As I have often mentioned, I am a member of the community known as bookcrossing.com. I share books with others and they share books with me. I release books "in the wild" to be picked up by anyone who comes across them; I also participate in controlled releases, which are books that are released to a particular person. I have also participated in book-rings and book-rays in which a particular book is passed on to subsequent (interested) readers.
Recently, I have added another dimension to my bookcrossing adventures. I have signed on to what is referred to as the SIY challenge. The SIY challenge is a set-it-yourself challenge. Each quarter various bookcrossers announce what books they intend to read in the next three months. If at the end of the three months the person has read the books that they have chosen to read, the challenge is met. If not, then the person has failed. Simple enough!
I started this when I retired at the end of March for the quarter beginning April 1 through June 30. I figured that I would have more time to read now that I had given up working. So, I chose ten books from a list of books that I wanted to get read. I not only completed the ones that I chose to read from my list; I also read a few other books. The following quarter (July 1 to September 30) I challenged myself even further and chose thirteen books to read. This time, I have to admit, I failed at my own challenge. While I read quite a few books, many of them were not from my own proscribed list. I had several ring books arrive, and I gave them precedence over others because I knew that there were other readers waiting on the same book. I also spent much of my time working on "the project" (aka the new (old) house), but I digress.
Despite having failed at last quarter's SIY, I still decided to give it another try. Again, I have chosen thirteen books. They are made up of the following:
3 library book group books, 5 books of my own, and 4 books from other BCers
and last, but not least, I will finish Etidorpha by John Uri Lloyd (my abandoned book..first received in the early 70s, lost for years, and now once again found).
Broken down further, here are the titles of the books:
from the library list...
Bob Greene's And You Know You Should be Glad
Pamela Glen's The Syringa Tree
Wally Lamb's Wishin' and Hopin'
from my own TBR list...
Simon Callow's Love is Where it Falls (biography)
Kristina Riggle's Real Life and Liars
Peter Sheridan's 47 Roses (biography)
Jackie Collins' Married Lovers
Jeffrey Deaver's Roadside Crosses
from books sent by BCers...
The Fifth Estate by Robin Moore
High Noon by Nora Roberts
How to be Good by Nick Hornby
The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood
and of course, Etidorpha, by John Uri Lloyd.
It is this last one that gives me the most pause. I have had this book on my TBR (to-be-read) list since I was in high school. It has been on my list to read even longer than The Fifith Estate (that one I started reading during one of my (college) summer breaks, but I didn't get the chance to finish). But only by setting this challenge for myself can I finally accomplish this, I believe.
So far, I am making some headway. I am about done with Green's memoir and Moore's book. I am also trying to finish up some of the books from last quarter's challenge, too. And, of course, I have just received a book-ring book that I need to start reading. I guess I had better get back to the books...who said that retirement was easy!
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