Sunday, June 6, 2010

a reading challenge

A few years ago Jon, Anna and I participated in a reading challenge to read books from your stacks. We need to do this from time to time, actually discipline ourselves to read from what we've already collected. Keeps those stacks as a resource to draw from and not something to just have. The guidelines are that you read 5 books you already own but have not yet read. I asked them and they were up to it again- I need this to motivate me to stick to a reading plan. So, will you join us? The challenge is to read 5 books you already own but have not yet read by August 15, 2010.

Here are our choices:
Anna is reading:
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Vote of Intolerance by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart
Christy by Catherine Marshall

Jon is reading:
Disclosure by Michael Crichton
The Renaissance by Paul Johnson
Intelligence in War by John Keegan
Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig
The Matarese Countdown by Robert Ludlum

and I am reading:
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
A City of Bells by Elizabeth Goudge
Old Men at Midnight by Chaim Potok
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas

Let us know what you're reading if you join us. And come August 15 we will probably do something bookish to celebrate, like a trip to a bookstore, or maybe dust some bookshelves and eat chocolate cream pie, or lay in front of a fan drinking ice tea and reading all day....I'm sure we'll think of something- and I'm sure real life will keep us from being too self indulgent.


Janet said...

Looks interesting! I see some familiar titles there and hope I'll be joining you on at least one of them.

I'm not a big challenge person, but you make a good point about books "as a resource to draw from and not something to just have."

mrsbeaver said...

So, which book were you hoping to read? I'm excited about all of them, and true to my nature I had a hard time deciding which 5 I would commit to read, lol. I know you're not a big challenge person and you probably don't need it, but I am a much less disciplined reader than you. And my kids love a challenge!

Susie said...

What a great idea! I really need motivation to read some of the many, many books that are languishing on the shelves with nothing but dust to keep them company. I'm not sure how well, I will do, however, with company in a week for a week and then a trip of our own for two weeks. Currently I am on a re-reading quest. I felt it was past time that I reread Hinds' Feet on High Places, so am rereading that now, when time allows. I also apparently need a challenge to FINISH books I have started. . . I never have trouble finishing fiction books. It's the many non-fiction books I'm reading, that require more attention and sometimes note-taking that I want to do that holds me up. :-\