glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
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I thought: I'll leave making a round up post until Friday, so people can sneak in a last few chapters if they want. And then promptly forgot to make the round-up post yesterday...Ooops?

Anyways! November has well and truly made an exit from our life, so its time to look back and report back on what we read this month. Did you get through everything you wanted this month? Or did you read something entirely different? Discover anything new or odd about your reading habits?

Did you saunter over your self-set target deadline or were you reading furiously right up to the final minute of the final day, just to finish one more book? Tell all, in the comments below...
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
It's the end of the fourth week of the challenge, but panic not, its not quite the end of the month, so you've still got time to squeeze in a bit more reading as the month doesn't actually end until Wednesday. So I'll be doing a final checkin/round up post next Friday.

In the meantime, how goes the reading this week? Have we fallen behind or are we racing ahead? Feeling inspired or hiding from the world?
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
Tis the end of the third week of the challenge (sort of, this year November's dates don't fall out particulary well to divide the challenge into neatish weeks when you have check-ins on Fridays) hopefully books are providing all of you with some comfort in these troubled times...

Are we starting to flag a bit or have we triumphs to share? Anyone defeat a book that's been taunting them for long and weary? Share your reading triumphs and disasters in the comments below.
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
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Alright! Remembered to post! We're two weeks into the challenge, nearly half way through! Are we all forging ahead with our tasks, or are we stalling out and in need of some cheerleading?

*waves pompoms enthusiastically*

Check in below with your triumphs and tribulations. Celebrate the achievements big and small, whether you got through a whole book or merely made a start on a book that's been taunting you for ages.
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
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I spent all day excited to make this post and then when the time came I...emm...forgot. Sorry about that.

Anyways... the first week of the challenge has reached an end. Time to share with the class your triumphs and tribulations. Finish a book? Make a start on something that you've been meaning to get round to for ages? Or finally accept that that one book everyone recommended you is just not your thing and you're never going to get past the second chapter?

Successes and failures below the line please!
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
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So, based on the response to the last post I think we can safely say that people would like to do the thing. (Thank you for keeping yourselves entertained while I fell off the internet for a week and a bit, sorry about that.) So here we have the sign up post!

Basically this can be as big or as little of a commitment as you feel up to. Dependant on your reading speed/available time you can sign up to read one book or ten books. Doesn't matter how big or small the book, only that its something that has been taking up space on your book shelf (or case/box/tottering pile beside your bed) for some time and you've never quite got round to it.

All you need to do is comment below with the book(s) you want to read this month.

Each Friday in November I will make a check-in post, and you can comment with your progress so far. Celebrating little achievements as well as big ones is heartily encouraged.
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
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*cracks knuckles*

So, I completely forgot to organise this last year but as I've actually rememebered in reasonable time this year I thought I'd see if anyone else would be interested in playing again?

So for the uninitated or the forgetful, an explanation: inspired by frantic scribblings of the Nanowrimo participants there's been an informal conterpart here where people sign up to read a certain number of books that they own but have never got round to reading. I make weekly check in posts so people can report their sucesses or confess to their failures. It's very informal and only as competitive as you want it to be (every year I dream of getting through a book a week, and every year I'm just happy if I've read two all month at the start of December...) Basically this can be as big or as little of a commitment as you feel up to. Dependant on your reading speed/available time you can sign up to read one book or ten books. Doesn't matter how big or small the book, only that its something that has been taking up space on your book shelf (or case/box/tottering pile beside your bed) for some time and you've never quite got round to it.

*looks around hopefully*
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
November has made an exit from our life, so its time to look back and report back on what we read this month. Did you get through everything you wanted this month? Or did you read something entirely different? Discover anything new or odd about your reading habits?

Did you saunter over your self-set target deadline or were you (are you depending on your timezone) reading furiously right up to the final minute of the final day, just to finish one more book?
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
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We're on time and I've managed to finish a book - Success!

Three quarters of the way through the month, and how are we doing? Are we three quarters of the way through our respective piles or just three quarters of the way through the first book (not me this time?!)? Are we making good progress or have we hit the wall?

It's time to share your triumphs, trial and tribulations from the past week in the comments below...
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
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On time this week!

We're two weeks into the challenge, half way through! Are we all forging ahead with our tasks, or are we stalling and in need of some cheerleading?

*waves pompoms enthusiastically*

Check in below with your triumphs and tribulations. Celebrate the achievements big and small, whether you got through a whole book or merely made a start on a book that's been taunting you for ages.
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
Somewhat delayed due to train shenanigans - due to signal failure I was sent on a 3 hour detour - last night, but as this week was a short week I'm sure you won't mind the extra reading time...

Anyway the first week of the challenge has reached an end. Time to share with the class your triumphs and tribulations. Finish a book? Make a start on something that you've been meaning to get round to for ages? Or finally accept that that one book everyone recommended you is just not your thing and you're never going to get past the second chapter?

