Raise your hand if blogging or reading blogs has increased the number of pages you read each year. I know that it has me. Bloggers write and most writers read — or used to before the demands of kids or housework or marriage or full-time employment stole away our time. Reading about the books that others have enjoyed piqued my interest, but that wasn’t enough.
I still had to find the time, or at least the motivation.
Back before I started reviewing books for 5 Minutes for Mom, Katrina’s Fall into Reading Challenge in 2006 at Callapidder Days reminded me of my past love of reading and spurred me to make an effort to read more. I haven’t looked back since.
There are SO many interesting challenges out there that help us find other book bloggers with the same interests as us, or push us to expand our reading borders — in content or simply in volume.
I thought I’d open up the comments here and invite you to share about your experiences with challenges. Answer any of all of these questions in the comment field:
- Which challenge was your favorite to tackle and why? If you want, you can leave a link to your wrap-up post.
- Which challenge really interests you, yet you’ve never joined?
- Which challenges are you participating in for 2010? Leave a link to the challenge host or your introductory post, so that others can join in if they want to.
Here at 5 Minutes for Books, we are dipping a toe into the challenge realm. We just announced our Children’s Classics Mystery Challenge, which will replace our Children’s Classics carnival from January – June. We are also going to run the Classics Bookclub more like a challenge, where you can select the books you want to read throughout the year. Look for more on that, and a signup on December 29.
Jennifer Donovan loves the book blogging community, whether they are participating in challenges, regular community events like What’s on Your Nightstand here at 5 Minutes for Books, or just sharing their thoughts on a book they’ve recently read. She blogs (about books and other things) at Snapshot.