One of my New Year's Resolutions is to not take on more than I can handle, especially when it comes to challenges. In 2007, I discovered Reading Challenges and signed up for everything and completed very little. I still have a few books to finish for the TBR Challenge and The Something About Me Challenge. I really hate not finishing things.

Now the new run of challenges is starting and I find myself being drawn in. They're just so tempting. Why is that? Is it the camaraderie of people working towards the same goals? The cute buttons?

Anyway, I'm sticking to a few rules before I join:
  • Try to pick small challenges or large ones spread out over a long time
  • Stick with books I already have
  • Make sure I'm really interested in the theme, or I'll flake out eventually.
That said, I've joined 2 challenges, besides John's Canadian Book Challenge. Hosted by Becky.

Just 2 books for this one. They have to be either by Jane Austen or about her. I have Mansfield Park and whatever I get for Christmas (my husband was given a list ;) )

This one is 6 books over the whole year, books by 19th Century female authors:
  • The Last Man By Mary Shelley (For free from Girlebooks)
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Anne of the Windy Poplars by Lucy Maude Montgomery
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
  • Sonnets from the Portuguese (poetry) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Ok. That's it. Really. I mean it this time.


  1. I can totally relate. I've been debating for about a week now on whether or not I want to join the 1st in a series challenge and the graphic novel challenge. Then, last night I started considering the 2008 TBR challenge. I don't know what it is about them either. I like the sound of both of the challenges you've joined too, lol. Sheesh.

  2. I have a hard time not flaking out on my challenges too but I couldn't resist joining the Every Month is a Holiday Challenge!

  3. Thanks for the link to Girlebooks! By the way, North and South is also available for free download. And I'll work to get your other books on the site as time permits. Cheers!

  4. Oh....I'm already in over my head for 2008!! But I am going to read the rest of the Austen books. That's a must for me.

    And the 19th Century Challenge looks SO GOOD too!! Damn.

  5. I also signed up for only two challenges, the Russian Reading Challenge and the In Their Shoes challenge, because they happened to fit in with my TBR-pile. I had enough books for both challenges on the pile already or they were way high up on my wishlist so I would've bought them anyway.

    I was thinking about joining the winter challenge or the TBR, but decided not to join as I want to still be able to pick up a book at whim when I feel like reading that particular one. And most of the books I picked for the RRC are 500+ pages anyway. Reading is still supposed to be fun! ;-)

  6. Oh, yeah, I know exactly what you mean. I'm having trouble resisting. I think it's the camaraderie, for me, more than anything. I like being in a group of people working toward a common goal. And, it's fun reading about everyone *else's* choices. But, I'm sticking to my guns and doing just the one challenge (so far). It's hard.

  7. Trisha- I was in the 2007 TBR challenge and didn't finish. I thought of doing it again but so far haven't signed on.

    Lady- I forgot about that one! Sounds so good.

    Laura- I first heard of that Shelley book on your site.

    Stephanie- You are a bad influence. ;)

    Myrthe- I don't think there is a Russian book under 500 pags!

    Bookfool- It is hard to resist.

  8. I didn't really know where else to put this, but thanks for the condolences on my day from h*ll, you're a sweetie :)

  9. I refuse to join challenges, but I've already read all of Jane Austen. Can I get a retroactive cute button for that?

  10. I'm doing three next year. I held out on all the challenges until I began my own, and that opened the floodgate. Asides from that one I'm doing the Russian challenge (I found I was reading a lot of Russian lit this year anyway) and the Shakespeare one (same reason). Good luck with yours!

  11. I admire your undertaking the 19th C. female authors! I know what you mean about the difficulty of resisting.

  12. They look like fin challenges. This year I completed all my challenges (I am reading the last book at the moment and should finish it beofre the end of the month) but have signed up for far too many for next year. Will give it a go and hopefully do less in 2009.

  13. I have a terrible track record with challenges but I can't help joining them either. Must be the cute buttons :)
    I've already joined a couple for next year and am contemplating a few others. Good luck with your challenges!


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