I suck at challenges. Just take a moment to click on that “challenges” tab at the top right and witness how bad I am at them. In 2012, I signed up for three, finished one, read not even one book for the second challenge, and then was too lazy to figure out whether or not I completed the third. If that’s not sad, I really don’t know what is…
So, in an effort at self-improvement and never giving up and, well, denial, I’ve decided to do two challenges this year. Yes, you read that right. Two challenges. Here they are and please, please, feel free to hold me to these:
1. WORLDS WITHOUT END WOMEN OF GENRE FICTION Reading Challenge
I first learned about this challenge from the blog Stainless Steel Droppings and I knew I had to do it. Basically, you select 12 books, each by a different female author that you haven’t read before. There’s a list on the site of 50 authors to choose from and one of your picks should be a random selection. I was happy to see that I’ve already read books by many of the authors on the list but there were quite a few I either hadn’t gotten around to reading or had never heard of before. I’m looking forward to reading work by new-to-me authors as well as reading out of my comfort zone. For me, this will mean more science fiction and, maybe, some high fantasy.
Here is my tentative list of authors:
- Philippa Ballantine
- Karen Lord
- Suzanne McLeod
- Alma Katsu
- Helen Oyeyemi
- Lauren Beukes
- Libba Bray
- Jacqueline Carey
- Nnedi Okorafor
- Karen Healey (my random)
- Stina Leicht
- Nalo Hopkinson
Now that I really look at this list, maybe I’m playing it too safe. I’ll have to ponder that for a moment.
2. GIRLS, GUNS, AND GRIMOIRES (A Goodreads Group) 2013 Recommendations Challenge
Girls, Guns, and Grimoires is basically a UF/PNR/Sci-Fi/Fantasy reading group on Goodreads. The group split into partners and within each partnership, we recommend a book that the other person has to read. My partner and I decided on 12 books for the year. We’ll each recommend three books a month from which the other person can choose one. We’re considering taking a couple of months where we each read the same book. The first book I’ll read from my partner recommendations is Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander. I’m looking forward to reading some new things with this challenge and discussing with my partner. This is going to be fun.
I also have some personal challenges I’d like to meet:
- Starting established series that I’ve been dying to read – Elder Races and Downside anyone?
- Clearing out my debt to NetGalley and Edelweiss. For a slow reader like myself, these sites are like payday loan places or your local crack dealer. You get that quick fix but you do have to pay something for it! I have a backlog of reviews I really need to take care of and this is my year to do it.
- I have physical bookshelves with books that haven’t yet been read. I need to read them before said books start disappearing. My husband will tell me I must have misplaced that copy of Hotel Transylvania or I must have loaned out that battered used copy of Mark of the Demon. In reality, he will be surreptitiously donating three books at a time to our local public library used bookstore. He doesn’t like a lot of “stuff.” It’s the trickle out effect and I need to avoid it. Those used books are my daughter’s legacy, I tell you! Hold it…now that’s sad.
- Finally, the public library. That was the challenge I really sucked at last year. Time to redeem myself. I want to use the library more and I will do so. Promise.