I didn’t get started on book blogging until last spring, so last year was about figuring out my focus, learning how to plan ahead, keep a schedule, writing interesting posts, and so on, so I shied away from the reading challenges I came across in the blogosphere.
This year, though, I’m entering two challenges. They both dovetail very well with reading goals I’ve privately set for myself, so I think I’ll join up and see what other people are reading as they work on these projects over the course of the year.
The first is the Off the Shelf Challenge, hosted by Bookish Ardour’s Reading Challenges. The goals is to work on that pile of books already purchased and in the house, yet unread. You know you know what I’m talking about. I have an embarrassing number of unread novels and anthologies on my shelves and in stacks, so I need to read those rather than perpetually spending money at the bookstores and making it worse. So, I’m in. I’m starting small, joining at the “trying” level – reading 15 books already on my shelves.
As I mentioned in a post last year, I’ve been feeling the need to broaden my reading horizons, and this is just the reminder/encouragement I need to to stick with my private goal of adding some diversity to my genre reading. I’m signing on at their 4th level: Read 10-15 POC books. I don’t think this will be terribly difficult, as I can rattle off about six that are already sitting on my shelves at home, waiting to be read.
Hmmm. Maybe I can double-dip and use one read to meet the goals presented by both challenges.
Of course, I’ll be reading novels and short stories that don’t have anything to do with either challenge, but I think they’re both good ways for me to be mindful of my reading habits this year. Here’s to 2011: a great year for reading!