Read52 – a new reading challenge.

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I’ve challenged Big to read 52 books this year. She will probably be mentioning them over here on her blog. I’m also going to have a crack at reading at least 52 books myself, and more importantly, I’m going to keep track of what books I’m reading to the little ones. I’m going to do all of that in a weekly post, and I’ve also set up a google plus community which you’re very welcome to join. (If you need an invitation, leave me a comment using relevant email address – which will stay hidden.)

So this is the first weekly post. And I’m already behind. I haven’t actually started a book yet this year. I’ve three on my hitlist and here’s the thing – I’d like you to help me choose which to read. Do I go for Pure (so that I can read Fuse that I have an ARC of?) Caitlin Moran How To Be a Woman, because I was given it for Christmas? Or Scent of Magic so that I can discuss it with Big who devoured it within seconds of it arriving on the kindle?

I’d love to have your opinions. And I’ll sweeten the deal. Everyone who gives me a suggestion goes into the draw to win one of these two goodies. (If you’ve a preference let me know in the comment.) I’ve a signed hardback copy of Annabel Karmel Top 100 Meals in minutes and a paperback of The Parisian’s Return by Julia Stagg.

The competition closes next Thursday (10th January) at midnight so that I can announce the winner next Friday. And you can have an extra entry for sharing this post, using the badge or joining the linky with your own Read52 post – but you must leave an extra comment for each thing you’ve done, telling me what it is. As I’m doing the posting, I’m afraid it’s only open to UK – but if you’re international and happy to arrange to have it posted on you can do that – I’m only sending to a UK address. Draw will be made using the lovely plugin and the winner is, which relies on separate comment entries.

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  1. link to G+ community getting a 404 šŸ™

    • Gah. I think I’ve set it up as too private, and you can’t edit privacy levels. Send me your Google account and I’ll invite you, or follow me on there (nice badge on left sidebar).

  2. Oh, Scent of Magic, because it’s SO MUCH FUN being able to pull apart a book with someone else!
    Oh and I’d love the Annabel Karmel book – borrowed my sister’s one once and was surprised at how good it was!
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  3. I vote for Scent of Magic so you can discuss it and we could get some great feedback on how the discussion went. I would choose the Annabel Karmel book please . And thanks for inviting me to the group but I dont have the concentration levels to read any more, audio books these days for me
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  4. Hi Jax, If you think it is OK I would like to combine being in your 52 reads club with the challenge to do 50 that I have also signed up for elsewhere. I may not read 102 books this year – there may have to be an overlap, but at least I am trying to join in and be supportive of my fellow bloggers!!!!! I can heartily recommend Caitlin’s book. Laughed my proverbial off already this week, numerous times, during the first three chapters. Can I also recommend Empire by Jeremy Paxman and Love Bombing by Oliver James. Well informed, witty and empathetic come to mind for both of them. Will now attempt to grab you badge, etc, etc. *The blogging novice sighs*

  5. Have Fb shared…

  6. …and tweeted…

  7. Jenny Lesley says:

    Hi Jax. Can you invite me please? I’m reading far too much rubbish at the moment and it would be great to read and discuss alongside others. Suggestions My dear i wanted to tell you” by Louisa Young or ‘night waking’ by s Sarah Moss or ‘the secret keeper’ by Kate Morton.. Alas we have no toddlers here any more and I loathe Anabel K and love Paris in equal measure so Parisians Return sounds great.

  8. Read How to be a woman. I want to hear about it.

    I am definitely joining you for this challenge. I have a lot of reading to do thus year anyway. I’ll try to get a post up by Thursday but can’t promise on that front.
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  9. Just remembered to add: can you invite me to the Google+ community please? Adele Jarrett-Kerr
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  10. Lisa lawson says:

    Most definitely how to be a woman. I think sometimes we become so busy with our lives that we actually forget to take time for us! This is a great challenge. I try every year to review more books, read more books maybe this year ill do it too!

  11. Pah, missed it! I’d have said the Moran as it’s next on my list and everyone keeps telling me I MUST read it in a very bossy way šŸ˜‰

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