Whenever I take on a reading challenge (e.g. read x number of books in y amount of time), I fail. Miserably.
This goes for Readers Imbibing Peril, too – the challenge to read a certain number of horror or suspense titles from Sept. 1st to Oct. 31st. So I wasn’t signing up this year.
Don’t have time, and never follow through, anyway. Just make a fool of myself saying I’m going to read this and that and then don’t.
Now that we’re into October, though, and it feels like fall, it couldn’t hurt to peek at Stainless Steel Droppings to see what’s happening with Readers Imbibing Peril…and what do I find out?
Yup. I’m in!
Our library genre study group has been reading romance this year, and this week we’ll be talking about the appeal factors of paranormal romances.
I didn’t get to read as many recommended books in this subgenre of romance as I thought I would, so I’m joining Katie (aka “The Reluctant Romantic”) at Doing Dewey in reading more romance (specifically paranormal romance) this month, as it isn’t a genre I normally choose to read.
I’ve already become a lot more open-minded about it, through the readings and discussions our genre study group has been having, but there’s always room for improvement when trying to live up to librarian credos such as “Every reader, his book; every book, its reader” and “Never apologize for your reading tastes“.
Schedule and Discussion Topics
Feb 6 – Genre Speed Dating – What genre are you getting to know this month? Why do you want to give it a chance?
Feb 13 – It’s Complicated – Is there anything that keeps you from reading this genre more?
Feb 20 – Young Love – Have you read the genre you’re trying before? How was your first experience with that genre this month?
Feb 27 – Relationship Status – Where is your relationship with the genre you tried? Will you read more of this genre in the future?
I failed miserably in my second attempt at Roof Beam Reader’s TBR Pile Challenge in 2013, even worse than I did in 2012. To meet this challenge, I had to read and review twelve books that had been on my TBR (To Be Read) list for over a year. Two alternates are allowed in case you really hate a couple of the books.
My 2013 TBR Pile Challenge List
The Master Bedroom by Tessa Hadley
An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey
The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
Map of Ireland by Stephanie Grant
The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett
All Is Vanity by Christina Schwarz
Codex by Lev Grossman
Third Girl from the Left by Martha Southgate
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
Great House by Nicole Krauss
Family Album by Penelope Lively
As you can see, I managed to read only ONE of the twelve older books that I’ve been meaning to read. Nine out of my ten favorite books of 2013 were published in 2013, so I read a lot of new releases instead of books I already owned.
For my 2014 attempt, I’m changing out about half the titles from last year’s list to include more books that I actually own:
My 2014 TBR Pile Challenge List
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke (Own)
Codex by Lev Grossman (Own)
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Own)
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Tenth Muse by Judith Jones (Own)
Third Girl from the Left by Martha Southgate (Own)
The 27th Kingdom by Alice Thomas Ellis (Own)
When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud (Own)
Wool by Hugh Howey (Own)
How It All Began by Penelope Lively (Own)
The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
This challenge was founded and is being hosted for the fifth year by Adam at Roof Beam Reader. Anyone who posts reviews online (GoodReads, LibraryThing, Amazon, B&N, etc.) can sign up for this challenge. You don’t have to have a book blog! Reading and reviewing 12 books enters you in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Visit Roof Beam Reader for more info and to sign up.