"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton
This is where I chronicle my reading life. I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.
For the last six weeks, I've sort of been obsessing over which reading challenges I will do in 2016. I was particularly interested in checklist-style challenges, such as "read a book written by an African American," "read a book retelling a fairy tale," etc. I like my challenges to give me a little "guidance" but not to tell me to read specific books. I also don't like the ones that are a little too open, such as, "Read six books in ABC genre."
Well, I am officially DONE seeking these challenges as I am now overwhelmed with more than I can possibly tackle in a year.* (Maybe I should move to a planet where the years are longer?) I decided on three challenges, which will total 88 books. Since I usually read 100 books in a year, this seems doable while still giving me a little bit of wiggle room to stray from the challenges.
So, without further ado, I am planning to tackle
I plan to tackle the challenges roughly in order, but to be flexible when the opportunity arises, such as if one of my book club books fits an item further down the list. I haven't decided yet whether I'll allow a single book to fulfill items on more than one list.
I also passed up on a few very tasty challenges in case someone else might be interested:
What's kind of ironic is that the reason most of these challenges exist is to push people to read more WIDELY than they usually would, to encourage them to step outside their comfort zone, etc. But my own reading tastes are so eclectic (a Goodreads librarian once told me that looking at my book list gave him 'whiplash') that I use these challenges to NARROW my reading scope. Because I am addicted to those library booksales where you can fill a grocery bag for $5, as well as bookswapping sites, I have amassed far more books than I'll ever be able to read (at my current rate, if I didn't buy ANY more (ha ha ha), I could possibly read through my collection in 10 years.) So when it comes time to choose a new book to read (one of my favorite things to do EVER), I get overwhelmed if I have to consider my whole collection. It helps to have a "system" in place to focus me, and in the last couple years I've found reading challenges fill that role quite nicely.
What about you? Will you be participating in any reading challenges this year? Leave a comment with your 2016 reading plans!