After taking a look at several reading related blogs, I’ve seen that many blogging readers participate in “reading challenges.” The main prize seems to be the pride of checking a book off your list, and the joy of reading something new or different from your usual selection. But I still might have more to learn about readerly ‘street cred.’ I’ve decided to undertake a few (when the blog goes live, I’ll sign up officially).
One is “TBR Challenge 2008”, in which you assemble a list of twelve books that have been on your “to be read” list and plan on finishing them over the course of the year. Readers also select up to twelve ‘alternates,’ in case they decide that one of their first selections isn’t quite their cup of tea. I’ve included my list, and throughout the year, as I complete books, I’ll be updating you on my progress.
1. Middlemarch by George Eliot
2. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
3. Saturday by Ian McEwan
4. The Dower House by Annabel Davis Goff
5. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
6. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
7. Still Life by A.S. Byatt
8. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
10. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
11. The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch
12. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World by Haruki Murakami
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
The Ambassadors by Henry James
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
(Some of these are books that I’ve received as gifts over the years, all are available through NUCat, and if they’re checked out, try reserving through NExpress).
Have any of you ever undertaken either organized or impulsive reading challenges? How did they go? And have you read any of the books? (Not too many spoilers, please!)