Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Salon: Sign me up! (or, Reading Challenges I can't resist)

Sometimes I wonder if I'm not actually living in an alternate world where time passes faster. Or maybe I've just been reading too much Murakami this month. Either way, I hadn't intended to take a blogging break last week, but events, and life transpired against me. However, even though I wasn't blogging, I was still reading. I caught up on some other reading I was behind on, and finished Dance Dance Dance this weekend, ready for the Japanese Literature Book Group discussion tomorrow, and overall, 'Murakami March' has been an interesting experience. Other than reading all the Harry Potter books the year the last one came out, I don't think I've read 5 books by the same author back to back before. I'm looking forward to getting back to The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Book Two of which we'll be discussing on April 15th, but I'm going to take a little break to fit in a couple other books first. So now I'm reading Admit One: My Life in Film by Emmett James. It's definitely an appreciated change of pace from Murakami. Speaking of Murakami though, just a reminder that if you've read, or done some other Murakami-related activity this month, you have until the 31st to add your link to, or comment on, the Hello Japan! March mini-challenge post to be eligible for one of the prizes.

I probably shouldn't join any more reading challenges but here are a few that I've decided I just can't resist. The first one is the Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge, hosted by C.B. James at Ready When You Are, C.B.  This challenge actually began at the beginning of January, so I hope it's not too late to join, but it runs through the end of the year, and I do like watching movies, and movies based on books, even better. I'm just signing up for the Double Feature, which means I'll read and watch 2 books/movies this year, and I've already read and watched my first pair, The Housekeeper and the Professor. That's not cheating, is it?  After all, I read the book in January, and saw the film in February.  Then I'm hoping to read and watch Let the Right One In, later this year, and whatever else I get a chance to.

It doesn't start until May but Trish has already announced this year's Non-Fiction Five Challenge, and of course I will be joining again.  I love how this challenge gives me a push to read non-fiction, instead of my usual fiction fare.  As the name suggests, the goal is to read five non-fiction books between May and September.  I'm not sure yet which 5 books I'll read but a couple that are high on my list of priorities are, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, and The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan by Ivan Morris. Otherwise, I have a shelf full of unread non-fiction titles so I'll see where my mood takes me.

I also plan to join in Paperback Reader Claire's Persephone Reading Week which will take place from the 3rd to the 9th of May. It's the perfect opportunity to finally read Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski, the lovely book I received from Karen of Book Bath, for the Persephone Secret Santa exchange last December.

And even though I'm kind of backlogged on other reading commitments, I can't NOT join in Carl's Once Upon a Time Challenge. I'm just signing up for the Journey this year, meaning I commit to reading one fantasy, folklore, fairy tale, or mythology book by the last day of spring, June 20th. The one I'm planning on is The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, an ancient Japanese fairy tale, and hopefully I'll manage to squeeze in another one or two as well. Something else by Charles de Lint would be good. Or maybe I can read some YA fantasy during the upcoming read-a-thon.

Speaking of which, I can't wait for the next 24 Hour Read-a-thon, which is coming up in 2 weeks!  Sign-ups have begun, and I'm already thinking about which books I want to read during it, and what snacks and drinks I need to stock up on. I could certainly use some undisturbed reading time.

Will you be read-a-thoning? Have you joined any of these challenges? Which books are you most looking forward to reading this spring?

Happy reading!

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  1. I seem to have completely forgotten my challenges this month. I must get back to them.

    I'm hosting a giveaway on my Sunday Salon post today. I plan to give away two $10 gift cards to Amazon on Easter Sunday. I hope you will stop by and sign up!

  2. One of these days, I'm going to join the Persephone Reading thing, but this year I overbooked myself for April and May already, so I can't. :(

  3. I really enjoyed Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Also, I can totally relate to being unable to resist challenges. Despite my best intentions to only join 2 challenges this year, I ended up signing up for 8.

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  4. Sounds like me. I was searching for non-fiction challenge for ages, too bad this one does not starts till May!

    I'll just have to join this on top of my 10 reading challenges joined this year!

  5. Little Boy Lost will make perfect reading for Persephone Reading Week, Nat! It was the highlight for me during the last one.

    The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter has me intrigued so I look forward to hearing more.

    I don't know where March as gone and I already have too much planned for April and May!

  6. I've had my eye on the Read the book, see the movie challenge for a while now too! But I don't want to get myself into more trouble ;)

    For example, I *know* I'm going to see The Road, but I have already read the book 2 years ago (and I'm not going to reread). So I decided to play along as soon as I actually have had the opportunity to make a combination. I might read and watch Persepolis together with my online reading group. And I'm thinking of re-watching Tony Takitani once I've finished Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman ;)

    Sorry, I'm rambling on ;) TNX for the tip on Non-Fiction 5... Something to consider! The Pillow Book is suitable (but I would have to really finish it :\ ) and I plan to start a Dutch book about Japan 'behind the scenes' during the readathon :)

    I'll see you then!


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