Reading Challenge the First!
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge . . . V!!!
(Runs from 1 September to 31 October)
As my whole life is already a Reading Challenge, I don't usually see a need to sign up for "official" challenges designed by other people.
But something changed very recently, when I was invited to join the "book club" Reading for Believers and willingly subjected myself to the indignity (LOL!) of having someone else dictate my reading for me. For that has proven to be my best reading-related decision of the last six months. I dithered for weeks before finally buying a copy of our August read, The Liars' Club by Mary Karr; and now, of course, I wish I had started it sooner.
There is an element of grace in letting someone else guide your reading--especially if you are an experienced reader who doesn't need that sort of help. It's like waking up on Christmas morning, opening one of your presents, and finding a gift which you didn't ask for but which is more perfect than anything you could have asked for. We all get to the point at which we can buy our own stuff and don't really need presents. And that is the point at which presents become most meaningful.
Left on my own, I might never have read The Liars' Club--and since it is such a great book, the thought that I would have passed it over for the rest of my life is quite humbling.
And so now I am open to joining online reading challenges! . . . But--barring an invitation out of the blue, as was the case with the ladies at Reading for Believers--only when the other challenges happen to overlap with the ongoing Reading Challenge that is My Life. =P