Friday, January 6, 2012

'Just For Fun' reading challenge and more!

As a book reviewer, I get the opportunity to read lots of books.  I have more books in my house than I will ever be able to read, according to my husband.  I get sent books from authors and illustrators, I get sent books from publishers and agents, and I can't resist buying or trading books either.

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But sometimes, it can seem like a chore rather than an enjoyable experience when you have a stack of books that are waiting to be reviewed and you just want to get lost in a book and not think about character development, plot elements, and dialogue.  I'm not saying I don't ever get lost in the books that I review, because many times I do.  But sometimes I just want to set it all aside and reread an old favorite, some nonfiction, or some NY Times Bestseller that doesn't fit in with the kinds of books I generally review.

Enter the JUST FOR FUN Reading Challenge on Goodreads.  Goodreads is a site to keep track of all the books you have ever read, want to read, and didn't even know existed.  It's a place to connect with other book lovers and discover what books you have in common and how you each interpreted a particular story.  Until January 31 anyone can join the JUST FOR FUN Reading Challenge which is moderated by Lori.  It's not a huge challenge, just a challenge to read one book per month purely for enjoyment.  And there is also the opportunity to win some great prizes throughout the year.

So, here is MY list of books I hope to read this year, JUST FOR FUN!  What will YOU be reading?

January:  Little Bee by Chris Cleave 

February:  fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science by Lucia Greenhouse

March:  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

April:  A Death in the Family by James Agee

May:  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

June: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

July:  Persuasion by Jane Austen

August:  Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms by Carmela Ciuraru

September:  Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

October:  Middlemarch by George Eliot

November:  Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane

December:  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

All book images courtesy of Goodreads.

1 comment:

  1. Ive also joined this challenge, it should be lots of fun!


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