I am participating in a couple of book-related challenges. The first is the 52-52-52 Challenge sponsored by Amanda at The Zen Leaf. HERE is Amanda’s posting introducing the challenge and HERE is her posting on the first day of the challenge that mentions how she has already lost 43 pounds, 28 of them this year!

The premise is simple: 52 weeks, 52 books, 52 pounds. You might not need to lose 52 pounds, but attempting to lose a pound a week is a reasonable goal for the majority of readers. Check it out.

As for me, I have not lost a pound yet, but have been tracking my food and fitness for the past couple of weeks and have definitely increased my fitness time. That is victory in my book! Also, I read Bel-Air Dead by Stuart Woods. Not great literature, but always a fun read when Stone Barrington is the main character. And when Woods mixes in his other lead characters, the result is always more fun . . .


Thomas at My Porch and Simon at Savidge Reads are sponsoring International Anita Brookner Day on July 16th. All Thomas and Simon are asking is for readers to try one book by Anita Brookner before this date. I am happy to say I have already listened to two audiobooks by Anita Brookner and am reading a third. The ones I listened to were The Rules of Engagement and The Bay of Angels. I am now reading Undue Influence. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the audiobooks. Ms. Brookner has such a unique style of prose that I really enjoy. Thank you, Thomas and Simon. They have created a stand-alone blog for this celebration and you can learn more about Anita Brookner at this great IABD blog.

  4 comments for “Challenges

  1. June 10, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    I’m so glad you’re joining us! With all the confusing over switching and unswitching my blog, I have a feeling lots of the participants are just going to drop out. Ah well… :/ Glad you’re here though and figuring out what to do! 🙂

  2. June 10, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    Amanda, I am generally not a “challenge” person, but I figure that I can handle this challenge. No matter what, it will keep me reading and striving to be healthier. Ok, on y va . . .

  3. June 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    I am so glad that you are liking Anita Brookner. Some have already indicated that she is not doing it for them, so it is good to know that others are having a positive experience.

  4. June 11, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    I think you either really like her style or don’t at all. I can see how some people might not. Her stories do keep me wondering what will happen next for the characters.

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