Friday, April 30, 2010

The Seasonal Reading Challenge

Leave me alone in a room full of books, and when you come back I'll have found the YA Fantasy section--and that's where I'll stay. When Mockingjay comes out at the end of August I'll be ready to party, and the very next week I'll be dancing in line while I wait for The Clockwork Angel. The last book I finished was Halt's Peril from the Ranger's Apprentice series--and it's not even out in the U.S. yet!

I hate to admit it, but my reading has become distinctly one dimensional, which is why I was so excited to learn about The Seasonal Reading Challenge from Goodreads. For the Spring challenge, you can earn up to 980 points. You earn points in increments of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. There is one 50 point task. The tasks are designed to get you reading outside of your comfort zone.

Some of these people are hard core readers! To complete this challenge I estimate that you would need to read almost 70 books in three months. I have no idea if anyone has ever won before or not, but I can guarantee this quarter it won't be me!

The challenges sound fun though--Go to a public area and spy on someone reading a book. Read the same book. It only counts if they don't catch you though.

Another challenge: In honor of Arbor Day--read a book with a tree on the cover. How about: Read a book from pages 3, 4, or 5 of the goodreads list Books That Everyone Should Read Once.

My first book is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, and it goes with challenge 5.2: "Read a novel featuring gardens." I can't believe it's only worth 5 points!

No way I'm going to get to even 100 points. But I bet I can beat you!


  1. Wow! I'm a member of good reads but apparently don't follow it well. I had no idea. I might try it! Right now Caleb got me into a new series by Robert Jordan. It's really looooong but so far really good. And not nearly as dark Skin Hunger.

    I also like YA books. As long as they aren't too cheesy. I always head straight for that section. Another reason I should try some books off the challenge.

  2. I'm a member too, but I've never done much with it. I thought it might be fun to do something similar but less heavy here on my blog--like maybe picking one or two tasks a month to try and complete together. Once I figure out how, maybe we can link into their challenge on Goodreads and have our own section. That would be cool!

    Are you reading the Sword of Truth series? I read several of those, but eventually gave it up. It gets at least as dark as Skin Hunger, but I love Richard.