Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2010 Resolution - Read More Books!

Well, that's not really my resolution. I read many, many books and I don't think I need to increase the quantity. I just need to increase the quality of books that I read.

With that in mind, I'm joining the following challenges for 2010.

Christian Historical Fiction Challenge - The goal is to read 24 books that qualify as both Christian and historical. Almost half of this challenge will be fulfilled by the A.D. Chronicles series. I love reading the Thoene's books and this series is great. I've read through book seven but I plan on rereading the first seven books this year and then hoping I can find the newer books at my library. I think between the two nearest libraries, I can borrow at least through book 10.

Biblical Fiction Challenge - I only need to read six books to complete this challenge, and the A.D. Chronicles will qualify. One book I really want to get hold of is Havah: The Story of Eve, by Tosca Lee. Unfortunately, my library does not yet carry it.

Christian Non-Fiction Challenge - I have to read at least 10 books that are Christian and non-fiction. This would be anything in Christian living, inspiration, or Christian biography/autobiography. I usually read a lot of fiction (mostly Christian but some secular), a tiny bit of nonfiction, and a smattering of memoirs. Christian non-fiction is my weakest area and I want to increase my reading in this category.

Jane Austen Challenge - I am VERY excited about reading more Jane Austen books. I've seen all the movies except Northanger Abbey but I've only read Pride and Prejudice. I must remedy that! I'm aiming for the Lover level - 4 books by Jane Austen, plus 4 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors).

Colorful Reading Challenge - The goal is to read nine books, each with a different color in the title. This will be interesting. Off the top of my head, I can only think of one book whose title contains a color: The Color Purple.

Memorable Memoir Challenge - The requirement for meeting this challenge is four memoirs. I've already read one this year and can't wait to read more.

South Asian Author Challenge - I have never read a book by a South Asian author. I'm planning on reading at least three this year (hopefully memoirs so they overlap with other challenges).

Chunkster Challenge - A Chunkster is any book with at least 450 pages. I want to be a "Chubby Chunkster" and read three of these monster books. Looking back, the only book I remember reading that is long enough to qualify is The Count of Monte Cristo. This challenge will definitely stretch my normal reading habits. I wish that my Bible in 90 days reading plan would qualify for this challenge, but the challenge starts on February 1. Oh, well. I will find other long books.

Support Your Local Library Challenge - This one should be easy for me. The vast majority of my reading material comes from the library. I'm aiming for the Stepping It Up level, at 75 books.

100+ Reading Challenge - The ultimate goal is to end up with 100+ books read in 2010. All the books from my other reading challenges can be included in this list and I should easily reach 100.

Now I'd better get to reading!


Anonymous said...

First of all, I love your blog. It is so beautiful! Second is welcome to the Support Your Local Library and the100+ Reading Challenges. I am so glad you are joining in!

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Glad you've joined the Memorable Memoir Challenge! Happy to have you with us. Looking forward to hearing about the books you're reading for all your challenges.

Rebecca :) said...

Great list of challenges you have joined! And welcome to the Colorful Challenge! Don't worry that The Color Purple is all you can think of off hand,
here is a list of books with colors in the title
that I assembled to help out. I am sure that you will find something you'd like to read on it and it will make you think of more titles, too! I look forward to seeing what you read!

Cherie said...

Just thought I'd mention that I think several of Jane Austin's books have more than 450 pages, good luck with this. I at first had a goal to read less this year, and have decided that's not really the problem, (or not all of it) I just need to read more mindfully.

Cassandra said...

Cherie, thanks for the suggestion of Jane Austen's books for the longer reading challenge! I hadn't thought of that. So far I'm finding a few books that overlap challenges but I haven't picked out any Chunkster books yet.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

So how are things going with the CHF Challenge??

I've updated the CHF Reading Challenge post and finally moved over the linkies if you want to link up your reviews for others to see. I know I'm behind. I'm sorry. :)
2010 Christian Historical Fiction Reading Challenge