as i gingerly wade into the waters of bookish blogs, tiptoeing about amongst the myriad bookworms out there in cyberspace, i am fascinated by the many readers who love a challenge. i’ve discovered announcements of seafaring challenges, russian writer challenges, jane austen challenges, notable book challenges, something called the “chunkster challege,” whereby all books must be at least 700 pages, science fiction and romance challenges…the mind boggles.
at first, i was hesitant about participating – goodness knows, i certainly don’t need any incentive to read, for there’s more than enough of that lurking in those bookstacks piled accusingly about my house. but one challenge did appeal to me. the short story challenge, offered up by the lovely kate, provides several attractive options for broadening one’s short story horizons. so i’ve signed on.
a confession – i don’t care for short stories.
then why this challenge? you ask, puzzled.
because i want to like short stories, i want to appreciate them for the small works of art i know they can be.
and because i dabble in writing them. it seems churlish to write in a format you don’t particularly care to read.
so here is my short story challenge pledge:
i, ravenous reader, will read (and review) five short story collections during the year 2008.
i have chosen two of the collections~interpreter of maladies, by jhumpa lahiri; and birds of america, by lorrie moore.
i welcome any recommedations for the remaining three. i know you have some. (winks)
now tell me…what’s challenging your reading world these days?