Successes and failures below the line please!
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
Somewhat belated but in my defense I was moving house over the end of October/start of November so I do have a bit of an excuse...

For those new to the comm, for the last couple of Novembers, inspired by frantic scribblings of the Nanowrimo participants there's been an informal conterpart here where people sign up to read a certain number of books that they own but have never got round to reading. I make weekly check in posts so people can report their sucesses or confess to their failures. It's very informal and only as competitive as you want it to be (every year I dream of getting through a book a week, and every year I'm just happy if I've read two all month at the start of December...) Basically this can be as big or as little of a commitment as you feel up to. Dependant on your reading speed/available time you can sign up to read one book or ten books. Doesn't matter how big or small the book, only that its something that has been taking up space on your book shelf (or case/box/tottering pile beside your bed) for some time and you've never quite got round to it.

So my question is...anyone up for it this year? Or have I left it too late and you all have other challenges in hand?

eta. Ok, it looks like we are in fact, doing this thing. Therefore please feel free to use the comments of this post to sign up/stake your personal challenge and I'll post the first check in post on Sunday (seeing that the last day of the month will be one that should work out nicely).
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Hey guys! I'm hosting a reading/rereading of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, by Susannah Clarke, on my journal. Here's the first week's entry, which I just posted today, if you want to look. Entries are posted Sunday for about 4-5 chapters (there are about seventy; it's a substantial book.) Feel free to drop in whenever.
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
Hello!

November has made an exit from our life, so its time to look back and report back on what we read this month. Did you get through everything you wanted this month? Or did you read something entirely different? Discover anything new or odd about your reading habits?

Last year this challenge inspired me to set myself a New Year's resolution of reading one book I owned and hadn't read a month (I've managed 7 so far...), anyone else feeling similarly inspired?

Also did you find this challenge useful? And would you take part if it was run again next November? If it did run again would you suggest any changes? Should it be a generalised readathon or do you find the focus on books owned and lurking unread useful?
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
Three quarters of the way through the month, and how are wee doing? Are we three quarters of the way through our respective piles or just three quarters of the way through the first book (just me on that last one then?!)? Are we making good progress or have we hit the wall?

It's time to share your triumphs, trial and tribulations from the past week in the comments below...
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
It's definitely still Friday lots of places (and I've not been to bed yet, so I'm still counting it as Friday here too) so its time for another check-in post!

Two weeks into the challenge, half way through! Are we all forging ahead with our tasks, or are we stalling and in need of some cheerleading?

*waves pompoms*

Check in below with your triumphs and tribulations. Celebrate the achievements big and small, whether you got through a whole book or merely made a start on a book that's been taunting you for ages.
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
It's probably still Friday somewhere right? (No, no its really not).

Anyway the first week of the challenge has reached an end. Time to share with the class your triumphs and tribulations. Finish a book? Make a start on something that you've been meaning to get round to for ages? Or finally accept that that one book everyone recommended you is just not your thing and you're never going to get past the second chapter?

Good or bad, its time to spill the beans!
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
So November snuck up on me this year (less people on my dwircle doing Nanowrimo this year evidentially) but last year several people said they enjoyed the read-along and would be in favour of doing it again so seeing as it tis the season of setting ridiculous targets and meeting (or exceeding) them against the odds it feels fitting. Last year's challenge inspired me to set myself the challenge of reading a book a month that I already owned, and well I'm only on 6 and I imagine other people who set themselves similar challenges are probably similarly behind. So here, is the perfect chance to catch up.

Basically this can be as big or as little of a commitment as you feel up to. Dependant on your reading speed/available time you can sign up to read one book or ten books. Doesn't matter how big or small the book, only that its something that has been taking up space on your book shelf (or case/box/tottering pile beside your bed) for some time and you've never quite got round to it.

All you need to do is comment below with the book(s) you want to read this month.

Then each Friday I post a check-in post, and you comment with your progress so far. Celebrating little achievements as well as big ones is heartily encouraged.

Come play again?
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
Morning! (Afternoon/Evening!)

November has made an exit from our life, so its time to look back and report back on what we read this month. Did you get through everything you wanted this month? Or did you read something entirely different? Discover anything new or odd about your reading habits?

Personally I kept discovering more and more books I owned and haven't read this month, so have decided to make one of my New Year's Resolutions next year 'read one book I own but haven't read each month'. Anyone else feeling similarly inspired?

Also did you find this challenge useful? And would you take part if it was run again next November? If it did run again would you suggest any changes?
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
We've reached the end of week 3 here on the November Group Read. Flu, library books and tempting second hand book shops variously waylaid sundry of our participants last week. How have we done this week?

Are we starting to flag a bit or have we triumphs to share? Anyone defeat a book that's been taunting them for long and weary? Share your reading triumphs and disasters in the comments below.
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