This week's Weekly Geek task suggests we think about the challenges we might join in 2011.
- Share with us which challenges look tempting to you! (You don't have to "officially" join any of the challenges for this weekly geek. Just let us know which ones you'd be most interested in.)
It prompts me to think about why we join challenges. As a reading colleague is won't to say, it is not really a challenge if the task you set yourself is easily accomplished. A reading challenge should push you towards the achievement of a task and push you to breaking new ground in your reading.
People who decide not to commit to challenges talk about how they feel that challenge-reading puts them in a bit of a strait-jacket. For me though the challenges make me seek out books to read, so I think they actually broaden my reading horizons.
I've already committed myself to 3 challenges.
- The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge:
in 2011 I hope to read at least another 12 titles in my quest to read the novels and short stories of Agatha Christie roughly in the order in which they were published. This is a challenge that I manage, in conjunction with a monthly blog carnival.
- The 2011 Global Reading Challenge:
I have committed myself to reading 21 titles, all crime fiction, 3 titles each from 7 "continents"
- The Canadian Book Challenge 2010-2011:
I'm currently sadly lagging in this one. I have to read to 13 books by Canadian authors by 1 July 2011. So far I've read 3.
The Weekly Geeks post pointed participants to a wonderful resource A Novel Challenge which lists all sorts of book reading challenges and as a result of browsing there I've more or less decided I will join the following:
- Booklover's 2011 Aussie Author Challenge:
I need to increase my reading/reviewing of Australian crime fiction. I joined this challenge in 2010 and completed FAIR DINKUM level of 8 books fairly easily.
I'm glad to see that in 2011 there is TRUE BLUE level of 12 books by Australian authors (at least 9 different authors), so that's what I'll sign up to.
- I'm tempted to join the Ladybug's e-book reading challenge at obsessed level of 20 books.
In 2010 I've read 32 books on my Kindle, so it should be achievable
- something in the line of historical mysteries - maybe a target of about 6 for the year.
- something related to Scandinavian crime fiction - again 6-8 titles all from different countries.
- The What’s in a Name challenge (or similar) which Reactions to Reading describes today
- 100+ reading challenge, but I might set my own target of 130. I think I'll make 125 fairly easily this year.
- maybe something related to translated books - similar to Lost in Translation. In my case it would be crime fiction titles, and I would be aiming for about 12 books.