Monday, September 19, 2016

I'm signing up for my new reading should too! #13WLRP

I decided to creat the 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan perpetual reading challenge after recently reading from two books: 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley and The New Lifetime Reading Plan by Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major. As I was looking at the lists in both books, I thought that these lists would make for an awesome reading challenge to broaden our reading horizons.

This new reading challenge is being hosted at my new reading community site, Gather Together and Read. I have also moved all the challenges I host to this site so everything is easily gathered in one place.

This is a perpetual challenge, meaning there is no set ending or goal. You read at your own pace. It's really about challenging ourselves to read perhaps beyond our comfort zone, and to read books that are considered "great" or, as Jane Smiley said, books "that would illuminate the whole concept of the novel." Also, many of the titles on the lists will easily crossover with other reading challenges!

To make things a bit more challenging (just so the challenge doesn't languish, as many perpetual challenges do), I'm going to follow the lead of Read the Nobels and host a yearly challenge inside this challenge where you commit to reading a set amount of books from the lists in a year. That will kick off on January 1, 2017.

In addition, I will host read-alongs of books from the list periodically. I want to make this site about community and I think read-alongs are an excellent way to foster community.

Both lists for the reading challenge can be accessed in the sidebar menu at the site.

I hope you will join me! Sign up here.


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    This is the list of The CLSC at Chautauqua Institution in New York, the oldest "book club" in the US. There's a lot overlapping in the lists posted. Your two Michelle, are loaded with "the classics" that a lot of "self taught" people read. The lists are daunting to say the least, and when I became a member of CLSC, I ran that list and joined and "graduated" almost the same day and am a member of The Guild of the Seven Seals and have halfway completed my stole badges(the seven seals).

    I have signed onto the blog, but am not sure of whether I will participate. I can't stomach James Joyce or Jane Austin. I've read Aurelius and Plutarch and Homer and even some Dostoyevsky. Lets see what my new tech upgrade gives me. In the meantime, thanx for this opportunity

  2. Sounds like fun--I had a friend who really was devoted to The Lifetime Reading Plan and we talked about some of the books he was reading on it. I should read 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel--I like to reading about reading as much as I like to read!

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