd love to kick off 2007 with a reading challenge for our members.
Just keeping track of how much you're reading in one year's time can inspire you to read more, visit your local library more, and challenge yourself.
Does this sound like a good idea to you?
Best of luck to everyone and their goals! Keep on reading! (And support your local public libraries, too! :P)
I keep a book log (which is listed on their forum) They have message boards by topics, and its pretty cool. Bookmasterjmv, I agree with you, support your local library. I go to the library about once a week. I feel like I'll never finish the books in my collection. Partially since I visit the library so often and come home with many books. I try to stick to my collection, but I get distracted and must read the latest non-fiction, mostly things I hear about on NPR and Book TV. I have several books by particular authors, for instance Thomas Sowell, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Paul Johnson, and Terry Goodkind, to name a few. I try to plan to read all of their books in succession, but alas, I never get very far. So I end up just trying to finish whatever I've taken out from the library and whatever books I can grab from my house. I try not to be obsessive about my books, and although I would like to be more disciplined about my reading habits, its probably best I not stress over it. Does anyone here read books about particular topics at the same time? For instance, you might have 10 books about various aspects of American History, so you would read them in succession, etc. I tend to do this in my library reading, for instance I've read several books in succession about various apects of this present conflict in Iraq, The One Percent Doctrine, The Assassins Gate, Cobra II, etc. I find that
It is also a handy thing to have come the Holidays. I usually give books as gifts and I often come up with ideas when I look back over what I've read.
I am very fortunate in that I have been able to retire early and I am able to read quite a bit. This however doesn't mean I'll see the bottom of my TBR stack any time soon :>))
Thanks for the invite to this group. I will post more about my groups later.........
I'm keeping count from Apr 2006 - Apr 2007, but can join in with the proposed 2007 Reading Challenge as well.
This year I've slowed down a little (last year quite frankly I would not read any books over 400 pages so I could move it along). I'll probably end up at about 100 this year.
I've disconnected my cable and I've never been happier. I do better at work and am able to express myself better. I credit the increased reading 100%.
I'll be keeping a list for 07 too :0)
I'm wondering if it would encourage us all if, starting in January, we talk briefly about what books we've finished each month. It would be easy enough to put together a simple spreadsheet (nothing fancy) of how many books we've completed that month to reach our goal - whether that be 50 books in a year or the more ambitious 100+. (Jax!)
Is that too rigid? And would that help anyone else besides me? Or am I the only slacker who has a dozen half-read books at her bedside?
For 2007 I've decided to make a list of all the books I've always wanted to read. I want to be more choosey in what I read next year. I also can get tunnel vision where reading is my only hobby. I'd like to work on my knitting more, take a mosaics class, hike more and just try new things instead of always being so focused on reading.
How many of those have you read? How many do you think you'll read in 2007?
At my friend's book club tonight, we were discussing LT and the use of tags on our personal book lists as a way of tracking what books we read so I won't need to keep a spreadsheet for any of us. I'm all about less work. :-)
If you want to participate in our 2007 Reading Challenge, please choose your own goal, post it here if you like, and keep track of your books by tagging them "2007" (the year you read them). Then you can easily track how many books you've read.
I don't know about you all, but I've got some serious library looking to do now. :-)
I've got tags for "Recent Reads", "Library" and "Acquisitions by year". I think tagging the reading challenge by year will be a great way to remember what's what. I haven't decided as to a book limit yet but I appreciate being invited to the club!
I'm not planning to tag them 2007, though - I already enter the date read in the date read field, and I usually keep my catalogue sorted by date read.
And Paola - I'm with you - I'm worried that a book a week might be a lot, especially considering I've got some big books on my "must read" list this year, including our book club read Gone With the Wind. Eek! Good thing I'll be able to balance it with some quicker YA reads.
What have you ladies got on your reading lists so far?
Terrier and Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black
Harry Potter 7
Books 2-7 of the Pelbar Cycle by Paul O. Williams (these are post-apocalyptic, and I really liked the first one)
Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories
The Courage Consort
Courtesan - I started this book in the summer and it didn't really keep my attention, but I might as well finish it. I really liked Harem by the same author.
Brave New World
The Sleepwalkers - also one I've already started, and I'm actually really enjoying it but just won't have time to finish this year.
