Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2010 Reading

Since it is 2010, I was trying to come up with a number of books I wanted to read for the year. At first, I was not going to set a number because every time I do, I never achieve it. However I decided that I will set a number, but I will not make a list of books to read in advance. So with that being said……… I am going to read 50 BOOKS this year. How am I going to achieve this??? Well I am glad you ask........

By participating in several book challenges!!!!!!

1. Goodreads.com “50 Books a Year”.
This is how I came up with the number of books to read this year.

2. The Black Classic Challenge
Challenge Dates: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010
Challenge Rules:
1. The book must have been originally published prior to the Harlem Renaissance (1920).
2. The author of the book, regardless country of birth, may be of African decent.
3. The book may be fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose.
Challenge Levels of Participation:
Curious -- I commit to 3 books
Experienced -- I commit to 7 books (may include 1 anthology)
Enthusiast -- I commit to 15 Books (may include 2 anthologies)

I am committing to 3 books.

3. Read the book, see the movie Challenge
Here are the challenge levels:
•Matinee: one book/movie
•Double Feature: two books/movies
•Saturday Movie Marathon: four books/movies
•Film Festival: eight books/movies
•Festival Jury Member: ten books/movies

I am aiming to do the "Saturday Movie Marathon" level.

4. Chunkster Reading Challenge
Challenge Dates: February 1, 2010 - January 31, 2011
Definition of a Chunkster:
•A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) ...
•If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more ... The average large type book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.
The Rules:
•No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn't seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.
•No e-Books allowed - we are reading traditional, fat books for this challenge.
•Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted.
•Books may crossover with other challenges
1.The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who has a couple of large tomes on their TBR list, but really doesn't want to commit to much more than that. 3 books is all you need to finish this challenge.
2.Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 4 Chunksters over the next twelve months.
3.Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.

I am aiming to do the "Do these books make my butt look big?" level.

5. Books to read before I die Challenge
Here are the guideline for the challenge:
1.Make a list of between 10 and 20 Books to Read Before You Die (the list contains 1001 books). (depending on interest, this may be an annual event challenge).
2.The books on your list can come from your stacks or the library, and be in print or audio format.
3.Overlaps with other challenges is fine.
I am going to read 10 books.

I also plan to read New York Times bestsellers for each month of this year.

I have a goal to read at least half of Oprah’s Book Club list (being realistic, I know that some of the books she choose will not interest me). I will probably pick 3-5 books to read off that list.

I am interested in learning about our presidents (starting with George Washington). So I will be researching books written by and about past presidents. For me, reading is about good books, but also books that equip me with the ability to live a more full and aware life.

I also have over 300 books in my “To Read” section on goodreads.com that I need to start reading, so hopefully I can read at least 10 (that does not include any of the books in my challenges).

So as you can see, I will be pretty busy this year. How all this is going to occur if I get accepted into law school in August, I have no idea. LOL!!! I know I am late, but what are you reading plans for 2010?????

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