Monday, 25 October 2010


I've been away for a long long time, my home computer died and life got complicated. I'm still computerless at home but can use the internet at work or in the public library. I'm really missing some aspects of blogging and the blogging world so trying to come back into it, even if only on a limited basis. I'm whittling down my googlereader to just a handful of blogs, and joining a few challenges.

I'm trying to spend the next year attacking the TBR pile - which is my biggest challenge as there are 450 unread books on it (I know as I counted and listed them all to shame myself). I'm going to limit myself to 2 challenges at a time, and the majority of the books I read for that challenge must come from the TBR pile or be books that I've always meant to read. This also means that I will have more time to comment and visit other bloggers following the same challenge. Any old challenges that I was signed up for I have abandoned, as all my lists were saved on the computer, which I couldn't access.

Challenges I'm participating in
The Novella Challenge (Nov 1st - Nov 30th)

This challenge will be a great way to tackle the TBR stacks, I've chosen level 3 which is to read 8 novellas. These are all from my TBR pile:
A Wilshire Diary
The Last Will & Testament of Senhor da Silva Araujo
The Epic of Gigamesh
Buenas Noches, Buenos Aires
Iron, Nickel, Potasium
The Celestial Omnibus
The Castle of Otranto
Tirra Lirra by the River

Dystopia Challenge (Jan - Dec 2011)
I love this genre and have enjoyed many dystopian novels in the past, particularly YA fiction, which seems to fit this genre really well. I'm joining at the Asocial level (5 books), I've listed 6 which my reads will come from this gives me space to abandon one if I hate it.

The Trial, Kafka
Do Androids Dream of Sheep
Tomorrow: When the War Began
Brave New World
Farenheit 451


Vivienne said...

It is lovely to see you back, even if it is only a flying visit. I have abandoned all challenges as they just take up too much time. Saying that though, I am taking part in the Novella Challenge too.

J.T. Oldfield said...

I'm so glad the novellas lured you back! I always feel so accomplished after I read them because it's a great way to get through a chunk of the old TBR!

raidergirl3 said...

Glad to see you back again. Did you get on your trip?

YA Dystopian - I just picked up Monsters of Men from the library, and I have House of Scorpions here to read. I should join, I think there is a very low level of committment.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for joining in with the Dystopia Challenge!

Good luck with reading all your TBR books as well and I hope you enjoy all the challenges you take part in.

katrina said...

Thanks for the welcome backs, one thing thats my 'problem' with blogging has already happened - I'm making lists of books I want, ordering them in the library and making mount trb even bigger - must be stonger!)