Thursday, February 28, 2008

So many books, so little time

Between psychology, political science, and the kids, I have very little time to read. In the last two weeks, I have read six to ten picture books and one children's book. No adult books at all. So I can already tell that I probably won't accomplish my goal of reading 200 books this year. My total so far: about 25 or so. I'm getting more acquainted with my textbooks than anything else. But that hasn't stopped me from signing up for two more challenges, the Spirituality Book Challenge hosted by Callista. It starts March 1st through June 1st. You have to read three books that have to do with spirituality in some way. I desperately need to read some of the many books on my shelf, so I'm going to try to read The Best Spiritual Writing 1998, The Best Spiritual Writing 2004, and God: Stories.

I also signed up for the D.E.A.R. Reading Challenge. Dear stands for Drop everything and read. It's being hosted by Becky. The goal of the challenge is to get more people reading. The official D.E.A.R. day is April 12th and is being celebrated by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and First Book, along with many other organizations. I plan on having my family and myself read for 30 minutes a day, every day between March 12th and April 12th. I don't have any problems getting any of the kids to read except for one. You know who you are, V... I think I'm going to throw the kids here a party on D.E.A.R. day.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Written Word Book Giveaway

Stephanie at The Written Word is hosting a book giveaway. So, of course, I have to sign up. The book she's giving away is The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. I keep hearing great reviews about this book. It's now on my TBR list. If you want to sign up for the giveaway, click on the link in this post. It'll take you to her blog. Leave a comment by midnight Feb. 13th. the winner will be announced the next day.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Pub Challenge

I really don't know how I forgot to sign up for The Pub challenge, but I have. For this challenge you have to read at least eight books published in 2008. Here's my list:

1. Other people's love letters - Bill Shapiro
2. My mistress' sparrow is dead - Jeffrey Eugenides, editor
3. The book of other people - Zadie Smith, editor
4. Homecoming - Bernhard Schlink
5. People of the book - Geraldine Brooks
6. The Voyage of the Short Serpent - Bernard du Boucheron
7. The Geography of Bliss - Eric Weiner
8. Teh Monsters of Templeton - Lauren Groff