Caribousmom (www.caribousmom.com) has announced her 2009 Themed Reading Challenge and I have decided to take it! All the details are posted at the website above, and anyone can sign up and participate.
This will be my first challenge and I am excited about choosing my own theme and aiming for the deadline. Given my current reading pace--I'm knocking off about a book a week--6 books in 6 months seems very do-able.
(This seems like a good time to show some respect to C.S., who does his own challenge every year by reading all the National Book Award finalists between the time the short list is announced and the time the winner is named, i.e. about 6 books in about 30 days. Right now he is pushing hard to cover the last 200 pages of the final book before Wednesday.)
Coming up with a good theme is very important to me. (See ideas that didn't make the cut in the box at right.) Typically, I'm multi-tasking, too. So here's the challenge I've chosen:
Guilty Conscience Books
(books I've started but never been able to finish)
Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
(I think I love Emerson, but I can't be sure)
Walden and Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau
(at least three failed attempts)
Light in August, by William Faulkner
(don't tell my 10th grade English teacher, but I probably deserved that "B")
Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust
(I bet I'm not the only one)
Because the challenge can include 6 or more books, I'm hoping for suggestions to add to the list. If you have a book on your conscience, here's your chance! Leave me a comment nominating your secret failure and I'll expunge it from your record by reading it in your stead. Meanwhile, you can sign up for the challenge and read a fun themed series of your own. What's not to like about that?