Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Reading Thing Challenge

Every year, I jump on Katrina's bandwagon and participate in her Spring Reading Thing Challenge. It is one of my favorite kinds of challenges, a design-it-yourself. This year, as always, I am choosing to list the books that currently have bookmarks in them. My challenge is to finally get around to finishing these seemingly permanent bedside table residents. Because of this my list will not change for the duration of the challenge. It will be composed of only the books I am reading as of this morning. I might have one page left to read or 999. But they are all currently incomplete and therefore make my list. (Note: there is one notable exception to my inclusion of all incomplete books this year as I fully intend to take all year to read Great Lakes Nature by Mary Blocksma and so it will not be on my challenge list intentionally.) Here's Katrina's explanation for the challenge in case my own version doesn't trip your trigger.

Essentially, Spring Reading Thing 2010 is a fun, low-pressure reading challenge open to anyone and everyone. It will take place March 20th-June 20th (which is, not-so-coincidentally, the spring of 2010).

To participate, here’s what you need to do:

  • Create a list of some books you’d like to read or finish this spring.

  • Feel free to set some additional reading goals (such as reading to your kids two hours per week, getting through your pile of magazines, etc.). This is completely optional.

  • Write a blog post including the list of books you want to read and any additional goals you’ve set, and get ready to post it on your blog on March 20th.

  • Visit my blog on March 20th to sign up. I’ll have a Mr. Linky set up that morning, so you can submit a link to your personal Spring Reading Thing post, and it will be added to the master list.

  • Read! Work on your goals throughout Spring 2010.

  • Report your results. Write another blog post in June to let everyone know how you did.

  • Have fun! Visit other participants to see what they’re reading. Write reviews if you’re so inclined. But most of all, enjoy your spring reading.

So, without further ado, here's what the bedside table has spit up at me for my reading and finishing pleasure this spring:

1. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
2. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
3. Into the Tangle of Friendship by Beth Kephart
4. Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show by Frank Delaney
5. One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer
6. Solar by Ian McEwan


  1. Nice reading list -- plenty of variety! I haven't read any of these books.

  2. Great list. Happy reading this spring.

  3. Oh, I completely hear you when it comes to having lots of books with bookmarks in them. I'm trying to complete a number of books this spring, too. Let's hope we're both successful!

    Thanks for being part of the challenge@

  4. You sound like me finish what's been on my night stand before I go any further. But I still added more books to my list.

    Happy reading!

  5. I ran out of bookmarks.. never a good sign ;-) Have fun finishing some of those up off your nightstand this Spring!

  6. I have a few with bookmarks too. Happy reading.

  7. Great reading list! Good luck finishing your list!


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