Incompleteness - a biography of Gödel
Gödel, Escher, Bach - yet another one that I'm partway into. And it's a good thing, because otherwise this book would take up a lot of my reading time! (no touchstone because I don't think it likes the umlaut, but I refuse to get rid of it)
The Man Who Knew Too Much - a biography of Turing
Theories of the World from Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution - another that I've read more than half of. I'm not really enjoying it but should finish it anyway.
The Book Nobody Read
Flatland/Sphereland - two books in one; Flatland is one of my all-time favourites but I've never read Sphereland
Classics books - I figure that since I'm studying Classics I should at least make a nominal effort to include a couple on my list :)
Lives of the Twelve Caesars
The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome - also already started, but barely
Zoe, girl, you're so together! I like that you've broken down your reading by genres, too. And a lot of the science-related non-fiction you've listed are ones I've not heard of.
My friends joke about my passion for non-fiction. I swear I have read more "history of random vegetable" books than any human should. The problem is, you see I'm a genuinely excitable person (in a good way). Get me excited about an idea, and I'll go hog wild. I'll read a book about beekeeping and totally want to be a beekeeper and read 5 more books on it and pester the honey sellers at the farmers market with questions. :-)
I've been reading a book called The Music of the Primes lately and just wishing I were smart enough to be a number theorist. I should practically start a non-fiction book club that focuses on some new, random hobby every month....
Next year I think I will l try to read 100. Is this unrealistic...I don't think so, I just need to stop watching so much TV!
Hmm, how about this... In 2007, I commit to reading one fiction and one nonfiction book for 25 states, starting with Alabama and ending with Missouri.
As far as TBR lists go, mine is loooooooong. I started a separate account a couple of months ago to keep track of it. I've only listed books I've actually got in my possession and/or definitely intend to reread. If I listed everything, (books I own that I want to reread someday, though not necessarily now, books I'd like to read but don't have copies of, etc.), I'd be far too swamped.
I also wish I could get so excited about everything! It's amazing that you do that. It happens to me to a certain extent (except I often end up just buying 5 more books and not reading them), but I don't know about beekeeping.... I actually had to write a 15-page paper about ancient beekeeping last year, and I unfortunately wasn't particularly enthused. A random-hobby bookclub would be fun, though :)
Maybe next year I'll try to buy fewer books... I don't think I could manage only 1 for every 3 read, but maybe 1 for every 2 read.... Though by this point, it would be a huge improvement if I'd just read one for every one I bought. Though buying books that aren't intended to be read in their entirety doesn't count at all, of course.
I'm pleased to report that my personal 2007 reading challenge is off to a great start. We'll see how long New Year's resolutions hold, eh? Heheh. I finished a YA Lit book by Pamela Service that was on my "to do" list since I was a kid - the sequel to Winter of Magic's Return called Tomorrow's Magic.
But the thing that makes me proudest is that I'm ahead of the game for my book club and am close to finishing the 1037-page tome Gone With the Wind. Great book, but if you cringed at the many racist moments of the movie, you don't even want to lay eyes on the way Margaret Mitchell writes dialogue for the African Americans in her novel. Wowee.
Next up on my list, I got the book Stiff from the library to read, and I've got to reread Einstein's Dreams for my first ongoing book club that I'm running in just 3 weeks. Thank God it's a small (and interesting) collection of stories.
So what's going on with you all out there? What are you reading? Or are you all at the gym???? :-)
I have this year at school developed online booktalks for the students to use to help choose a book. They are overwhelmed when they come to the library and I thought booktalks would give them direction. So far it has been pretty successful.
I have a "car book" which I have always in the car for those pesky waits at appointments, a "school book" for lunch break and a "home book" going all the time.
HAPPY READING ALL!
I actually forgot that I had read "Gone with the Wind" before. Please don't ask me how...but it came back to me that I read it when I was in High School; however, I went through it still and read about half to get my mind refreshed for book group ;)
I finally read "Jane Eyre". It was great! Everyone who knows me could not figure out how I read (and LOVED) "Wuthering Heights" and "Pride and Prejudice" without touching "Jane Eyre". I now see why...it was a great read.
Now I'm about 1/4 through "Atonement" by Ian McEwan.
"On the Deck", so to speak: "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman.