Another reason I've been so remiss about posting lately is because I've been burying my nose in a book whenever possible. Some of the book bloggers I follow have been posting their reading challenges for the year, and while I thought I was Mistress of the List, apparently I've been falling short for years by not keeping a chronicle of all the books I read.
So for the sake of quantifying my reading this year, I hereby declare that I will complete the following reading challenges:
1. The Quantity Book Challenge - I put down 75 books, which is very doable since I estimate I read well over 150 per year, rereads and children's books included, but not counting picture books.
2. The Chunkster Challenge - 4 adult books of at least 450 pages each, not including short story or essay collections.
3. The A-Z Challenge - 26 new authors (ones I haven't read before) with last names starting with each letter of the alphabet.
4. Filipino Writers - 5 books by Filipino authors written in either English or Filipino
5. Classics - 20 books: 10 new reads and 10 rereads
6. Award Winners - 20 books, any combination of new and reread, that have won a literary award.
7. TBR Challenge - all books read for these challenges will come from my To Be Read pile, the stack or mountain of books most readers accumulate faster than they can read them all.
To help me achieve this goal is a nifty little notebook given by my sister as a Christmas present. A cloth-covered hardbound little book, it was printed specifically for the purpose of logging one's reading material. 2010 is underway, and so the challenges are being faced, one book at a time.