“Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.”
I made a vow to myself that I only would be in two challenges this year, but now suddenly I find myself in THREE!
Two years ago, I joined the ongoing Agatha Christie Reading Challenge, which is to read all of Christie’s novels — but in no set time. To date, I’ve read 29 of her 80 novels. Over the last couple of months, I’ve taken a hiatus from reading anything by her, but I plan to return to her works here next month.
Last year, I joined The Baker Street Challenge, which was to read Sherlock Holmes books, whether the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books or pastiches based off those books. I already had an interest in reading more Sherlock Holmes stories so I immediately joined, then it seemed to fade away as its founder, Bookish Ruth, underwent some health problems. Now Ruth and the challenge are back and I’m joining the latest incarnation of the challenge. Ruth has set up different commitment levels, but I haven’t yet decided the number of books I’ll read for this challenge. I only know that I have the entire Vol. 2 of The Complete Sherlock Holmes both sitting on my shelf and in my Nook, so I’m ready to go.
And this year I’ve joined the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge, which is to read some of the works of the great Japanese writer. Already, I’ve read Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and I plan on rereading A Wild Sheep Chase, which made me immediately fall in love with Murakami’s work, and reading its sequel, Dance, Dance, Dance as well as at least one or two others to be decided.
In other bookish news, I’m joining My Friend Amy for Frederick Buechner Week February 28 through March 4, where she, I and other bloggers will be reading and discussing his The Eyes of the Heart: A Memoir of the Lost and Found. I also have agreed to review one other book of his and write an essay on his influence in my life.
I will have more bookish news for February, but for now, I’ll just make you wait in suspense for what it might be, as I don’t want to tip my hand too early.
What are you reading this week and are you involved in any reading challenges, or is it, like it is for me, sometimes a challenge to read books at all, with all the various competing mediums, TV, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, not to mention…er…real life?