To help ameliorate this problem I have ...
- started this blog so that we (my kids and I) can write down our thoughts about the books we have read (as well as other things if they come up) and
- I will sign up with a couple of book challenges for 2014 to try and motivate me to actually write out some reviews.
So for the first challenge ...
2014 Nonfiction Reader Challenge
"The Challenge: Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult. That's it. You can choose anything. Memoirs? Yes. History? Yes. Travel? Yes. You get the idea? Absolutely anything that is classified as non-fiction counts for this challenge. "
So - I read a ton of nonfiction for work, so the number of books won't be a problem, it is the whole remembering to write out a review that is going to be the issue. Keeping that in mind I will shoot for the Seeker level (Read 11-15) in the theory that I can do one non-fiction review a month (fingers crossed).
1. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
2. Lake Effect by Nancy A. Nichols
3. Field Notes from A Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
4. The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse
by David Owen
5. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Next - I really love the idea of the bingo card style 2014 Full House Reading Challenge hosted at Book Date. It is such a cool idea.
"The Challenge: Complete the card below. You can do it in any order you wish. You are allowed "one free exchange", if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free card that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post."
1) From the local library
5) Published in 2014
13) Free choice
16) Won or borrowed
I know that I am new to this and totally going to fail on this challenge but I am going to try to complete at least a couple of bingo's on the board.
http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2013/11/2014-mount-tbr-challenge.html, since I too have the terrible disease that leads me to keep buying new books when I have books I still haven't read languishing on my shelves.
"Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2014. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. ... Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]
*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish in 2014. I will trust you all on that."
The Goal: Pike's Peak Level to finally read 12 books from my “to be read” pile (within 12 months).
1. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
2. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
3. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
4. The Grand Tour: or the Purloined Coronation Regalia
5. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
6. Soulless by Gail Carriger
7. Lake Effect by Nancy A. Nichols
8. Some Like it Hawk by Donna Andrews
9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
10. Field Notes from A Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
11. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
12. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff