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Revise, revise, revise

Over the last few weeks and first couple of months of this year, I’ve been revising my reading plans again and again. I started simple and then perhaps naturally made my resolutions more complex as I continued. Now I’m returning … Continue reading


In over my head? Yep, I need to get out of the deep end.

Last summer I declared, I’m free to read what I want, any old time. Also along with that, I said, “I’m not going to play by their rules anymore.” At the start of the year, I also resolved to┬ákeep it … Continue reading


Knee deep in the hoopla of reading challenges

Ruh roh, Raggy. It’s happened again. “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 … Continue reading

Announcing the Agatha, Doyle, Milton, Enger and Westlake Reading Challenges — well, sort of

So while last week I was talking on Twitter how sometimes some of those who have book blogs get in a habit of writing posts that are lists of books instead of writing about what they’re reading, now I’m going to do just that. I’m going to write a post that is a list of books to give you and me an overview of reading challenges and events of which I suddenly find myself in the middle. Also I’ll admit I’ve been busy this week and haven’t been reading much so don’t have a book to review for this week.

agatha_christie_rc First, I’ll be continuing the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge (click on the button at left to join) as started by Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise, and even though I doubt I’ll get to another one in time for the next carnival, I soon will be starting to read at least one Agatha Christie book a week in addition to any other reading I might do for the week. I figure her books are usually quick, easy reads so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Second, I also will be continuing to read the Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories chronologically as begun with the Baker Street Challenge (click on button at right for , which was started last year by Ruth of Bookish Ruth in honor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 150th birthday. I finished The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes earlier this year, with The Hound of the Baskervilles up next. However, in terms of time, because of the next two events, I most likely won’t be returning to Sherlock Holmes until June.

Third, I am joining Rebecca Reid of Rebecca Reads for Milton in May (click button above to join Rebecca) as she reads through Paradise Lost — even though I had a class on Milton in college and from what I remember I liked Paradise Regained better than Paradise Lost.

The schedule is as follows:

Week of May 3: Books 1-3

Week of May 10: Books 4-6

Week of May 17: Books 7-9

Week of May 24: Books 10-12

Also in May, and fourth, I will be participating in the Faith’n’Fiction Saturday Round Table as sponsored by Amy of My Friend Amy. Click here for last month’s roundtable on In The Garden of the North American Martyrs by Tobias Wolff. We will be discussing Peace Like A River by Leif Enger. I especially want to thank Carrie of Books and Movies of suggesting my inclusion in one of the round tables to Amy.

The e-mail conversation on the book will take place May 9 through May 15 through bloggers already selected (otherwise, I’d encourage you all to join). At the conclusion, Amy will divide up the discussion thematically and send each of us part of it to post on our blogs Saturday, May 29.

As if that weren’t enough, fifth, I also have decided to start up my own challenge (no button as so far it is just for myself) to read the Dortmunder series by Donald E. Westlake in chronological order. If you don’t know by now, I’m a stickler for reading series in order. Of course, just looking up the series online, I learn that the series only has 14 novels and two shorter works, so I guess it’s not much of a challenge. That said, the bigger challenge for me is to read all of Westlake’s works, written both under his own name and many pseudonyms, since he is fast becoming my favorite author. That, though, like the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge will be a longer term challenge than the Dortmunder or Baker Street challenges or Milton in May.

Sixth, and finally, not counting my continuing to read Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (which yes, I’m taking slow, but it’s so good that I really don’t mind), later this summer I want to read books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while or have accumulated in recent months, thanks in large part to a brother-in-law who has given me about 40 books since the start of the year. For this one, I was inspired by Beth at Beth Fish Reads and a Reading Our Own Books Challenge that she and several other bloggers including the previously mentioned Carrie are doing this month.

After telling myself last year, that I didn’t want to get involved in any more reading challenges and events, suddenly I find myself right in the middle of them. Oh, well, I guess there are worse things I could be doing with my time than reading.