If you happened to glance at the calendar today, you may have realized that the first two months of 2010 are already gone! Which means that we are now in March.
Which means that spring will be here in about three weeks. I cannot tell you how ready I am for spring. I’m ready for sunshine, and warmth, and green grass, and no snow. And I’m also ready to incorporate a little structure in my reading. So I’m happy to announce that along with getting ready for the season of spring, it’s also time to get ready for the Spring Reading Thing 2010, here at Callapidder Days! Hooray!
Many of you know what my reading challenges are all about, and I’m so thankful for all of you faithful readers who come back twice a year to join in. But for those of you who are new to my challenges, let me give you the basics.
Essentially, Spring Reading Thing 2010 is a fun, low-pressure reading challenge open to anyone and everyone. It will take place March 20th-June 20th (which is, not-so-coincidentally, the spring of 2010).
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 my 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 2010.
- 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 winter, that works too. The most important thing is to read this fall, 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.
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. As long as you include your goal-list of books, 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. Do you have a graphic we can put in our sidebars?
A. Um…not yet. But I’m working on one and plan to get it up and available to you very soon.
Q. Where can we get more information?
A. Well, you already have just about all the information you need. Check back here next week, though — I’ll have a few posting guidelines up, just a few to-do’s that I ask you to abide by if you decide to be part of Spring Reading Thing 2010. And feel free to leave a comment here if you have a specific question I haven’t yet addressed.
Okay, that’s enough babbling by me. It’s time for you to start making your list. Go peruse your bookshelves, visit the library, check behind your nightstand for lost or abandoned books, and decide what you’d like to read this spring. See you soon!
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