The rules of this challenge, sponsored by Katrina of Callapidder Days are simple, straightforward, and most of all, manageable. I have copied and pasted the directions here:
To participate, here’s what you need to do:
- Create a list of some books you’d like to read or finish this spring.
- Feel free to set some additional reading goals (such as reading to your kids two hours per week, getting through your pile of magazines, etc.). This is completely optional.
- Write a blog post including the list of books you want to read and any additional goals you’ve set, and get ready to post it on your blog on March 20th.
- Visit this blog on March 20th to sign up. I’ll have a Mr. Linky set up that morning, so you can submit a link to your personal Spring Reading Thing post, and it will be added to the master list.
- Read! Work on your goals throughout Spring 2009.
- Report your results. Write another blog post in June to let everyone know how you did.
- Have fun! Visit other participants to see what they’re reading. Write reviews if you’re so inclined. But most of all, enjoy your spring reading.
- A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
- In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
- The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter
- Home by Marilynne Robinson
- What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hoagland
- Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, and Poem by Donald M. Murray
- You Must Revise your Life by William Stafford
- The Tempest by William Shakespeare
- The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
- Maisie Dobb by Jacqueline Winspear
- The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzok
- Murder in the Marais by Cara Black
- The London Scene by Virginia Woolf
The other item that I am going to add to this Spring Challenge is the 24 hour read-a-thon. I was not a part of the blogging community with the previous events - but I can tell that I missed a lot of fun. I am very skeptical that I can actually read for 24 hours (first of all, I'm not sure the family nor the dogs would appreciate it -- and secondly, I am OLD -- I need my sleep) -- but I do want to be a part. If you have any suggestions for a novice "read-a-thoner" I would greatly appreciate it.
Finally, there are numerous other books that I would love to add to this list, but I know I will not have the time. However.....after July 29 I should have a good solid month of free time. Is anyone planning a Summer Reading Challenge 2009 that I can be a part of???