Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Be Like Beth

My friend Beth at Walk a Mile joined this reading challenge, and I wanted to be a copy cat. I'm going to read 26 books alphabetically by title. (Not in that order, just trying to cover each letter.) Do you want to be like Beth, too? Join the fun here.

January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.

How does this reading challenge work? Choose the option that works best for you...

Authors -- Read alphabetically by author. Commit to 26 books.
Titles -- Read alphabetically by title. Commit to 26 books.
Authors & Titles -- Commit to reading 52 books

How strict is the 26 or 52? I know it isn't always easy to find those difficult letters. The thought of finding the X's (for example) might scare folks away. It shouldn't! I'm a merciful host! (Ask anyone!)

If you want to give the X's a go... For authors, try to find an X in the first name, middle name, or last name. For titles, it doesn't have to be the starting word. Try to find an X somewhere in a title, and it'd count in my book.

Still can't find a book for the letter you need? I'll take your word for it. I've been there. I know. If your library doesn't see the need to order books just because it starts with an X, then I don't blame you for not wanting to special order a book that you may or may not enjoy. You gave it your best, don't feel bad. You can still make this challenge work for you.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing about the reading challenge. I am always intrigued by the fun ways people play via blogs. About th X authors: Gao Xingjian won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000 and Halldór Laxness won in 1955. I enjoyed both authors. The Nobel Prize website has links to lists of their works translated into English. I like to read the Nobel Literature Laureates' works because they provide a global diversity in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Anyway, just a couple of X hints for last names.

Nanci said...

Here in Canada we have Margaret Atwood.. don't recommend her at all. So many people that I talk to that are readers can't either.
Wierd don't you think?

Mama Drama Times Two said...

Count me in - I even posted about it and referenced you. I need to start reading some of the many books gathering dust at out home.
Thanks for the push.