I was in the midst of Bloggiesta last Friday night when I received an email from the lovely Lisa at Books on the Brain. She was asking a few questions about Reading Challenges and I breezily zipped off a reply knowing that this was a hot priority task for my weekend: I needed to get a grip on all the challenges I’ve signed up for and I needed new thoughts on how to organize and track my year of reading.
I’m in over my head. I see the inviting cool blue water of the swimming pool and I’ve jumped in. I might as well enjoy myself!
What apparently was bothering my subconscious was my hesitancy to commit to challenges I obviously want to join. Why this ‘unofficial’ nonsense? I had a dream last night where I wrote and rewrote posts about this very topic (I wish my subconscious could type!) and had to prepare a STATEMENT:
I, Care of Care’s Online Book Club, hereby commit to reading books that challenge me and willingly join in community efforts to encourage such. I agree to do the due diligence of signing up, posting thoughts, linking the links and joining in discussions with other participants of said challenges. I will not stress about finishing but appreciate and enjoy the process. I will allow some slack about participating in mini-challenges, I refuse to care about any prize opportunities and I will remember to check in often with others. This I will do.
My first year of book blogging, I joined two challenges: Hey Lady! Trish‘s Novella Challenge which I successfully finished. The other was to read 10 books from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. I think I only read one of the list I had randomly picked. The next year of challenges, I did much better; I signed up for a few more and completed a good percentage.
Then this past Fall, I caught the disease and wanted to sign up for EVERYTHING! And knowing I would get overwhelmed, I tried to avoid the sign up (thus, the state of being ‘unofficial?) and only create the commitment in a small manageable part of my reading-heart. BUT. I’ve decided to sign up anyway and have some fun.
I have created a page for my 2010 Challenges that show the buttons and links and have spaces to fill in and/or check off the titles for each.
I OFFICIALLY sign up for Amanda of The Zen Leaf’s GLBT Challenge 2010 and commit to the Lambda Level of 4 books.
I OFFICIALLY sign up for Bart’s Bookshelf’s 2010 Challenge.
I OFFICIALLY sign up for Dorte’s 2010 Global Challenge.
Wish me fun!
Golly, I feel so much better now. 🙂