Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Molly's personal reading challenge

Molly hasn't offered to host a reading challenge or anything, but I love her idea for her own personal challenge. She'd been considering joining in on the Mythopoeic Challenge, but then she realized that she has tons of books sitting around her house that she either started and never finished, or bought and never started. Who of us isn't in that same situation?

So her reading challenge for 2008 is to read at least 10 books in her own library which she has not read at all, or which she started but never finished. I'm on board with that! I tend to neglect books that I've been given or have bought because I always have all these library books that are on a deadline. I have all year to do this, and I think I can manage ten books! It will be very satisfying. I'm not going to even pick out any particular titles beforehand - it'll just be what I feel like reading, as long as it's from my bookshelves. I think I will include rereads in this, even though Molly isn't - after all, it's a personal reading challenge, right? Anyone else feel like joining me?

Books read for Molly's Personal Challenge 2008:
  1. Water Tales by Alice Hoffman
  2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  3. A Hidden Magic by Vivian Vande Velde
  4. Please Write in This Book by Mary Amato
  5. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
  6. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
  7. The Light Princess by George MacDonald
  8. The Devil's Other Storybook by Natalie Babbitt
  9. Meet the Austins by Madeleine L'Engle
  10. Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones


  1. Hi Darla, I'm kind of doing something like this myself. I've been trying to make sure I read a book I own every 5 or 6 library books but found I wasn't being too diligent with it. So I just recently made myself a promise to read one book I own after every 2 library books. I've got my piles all sorted out for this so we'll see if I can stick with it.

  2. That's a great idea, Nicola. You'll have to let me know how it goes!

  3. Geez that's a lot of books in that picture!!!

    I have over 100 books I own that I never got around to reading. My personal challenge this year is to read at least 50 of them.

  4. Wow, Ladytink - that's one heck of a personal challenge. Showing me up with my paltry 10, are you? :-)

    Those aren't actually my books - I just thought the picture was funny. It feels like there are that many on my TBR pile, though!

  5. HA! That picture is hilarious! Cracks me up :D

  6. Me too - I can picture any one of us having a staircase like that!

  7. I'm planning on trying to read at least 12 books this year. Last year I read 69 books... but life is different with a baby! :P

    Good luck on your personal challenge!

  8. I need to do something like that too. I've been gathering books more avidly than a squirrel gathers nuts lately :P I promised myself that if I join any more challenges this year, I'll only pick books I already own for them.

  9. Thanks for stopping by, Kait - yes, reading time is challenged by babies, isn't it? I remember nursing being a great time to get caught up - but only with the first one. When the second one came along, her big sister realized she could get away with a lot more when I was nursing the baby (you know, you get all comfortable with the blanket and the cushions to prop your arm up on and everything), because I hated to have to resettle myself again. No more relaxing reading time then! Then it was pretty much naptime and bedtime (which of course was the only other time I could deal with the less-important-than-reading things like housework, etc.)! Good luck with meeting your reading goal - you can do it!

    Nymeth - I love the image of you hoarding away your books like a little squirrel. I hope you don't get carried away enough to dig holes in the garden for them! :-) Great idea to incorporate the two challenges.

  10. thanks for proselytizing, Darla! the book i've got by my bed right now just passed my 4 chapter test this morning. Honey promises it'll get more engaging soon, so i'm hopeful. my only reluctance is that it's from an author who i've tried twice to read (and even audiobook) and haven't ever quite been able to "get into." i'm hoping i can break that spell.

  11. What's the book? Must be something you really want to read if you're giving it a second or third try!

  12. I love that picture. Love to fall off the stairs with all that books collapsing on me. Seems like a good way to go. ;p

    How funny. I was trying to force myself to read library books more, and buy less. But you're right, I really should look into digging through the existing mountain of books at home.

    Count me in -- for my personal challenge, I should try to read at least 13 books from my existing library in 2008.

  13. Dark Orpheus - I love the image of you (at least my imaginary picture of you) tumbling down the stairs, ending up covered with books - with perhaps a foot sticking out of the pile! Too funny. And definitely a great way to go! We should have a recap at the end of 2008 to see how we have all done. I'm working on a personal challenge book right now (review to follow, someday...)


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