You can probably tell I’m not technologically inclined at heart. I still keep a grade book by writing in those little graph paper pages bound in wire (although NOT in red ink; in a blue fountain pen). I still read books whose pages you can actually turn. I still buy a new journal for the new year.
I bought this one at Barnes and Noble quite a few years ago, actually. It’s leather and extraordinarily expensive because it’s handmade in Italy. I never would have paid for it with my own money; rather, I used several of the giftcards from my class. Then, I laid it on my bookshelf unopened because surely the occurances of my daily life do not merit such a journal.
I’ve pondered several times over what it should be used for until it finally dawned on me that I could, in fact, keep a record of all the I’ve books read, and all the reading challenges I’ve accomplished, from now until it’s filled. I know several blogger friends who prefer to keep a list of their reading online, or in a data base, or somewhere in cyberspace. But, I’ll stick to the old pen and paper method, thank you very much, where I can actually flip to the page I want in one quick movement.
There are several challenges I’ve signed up for in my sidebar which are beginning to fill this journal’s pages. As my Japanese Literature Challenge 2 draws to a close at the end of January, I’ve decided to join:
Operation Actually Read Bible: Choose to read the whole Bible, the New Testament, or The New Testament and Psalms & Proverbs, or the gospels. (Or any variation of books you’d like–you might want to focus on Paul’s epistles, for example.)
The Book Awards 2 Challenge: Read 10 books, five of which have won different awards. I am reading:
1. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (National Book Award)
2. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Bram Stoker Award)
3. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (Bellwether Prize)
4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Pulitzer Pulitzer)
5. The Line Of Beauty by Allan Hollinghurst (Man Booker Award)
6. Postcards by Annie Proulx (PEN/Faulkner Award)
7. Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize)
8. Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (Newbery)
9. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Newbery)
10. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize)
Dewey’s Reading Challenge: Read five, or six, books which can be found in Dewey’s archives. I am reading:
1. The Pact by Jodi Picoult
2. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
and finally, the Lost In Translation challenge, for which I will read:
1. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Turkish)
2. Inkspell by Kornelia Funke (German)
3. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russian)
4. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (French)
5. After The Quake by Huruki Murakami (Japanese)
6. South of The Border, West of The Sun by Haruki Murakami (Japanese)
January 2009 isn’t even here yet, and I’m committed to four challenges. However, each looks so tantalizing, and I do have this empty journal to fill.