Saturday, 12 September 2009

Weekly Geek – What’s The Plan

 

 

 

 

It's hard to believe we're approaching the last quarter of 2009. Soon those of us in the northern hemisphere will be curled up in front of the fire (or solar heater) with our favorite wintry reads, and those in the southern will be off to the beaches with their summer books.
Do you have a plan of what you're going to read the rest of the year?

Have you had a master plan all along?

If so, have you stuck to it?

What helps you to decide what you're going to read next?

Challenges? Book groups? Or do you have the luxury of closing your eyes and picking any book off your shelf?

I know some of you have spreadsheets and other devices to help you keep track of your books and challenges. (I even succumbed to using a spreadsheet this year after teasing my friends relentlessly about theirs.) If you have online spreadsheets, such as Google, can you give us a peek at them with a link or a screen shot?

 

To be honest I am quite looking forward to a little cold now – I am one of those person who prefer the colder weather over a hot humid summer any season of the year. I had too much time on my hand last year and decided to blog about the thing I love the most – reading.

Late last year I looked around and planned to put some structure to my reading because I had books coming out of every conceivable spot in the house, and I set a few target and “saying this quietly” I am on track with the target… Don’t be fool  however in thinking my reading target has anything to do with my TBR mountain of book, that’s part of the pain/pleasure of blogging – you get to share the joys of the books you have just read, but it also add at least 4-5 times to the amount in books on the old mountain.

 

If you jump on this post you will see all the challenges I have signed up for this year…

Weekly Geek Reading Challenges

and here’s where I’m at….

  • I have completed almost all of them excepting for a few and the major one “Read Your Own Book Challenge” is still ongoing… I have set a target of 450 book for the year and as of  the end of August I am logging 301 books. Up to today I will be adding another 14 books to this months log. I average at about 55-60 books a month. I know, I read alot – but with cutting out all the other vices that I had I have resorted to book.  (Book reading Challenge)

 

  • Optional to all the reading –I have decided to spread my wings this winter and try my hand at scrapbooking – it’s something I have always wanted to do, but so much other things have pushed that ambition on the back burner… I have signed up and the cutting and pasting begins on the 26th… not sure if I'll blog about that, but I am gearing to go. Hopefully I’ll find a few readers in the group or at least I’ll try luring a few scrap bookers over to the dark side…. (Personal Challenge)

 

  • A few friends and I are having a journey down memory lane with Ms. LaVryle Spencer books in November – I am under no illusion that we will actually discuss books, from past experience when we get together – and a bottle of wine hits the table, that's it, the conversation goes downhill from there and it’s been known to find porn at these event – guess what, I am so looking forward to it. (Book Group)

 

  • I have a few authors that  I am trying out before the year end – Susan Brockmann, Cindy Gerard, Sharon Sala, I am not sure if I will actually review them, but I am enjoy the books I have read so far. (Change in reading Habit )

 

I am looking forward to this upcoming season – I have so many exciting challenges left to do and I am sure loads to add as they come about….

Hope you all are looking forward to the wintery months. Share some of your challenges in mind or even those you are in the middle of…

 

20 Speak To Me:

Maree on 12 September 2009 at 12:46 said...

Wow, that's organised!
Happy Weekly Geeks :)

Kristen on 12 September 2009 at 13:34 said...

I love that you are going to reread LaVryle Spencer's books with a friend, how fun.

Jenna Byrnes on 12 September 2009 at 15:42 said...

I love cooler weather, too. Sweaters and jeans make me happy!

Have a great weekend EH.

Jenna

gautami tripathy on 12 September 2009 at 15:54 said...

You are organised. That's a good thing!

Weekly Geeks: Planned reading and Spreadsheets

reviewsbylola on 12 September 2009 at 16:13 said...

I find cold weather really conducive to reading. Nothing better than curling up on the couch or taking a hot bath with a good book!

Ava March on 12 September 2009 at 20:16 said...

Hey E.H. - congrats on being on track to meet your goals for the year!

Cold weather...shudder! Anything below 50 and I'm sporting gloves and shivering. Probably not the best idea that I live in the Midwest. LOL

Kerrie on 13 September 2009 at 00:00 said...

That's a huge number of books per month. two a day! My eyes wouldn't cope. If I could dispose of my books that quickly I don't think I would have to worry about being organised.

Bernadette in Australia on 13 September 2009 at 01:21 said...

I certainly can't compete with that speed. Or organisational skills. But I like my meandering reading journey and am not worried about not being part of any challenges - it suits me to have this area of my life unstructured.

Oh and yes winter was very conducive to reading, but it's warming up here which means less time for reading as there are fewer excuses for not doing the outdoor chores that need to get done :)

A Buckeye Girl Reads on 13 September 2009 at 02:30 said...

Spreadsheets? Wow! I am not that organized at all-maybe I should be. I'm still working out a reading schedule for the challenges I've joined. I haven't read LaVryle Spencer in years.

pussreboots on 13 September 2009 at 04:46 said...

I prefer the cooler months. We had our first rain of the season. It will probably be a number more of weeks before we have any more. I am also trying to expand my horizons with reading. My post is here.

Yvette Kelly on 13 September 2009 at 06:27 said...

Ok.I am one of those in the southern hemisphere who is starting to get hot now.Thank goodness!! I love warm,love,love,love.

How in h*** do you manage to read so many books?Wow,wow!!!
And if I came to your meeting to discuss books I would want to discuss: "how hot is Gerard Butler???",that accent,those eyes,those everything,I love that man...

Rikki on 13 September 2009 at 09:46 said...

I'm not a fan of challenges. Hardly ever go through with them. I love scrapbooking, but not with paper and glue. Only digitally...

Erotic Horizon on 13 September 2009 at 22:22 said...

@Maree..
I do try, with the amount I read- I have to stay on top of things..

@Kristen..

Another laVyrle Spencer fan I see - I am looking forward to November... what ever the night brings...

Erotic Horizon on 13 September 2009 at 22:24 said...

@Jenna..

A girl after my own heart - I love the cold weather, I hope we get some snow this year...

I hope the weekend was good for you as well...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 September 2009 at 22:25 said...

@Gautami...

Yup organization is always a good thing..


@Lola...

Cold weather is condusive to a lot of things - you mention warm bath and snuggling in sofa - so can't wait....

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 September 2009 at 07:32 said...

@Thanks Ava...

Yup I am on my way to my goal - and as you said Midwest is most definitely not the best place...

Hope you have a great writing week this week...


@Kerri

Some days I have good to great reading days and read three - some days none.. So it balances out after a while...

Thanks for coming by...

E.H>

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 September 2009 at 07:44 said...

@ Bernadette in Australia

I hear you girl and I think next year - I am going to be a bit more laid back about my reading...

That the fun of warm weather, lots of out door activity.. gardening, etc..

@ A Buckeye Girl Reads

Everyone has some organizational skill to them - it might not just be for books.....

Spencer books are a once a year reread for me...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 September 2009 at 07:46 said...

@ pussreboots

Yeah we still have about another 6 weeks before it get anywhere near cold here...


I am pleased you are also spreading your wings and trying something different with your reading..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 15 September 2009 at 05:04 said...

@Yvette

With all the things you need to get done - you definitely need the warm weather...

I am a mood reader and all I will say is that I have loads of moods swing.. (LOL)


You need to meet Julie from Outlandish Dreaming - she has a serious thing about Mr. butler - me I only like his legs in a kilt...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 15 September 2009 at 05:05 said...

@Rikki..

Another scrapbooker - After I get the basics done, I will try my hand at the digital version...

E.H>