Listing towards quality

This morning I came across a post on Good Reads – a popular book recommendation site. Their 2013 Reading challenge allows you to set yourself a challenge to read a certain number of books and record their details – for the edification of all?

I thought about attempting this and then wondered if it should be consigned to the pile of resolve to do in 2013 advice that floods in at this time of year (and then gets ignored). But then I thought – it’s just the numerical aspect I find hard. Read 100 books – even if you dress it up as “A century of reading” or something like that seems a bit too mechanistic to me. What if you get to 90 and you are running out of time – do you rush and find some quick reads just so you can say you have done it?

The New Year has thrown up another disturbing reading challenge – someone who is planning to read all 131 Babysitters club books.

I do quite like the idea of setting myself a reading challenge though. I’ve only done it once before – I set out to read all the Patrick O’Brien Napoleonic seafaring novels (Master and Commander et al). This proved to be a satisfying challenge because he was such a good writer and I found the characters and stories interesting.

I’d like to set myself a challenge this year but can’t think what. Maybe 10 books in an area outside my reading comfort zone? 10 books of philosophy? 10 New Age classics? Proust? Aaaargh! I think it has to have an element of enjoyment. Actually I’ve just ordered a book from Amazon and it made me realise that I have already brought 2 other books this year already. Perhaps that is my challenge – buy and read enjoyable books this year.

Has anyone else set themselves reading challenges before? Any suggestions?

Methodist Archives reopen

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Great news for genealogists and researchers. The Methodist Archives are reopening 9 January, 2013. The archives will be open weekly, Wednesdays 1.00 pm-4.00 pm.

As there is only a small space available for researchers please contact Jo to reserve a table during these hours on 03 366-6049 ext 831 or by email:

Archive and research services in Christchurch took a pretty major hit during the earthquakes of 2010/11. They are working cooperatively to get up and running. The Cantage group keeps an up to date list of what is available.

Christchurch – this week in history (7 – 13 January)

10 January 1887
Tramway to New Brighton completed.
11 January 1851
First copy of the “Lyttelton Times”, edited by J.E. FitzGerald. Read the first issue online.
In January 1988, construction began on what was once  Christchurch’s tallest building to date, the 76.3m Price Waterhouse building.

Price Waterhouse Coopers

More January events in our Christchurch chronology.