Coming Soon: Spring Reading Thing 2009

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!

Spring Reading Thing 2009If you happened to glance at the calendar today, you may have realized that the first two months of 2009 are already gone! Which means that we are now in March.

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.

Spring Reading Thing 2009

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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.


  1. woohoo! I was just thinking about this a few days ago! And the button is darling!!

  2. Oh goody! I wondered if this one was coming around again since I use it to motivate myself to finish all unfinished books on the bedside table. That’s currently a small number but given that it doesn’t start for another 19 days, I imagine the list will increase quite a lot! So I’m not going to create a list until March 20 so it reflects exactly what I want to accomplish in the challenge. :-)

  3. Yay!! I can’t wait!

  4. YAAAAAAAAYY!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for it. ;)

  5. as always i look forward to this! i am staring at my TBR pile right now, it is daunting lol

  6. I can’t wait…

  7. Hoping on the train – woo woo. Can’t wait!

  8. Yay! I was hoping that you were going to do this one again. This will be the 1st time that I am participating but I am very excited.

  9. YOU are delightful, Katrina!

    I was looking forward to seeing the button. I like the font. It’s all very cute and spring-y. Since we are about to get about a foot of snow, I’ll believe it when I see it, but in the meantime the butterflies can convince me.

  10. I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who hasn’t read very much this year. I’m looking forward to Spring Read Thing to try and kick-start my reading for this year. Thanks again for hosting it. :)

  11. Oh yea! I can’t wait! I have been holding on to my Anne Rice books (ALL Vampire Chronicles) just for Spring Reading Thing. I’m going to go into a Vampire Seduced Coma. LOL If I finish them early, I may read her other books too. Oh la la

  12. YEAH! I have already started my list. Can’t wait to start.

  13. ooohhh I am so excited!! I got the graphic up and I can’t wait to get started :-)

  14. You know I cannot wait!! I love this!

  15. These are lots of fun. I’ve been working on my list since Fall ended. And I’ve been reading tons so far this year, too. can’t wait for the 20th.

  16. Time to dust off the new blog and actually post something.

  17. Callapidder Days’ THIRD birthday is a week from tomorrow, Are you excited!?

  18. Cute button! I’m in again!

  19. I too have been in a reading slump this year..I’ve only read four books this year! I have no idea why I’m in such a reading slump but I’m looking forward to the Spring Reading Thing to hopefully get me back into reading. :)

    Your graphic for the Spring Reading Thing is too cute! :)

  20. AWESOME, was just wondering the other day WHEN we were starting up!!! YAY!! :D

  21. I am working on my reading list!!! Love it!!!

  22. This sounds like fun! I can’t wait!

  23. I’m ready for some Spring too. I’m looking forward to joining in. I’m going to work on my list right now.

  24. this sounds like so much fun, looking forward to it!

  25. This sounds like a fun challenge.. I already posted the link for it here and waiting for the Mr. Linky to be set up :)

  26. This is such a good idea. I have tons of books that I need to read and I am going to go to the bookstore soon so I can use my gift cards which means more books for me to read I think I better get started. I am definitely in.

  27. I left a comment on the previous post, but wanted to make sure you counted me in. I am working on my list and can’t wait to start reading!!!

  28. This looks fun! I think I will join in.


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