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?

5 thoughts on “Listing towards quality

  1. Robyn 7 January 2013 / 1:05 pm

    Confession time – I have in fact attempted Proust in the past but got the first two books out of the way but no further. I am toying with giving it another go in 2013. The only other reading challenge I set myself was when the library team I was in at the time set ourselves a Five Book Challenge – to read five books in a genre we had never read before. Mine was Christian Fiction and it was very enjoyable.

  2. Lynne James 7 January 2013 / 9:12 pm

    The five-book challenge was great – its much more doable that 100. I chose cyberpunk and two books out of the five were really great.

    • Lynne James 7 January 2013 / 9:13 pm

      Oh dear I’ve used the word great twice. Great.

  3. Marion 8 January 2013 / 8:41 am

    I’m thinking the 5 book challenge is a good idea for me – just have to decide on a genre.

  4. Donna 8 January 2013 / 10:25 am

    Last year I did the easy version – nominated one book I’ve always meant to read and then read it. Three men in a boat by Jerome K. Jerome – and I loved it. This year I am thinking I might tackle Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

    Another good reading challenge I’m going to try is make sure to record everything I’ve read on the BiblioCommons completed shelf and to add things to the To read pile there too.

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