A good Sunday to you. The magical weather people are calling for snow in the Pacific Northwest, not a rare thing in the mountains, but certainly rare in our urban setting. I don’t know what oracles they use but most often we get all excited only to have our hopes dashed by rain. Outside, in the wind, it certainly feels cold enough.
I have been thinking about challenges. I feel pleased with my progress this year, but at the same time, wonder about the pressure and constraints that they put on my reading. I felt I had to drop out of two and if you are curious about the ones I’ve completed there is a link to my challenge pages above the header. I know I will continue the Canadian Book Challenge and will join in on Once Upon a Time and R.I.P. but I will hesitate before joining any others. I hope to borrow an idea from Eva. If a challenge strikes my fancy I will create a book list from the theme and read several books from that list. I am setting a personal goal of reading or getting rid of all the to-be-read piles lying around our house. I also plan on joining the War & Peace Read-Along organized by Winston’s Dad and other read-alongs throughout 2011. What about you? Are you joining or organizing challenges in the coming year?
As for reading, after Monsters of Men, I felt the need for something different. My library had a copy of The Silver Swan, John Banville’s second mystery written under the name Benjamin Black. It was great. Now I am reading another mystery, The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths. This one combines archeology with mystery and features a great female protagonist. What about you? What are you reading?