I tend not to participate in reading challenges, simply because I like to be spontaneous with my reading choices – well, as spontaneous as someone who does a full-time university course and belongs to three book groups can be. It’s relatively rare that I can just grab something off my shelf for pleasure-reading alone, and it’s incredibly un-rare that I buy books. You do the sums…
BUT I have decided to set myself a challenge for 2012 – one which I can’t really envisage myself completing, but which will be fun to try. I want to read (and hopefully review) a book published in every year of the 20th century. I’m calling it A Century of Books.
Why, you ask? Partly out of the simple pleasure of a list, and to have (at the end of 2012) a very selective glance at the course of the 20th century. And partly to make me diversify my reading a little bit – currently the 70s, 80s and 90s are rather neglected in my reading life. But it’s the sort of challenge that I’ll be doing without really noticing that I’m doing it – hopefully most of the years will fill up as a happy coincidence to my everyday reading choices. (It has dawned on me as I write this that similar challenges might already exist… oh well, there is nothing new under the sun, and the more the merrier!)
So, this will probably basically involve reading what I like until the autumn, when I panic and start filling in gaps…
I’ll set up an ongoing list, which I’ll link to whenever I read a book for A Century of Books, so hopefully the enjoyment won’t be all mine. Indeed, I’d be delighted if other people wanted to join in – are you interested?
Feel free to use my logo for A Century of Books, or make your own – I imagine lots of you are more graphic-savvy than I am. (My selection won’t necessarily – or even probably – include the books in the above picture. I just picked books at random and put them in a vaguely chronological order…)
So… 1900-1999, here I come. Or, rather, I will in three months’ time, when 2012 gets around to starting… let me know if you’ll be on board!