I’m subscribed to a couple other book review blogs and I’m always pretty excited when I get an email from one of them letting me know they’ve put something new up. One in particular is The Oddness of Moving Things. Everytime Geoff writes a post I get excited. And his blog is so well organized. He even inspired my “bookshelf” page that I need to either update or take down because it’s sort of sad really.
Anyway, yesterday he posted something about another book challenge he’s doing next year. Basically, different communities of bloggers have come up with different sorts of challenges each year to encourage readers to read books in certain genres or form certain time periods. This one that he announced he’s doing really caught my attention and I decided to get involved, too. So, here’s the official announcement:
The challenge is inspired by the C.S. Lewis quote
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
I think I copied this into a journal somewhere and added that for me it would be a glass of coca cola…Anyway, the challenge is to read books that clock in OVER 700 pages. So, I searched through my booklist via the Hillsborough County Public Library and Goodreads… and disheartened to find that my first two choices fell short by about 40 pages. (So, I’ll probably still read them, but they don’t count 😦 ).
I did land on two books that I’m satisfied with (and it seems I’m not the only one using this as an excuse to read George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series). I tend to be cautious rather than overly ambitious and since I have no idea what 2012 has in store for me I’d rather estimate on the low end and not be disappointed. So, I’m participating at the Earl Grey Lover level… which means 2 books. My choices (as of right now) are Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brother’s Karamazov and George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.
I know, I know, another dead Russian novelist…
I have from January 1st until December 31st to read both of these. Which should not be a problem. And if I continue to have the time/the desire I may “upgrade”. Though I’m almost inconsolably bummed that We, the Drowned is too short. Oh well.
As you’re reading this I’m most likely sitting in what was once known as the Ice Palace watching three friends graduate from The University of South Florida. I’m really excited for them. And a little melancholy that it’s not me. So, that’s really the biggest challenge for 2012.
Anyway, happy Friday. See you next week.