Introducing The 13 in ’13 Reading Challenge!

Hi everyone! Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? Did you see all the shiny shiny awards my beloved Homeland got to take home? It was a good night! And what about the rest of your time off? Did you enjoy your weekends?

Mine was a very productive one, if I do say so myself. When I wasn’t working at Paper Things or plotting my takeover of the domain of Funny Names, I was updating my Words on a Bookshelf page with the details of my brand new “13 in ’13 Reading Challenge”!  If you haven’t visited that page in a while, you can check it out and get yourself all caught up. As the name suggests, my goal is to read 13 real, grown up* books in the year 2013.

*For my purposes, in this case the term “grown up” applies to anything that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be caught reading in Starbucks. A girl can only hide behind the cover of her e-reader for so long!

13 in 2013

This logo features, appropriately enough, Pantone’s 2013 colour of the year: Emerald.

Of course, part of the fun of this type of  reading challenge is sharing it with all of you. In my humble and completely unbiased opinion, this blog has some of the most thoughtful and articulate commenters anywhere on the internet, and I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about my reading selections. For that matter, I can’t wait to hear about your reading selections, either! I’ve only read two books so far this year and I’ve only planned ahead to a third, so there’s plenty of room for suggestions. I have nine more titles to go!

So here’s the plan. Whenever I finish a book, I’ll blog about it on the following Tuesday. Since I’m two books in to the Challenge at this point, posts for the next two Tuesdays will be Challenge-based, although that probably won’t occur quite as frequently going forward. I’m going to aim to complete a book (and blog about it) about once a month from now on – that should give me enough time and material to finish the Challenge by the end of the year.

If you’d like to read along with me, please, feel free to join in. I’d love the company! I’ll try to post the title of the upcoming Challenge book well in advance, and I’ll do what I can to ensure my blogs about the books are spoiler-free (or I’ll at least warn you if major plot points are going to be discussed). If there’s anything in particular that you’d like to read, please leave a comment on the Words on a Bookshelf page and let me know!

The next book that I’m going to read is The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway. Stay tuned for a post about it in mid-February!

In the meantime, come back tomorrow and we’ll talk all about The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. Did you know that The Night Circus was rejected 30 times before someone agreed to publish it? And that it grew out of a NaNoWriMo project that Erin started years before?

Talk about not giving up on your goals! If Erin can complete a draft of what what turned out to be a bestselling debut novel in a month, then I think I should be able to read a mere nine more books in 11 1/2 more months, don’t you?

love amb

14 thoughts on “Introducing The 13 in ’13 Reading Challenge!

    • Hahaha, that is the question, isn’t it? It’s early days yet, so I can afford to feel a little ambitious … but we’ll see if I’m still on track a couple of months from now! xo.

  1. I love your challenge you set out for yourself! I have not read The Night Circus but will have to add it to my list now! I am reading Sweet Tooth at the moment…which is quite a good read! I love what you said about the author and 30 attempts to get published. Did you ever read The Help? Similar story and it’s amazing to me, the tenacity of these kinds of writers/individuals! 🙂

    • Oooh Sweet Tooth … haven’t heard of that one, off to google for a moment *amb googles* Oh! It’s by Ian McEwan! Outstanding. That’s going on my list too! Thanks for the recommendation Bon!

      I loved The Help too! (Of course I did – can you believe we’ve only been virtual friends for a few months? It feels like it’s been much longer!) Anyway I agree with you – their determination is just incredible! xo.

      • I thought you’d be intrigued by Sweet Tooth 🙂 …but I got the suggestion from Mimi, so she gets all the credit for that selection! My book club is reading it, so it will be fun to see what everyone thinks..I am only about a third of the way through so far.

        Of course you loved The Help…silly of me to have to ask! It does feel like much longer Amb…and not necessarily virtual 🙂 I think we’d have fun in real time too 🙂 xo

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