Hello blog-hoppers! Getting ready for summer? Some of us are in full summer swing by now, what with kids out of school and vacations planned well in advance. I may be forgoing an extended vacation this year due to lack of funds, but will be quite content to pull out the kiddie pool for my children so I can let my husband sit and watch them while I keep busy with writing...or reading through my vast TBR pile!
I have a very large collection of books to read and I've marked a list on my calendar to read through the summer. I've also joined many (maybe too many!) reading challenges this year. But, I do so love a challenge! And if it involves some of my favorite books, how could I say no??
I'm a member of GoodReads and as a reader I am in love with this site! I'm still going through my library and adding books to my virtual bookshelves. I've never counted them before and it actually has surprised me a bit to see how many books I own. Though working at a bookstore for 12 years before they closed certainly did much to add to that list (and, oh, I do miss my employee discount!!).
Here are the challenges I've joined:
2011 A to Z Book Challenge (duration-a year)
2011 Create Your Own Book Challenge- I chose A to Z Non-Fiction Book Challenge (duration-a year)
Serious Readers Challenge Level 1 (duration-a year)
Romance 101 Reading Challenge (duration-6 months) FINISHED!
2011 Chubby Chunkster Reading Challenge (duration-a year)
RRRC's 2nd Reading Tournament - The Name Game Edition (duration-6 months)
Phew! Writing them down in a list seems even more intimidating! Lucky for me most of these challenges overlap and I can read a book that's good for more than one challenge. You can check my progress in a folder I opened in the Romance Readers Reading Challenges - Members Reading List. For me, it's fun to keep track of my reading habits. And I'm happy to see some of the books that have been accumulating on my shelves dusted off to read. It does open me up to new authors as well. I always love finding a new author or a new series. And, as a writer, I'm working while I'm reading...no, really, I am!! Hey, I need to research!!
So, my questions to you, dear reader, are... How do you decide what to read next? Have you joined any reading challenges? Do you structure your reading? Do you make a list of what books to read in a particular order, or do you just pick a title by mood?
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