Inspired by reading Trains and Buttered Toast by John Betjeman, which is in essay format (although they were actually radio broadcasts), I'm going to do an essay challenge. I actually saw it on Book Psmith's excellent blog and kind of pounced on it, as I seem to be in the mood for that kind of reading at the moment. I just love spending an hour or two dipping into essays or short stories, feels a bit like grazing on books...
Anyway, The Essay Reading Challenge is being hosted by Books and Movies and these are the details:
~ Join anytime, but don’t start reading until January 1, 2009. The challenge ends December 31, 2009.
~ If you read a book of essays, that book can also apply to any other challenges you are working on.
~ Choose a goal of reading 10, 20, or 30 essays during 2009, and then write a challenge post, linking back to this post. Feel free to copy and paste the above image into your challenge post.
~ Leave a comment here with the link to your challenge post, and I will put all the challenge participants on my sidebar.
~ You don’t have to list your essays ahead of time, just post them as you go.
~ At the end of the year, everyone who completes the challenge will be eligible for a giveaway - prize to be determined later. Probably a book of essays - since that would be appropriate.
I think I'll go for 20 essays, it's tempting to go for 30 but we'll see how it goes. A few of the books I'll probably be reading from:
Collected Essays by Graham Greene
A Passion for Books ed. by Harold Rabinowitz & Rob Kaplan
The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. Le Guin
How to Travel With a Salmon and other essays by Umberto Eco
A Book of English Essays by W.E. Williams
Doubtless I shall discover more along the way. Looking forward to this one immensely.