Thursday, 31 December 2009

A Reading Challenge for the New Year


I'm starting my first reading challenge, thanks to my friend Colleen's posting about J. Kaye's Book Blog. The gist is to read 100 books starting on January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010 (check out the site for all the details). I've been devouring books anyway this year, so why not jump into a challenge?

The idea of recording all the books one reads makes me think of my very treasured book journals. For many years--15 to be exact--I have kept a journal of every book I have read. I write down passages that spoke to me and how I felt about the book at the time. When I finish a new book, I love to go back and read what I wrote about other books. A dear friend who was my inspiration to be a librarian started hers in 1975 (!) and looking through hers made me want to start my own. Of course, I always look to see how many books I read a year, but it's never been a challenge before. I've also never made it to 100 prior to adding kid lit to the pot, but I love the idea!

I'm thinking of modifying it a bit for kids at school and seeing if any of them want to join. Say 40 books? I'll invite teachers to participate as well. I know you'll be game, Chrissy!

7 comments:

Colleen said...

I love your book journal idea. I'm lazy at writing down passages that I like, etc, but I've always wanted to do it. You've inspired me to give it a try.

We should find a challenge for kids to do. If we can't find out, let's just start one. 40 books is a good number and that's the number that Miller uses in The Book Whisperer. 40 picture books would be easy. 40 novels would be a challenge. I like it.

Teaching Sagittarian said...

Ah, my favourite Librarian, you know me too well!! I can't resist a challenge - I'm in! Now, I'll just have to add another blog to my growing domain! Any ideas for a name?

Maggie Moon said...

Yay! I just started my own book log to record everything I read and so of course I can now join this! Thanks!!! Maggie :)

Jen said...

I'm in! Syd and I are also starting a mother-daughter book club in 2010. She wanted to start her own club, but decided I should be the only member. So... 1x a month we are headed to Starbucks to talk about the books we've been reading and then to hit the bookstore for a new book each. What a great idea from my 8-year old reader!

popo said...

Wow...and you are my daughter. Imagine how this makes a mother feel. Well...a bit inadequate to say the least...as well as darn proud. Sure wish I had had you as a mentor in my early life. I can't ever seem to find the time to journal about books I read, but it sure sounds like a great way to remember the gems. I must look at yours sometime. I can imagine Sojo doing this someday.

Ellen Potter said...

I love the idea of the challenge as well as the book journal! I may have to start keeping one myself.

daisiesnlilacs said...

My daughter has participated in the Battle of the Books at her school. The libarian chooses 30 books for students to read, (they can do this in teams), and then they have a competition to answer questions about the books. The kids love it!

I love Jen's idea about a mother-daughter book club.