Reading challenges are Olympics for book-lovers. They aren’t difficult. They’re an outlet to go wild with our passion! We sign-up because we like recommendations, or some of us have enough stock at home to last a decade of blizzards. We exit charity sales by the box and want reading circles to match THEM. That’s me. I utilize what’s on hand. This is best accomplished with wide open games; no struggling for a book to fit.
As I conclude my second year partaking in these pastimes, I know what’s in abundance and pondered angles I would love to approach differently.
Lord have mercy, I’m going to try my hand at hosting!
Watch for a post and help me launch three brand new circles!
For newcomers to this sport: seek themes highlighting genres you like. The challenge is usually quantity. Think of these circles as a places to report what you’d be reading anyway. If you have a blog: post about the theme you’ll join. You might name a few books but can update those all along. Copy the URL of your “sign-up post”, for the ‘linky form’ at the host website.
Most groups want reviews. Use Book Depository, Goodreads, Amazon to find each book and review under it. A line is fine. There is normally a linky form for reviews at the host website. Add your review URL and that’s all there is to it. Join, read, review, link. A “read-a-thon” is a brief event. A “reading challenge” gives you a year, often new year’s day to new year’s eve. To reduce a traffic jam at Christmas, my activities will run February to February. :)
If you don’t have a blog site (or only ‘facebook’, solely visible to members): comment at the host website. My pages will display a list of participants independent of the sign-up linky. If you use the internet, absolutely any interested party may join. Now, what about my subjects?
It’s rare to find mainstream novels among non-fiction. Few expect the spiritual with the paranormal. Word games request one colour per year, for example. I have several titles with green, blue, black, red… and crave an outlet for them all – next year. I have designed themes in the areas of: word SPECTRUMS, MYSTERY, and the ETHEREAL to welcome material that was traditionally skipped! From biographies, study books, to the latest fiction: we’ll put it all in the mix!
Yours Sincerely, Carolyn M. Riedel.
* The kitty family members shown in my photographs are:
McCartney (Siamese snowshoe), Spirit (grey tabby), Love (as an infant),
Marigold (his Mother), and her son Love sitting in books as an adult! :-)