Well, that’s not really my resolution. I read many, many books and I don’t think I need to increase the quantity. I just need to increase the quality of books that I read.
With that in mind, I’m joining the following challenges for 2010.
Christian Historical Fiction Challenge – The goal is to read 24 books that qualify as both Christian and historical. Almost half of this challenge will be fulfilled by the A.D. Chronicles series. I love reading the Thoene’s books and this series is great. I’ve read through book seven but I plan on rereading the first seven books this year and then hoping I can find the newer books at my library. I think between the two nearest libraries, I can borrow at least through book 10.
Biblical Fiction Challenge – I only need to read six books to complete this challenge, and the A.D. Chronicles will qualify. One book I really want to get hold of is Havah: The Story of Eve, by Tosca Lee. Unfortunately, my library does not yet carry it.
Christian Non-Fiction Challenge – I have to read at least 10 books that are Christian and non-fiction. This would be anything in Christian living, inspiration, or Christian biography/autobiography. I usually read a lot of fiction (mostly Christian but some secular), a tiny bit of nonfiction, and a smattering of memoirs. Christian non-fiction is my weakest area and I want to increase my reading in this category.
Jane Austen Challenge – I am VERY excited about reading more Jane Austen books. I’ve seen all the movies except Northanger Abbey but I’ve only read Pride and Prejudice. I must remedy that! I’m aiming for the Lover level – 4 books by Jane Austen, plus 4 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors).
Colorful Reading Challenge – The goal is to read nine books, each with a different color in the title. This will be interesting. Off the top of my head, I can only think of one book whose title contains a color: The Color Purple.
Memorable Memoir Challenge – The requirement for meeting this challenge is four memoirs. I’ve already read one this year and can’t wait to read more.
South Asian Author Challenge – I have never read a book by a South Asian author. I’m planning on reading at least three this year (hopefully memoirs so they overlap with other challenges).
Chunkster Challenge – A Chunkster is any book with at least 450 pages. I want to be a “Chubby Chunkster” and read three of these monster books. Looking back, the only book I remember reading that is long enough to qualify is The Count of Monte Cristo. This challenge will definitely stretch my normal reading habits. I wish that my Bible in 90 days reading plan would qualify for this challenge, but the challenge starts on February 1. Oh, well. I will find other long books.
Support Your Local Library Challenge – This one should be easy for me. The vast majority of my reading material comes from the library. I’m aiming for the Stepping It Up level, at 75 books.
100+ Reading Challenge – The ultimate goal is to end up with 100+ books read in 2010. All the books from my other reading challenges can be included in this list and I should easily reach 100.
Now I’d better get to reading!