Monday, December 6, 2010

Challenges in the New Year








We've arrived in the season.

Of cookies and snow-shoveling related back injuries, you ask?

Of 'Best Books of Read in the Past Year' and 'Best Books to Read in the New Year', Apprentice Writer answers.

In this vein, two Reading Challenges the Gentle Reader may be interested in

'The Women of Science Fiction', hosted by Dreams and Speculation, features a female-authored novel each month, with participants choosing whether to go along with one month's choice or all twelve and the end-of-month online discussion for each one. When AW checked, 115 bloggers were already signed up.

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'The Women of Fantasy', hosted by Jawas Read Too! , likewise features a female-authored novel each month, with participants choosing whether to go along with one month's choise or up to all twelve and the end-of-month online discussion for each one. When AW checked, 96 bloggers were already signed up.

AW herself applauds the Dreamer's and Jawa's aim to stimulate interest in these authors' work but will not take part in all 12x2 dual reads/chats. This is because, no matter how stellar the grouped novels may be, trial and error has shown her that she does not do well with reading too long in any one genre. She needs to mix things up to retain her interest. She will, however, unbend enough to add a few more of the tasty-looking featured titles to her TBR.

Gentle Reader, what about you? Any interesting lists or challenges floating around your corner of cyberspace?

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Why, yes, says this gentle reader. I am thinking of doing a mystery book challenge for 2011. It's only six books and they are read at your own leisure. I, like you, need to be able to mix things up. If I feel like reading 10 books in a row in one genre then fine but as "assigned" reading it never works. One book club and monthly review books is enough of a stack of books out of my control.

In addition to the one genre thing, there's also the fact that any random selection of books is probably going to be less than 50% satisfying to me. I assume a challenge doesn't count if you don't finish the book. :)


PS
I just got Holly's Inbox from paperbackswap.com...

M. said...

Rachel - what mystery book challenge are you doing? I've dabbled in mystery only very selectively over the years. My favorites so far are Deanna Raybourne, Alan Bradley, and Lisa Lutz.

I'm wondering how you'll enjoy Holly!

Hey, we had a big sidebar discussion on 'Outlander' at my book club, was fun to hear opinions on time travel books.

Julia Smith said...

I took part in a couple of reading challenges prompted by blogs, and really enjoyed it. Of course, since then my reading time has all but evaporated, as I'm constantly sleeping on the bus rather than reading.

But my writing time has increased...

Say, AW...I'll be in Toronto from Dec. 18th to New Year's. Can we try to meet up??

My email address:

julia.smith2@gmail.com

Rachel said...

Heya! I'm doing this challenge and posted my picks here.

I dabble in mystery but don't know that I've dabbled extensively enough to have true favorites at this point.

I'll keep you posted on Holly.

When I commented on Outlander I didn't even get into how much I dislike time travel frameworks. What did your book club think of that? I just can't get my head to ignore the impossibility of having one linear history when time travel is possible. I get so distracted by that that I can't enjoy the books.