Monday, January 05, 2015

Ah heck! What's another challenge or two?

Let's face it, I'm a reading challenge junky. I just stumbled over two challenges which should be an easy, done deal to complete in 2015. Both of these are challenges to borrow books from the library. I can do that. In fact, 77 of the 154 books that I read in 2014 were borrowed from the library. That's exactly ½ of the books that I read came from the library.

This was the highest number of library books of any year, and I attribute this to two factors. First, I put myself on a book-buying moratorium. Since I wasn't allowing myself to buy any new books, if I wanted to read a book that I didn't already own, I had to get it through the library. And the second factor is that my libraries are no offering electronic book check-out. With my travel schedule and my past history of losing library books, I don't allow myself to take a library book out of town. But eBooks simply expire from my Kindle or BeBook reader. If I lose the reader itself, it's tragic, but the library still gets their book back.

So I'm going to join two library challenges, setting the same goal for both.

Snagged at the Library Challenge graphic Snagged @ the Library is a yearlong reading challenge where the goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. Several levels are available and each challenge participant picks the level which best matches his or her reading plans. I'm going to sign up at Level 4, “Stalking the Bookstacks: borrow 50+ books”.

I'm linking up with 50 other participants at The Geeky Blogger. If you're a fan of the library, you can join us.

A similar challenge is I Love Library Books sponsored by Gina at Book Dragon's Lair. This challenge has a minimum of 3 books and no maximum. Since I will apply books to both challenges simultaneously, that means I've elected the “Just Insert IV” level of 50+ books.

There are over 40 participants in this challenge. I haven't checked to see how many of them are overlapping with the Snagged @ the Library challenge, but I'm sure that there must be some like me who saw an opportunity to double-dip. I'll encourage you to sign up and chat with the rest of us about the gems you find at the library.

I'm tracking the progress of all challenges on a single page. You can always find the status following the link in the right-hand sidebar.

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