Happy Sunday! It is October, and for those of us in the northern hemisphere the year has turned towards winter. I love autumn. I remember walking to school through piles of yellow, red and golden leaves and the sound they make crunching underfoot. I remember my Pops raking the yard and trimming the trees and making a great big burn pile. The smell of the smoke, the flight of the embers in a brisk wind. Do people still burn leaf piles?
It has been almost a year since I started my blog. I had no idea what I was doing at the time or even why I was doing it except that I had a vague though of sharing my love of reading with others. I have learned so much from so many wonderful people. Thank you all.
I thought I would visit my challenges this week and see how far I’ve gotten. Being a new blogger this year I jumped on every challenge that looked exciting, only to find there was no way I could complete all fo them. I’ve dropped a few and learned which ones I remained excited about. I’m happy with my results so far.
Graphic Novel Challenge – 12 of 12 – This one was great fun and I discovered some brilliant authors and artists.
Lost In Translation – 6 books – I’m still adding to this challenge. I loved this one. I read books in translation anyway but LOT expanded my comfort zone. I will do this one next year
R.I.P. IV – 4 books and short stories – Another fabulous, creepy challenge hosted by Carl. V. There are over 400 links at the review site and we have all of October to go! I have a couple more books to add to this one.
Science Books 2009 – 3 books – I will keep adding to this one. I’m reading Freeman Dyson’s Infinite In All Directions right now and loving it. I read science books for fun!
War Through The Generations – 5 books – A great challenge. I’ve learned many new things about World War II.
Canadian Book Challenge – 3 of 13 – Ends July 1, 2001. Organized by John Mumford of Yellowknife, NWT. I love Canadian authors and would read them anyway.
Orbis Terrarum – 8 of 10 books – Ends December 31, 2009. Another favorite, reading my way around the planet! This challenge is organized by Bethany at Dreadlock Girl Reads. If she does it again next year I will be joining in.
What An Animal II – 5 of 6 books – Ends February 28, 2010 – I couldn’t resist this one!
World Citizen 2009 – 4 of 5 books – Ends December 31, 2009 – This was the first challenge I joined but I got side-tracked. I think a couple of the books I chose were too dry. Not sure if I’ll join next time.
When I first started joining challenges I found myself feeling pressured to read certain books. Not fun. I’ve learned to let go and have dropped a couple of challenges that didn’t hold my interest. Next year I will have a much better idea of which challenges I can handle! What about you? Are you happy with you challenges or stressed over deadlines?