Sunday, January 9, 2011

100+ Books: This year's strategy

This year, on the 100+ Book Challenge, I'm going to cheat.

OK, not so much cheat as, well, um... cheat. That is, I will read 100+ books, but, see, there are a lot of children's books that I love and want to read again. Harriet the Spy, Ramona the Pest, everything by Robert McClosky, Goldie the Dollmaker, all of the Rumer Godden children's books, and so on and so on. So I've decided that in any week that I don't read my quota of two books, I'll fill in with a children's book that I've been wanting to re-read anyway, or one that I've always wanted to read. And, yes, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel counts.

I don't even consider children's chapter books to be cheating--much. There are many adult books that are as quick and easy to chew as many children's books. But the picture books, yeah, that's cheating, and I'll be counting them anyway.


Image: By Nevit Dimen. Wikimedia Commons.


  1. He, he, I feel I sort of cheated last year with Vampire Diaries because 2 of those books are the typical size of book for me. :)
    I think I'll cheat a bit this year as well in the same manner. :) Although, it's not going to help much as I plan on reading LoTR (which counts as one) and Silmarillion (which requires more attention than I usually give a book).

  2. Hey, Ines! LoTR counts as four, doesn't it, assuming you include The Hobbit? At least, I'd count it as four.

    Meanwhile, I'm going to look for every winner of the Newbery or Caldecott Medals that I haven't read yet. :)

  3. Eh, who cares! Cheat away and enjoy yourself! Life is short; be happy.

    I love picture books.

    - Lauren

    Ladaisi Blog

  4. Hey, ladaisi! OK, then, I'll continue cheating. And I really want a copy of that steam shovel book...

  5. Hi. Randomly bumped into this blog.
    Sounds like intense reading....How many books have you read thus far?

  6. Howdy, Bomb! So far in 2011, three, with several others mid-read. I keep expecting that one day I'll finish them all and increase my count by, oh, ten in one day, but it hasn't happened yet.

  7. Remember "Mr. Potter's Penguins?" I don't know whether we had that at home or I got it out of the library. (This is your brother again.) I remember liking it. From what I've seen, the new Jim Carrey movie version looks H*O*R*R*I*B*L*E.

  8. I missed this comment! My apologies. I don't remember the book; I suspect it was from the library because I think I'd remember everything at home. I went Googling and I love the illustrations.

    Yep, movies from children's books seem to almost always be really really bad. Matilda is the only exception that comes to mind.