You know how it is. You make yourself a resolution that you will or won’t do something. Then you yield just a little to temptation. Before you know it you’re in full flight to somewhere where you weren’t planning on going to be heading in the first place.
So it was with reading challenges / goals. I wasn’t really going to do any this year. Except read more. Then I succumbed to one that I wasn’t going to take too seriously. And then …
1. Classics Spin
2. Goodreads Reading Challenge
3. Ultimate Reading Challenge
The Classics Spin I began last year. I completed reading the first of twenty classic titles I’d selected, the choice made by the Classics Club being Charlotte Brontë’s Agnes Grey. Which I dutifully reviewed. The next randomly chosen number will be revealed on March 9th. I’ll keep you posted.
So far so good.
Then the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I put down to read forty titles this year. After all, I’d managed that number in 2017, so easy-peasy this year, surely? And so it is proving: seven titles actually read in the first two months of this year, in theory the equivalent of forty-two books over twelve months. I’m laughing now. (Metaphorically of course. I’m not actually guffawing.)
Finally, the Ultimate Reading Challenge set by Hannah Braime. This is a list of fifty-two categories (suggesting a reading rate of, on average, one book a week) selected off the top of her head. No, I don’t think I’ll actually manage all 52 categories, but here’s the full list — in case it appeals to you too — and here’s how I’ve done so far:
10. A book published in the 20th century: Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent
12. A book with a name in the title: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
15. A book someone else recommended: Terry Pratchett’s A Hat Full of Sky
28. A book with a place in the title: Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea
29. A book set in the future: Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines
33. A book of short stories: Eleanor Farjeon’s The Little Bookroom
50. A book by an author not read before: Sarah Singleton’s The Poison Garden
That’s enough about me, now over to you.