I looked at my calendar this morning and HOLY SPIMOLY it’s March 29th already. I’ve always been a fan of creating monthly goals and challenges for myself. Thirty days seems to be a manageable amount of time; not too long so that I don’t become bored, but an ample length that allows me to diddle around for a week, getting my sea legs together without feeling a time crunch. I was thinking about how my blog focus has changed in the past few days, and I want to maintain my monthly challenges, but the concept of a reading challenge seems wrong to me. I love to read; it’s not a challenge or a struggle. The difficult part is finding enough time and titles to keep me happy.
Thesaurus results for “Challenge”
1 he accepted the challenge: dare, provocation; summons.
2 a challenge to his leadership: test, questioning, dispute, stand, opposition,confrontation.
3 it was proving quite a challenge: problem, difficult task, test, trial.
While I like the concept of being dared because reading can be so emotionally adventurous, I don’t know that it’s appropriate. If I look that word up in the thesaurus, I get:
she accepted the dare: challenge, provocation, goad; gauntlet, invitation.
INVITATION! What a fitting label!
So what shall I invite myself to read for the month of April? I am going to challenge myself to simply read. I have quite a few books that have been neglected on my iPad, and there’s no time like the present to begin reading them. They were purchased for a reason, so before I add anything new, I shall begin a “Spring Cleaning” if you will.
April’s Novel Spring Cleaning List
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon