Note: Spring Reading Thing 2009 has begun! Visit the official launch post to sign up as a participant or to see what everyone is reading!
Which means that spring will be here in about three weeks.
Which means that it’s almost time for Spring Reading Thing 2009, here at Callapidder Days! Hooray!
To be honest, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump in 2009. I’ve only read three books so far this year (not counting audiobooks) and some nights, I have to force myself to read before I go to sleep. That is so not like me. It’s not even like the books are bad; I’ve got some great books here to read. I’m just all slump-y for some reason. So I, personally, am looking forward to the virtual kick in the reading pants that Spring Reading Thing ’09 will give me.
Many of you know what my reading challenges are all about. But for those of you who don’t, let me give you the basics.
Essentially, Spring Reading Thing 2009 is a fun, low-pressure reading challenge open to anyone and everyone. It will take place March 20th-June 20th (which is, coincidentally, the spring of 2009).
To participate, here’s what you need to do:
- Create a list of some books you’d like to read or finish this spring.
- Feel free to set some additional reading goals (such as reading to your kids two hours per week, getting through your pile of magazines, etc.). This is completely optional.
- Write a blog post including the list of books you want to read and any additional goals you’ve set, and get ready to post it on your blog on March 20th.
- Visit this blog on March 20th to sign up. I’ll have a Mr. Linky set up that morning, so you can submit a link to your personal Spring Reading Thing post, and it will be added to the master list.
- Read! Work on your goals throughout Spring 2009.
- Report your results. Write another blog post in June to let everyone know how you did.
- Have fun! Visit other participants to see what they’re reading. Write reviews if you’re so inclined. But most of all, enjoy your spring reading.
A brief Q & A
Q. What is the point of this whole thing?
A. I started these twice-yearly challenges because I thought it would be fun to share my love of reading with other bloggers and to push myself to read some books I might not otherwise read, or to finish some books I had started and then abandoned & stashed under my bed. I thought there were probably others out there who would appreciate the accountability and encouragement that a challenge can provide. And along the way, I discovered there were lots of people who — whether they needed the extra push or not — loved to share what they planned or hoped to read during the upcoming months.
So that’s the point: sharing some reading goals with all the other participants and doing it in a way that works for you. If you want to push yourself, go for it! Or if you just want to share what you’re hoping to get around to reading before June, that works too. The most important thing is to read this spring, to enjoy it, and to share that enjoyment with others.
Q. What if I don’t have much time to read and I only set a goal to read 2 books? Is that lame?
A. No, it’s not lame! Whether your list includes two books or thirty-two books doesn’t matter to me. Make the challenge work for you. Be reasonable. Maybe try to stretch yourself a little. But don’t stress about it. This is supposed to be fun.
Q. What if I get half-way through the challenge, realize it’s not working for me, and I want to change my list/goals? Does that mean I lose?
A. No! I don’t mind one bit if you change your list part-way through the challenge. The point of my challenges is to provide a fun and easy way for you to set some goals, work toward them, and enjoy reading. If your original list isn’t working for you, you’re likely to be miserable, which would completely defeat the point. Rework your list/goals and keep on reading.
Q. Do I have to review the books I read? I stink at writing reviews.
A. Absolutely not. Writing reviews of the books you read is entirely optional. To be honest, I usually don’t write reviews of the books I read during these challenges.
I will provide a place where participants can post links to the reviews they write, but again, this will be optional. Remember: Katrina’s reading challenges are low-to-no-pressure.
Q. What should I write in my post that has my list and goals? Is there any special format?
A. Nope. It’s entirely up to you. You might want to check out last year’s challenge page and visit some participants to see how they did it, if you’re not sure where to start.
Q. What about giveaways? Will there be giveaways this time?
A. Of course! There will be weekly book giveaways (open to both particpants and non-participants) throughout the challenge, and at least one prize awarded to a Spring Reading Thing 2009 participant.
Q. Do you have a graphic we can put in our sidebars?
I sure do. Feel free to grab the big one at the beginning of my post. Or use the code below to add the little one to your sidebar.
If you have any other questions, please let me know in a comment. I’ll be posting additional thoughts and information about the Spring Reading Thing 2009 on Friday, March 6th and Friday, March 13th, and would be glad to answer your questions in those posts.
Can’t wait to see what you’re planning to read during Spring Reading Thing 2009!
Find additional notes/guidelines about Spring Reading Thing 2009 by clicking HERE.