Fall Into Reading 2010: The basics

Fall Into Reading 2010 has begun! Please visit the official launch post to join the fun and visit other participants. Thanks!

If you’ve been faithfully watching for more information about Fall Into Reading 2010, here it is! Those of you who have participated in my reading challenges in the past already know the drill, but for those of you who are new (or who would just like a refresher), read on.

Essentially, Fall Into Reading 2010 is a fun, low-pressure reading challenge open to anyone and everyone. It will take place September 22nd-December 20th (which, as you may have guessed, is the fall 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 fall. This is the only real requirement for participating in the challenge.
  • 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.). However, this is not required; setting additional goals is completely optional.
  • Write a blog post that includes 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 September 22nd.
  • Visit Callapidder Days on September 22nd to sign up for the challenge. I’ll have an official launch post up that morning, complete with an area for you to submit a link to your personal Fall Into Reading post, where it will be added to the master list of participants.
  • Read! Work on your goals throughout Fall 2010.
  • Report your results. Write another blog post in December to let everyone know how you did. (I’ll post an official wrap-up to the challenge on December 21st, where you’ll be able to share your results.)
  • Have fun! Visit other participants to see what they’re reading. Write reviews if you’re so inclined. But most of all, enjoy your fall 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. 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?

I sure do. Feel free to grab the big one at the beginning of my post. Or use the code below to add the button to your sidebar.

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Next week, I’ll post some additional information about the challenge, so let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll be sure to answer them then! In the meantime, you might want to start digging books out from behind your nightstand, or sorting through your to-be-read pile!

Comments

  1. I’m excited to start!
    Danielle Leigh´s last post ..Changes and PlansMy Profile

  2. So glad you keep doing these! I missed out last spring because I wasn’t blogging very much, but I’m excited to join in this time. :)
    Trish´s last post ..My Weekly ReadsMy Profile

  3. Yay! Can’t wait to get started!

  4. I would love to participate again this year, unfortunately it falls at a bad time in my life where I have too much going on to commit. I wish everyone the best in the challenge, and will cheer from the chair!
    See ya next year if all goes well.

  5. I’m on board just keep reminding me

  6. Just started working on my list! Very excited for the fall challenge!
    Jen E @ mommablogsalot´s last post ..Don’t Be Fooled By The Rocks That I Got…My Profile

  7. Yippee! I love this! Looking forward to the time I spend in such a variety of books.
    Thanks for doing this, ~ linda

  8. I am looking forward to this again. I participated last year and got my whole school involved. They complained it wasn’t long enough. So We will begin on the 22nd of September with you and my school will be carrying it out until our Spring Break. They officially put it on the school calendar. I honesty believe that this is what helped our school move up a letter grade on the state test. I’ve seen the data and those who participated in the challenge and took it seriously improved their reading scores on the state test. Thank you so much for creating this and inspiring us to bring the love of reading to others.

  9. Can’t wait! I didn’t do to well with the Spring one so I’m hoping to really do better this time around.
    Kim´s last post ..Catching UpMy Profile

  10. I’m so excited and look forward to this!

  11. I’m excited for this…:)

  12. Last year, I discovered this challenge too late and this past Spring was crazy but I’m definitely participating in this Fall’s challenge! Thank you so much for hosting it! I look forward to reading about everyone’s reading goals!
    Pamela Sweet´s last post ..Three-Minute Fiction ContestMy Profile

  13. I just sorted through a bunch of books that I’ve got waiting to be read. I came up with 12 that I’m going to put on the list for the challenge. There may be more eventually (there usually are) but for now a nice rounded dozen will do.
    Gabriela´s last post ..Work-In-Progress WIP Wednesday 9152010My Profile

  14. I missed out on the Spring challenge, and on a last minute whim decided to join in for the Fall Challenge again. Looking forward to it!

  15. just what the Dr ordered – time out to read!!!

  16. Jumping in on this tomorrow! I love reading challenges!!

  17. So glad I remembered about this and decided to come over and have a look so I am starting up on time tomorrow. Looking forward to this.

  18. OH OH OH! I’m IN, I’m IN, I’m IN! Running out the door for an appointment, but will be whipping up my list during the wait! :)

  19. This is great – I know I am late and hope I can still play!

  20. I’m in, listed, posted, and reading. Thank you so much!

  21. Bummer…. I am too late… I was just going to copy books from my library page… :( I will keep watch for next time.:)

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