Wednesday, January 9, 2008

My first reading challenge

I have never participated in a reading challenge before, although I am often tempted. I'm not sure why I haven't taken the plunge - I guess I just tend to be ornery about what I read and when I read it. I love that feeling when I've finished a book and get to choose a new one to read next. What do I feel like? Something for kids, adults, science fiction, a graphic novel, a reread of a favorite, a brand-new author? Who knows? It's a book buffet!

I guess that with a part-time job, two kids, graduate school, writing, and a growing obsession with making pottery, when it comes time for books, I don't want to feel stressed or pressured about reading certain books in a particular order. I know, it's supposed to be books I want to read, for fun! But still, making one more commitment in a life that seems at times to be one long string of commitments is too much.

But check this out: I finished Bellezza's Japanese Literature Challenge!

So how, the inquiring reader might want to know, does one finish a challenge without actually committing to participate in it? Well, I kind of went about it backwards. I read the books, and then I sidestepped into the challenge. Plus Bellezza's letting the manga I read count. :-) (Isn't she sweet? It's easy to see why she has a big mwah! on her sidebar.)

So the books I finished are:
Singing Shijimi Clams by Naomi Kojima
Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
Deathnote, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Thanks, Bellezza!

So, now that I've taken the plunge (in a sneaky, sideways sort of way), maybe I'll do another one. Foxy Writer's Mythopoeic Award Challenge is very alluring...


  1. Oh, Darla! I have to add you in the "completed" section of my post. Hooray for you, you're the third to complete it!! I'm so glad you joined in, and I can TOTALLY understand the "don't tell me what to read next I want to pick it myself" feeling because I'm there! How did I get involved in two book clubs, besides blogging, anyway?! So, congratulations on a job well done whichever door you came in through.

  2. Congrats on finishing Darla!!! I love reading challenges :) They're so much fun. The Mythopoeic one looks to be a lot of fun! Very cool one there.

  3. If anyone can do a reading challenge its you Darla D - I just finished Alison Weir's first fiction novel, it was pretty good, about Jane Grey. I'm trying to cram in all these books for pleasure before my spring semester starts, aye! Its like my own challenge!

  4. Congratulations on finishing your first challenge! And I definitely think that you should join the Mythopoeic know you want to :P

  5. hmm. i don't know if i could read 3 in two months. i'm not a very fast reader and i'm easily distracted, but i like the idea of the challenge. maybe i'll visit bellezza's blog in the future to see if she has any others coming up soon.

  6. I've done only one other besides the one I'm doing now. It's the Every Month is a Holiday Challenge. Since A. A. Milne was born and died this month I'm going to be reading some Pooh bear!

  7. Thanks, Bellezza - it was fun! I will read one of the ones you recommended, too, one of these days! And TWO book clubs? That's amazing!

    And thanks to you, too, Chris. It was a good way to dip my toe in, so to speak. There are definitely books on my list that I could use for the Mythopoeic one, so we'll see how it goes!

    I know just what you mean, Virginia Gal - my first class of the semester starts on Sunday, and I've been reading up a storm over the holidays. It's been great! We'll have to start our own challenge: read 15 books between semesters and win all our old textbooks! :-)

    Thank you, Nymeth! Oh, it is tempting...

    Molly - there are challenges aplenty in the bookblogosphere these days - I'm sure you'll be able to find a fun one that gives you more reading time.

    And Ladytink - that sounds like an intriguing challenge. I'm always up for a reread of Pooh!

  8. I still have a couple of books left to finish for this challenge. I've just been so busy the last few weeks, I haven't had time to think, let alone read!!

    I think you should defintely join the Mythopoeic challenge. The book choices are just so good!!

  9. Oh, no, the pressure is on! I'm going to have to join the challenge, now! :-)

  10. well hello everyone,
    though I think light is indeed justified in what he is doing I think he defeted the purpose of the whole venture when he started killing the inocent ,killing police agents and others assiosiated just to get them out of his way when they are simply serving there duty to serve and protect.
    this though is for he believes in the state of mind were the end justifies the means.
    L however even if I have seen less then 20 episodes thinks in the way that the means justifies the end.
    him also serving his duty to help as one of the prostiegege detective.
    Concluding that they are both right except light has seemed to have cross the line and defeated the purpose of the whole thing.
    and playing all those women aswell hes went way to far over the limits and now has seem to become the one thing he set out to destroy and predicting if the series gos on and he does suceed in his journey it will still be piontless becuase hes now has become more a murderer than a god.

    any response.

  11. I agree with your comments on Death Note, Anonymous! Although I have not seen it, just read the first 2 volumes so far. When he starts killing innocent people, he definitely has crossed a line and in fact has become the same kind of person he's trying to rid the world of! I'm interested in seeing how things go from here, but it'll probably be a while before I manage to read the next one. I have (as always) way too many books checked out of the library!


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