Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thriller and Suspense Challenge

The Thriller and Suspense Challenge (hosted by Book Chick City) is to read 12 suspense or thriller books between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010. I'm not choosing my books in advance but I know there are a couple that I would like to try!

50 Book Challenge

In 2009, I read over 100 books but toward the end of the year I started to feel like I was choosing shorter books in order to reach my goal and pushing aside interesting, yet longer books. I am lowering my 2010 goal back to 50 and am striving for quality over quantity!

I do this challenge through the 50 Book Challenge on Shelfari and you can find all of my book reviews in one thread there or my blog reviews are linked to the books listed below.

The books I have read in 2010 are:

The 1010 Challenge

For the 1010 Challenge, I will be reading books that fit into 10 different categories; some categories will be traditional genres but some might be a little more creative in order to get the maximum number of books off of my endless TBR pile! For a little extra challenge, I am going to read at least three books per category. I'm sure some of my categories will be complete in a couple of months but some will probably take the entire year!

For the most part, I am not going to decide in advance what books I will read for each category, instead I'll just file them where they fit. But, there are a few books that are physically on my shelf at home that I am determined to finally read! I have put those in the list already but everything is subject to change :) The books listed haven't been read until they link to a review!

Published in 2010

Romance/Romantic Suspense - I should just call this my Nora Roberts category!

Presidential Biographies
1. Truman by David McCullough

Young Adult - still trying to fill the void left by Twilight and Harry Potter!

Ongoing Series - this category will definitely have more than three books!

New (to me) Authors

Science - piggybacking onto one of my other challenges

Thriller and Suspense - again, piggybacking on the challenge through Book Chick City

Chick Lit

Get It Off My Shelf!!! - books I have owned forever and will read in 2010!
3. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

The Science Book Challenge

The Science Book Challenge urges you to read three science books during the 2010 year. The books can be about science, scientists, how science works, or the relationship of science and culture. They can be biographies, non-fiction, popularizations of science, or anthologies - pretty much anything goes! I am going a step further than the challenge requests, and am going to attempt six science average of one every two months shouldn't be too overwhelming!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A New Procrastination Technique for 2010

As 2010 looms on the horizon, I have decided to take my reading to the next level - I am going to blog! I have zero experience with blogging, my (what I like to think of as) witty humor occasionally comes across as down-right mean in the written form, and this will most likely add another year to the completion of my PhD because I feel this will be the mother of all procrastination techniques - and yet I am determined to move forward with my plan!

I hope to keep track of the books I read, the challenges I am participating in, and maybe throw in some random thoughts on life as a PhD student while I'm at it. I don't promise to be politically correct, my personal views will most likely shine through, and I will attempt to refrain from using the really offensive profanity but the minor stuff is fair game.

If anyone out there happens to stumble upon my site, please feel free to comment away! If no one ever reads this then it won't be a new feeling - I write scientific papers for a living. :)