Reading Challenges


Over the past ten years or so I’ve given myself different reading challenges. Some I’ve met, some I haven’t. But they’ve been simple challenges – read one pre-20th century classic a month for one year, read ### of books in a year (I’m trying for 200 this year and will come close, although Anathem is not a quick read, but then neither was Middlemarch or Dr. Zhivago), finish a mystery series in one year, read the newest In Death book within a couple weeks of publication, etc.

I reading my friend Shree’s blog today and discovered her self challenges. I followed her links to

Becky’s Challenges

If you feel like setting a specific reading goal, Becky may have a new one for you. She finds them and adds them to her site. I haven’t looked real far, but she may create new ones, too. The ones she highlights are challenging enough. The newest one is to read all of Edgar Allen Poe’s 73 short stories. Although I find her header annoying (it’s hard for me to read the name of the blog), if you’re a reader, you should check the blog out.

(My therapist tells me I bury myself in books and ignore the real world too much. Some of these enticing challenges wouldn’t help that, would it?)

(And if I’d wanted to learn about reading challenges, I should have started reading Shree’s blog earlier, shouldn’t have I?)