Thursday, May 14, 2009

Library Challenge

During my latest round of blog-hopping -- my preferred form of exercise -- I saw that Carrie K had joined the Support Your Local Library Challenge hosted by J. Kaye. Without warning, I was catapulted ass-over-teakettle into challenge-land once more. It was that accompanying picture of the Folger library that did it. Ooooh, those shelves...I needed to be fanned, and vigorously.

I like J. Kaye's challenge because I'm really REALLY enjoying having a library again and because there are 3 different levels of participation: Read 12, 25 or 50 library books during 2009. I'm not as brave as Carrie K, who's going for 50, but I'm already at 7 (I've been tracking them in my sidebar under Library Loot), so 12 seems laughably timid. I guess that leaves 25 books. It's doable.

I'm not going to prepare a to-be-read list because I never know what's going to pop up on those bilingual and beloved shelves. Ever since watching that Zola biopic, I've had my eye on a Zola biography nestled in the French Lit section. Also, this might be the year that I finally buckle down and read The Forsythe Saga, which I can count as 3 books.

There's a slightly uneasy feeling that I'm letting myself get over-challenged again. I need to hurry and finish the Canadian challenge by July 1. I have the summer to do the Eco Reading Challenge, which is off to a good start as I'm halfway through Salt by Mark Kurlanksy. I got a little slothful on my Pulitzer Project Challenge (too bad stockpiling Pulitzers like mad doesn't count for anything!) but I'm getting back to good by reading the 1928 winner, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder.
Although I wanted to, I never joined that challenge in which one reads books by or about U.S. presidents, but it's hanging there so attractively in my peripheral vision. Its august image trembles in my bookwormy heart.


myza said...

I love challenges as well. Its fun to keep track of all the different books you are reading. Maybe I will take a look at that library challenge! Could be fun!

Michele said...

LOL re: "stockpiling".....boy, can I sure relate to that!

Good'll make it just fine!

Anonymous said...

i love reading about all you ambitious challenge-doers! i'm such a wimp over here...i sit on the sidelines and watch it all play out. maybe one day i'll work up the nerve--but the dedication! will i be able to do it?!?! ahhaa. good luck with this challenge--it seems feasible.

Eva said...

I've already finished this one, because I'm a freak, and I agree it was a lot of fun! :)

I think stockpiling should count for something! After all, it makes you ahead of the game when it comes to actual reading. :D

Anonymous said...

Wanted to stop in and welcome you to the Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge. If you haven’t already, feel free to join our Yahoo Groups . There you’ll find others who are trying to complete this reading challenge.

Links to post your reviews are up in the right sidebar at J. Kaye’s Book Blog. This is, of course, totally optional.

J.L. Danger said...

I am just so glad that you have a library again

Carrie K said...

I'm so happy to have helped you to the Dark Side. I had to go for 50! Look how many I've already read knowing nothing about the challenge. ;)

Have you been to the Folger's Library? It's fabulous.

I loved Salt. It was just so fascinating. About something I had never given a moment's thought.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading about your acquisitions - both Pulitzer and Library Loots. You have inspired me to start a collection of reading to a theme - I guess it would be a personal challenge but w/o a time limit.